|Location||On the Pacific Ocean Coast in Northern California|
|Language||55% speak English and the other 45% speak their "mother language" (18% Chinese, 12% Spanish, 4% Tagalog and the remaining 11% speak Russian, Vietnamese, French, Japanese, Korean, German and Italian)|
|Religion||35% of the population deem themselves "spiritual"; 34% Catholic; 7% Eastern; 6% Christian; 2% Jewish and the remaining 16% have no religious affiliation|
|Climate||The dry period of May-October is mild to warm (60-80 degrees) with foggy mornings; the rainy period of November to April is slightly cooler (45-60 degrees). This area exhibits a multitude of distinct microclimates (as much as a 25-30 degree difference from the city of San Francisco)|
|Population||San Francisco has close to 1 million people, but when combined with the East Bay area (all 9 counties total) there are over 7.5 million people|
|Ethnic Groups||48% White; 23% Asian (Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Japanese); 23% Hispanic and 6% African American|
|Nicknames||City by the Bay; The City, Shaky Town, Frisco, San Fran|
|Independence||July 7, 1846|
|Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:||
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Meals provided, local restaurant experience||Meals provided, local restaurant experience|
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Prior to the trip, you will receive a Group Leader Manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, group t-shirts and unlimited pre-trip consultation your your PPM Trip Leader.
Once you are in the SF Bay Area, you will receive 3 meals per day, sleeping accommodations, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings and a local sightseeing or recreation activity.
Airfare, ground transportation throughout the trip, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and optional recreation.
English will be the main language you will hear in the SF Bay Area unless we are involved in ministry in local international communities.
Yes. We take extra precautions and lay down strict ground rules to ensure safety. Crime occurs in the SF Bay Area just like everywhere else, but we have never had a PPM team experience a major incident of crime. Our genuine partnership with pastors and other community leaders in the SF Bay Area ensures there is always someone looking out for the well-being of our teams.
There are no insects in SF Bay Area that you wouldn't also find in most places within the US. There is a small concern for different types of snakes and spiders, but most stay out of the urban areas.
On PPM USA trips, each group is responsible for their own transportation. You may either drive your church vehicles or rent from the airport.
There are two main airports in the San Francisco Bay Area. There is San Francisco Airport (SFO) and there is Oakland Airport (OAK). The best airport to book flights will depend on the best deal you can make from your home airport. Your PPM Trip Consultant can help you choose.
Praying Pelican Missions will provide safe food to eat and safe water to drink. In places where plumbing is suspect, PPM will provide purified water to drink.
Yes. There will be a time set aside to buy souvenirs if so desired.
Since we work with international communities even while in the U.S., we strive to provide meals that reflect the heritage of those groups.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to San Francisco
San Francisco is surrounded by water on 3 sides and the city squeezes close to 1 million people in under 47 square miles, making it the 2nd most densely populated city in North America after New York City. SF has the largest commuter population of the Bay Area cities.
Home to approximately 7.44 million people this region of 9 counties contains cities, towns, airports, state and national parks connected by a network of roads, highways, bridges, tunnels and commuter rail. This region is the 5th largest in the USA.
The SF Bay Area has the 2nd most Fortune 500 Companies in the USA and is known for its natural beauty, liberal politics, entrepreneurship and diversity. The area ranks 2nd in highest density of College graduates.
San Francisco always requires a sweater or jacket for some part of the day---either foggy in the morning; a cool breeze or windy. A popular quote attributed to Mark Twain is, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." This is a spectacular city no matter what the weather!
As far as safety goes, taking common sense precautions is key in prevention of any unfortunate happenings. Your PPM trip leading staff will be with you throughout the entirety of your trip and are well-prepared for any concerning situations.
This area is the leading high technology region in the world and is home to many of the industry leaders in technology such as Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, eBay, Apple, Oracle, Intel and others. Oakland has the 5th largest container shipping port in the United States. The area is renowned for its natural beauty and is also known as being one of the most expensive regions to live in the country.
The Bay Area is a leader in sustainable agriculture, organic farming and sustainable energy. It is the leading producer of high quality food, wine and innovation in the culinary arts. You can have food in Little Italy, enjoy rolls in Japantown, walk along the Wharf tasting sour dough or eating seafood cocktails, taking in the view high in a tower restaurant, enjoying a picnic on the grassy fields of Golden Gate Park, stepping into a bistro on University Avenue in Berkeley or grabbing some ribs at a corner deli at the Port Restaurants in Oakland. My personal favorite and believe EVERYONE should try THE BEST chocolate ever brought to San Francisco--Ghirardelli Chocolate!
MUCH fun is to be had here in the San Francisco Bay Area from live shows, museums, sit along the waterfront looking over the Bay to Alcatraz, view the sunset under Golden Gate Bridge, or be in the middle of the bay on a Ferry. You can dress "up" or dress "down"; you can ride your bike most anywhere or see any sport your heart desires (Football-San Francisco 49ers or Oakland Raiders; Baseball-San Francisco Giants or Oakland Athletics; Basketball-Golden State Warriors; Hockey-San Jose Sharks, plus tons of College sports from Cal Berkeley or Stanford). The life during the day is totally different than the sounds and smells of varied music into the night.
When Spanish explorers and missionaries arrived on Nov. 2, 1769 they met the Ohlone people who inhabited the area. The Spanish then established the Presidio of San Francisco, followed by a mission established by Juan Bautista de Anza and then Mexican rulership in 1821.
Commodore John D. Sloat claimed California for the United States on July 7, 1846, but what put San Francisco on the map was the California Gold Rush that raised the population from 1,000 in 1848 to 25,000 by December, 1849. Entrepreneurs sought to capitalize on the wealth (especially banks) and development of the port and construction of a railway system had the city grown. By 1890, population approached 300,000 making it the 8th largest city in the USA at the time.
Earthquakes and fires and stock market crashes made this city's inhabitants resilient. Wars only increased the military sites and shipyards to a hub of activity. Urban planning projects, the summer of love, music and politics have only been a mirror of this city's flamboyancy. Yet technology and entrepreneurship remain mainstays of SF's economy.
Statistics of religious affiliation in this area is 35% of the population deem themselves "spiritual"; 34% Catholic; 7% Eastern; 6% Christian; 2% Jewish and the remaining 16% have no religious affiliation.