Thanks for your interest in our student ministry’s 2018 missions trip to Costa Rica. Included in this packet is information regarding the trip, trip requirements, and fundraising information. Please read over this information carefully before filling out the application. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Tom at 973.300.1717 ext. 15 / firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR THE TRIP?
July 29-August 5
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Our team will be flying into San Jose, Costa Rica, and then driving to San Ramon where we will be staying. All transportation is handled by the missions organization we are partnering with, Pura Vida Missions. You will obviously need a passport. Obtaining a passport may take up to 6 weeks. Therefore, you will be required to provide a full color copy of your passport to Tom in advance of the trip.
WHERE ARE WE STAYING?
We will be staying in San Ramon, Costa Rica, which is approximately 40 minutes outside of San Jose. We will be staying in a “dorm-like” building with bunk beds. There are showers there which are available for us to use. Obviously, all sleeping areas will be separated by gender.
IS IT SAFE?
We took a team of 30 people in the summer of 2016 and felt safe the whole time we were there. We will also be in safe hands working with the staff at Pura Vida Missions. They have been running trips since 1999 and know the area extremely well and can provide a high level of safety for our group. In the case of a medical need, they have a doctor on call to assist. In the case of a medical emergency, there are hospitals in the area which can be reached quickly if needed.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SHOTS & DRINKING THE WATER?
No shots are absolutely required before coming to Costa Rica. However it is recommended that every team member is up to date on their tetanus shots. The water in Costa Rica is safe to drink but we always recommend that participants drink bottled water whenever possible.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?
Excellent! We can expect to eat typical Costa Rican foods each meal such as beans, rice, chicken, beef, and salads for most meals. If you have a food allergy, they will work with you to provide you with what you need.
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?
We value building relationships and one way we can do that is by dressing appropriately. We ask that the type of clothing brought is respectful to Ticos, as well as respectful towards others. A packing list will be provided which will give more details.
WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?
We are partnering with an established missions organization called Pura Vida Missions (“Pure Life”). They have been running trips to Costa Rica since 1999. We will be running a weeklong VBS program for children in the surrounding area and villages. Most of these kids are in deep poverty and suffer from various forms of abuse in their homes. They are children in need, and one of the best things we can do is to love them by giving them our time and attention.
As a team, we will prepare in advance a number of games, music, crafts, skits and other fun activities for children. We will be provided with a curriculum that contains a relevant theme for children in Costa Rica as well as daily Bible lessons that we can teach from. All of this will be provided ahead of us arriving in Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica, we will be provided with a translator to assist us at all times.
The number of local children involved is unpredictable. There can be anywhere from 20-100+ children at a VBS in a typical week. Typical activities may involve parachute games, soccer, red light-green light, duck duck goose, balloon animals, bubbles, etc. We can also minister through music with singing, guitar playing, and other instruments. As a team, we will learn several songs in Spanish to share with the children.
We may also participate in some light construction projects as well. Ultimately, we are going to share the gospel of Jesus with every person we come across!
We believe that doing “missions work” is a way of life for a Christian. We desire to see students who not only know how to serve Jesus away from home but also at home! This is why we require students to be actively involved in our ministry and be regularly serving others in some capacity in preparation for the trip. We often say: “If you can’t serve people here at home, you’re not ready to serve people anywhere else.” In fact, we believe it is detrimental to a student’s spiritual growth to only “do missions” when you go on a missions trip. Our goal is to see students who serve Jesus everywhere life takes them!
To that end, here are the requirements for this trip:
IMPORTANT: Please note that if a student does not fulfill the above requirements, they will no longer be considered on the team. The student may still be responsible for paying for any remaining balance owed.
We will do 3 main fundraisers as a team:
(1) SUPPORT LETTERS: Each student will send out at least 25 financial support letters to people outside of our church.
(2) “WALL O’ MONEY”
(3) GOLF CLASSIC: get sponsorships and golfers registered, help plan, and host our annual golf outing.
Individuals can conduct other personal fundraisers with prior approval from Tom.
The cost for this missions trip will be approximately $1500-$1800 per person. Because airline ticket prices can change slightly, we will not know the final cost until flights are booked. Once the team is assembled we will immediately purchase plane tickets (beginning of February). It's possible that a student may fall short of raising the full amount so in those rare cases, we would ask the parents to pay the balance.
WHAT TO DO NOW?
1. Pray about your potential involvement and how God is working in your heart to participate.
COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION