Basic requirements for short-term volunteers

  • Must have an intimate, growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Must be at least 18 years old – unless traveling with a parent or team
  • Persons under 18 will be considered on an individual basis with additional permission required including accompaniment by a guardian - families are welcome if parental oversight is provided for children
  • Must plan to visit on a short-term basis which is not more than three weeks
  • Agreement to take malaria prophylaxis
  • Emergency medical/travel insurance (details below)
  • Agreement to submit to the leadership of Pemba Village of Joy and the Visitor Guidelines
  • Completion and acceptance of Visitor Application
  • We will review your application, pray about how God may plan to use you here, and send you a formal invitation.
  • Please wait to make final plans to visit Iris until your application has been approved and you have received an invitation from us. Our invitation is necessary for your visa application in the U.S. and most other countries.
  • Please visit the website for the Mozambican embassy in Washington D.C. for other important information.

Emergency medical insurance for foreign travel

  • We require all visitors to and workers at Iris Global to have emergency medical insurance. There are no exceptions to this requirement – whether you are coming for a few days or several years. You will need to pay the insurance premiums and have enough money in savings to cover the deductible.
  • Most domestic insurance plans do not cover foreign travel, so check with your plan administrator to verify your coverage. If you need additional coverage, talk to your travel agent or contact Seven Corners Speciality Insurance. International travelers are able to obtain free, no-obligation, online quotations, purchase coverage immediately through a secure server and receive a Virtual ID Card immediately.

Note for those from or traveling through Angola, Brazil, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo or Tanzania

  • Mozambique requires those arriving from the countries of Angola, Brazil, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania to have Yellow Fever immunization.
  • If your route takes you through Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, you must carry documentation of your immunization. If you should arrive at Dar es Salaam on the way to Pemba without documentation, authorities will require you to be immunized at the airport. The cost is 1,350 meticais, 49 euros or $68. Since some recipients have had a mild to moderate reaction to the immunization and since the quality of the immunization could be compromised, we recommended that you secure the immunization for Yellow Fever before leaving your country.
  • While no other immunizations are required by Mozambique, your doctor may recommend some others.