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GROUP TRIPS

  • TYPE OF WORK
    HOI welcomes a variety of Honduras mission trip teams to our ranch each year. We invite you to organize a team of 10 – 50 individuals from your church, school, community or workplace.

    The type of work done while volunteering may 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.

    Many teams also choose to include a spiritual component to their trip, often 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 village children while sharing Christ’s love.

    Home prayer visits are another wonderful way to invest spiritually in the Agalta Valley and are often a highlight of each trip. Together, HOI’s pastor 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 even upon the Honduras mission team’s return the following year.

  • PRICING
    The 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.
    • The mandatory $39 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.
    • 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.

  • 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.
    • 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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