ICO trip leaders have a great responsibility and privilege in leading ICO trips. Leaders are responsible for communicating with the host ministry site, making travel, lodging, & meal arrangements, disseminating information to trip participants, managing the finances related to trip costs, preparing trip participants both spiritually and mentally for the trip, turning in all necessary paperwork to the Campus Ministries Office, and making decisions while at the ministry site. Because such a position of leadership has many responsibilities, Grove City College requires that all trip leaders go through certain training sessions to prepare leaders spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.
• ICO Program Policies and Participant Responsibilities
• ICO Leader Responsibilities
• Parental Joinder and Consent
• Student Waiver
• Student Release
Center for Disease Control & Prevention — Traveler’s Health
This site includes information on recommended vaccinations for several countries throughout the world as well as information as to where one can receive these vaccinations. It is highly recommended that students receive the vaccinations and/or disease prevention medications recommended for their travel destination.
US State Department — Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
This site directs you as to how to register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (formerly known as “Registration with Embassies”). Registering with the US State Dept. is highly recommended as registration makes your team's presence and whereabouts within the country known, in case it is necessary for a US consular officer to contact you in an emergency. This is especially important if there is a disaster or emergency overseas as a US consular officer can assist in evacuation, if this becomes necessary.
US State Department — International Travel Information
This site provides very helpful country specific information as well as travel warnings and alerts for countries. Please note that if the US State Department lists a country as a Travel Alert, members of the Campus Ministries and Office of International Education staffs will meet with trip leaders. If a country is placed on a Travel Warning, students will not be permitted to travel to that country and the trip will be cancelled.
US State Department — Passport Information
This site provides helpful information about applying for a passport as well as renewing a passport.
Mango Language Learning Software
Mango is an interactive, online based language-learning software. ICO leaders and participants can use Mango to gain a foundational knowledge of the language in the country where they will be going to serve. The can use Mango to learn 56 languages, including the following: Chinese (Mandarin), German, Japanese, French, Italian and Spanish (Latin America). In order to use Mango you need to be on campus or connected via VPN (Virtual Private Network). You can register and start using Mango by using your GCC username and password. Start by clicking here. Or click here for more information on how Mango works.