Please Note: Due to liability, JCBS staffmembers are not allowed to assist passengers who are using wheelchairs or other mobility devices.
21. What about travel protection coverage?
If you have purchased the travel protection plan listed on the brochure, medical and trip cancellation coverage, etc., is provided. It is important to remember, however, that all medical bills and other services must be paid for at the time service is rendered. Upon your return to the US, a claim will then need to be filed directly with the insurance provider (not with JCBS). Please review the protection plan that has been included in your pre-program literature.
22. What if I lose something on the program?
Leave valuables, including items of sentimental value, at home! Put your name, address, departure date and bus color on all belongings so that any recovered items will be returned as quickly as possible. Shipping costs will be your responsibility. We suggest you make a list of all the items you take along with their perceived value. Doublecheck before you leave the hotel, bus, airplane, etc. JCBS cannot assume responsibility for lost items.
23. What about pre-paid phone cards?
If you decide to purchase cards here or overseas, you will need a card or access for each country. (Make sure your prepaid card is for international use.) If you have a cell phone you can check with your local provider for international service.
24. Have any lectures or religious services been planned?
Refer to your specific brochure for this information; your group leader may have scheduled lectures and or religious services.
Important tip: during your visit to local churches, you may have the opportunity to light a candle in honor of a loved one or as a symbol of a special request. It is appropriate to make a small contribution to the church when doing so.
25. Is there any free time during the course?
This varies as each course is different. Please refer to your brochure for this information.
26. Any last minute items I shouldn't forget?
Study guide, Bible, sunglasses, a sun hat, sunscreen, camera (and extra film/memory stick and batteries) and sundry toiletry items are musts. You may wish to bring a calculator for exchange rates while shopping. Passengers bringing video cameras are advised that museums and archeological sites frequently charge a fee for their use. In the event of inclement weather, bring a light waterproof jacket or an umbrella. If you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, you should bring an extra pair "just in case".
27. Any other tips?
1) be on time for the bus and be prepared to rotate seats on bus
2) settle personal charges the night before checking out of the hotel and/or disembarking the ship
3) notify your group leader if you will not be on the bus for sightseeing
4) no smoking allowed in dining room, on bus, or in lecture hall
5) remember you are a guest in another country...
be gracious... expect that customs and food will be different than at home.