Travel Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Q: What are the qualifications for joining a trip?
A: Anyone with a commitment to, or willingness to learn about, peace and other cultures should apply for a delegation. We encourage participation of people from diverse backgrounds. 


Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?
A: 18


Q: How many people will be on the trip?
A: Typical trips range in size from 10 to 20 individuals, with 14 as the average number. We will be capping the delegation at 25 people.


Q: What are the accommodations like?
A: Delegates will stay with homestay families for the most part to maximize the cultural experience, but we will also stay together in modest, but safe and clean guesthouses or hotels. This typically involves dormitory style rooms (2-4 people per room), and baths on each hall. Hotels will have private baths.


Q: What does my delegation fee cover and how much will it cost?
A: Your delegation fee covers: airfare from D.C., food, visa, lodging, translation, accompaniment, facilitation, reading and preparation materials, orientation and on-the-ground transportation. 


Q: What if I don’t live in DC? Is my airfare still covered?
A: The trip fee includes airfare from DC since we will be having a two-hour orientation beforehand. If you do not live in the area, it is your responsibility to arrange appropriate transportation.


Q: Is there any training or orientation before or during the delegation?
A: Preparation for the delegation is an important part of your experience. Before departing for your trip, you will receive reading materials that cover health precautions, items to pack, what to expect from your delegation, and a study guide. An extensive orientation and training session takes place the first day of your trip. This includes cultural awareness, health and safety guidelines, a nonviolence workshop, and an introduction to consensus-based decision-making. You will also become familiar with international development policies as well as the historic and current political reality of the country you’re visiting.


Q: What happens if I am not able to go on the delegation? Is my delegation fee refundable?
A: There are two payments associated with this Iran Trip. The first is a $290 non-refundable deposit sent with your application before May 4th that will secure your registration. This deposit is non-refundable except for extenuating circumstances. If NI is forced to cancel the trip for reasons outside our control, the deposit will be returned, subtracting any visa fees we may have incurred. After May 11th, when the remaining $2,610 trip payment is due, we, unfortunately, cannot offer any refunds. This may be subject to review on a case by case basis. For more information feel free to contact us directly.


Q: Are scholarships available?
A: Limited scholarships are available for students. Please contact us at to request scholarship information.


Q: What type of skills will I learn on an NI trip?
A: On your delegation, you will gain invaluable experience that will serve you personally, academically, and professionally for years to come. By going on a delegation, you will learn about Iran, Persian history, Iranian youth,  international peacemaking,  group process, cross-cultural sensitivity, diplomacy and much more. 


Q: Who sets up the trip and accompanies the group?
A: Apadana Journey Tours is a travel company founded by Jahandad Memarian who grew up in Iran and currently resides in Washington DC.  Apadana tours and NI developed the itinerary together.  We will have 2 full-time English-speaking facilitators with the group. Dr. Mubarak Awad will lead the trip. He has been an adjunct professor at American University for 28 years. He is an expert on the Middle East and his Palestinian background will engender respect and support from the Iranian government.


Q: Is it dangerous to travel to Iran?
A: The safety of our delegates is of the utmost concern to NI. We have been hosting delegations for many years and have extensive networks in the countries in which we operate. This experience has allowed us to responsibly and safely coordinate delegations. Before beginning any delegation, participants receive an extensive security and health briefing, and go over common sense precautions. By following such measures, delegations are generally very safe.


Q: What do I do if I have more questions?
A: If you have more questions about the trip, please contact Paul Magno at the national office by calling (202) 244-0951
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