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El Salvador Service Trip

WELCOME TO UNITY 4 ORPHANS and MENDING ONE ANOTHER’S SECOND PRINCESS/SUPERHERO MISSION TO THE COUNTRY OF EL SALVADOR
SEPTEMBER 9TH- 12TH

Thank you for participating on the second Unity 4 Orphans/Mending One Another Princess/Superhero Mission to El Salvador. Unity 4 Orphans intent is to inspire individuals to invest in the lives of abandoned and vulnerable children in the countries of Mexico, Nicaragua and El Salvador through consistent relationships and purpose driven programs. Through these relationships and programs, both the children and participants are “Mending One Another” by sharing their time and love with each other.

Having identified the poorest areas in El Salvador, Mending One Another and Unity 4 Orphans will partner together again to provide the Fantasy Come True Princess/Superhero parties for the young children in two communities.

Under the direction of Country Coordinator Andrea Castellanos Geisinger, each child will have the opportunity to choose the Princess or Superhero costume of their choice and spend the afternoon in character.  Numerous activities and games are planned along with refreshments provided by the local Rotary Club International.

Please consider joining us and you will experience one of the most heartwarming sensations as children who have so very little delight in a day of absolute joy and laughter.

You too will have the opportunity to be a Princess or Superhero character if you choose,  so come relive your childhood and share a day you will never forget with these precious children!

Vision Statements

Unity 4 Orphans

FIGHTING FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE WHERE ORPHANED AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN EXPERIENCE POWER AND TRANSFORMATION IN EVERY AREA OF THEIR LIVES.

Mending One Another

GIVING HOPE AND A FUTURE TO THOSE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY.

Mission Overview

To create a “Fantasy Come True” event for the children living in the poor communities of El Salvador. These children have only dreamed and fantasized of meeting or even being a Princess or Superhero. Each child will receive a costume, creating the Princess/Superhero experience. This is something that they will never forget or would have never had the opportunity to play out without our help. We are bringing the MAGIC to each of these children, which is what this particular mission is all about.

The Country of El Salvador

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El Salvador is located in the heart of Central America, facing the Pacific Ocean to the south, Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the north.

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The countries highest elevation is 2,730m.

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Population of El Salvador is 6.378 million (2017)

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It is the smallest country in the region, approximately the size of Massachusetts.

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Weather is warm and humid. High 80s to low 90s during the day and high 70s to low 80 during the evenings.

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U.S. dollar is the local currency.

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Time zone is Central Standard Time.

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The country’s main language is Spanish.

CHILDREN YOU WILL MEET IN EL SALVADOR

Travel Information and FYIs

A CURRENT PASSPORT IS REQUIRED. Be sure it is valid for a minimum of 6 months before expiration (March 2020). Make a copy of your passport and keep it in a safe place in your luggage.

During your flight to El Salvador you will fill out a customs form. You are traveling as a tourist. This form will be given to customs along with a $10.00 (cash only) entrance fee.

It is best to keep your cash in bills smaller than $20’s.

Electric is 110v so your personal appliances will work. (Electric razors, hair dryers, etc)

DO NOT DRINK TAP WATER.

No specific shots or immunization shots are required but current tetanus is recommended.

Bring insect/mosquito repellant.

Always have hand sanitizer available and use it frequently.

Casual attire is recommended since we will be playing with the children. Tennis shoes or sandals/flip flops are ok. Shorts, t-shirts and capri are your best bet. Do not wear flashy jewelry or accessories.

NOTE: YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO DRESS IN COSTUME ALONG WITH THE CHILDREN FOR THE PRINCESS/SUPERHERO PARTY

Bring a BEACH TOWEL for the pool. Basic bath towels at the villa are for use in showering.

Accommodations

Villa Surf Carr. El Litoral Km 43 ½ Urb. Cerromar #12 Tamanique, La Labertad

You will stay at Villa Surf (check it out at villasurf.com). This is a very beautiful beach property located inside the exclusive and peaceful Cerromar complex which has 24/7 gated security. This will be our own private villa. There are 4 bedrooms which are air conditioned, each containing one private bath, deck and an ocean view. You may be sharing a room with up to 3 others depending on how many are on this trip. The beds are bunk style. You will have access to the private pool and courtyard. Wi-Fi is included. The villa has a totally equipped kitchen, dining room, and a lounge area. Villa Surf is walking distance to the famous Sunzal and El Tunco surf breaks and 35 minutes from El Salvador International Airport.

Contact Number

Andrea Geisinger 011-503-7737-3463

Trip Costs
4 days/3 nights $369 which includes transfers to and from the airport, private accommodations just for our group, Wi-Fi, private pool and court area, 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner prepared and served at our complex), daily transportation, drinking water and our personal mission leader/translator.
Half of trip cost due now $185
Balance of trip cost due by August 1, 2019 $184
Entrance into country through Customs $10
Lunch when out in the field (Tues and Wed) $40
Snacks and beverages purchased at grocery store $30
APPROX TOTAL DEPENDS ON PERSONAL PURCHASES $449

NOTE: This does not include airfare which you are responsible for. If you are in the airline business and plan on traveling nonrev, keep in mind you are taking the chance of not getting on the flight. I have personally purchased positive space tickets on SPIRIT out of Ft Lauderdale (must book early for a great rate) departing Sept 9th and returning Sept 12th.  American, United, Delta and Avianca also fly into San Salvador, El Salvador.

If you elect to do the deposit option, $100 of the deposit is non-refundable as it will go towards the children and the children’s parties. If doing the deposit option, half of the trip cost is due now and the balance of the trip cost will automatically be charged on August 1st, 2019.

Trip Itinerary

The following is our itinerary for the mission trip. (subject to daily changes)

Monday 9th-Arrival day
2:00 pm Arrival
2:30 pm Lunch at Villa Surf
3:30 pm Orientation
4:30 pm Trip to the grocery store to buy supplies and snacks during your stay
7:00 pm Dinner in El Tunco

Tuesday 10th
8:30 am Breakfast at Villa Surf
9:30 am Visit Salty Pools by the ocean
12:30 pm Lunch in El Tunco
2:00 pm FANTASY COME TRUE Princess/Superhero Party
7:00 pm Dinner at Villa Surf

Wednesday 11th
8:30 am Breakfast at Villa Surf
9:30 am Shopping in local town or fun/relaxing activity for the morning
12:00 pm Lunch in El Tunco
2:30 pm FANTASY COME TRUE Princess/ Superhero Party
7:00 pm Dinner at Covana

Thursday 12th-Departure day
8:30 am Breakfast at Villa Surf
10:00 am Leave for airport

Last Minute Reminders

*If you plan on using a credit card, call your credit card company and inform them you will be using it in El Salvador Sept 9th through the 12th. You can also do this on their website in most cases.

*Leave the emergency contact number I gave you with someone back in the states.

Unity 4 Orphans and Mending One Another want to personally thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives and sharing your love and hugs with these children in these extremely poor communities. I can ASSURE you this will be a life changing experience and one you will always hold precious in your heart.

If you have any further questions please feel free to reach out to me. My cell number is 612-845-7476 or by email at mending1a@gmail.com.

Warmly,
Cindy Paulus, Founder
Mending One Another

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