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You are about to embark upon a mission experience that will not only bring sustainable change to a region in need, but will help bring spiritual transformation to you, your team, and the villages you serve.  We are excited about this new area of ministry in southern Honduras and are happy that you and your mission team are willing to serve and help cultivate the HOI mission in this part of the country.  San Lorenzo provides you and your team the opportunity to build new and long lasting relationships with villages in the area that can be cultivated shaped for years to come.  You and your church will have an opportunity to see first hand the transformation that takes place in the homes, lives, and hearts of the communities you work in.

Below you will find an overview of the site area and a sample itinerary that outlines what your mission trip experience may look like.

OVERVIEW

San Lorenzo, Honduras is located 60 miles south of the capital city that you will fly into, Tegucigalpa. The mission team will work with the villagers in a community outside of San Lorenzo on community development projects that will help improve their living conditions. These communities struggle with illnesses caused by poor sanitation, contaminated water, and parasite infested homes.

  • TENTATIVE ITINERARY
    Saturday

    • Fly in to Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Delta, 3 hr flight)
    • Travel to San Lorenzo via private transportation to dormitories

    Sunday
    • Attend local worship service, visit community where work will be done

    Monday – Thursday
    • Work projects (community development, VBS activities, home prayer visits)
    • Fiesta with village Thursday afternoon

    Friday
    • Tourist activities, seafood dinner at local restaurant

    Saturday
    • Travel to Tegucigalpa airport
    • Fly home

  • TYPE OF WORK
    You will be working side-by-side with the villagers of San Lorenzo on projects that they have chosen to help improve the conditions of their living environments.

    The type of work done while volunteering will vary depending on individuals’ skills and preferences. We encourage volunteers to use their unique gifts and abilities to serve the people of Honduras (e.g. medical professionals working in clinics). However, most of our service teams work in construction –  building chimneys, latrines, room additions, and other projects to improve quality of life and health for residents. All work is done alongside local Hondurans, granting the opportunity to build mutually enriching relationships.

    You will have an opportunity to include a spiritual component to your trip, by putting together Vacation Bible Schools for the children of the village for part of each day. Vacation Bible Schools can include Bible lessons, crafts and games, and are a great way to engage with the children while sharing Christ’s love.

    Home prayer visits are another wonderful way to invest spiritually in San Lorenzo and would be a great blessing to the villagers. Together, HOI’s staff and local village pastors arrange for visiting teams to meet and pray with families and individuals who express a desire to pray together. This builds a profound and loving relationship, opening the door for more discussions throughout the work week and for the mission team’s return the following year.

  • PRICING
    There is an in-country assessment of $800/person and a work materials fee of $1000 for the group.  The group trip leader will organize the collection and remittance of all trip assessments, and documentation associated with the trip at least four weeks before departure.

    What’s Included?

    • Accommodations: Mission house in San Lorenzo or dorm facilities (depending on group size) – 7 nights
    • Meals: Prepared by private cooking staff – 3 meals a day (All meals prepared with U.S. health standards)
    • Transportation: All ground transportation throughout the week, beginning at the airport
    • Staff: Bi-lingual HOI group leader, driver, security guard, HOI U.S. team leader, Translator, Cooks
    • Work Materials: All work project materials provided. Projects may include, pouring cement floors in homes, constructing latrines, building stoves/chimneys. VBS supplies provided.

     

    Not Included:

    • Airfare – Each team or individual is responsible for purchasing their own flights to and from Tegucigalpa.
    • Lunch at Tegucigalpa airport upon arrival.
    • Souvenirs and snacks en route to and from the farm
    • Additional travel insurance (strongly recommended).
    • The mandatory $40 exit tax which will be collected prior to the security check- in at the airport; please note that this tax can fluctuate with no prior notice.

     

    Required:

    • Passport (with an expiration date at least 6 months from departure date)
    • Up-to-date Immunizations

  • SAFETY
    Volunteer safety is a top priority for HOI, and our staff does all that it can to ensure that all travelers remain out of harm’s way. In accordance with U.S. State Department recommendations, HOI takes the following precautions (among others) to ensure the safety of our mission teams:

    • Team members are prohibited from going out after dark and are instructed to stay together in groups when they leave the hotels during the daytime.
    • Team members are reminded not to wear clothing or jewelry that will attract attention.
    • Team members are discouraged from displaying electronic devices.
    • We work exclusively by invitation in very small villages where community members have a vested interest in looking after our safety. Security personnel are present throughout the work week as well.
    • Both HOI personnel and visitors are encouraged to always be on guard, attentive and careful to follow all safety rules, as is necessary in any developing country as well as in many parts of developed countries.

    Detailed safety information, including health precautions, are listed in the Team Member Manual.

 

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