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AT A GLANCE
WHO TRAVELS WITH HOI?
Groups ranging from 10 – 50 individuals volunteer with HOI. These may be churches, families, athletic teams, professional groups and more. Mission team volunteers must be at least 13 years old to participate if accompanied by an adult relative of the same sex (or 10 years old if accompanied by an adult relative on a Family Week trip).
WHEN ARE TRIPS AND FOR HOW LONG?
Mission trips are available year-round. Trip length can vary, but most service trips, including travel, are 8 days (Saturday to Saturday).
WHAT IS THE COST?
The cost of participating in a mission trip to Rancho el Paraiso is $800 per person, which covers all costs except airfare. There is also a $1,000 fee per group to cover work materials.
HOW DO VOLUNTEERS SERVE?
Mission trip volunteers work alongside local villagers to complete projects to improve health and well being of the community. These projects can include building latrines, chimneys, room additions, water connections and more. Additionally, volunteers have the opportunity to teach Bible schools to the children of each village and engage with them through games and crafts. Volunteers also have the opportunity to meet with families who have requested prayer. We encourage medical professionals to use their skills in the villages as well.
WHO DO VOLUNTEERS INTERACT WITH WHILE ON A TRIP?
Each group is met at the airport by members of our bilingual staff who accompany volunteers throughout the mission trip. Groups are assigned a village to serve alongside by HOI staff or partners. Teams come to know members of the community, from village elders to young children. Volunteers often find that seeing through the eyes of their new Central American friends is the most meaningful aspect of their trip, and many of these relationships continue year after year.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON VOLUNTEERS?
Our volunteers are challenged through their mission trip experiences in ways as diverse as the volunteers themselves. No matter the lesson learned, participants return energized with a passion for serving and sharing the Gospel through service.
WHY TRAVEL WITH HOI?
There are many short-term missions organizations doing outstanding work all over the globe, and HOI’s philosophy and work challenge the best. Learn what makes us different.
We hope you will recruit a mission team from your church, school, community or workplace, or will join an existing team as an individual. If you are interested in organizing a trip or joining a team, please contact Morgan Leary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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COST BREAKDOWNThe fee to participate in a service trip to Honduras is $800 per person, due at least four weeks before departure. Included in this fee are:
Travel accident and liability insurance coverage.
Transportation from the Tegucigalpa airport to and from Rancho el Paraíso.
Leadership by a bilingual HOI staff member who meets each team at the airport and stays with the group until its return to the U.S.
Overnight accommodations for the week, including two hotel stays and five nights at the ranch.
Snack at the Mennonite bakery en route to the ranch.
All meals while in-country.
Beverages with meals.
Purified and bottled water while at the ranch.
Some building supplies for the work project in the host village.
Tips to the porters at the airport upon arrival and departure.
This fee does not include:
Airfare: Each team or individual is responsible for purchasing their own flights to and from Tegucigalpa.
Tips ($1 per bag) at the hotel if volunteer chooses to have a porter help carry luggage.
Lunch at Tegucigalpa airport upon arrival.
Souvenirs and snacks en route and at the ranch (other than the snack at the Mennonite bakery).
Any charges incurred at the hotel in Tegucigalpa, including items used from the mini-bar and telephone calls.
Additional travel insurance (strongly recommended).
A deposit of $1,000 is required from each group to reserve a week on the HOI calendar. Reservations are taken up to a year in advance. Additionally, there is a $1,000 materials fee per team to fund work project supplies in the village during the team’s work week.
SAFETYVolunteer 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.
Teams travel together in HOI vehicles with trained, armed and uniformed security personnel. All have electronic communication capabilities.
All vehicles are marked as belonging to HOI, which is recognized as a well-respected, non-governmental organization.
Local police in the Agalta Valley (Gualaco and San Esteban) frequently provide additional security when driving through mountains or unpaved roads.
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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