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Join us for the day in Mexico.
Dates May Change.
April 28th 2018 Service TripRegistration closes on 4/26/18 but act fast! Our trips often fill up before then. Limited spots available.
May 12th 2018 Service TripRegistration closes on 5/10/18 but act fast! Our trips often fill up before then. Limited spots available.
May 26th 2018 Service TripRegistration closes on 5/24/18 but act fast! Our trips often fill up before then. Limited spots available.
Some of our most frequently asked questions.
How much does the trip cost?
Children (under 12) – $15
It covers parking, transportation, lunch (for volunteers and all the kids/staff at the orphanage), and all the activities, crafts and supplies for the day.
See cancellation information below.
What if I need to cancel the trip?
If you must cancel within 72 hours of the trip, please consider your payment a donation of $25 to cover the losses incurred.
What should I wear on a day-trip?
Where do we meet?
How long are the trips?
Is there an emergency contact number to provide my loved ones in the States?
Joe Brandi 858-729-3173 (in Mexico)
Esli Medrano 760-562-5435 (in Mexico)
How will we get to the orphanage? (transportation)
After meeting at the location designated in your confirmation email, as a group we carpool to a secured parking lot at the Otay Mesa border.
First time trip-goers must meet with us at the meet-up location.
If you drive yourself, we ask that you pay an additional parking fee of $10.00.
What should I pack? (personal items to bring)
What to Pack:
– Passport (needs to be current and at least 6 months until it expires).
– Water bottle(s)
– Personal snacks (do not bring fruit)
– Comfortable shoes (we will be walking approximately 1 mile before we are picked up by the bus transport).
– Any personal care items that you will need for the entire day
– Donation items (see donation section below for more information)
Is there anything I can bring on the trip to donate?
Each trip has optional featured donation items that are needed based on the circumstances. You will receive a list of specific items via email after you have signed up for a trip.
However, we always accept the following items:
Snacks for the kids to take to school
First aid items
Due to Mexican trade laws, we are unable to bring used clothes, shoes, toys, etc.
Joy. Sadness. Happiness. Hugs.
What to expect on a service trip to Baja Mexico…..
From start to finish, you will be exposed to the realities of an abandoned child’s experience.
Although you may be covered with dust and sweat by the end, you will also be filled with love and compassion!
We encourage you to come with a flexible spirit.
We walk almost a mile with donations across the border, so it is necessary you are physically able to make this part of the journey.
We are taken by chartered buses and/or vans to the orphanage.
At the orphanage, we have lunch, do an art project, and play sports with the children.
Most children are seeking positive attention, so even if you don’t speak Spanish, be proactive and engage children in activities. Translators will assist you, and the activity leaders appreciate any assistance you can provide with unloading donations, serving meals, and cleaning up.
At the orphanage, we ask that you stay with the group at all times and never be alone with a child.
Please do not hand a child your phone or candy that has not been approved by the trip leader.
Finally, please be aware that border lines can be long and range between 30-90 minutes on the return home.