What To Expect

If you’ve never been to a foreign country or served on a mission trip, you may be curious what to expect on a Buhay Sports sports trip. Find answers below to some of the most frequent questions we receive:

What happens on a trip?

Upon your arrival in Manila, a Buhay Sports representative takes you from the airport to your guest house. We hold orientation on the first full day—discussing the basketball ministry strategy, game logistics, and overall game plan—and then take a tour of the orphanage. Each day thereafter, we divide our days into thirds (8-12 a.m., 12-4 p.m., and 4-9 p.m.), where we fill the time slots with basketball games, ministry projects and optional activities. We try to average 1.5 games per day (e.g. 15 games in 10 days)—never playing at the same court twice, and we incorporate invaluable experiences to the schedule, such as volunteering at feeding programs, construction projects, orphanages, etc. We also include time for rest and relaxation on a beach or under a waterfall. Your trip winds down with some local shopping and a nice dinner.

When are the trips?

Our 9-12 day trips typically take place between late May and early August—corresponding to summer schedules in the United States. We also take several trips in December and January in timing with the Australian Summer. However, anytime five or more people are ready to go, we can take a trip at anytime of the year. We can plan, organize and execute a trip whenever works best for the group. We usually suggest to plan a trip six months in advance, in order to allow enough time to raise money, acquire/update a passport, and prepare mentally and spiritually.

How much does a trip cost?

Each trip costs around $2,500, which includes your roundtrip plane ticket and all expenses incurred. Many spend weeks and months raising funds through family, friends and church support, and so we ask that each player not book until they’re about 5 weeks away from reaching their full support. Also, we ask that one payment be made payable to First Love International Ministries (FLIM) for the flights and a second payment to FLIM for the remaining balance one week before the trip begins.

What should I plan to bring?

The Philippines are in the tropics, so it’s hot! You’ll want to dress and pack accordingly. Below is a list of items to plan to bring:

  • Bible
  • Basketball Shoes
  • Basketball Apparel for 2-3 days (we provide 2 sets of uniforms)
  • 2-3 Sets of Casual Clothes (i.e., khaki shorts, jean shorts, t-shirts, polo shirts, etc.)
  • 3-4 Sets of Comfortable Clothes (i.e., basketball shorts, tank tops, t-shirts, etc.)
  • Church Clothes (i.e., khaki pants/shorts and polo)
  • 1 Set of Work Clothes
  • Swimsuit
  • Flip Flops/Sandals
  • Old shoes
  • General Use Socks
  • Undergarments (4-5 days)
  • Toiletries
  • Personal Medicine (most general items available in Philippines)
  • Sunscreen
  • Cameras
  • Electronic Devices (optional, but WiFi available at guest house)