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TRIP INFORMATION

  • 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 San Lorenzo, Honduras 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?

    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. 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. 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.  You may also participate in home prayer visits with families in the communities.  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.

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    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.

    Dr. Daniel Lohnes with Honduran children
    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 Emily Grossman at egrossman@hoi.org.

    PHOTO GALLERY
    To view pictures of our facilities and past trip experiences, click here.

  • 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

  • COST BREAKDOWN
    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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