The purpose of a Zoe trip is to experience the work of empowering orphans spiritually, physically, socially, and economically in the countries where we serve. We consider travelers as ambassadors for Zoe Empowers from the time the first flight departs until the return home — and beyond. We ask all travelers to carefully consider all words and actions throughout a Zoe Empowers trip.
ZOE requires all travelers:
Before, during, and after a trip, all correspondence, ideas, requests, or other suggestions must be routed through Zoe’s U.S. office. The intention of this policy is to protect the time of the in-country program staff members. As you will see on your trip, the ratio of in-country staff members to children is roughly one to one thousand. As a result, our desire is to everything we can to shield the in-country staff members from direct communication and requests from travelers who are visiting from the United States. In order to support Zoe’s empowerment model, we require that no cash or gifts are given and that Zoe Empowers supporters refrain from direct correspondence of any kind with in-country staff and the program participants (including mail, email, social media, video conferencing).
Taking photos of Zoe program participants and their projects are encouraged. However, photography in public places, such as markets, must be approved by an in-country program staff member. We ask that travelers avoid taking photos of airports, government buildings, local law enforcement officers, or military personnel. This policy applies to all Zoe Empowers trips to any of the countries we serve.
Please dress modestly throughout your trip with Zoe. Skirts should cover the knees while sitting. Tops should not be low cut. Women can wear slacks and/or capri pants in most places. Your trip leader will inform you in advance if you will be traveling to an area If we are to travel in an area that would require skirts for women. As you prepare for visiting a local church for a Sunday worship service, women should plan to wear dress slacks, skirts, or dresses. Men should wear dress slacks, button down shirts, and ties. Out of respect for local customs and standards of modesty, men and women should refrain from wearing shorts anywhere except on the hotel property. The climate is temperate and so this should not be a burden.