What action items can I take to prepare?

We love the saying that there is no comfort in the growth zone, and no growth in the comfort zone. This applies 100% to Humanitarian Experience trips. And because we love the growth zone, there are things you can do now to prepare to make this a positive growing experience.

Here are a few tips that will make a big difference in helping you have the best experience possible:


Study the scriptures and pray daily

  • Set alarms on your phone
  • Create a group chat for sharing insights 
  • Keep a journal
  • Do Come Follow Me and follow along with Don’t Miss This or other helpful resources

Pray for and act on opportunities to share the gospel

  • Invite someone to church or an activity
  • Share about your Sundays when someone asks about your weekend
  • Have a gospel conversation with someone in your family 

Attend church and be involved in youth activities

  • Click here to find the nearest church building 
  • Pray to know who you can help in your ward and serve them
  • Pray to know how you can better prepare for church
  • Pray to know how to enjoy your Sabbath


Work with local missionaries

  • Find out who your local missionaries are and let them know you are willing to help
  • Invite them to your house for dinner and a lesson
  • Ask them about themselves and their own conversion
  • Refer someone to be taught by the missionaries 

Be proactive and independent

  • Learn to do your own laundry
  • Work on personal hygiene
  • Practice making eye contact and carry conversations with others 

Go out of your way to meet new people

  • Sit with someone new at lunch
  • Learn the names of everyone in your class and something about them
  • Put down your phone and talk to those around you (this will help with the Digital Detox

Plan and set goals

  • Keep a planner or calendar
  • Think about talents and areas of your life that you want to develop/improve
  • Share your goals with others for added accountability
  • Reward yourself once you reach your goals 


Increase your physical fitness

  • Go on daily walks
  • Try new foods
  • Sleep for at least 7 hours each night
  • Find fun ways to stay active every day

Practice good emotional health

  • Communicate your feelings to those around you who want to help
  • Know your emotional triggers
  • Think through and make plans for worst-case scenarios 


Brainstorm ways to pay for your trip

  • Get a part-time job
  • Find creative ways to fundraise (here are some of our ideas)
  • Asking friends and family to make tax-deductible donations to Humanitarian XP

Prepare for your trip

  • Research your trip location
  • Meet, hang out with, or read scriptures with your group before leaving 
  • Follow the Humanitarian XP Instagram page and trip-specific pages 
  • Start collecting items according to your packing list