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WELCOME & FAQS
Thank you for choosing HOI as your international mission partner! As we reflect on changes and improvements in the lives of the people and communities we have served during the past two decades in the Agalta Valley, we are grateful to God for under-girding this amazing journey. We are also grateful to the mission teams and volunteers who have given of themselves to join in this work. Because of God’s guidance and the generosity of teams and individuals, the journey has enjoyed success. Thank you for becoming a part of the transformation!
WHAT WILL THE TRIP COST?The 2017 in-country fee will be $800 per person and a per team $1,000 Work Materials fee for a one-week stay. Teams arrange their own airfare, which may cost $800 – $950. All travelers must pay an exit tax prior to departing Honduras at the end of the week. It is currently $39 but can fluctuate. Incidental expenses vary depending upon the snacks and souvenirs each traveler wants to purchase. Trip deposits paid at time of registration can be used for the Work Materials fee.
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO TAKE A TRIP WITH HOI?The minimum age allowed is 13 as of January 1, 2013, and the same gender parent must accompany the 13-year-old. There are no upper age limits.
DO WE GET TO MEET THE PEOPLE WHERE WE WORK?Mission trips with HOI are designed to build more than latrines. Building relationships between volunteer team members and Hondurans is a key objective to the HOI volunteer program. Volunteers work side-by-side with the residents of the community. If you are laying a concrete floor, you will share the labor with the family members receiving the floor. If you are helping with Bible School, some of the moms will be with you in the classroom.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL WE EAT?The food served at Rancho el Paraíso will be simple and typical Honduran fare: beans, rice, eggs, chicken and freshly made corn tortillas, along with the most flavorful fruit you’ve ever eaten. Peanut butter and lunchmeat sandwiches will be served at lunch in the village.
IS THE WATER SAFE?You are encouraged to drink bottled water throughout your stay in Honduras. Upon your arrival, you will have an opportunity to purchase bottled water. Once you reach Rancho el Paraíso, you will have purified water in coolers, which you can use to refill your personal water bottle. Though the water at the Ranch tests “potable,” you are encouraged to use bottled water for drinking and teeth brushing.
WHAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?Visitors to Honduras need a valid passport issued by the country of citizenship. U.S. citizens must have a minimum of 180 days of validity remaining on their passports at the outset of their trip. No other documentation is needed for U.S. citizens. HOI will register all volunteers with their country’s respective representation in Honduras. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the Honduran Consulate for visa requirements.
WHAT SHOTS DO I NEED?Specifics for health and safety concerns are discussed in Trip Information. HOI suggests that travelers consult with their personal physician with specific questions and concerns.
IS THERE WI-FI AT THE RANCH?Yes, Wi-Fi is available at Rancho el Paraíso, but due to the increase in the number of volunteers using our Internet, we sometimes do not have enough bandwidth for the HOI staff to do their jobs. We also want to be able to maintain good communications in case of emergencies. We ask that team members limit their use of the Internet at the Ranch and not upload or download any item including photos, videos, songs or books. Please also refrain from using Skype. If communication is absolutely necessary, use email messages or phone calls only. Faster Internet access is available at the Hotel Maya in Tegucigalpa at the end of the week.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?Do not flush soiled toilet paper except at the Ranch and at the Hotel Honduras Maya where you will spend the last night. Elsewhere, a trashcan is beside the toilet where you will deposit the soiled tissue.
WHAT ARE THE SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS?Rancho el Paraíso has two dormitories. Each of the rooms has eight twin-sized beds. Men and women have separate rooms. Each room of eight shares a bathroom with two sinks, two toilets and two showers with hot and cold running water. We request a hotel rooming list from the team leader two weeks prior to your trip for your two hotel nights when spouses can room together and thirteen-year-olds will share a room with the same gender parent. In both hotels, comfortable triple rooms (three beds) are available; single rooms are available upon request at an additional charge.
WHAT CAN WE DONATE TO THE RANCH?Rancho el Paraíso is in special need of several items that mission teams can easily bring. Listed below are items (besides the OTC medicines listed elsewhere) that would be useful to our operations at the Ranch:
- Twin-bed sheet sets, with deep pocket fitted bottom sheets, pillow cases.
- Bath-sized towels.
- Kitchen utensils (forks, spoons, spatulas, serving spoons, chef knives, etc.).
- School supplies for the HOI Culuco schools.
- Sewing supplies and cooking utensils for the HOI Culuco school programs.
- Plastic dinner plates.
- Plastic coffee mugs.