Service Trips

Service Trip Registration

Thank you for taking the first step in building a brighter future and investing in the lives of abandoned and vulnerable children. We foster consistent relationships by visiting orphan homes twice a month.

December 22, 2018 Service Trip to Siempre Para los Niños Orphanage

Registration is now open! Our trips often fill up quickly, so register today. Please Note: Registration for this trip will close on Wednesday December 19th at 6pm. 

January 12, 2019 Service Trip

Registration is now open! Our trips often fill up quickly, so register today. Please Note: Registration for this trip will close on Wednesday, January 9th at 6pm. 

January 26, 2019 Service Trip

Registration is now open! Our trips often fill up quickly, so register today. Please Note: Registration for this trip will close on Wednesday, January 23rd at 6pm. 

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                                    FAQ’s

                                    Some of our most frequently asked questions.

                                    How much does the trip cost?
                                    Adults – $45

                                    Students – $25

                                    Children (under 12) – $15

                                    See cancellation information below.

                                    What if I need to cancel the trip?
                                    Cancellation Policy:

                                    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?
                                    Please be sure to wear modest clothing (no cut-off shorts and low-cut tops), as you will be interacting with children and teens. 
                                    Where do we meet?
                                    Trip meeting locations vary depending on the trip destination. Please see your trip confirmation email for details.
                                    How long are the trips?
                                    We ask that volunteers expect to be on the trip from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Although all trips might not last until 6:30, there are variables out of our control such as border lines, etc.
                                    Is there an emergency contact number to provide my loved ones in the States?

                                    Emergency Contacts:

                                    Joe Brandi 858-729-3173 (in Mexico)

                                    How will we get to the orphanage? (transportation)
                                    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)

                                    – Sunglasses

                                    – Sunscreen

                                    – Comfortable shoes (we will be walking approximately 1 mile before we are picked up by the bus transport).

                                    – Hat

                                    – Any personal care items that you will need for the entire day

                                    – Backpack

                                    – Donation items (see donation section below for more information)

                                    Is there anything I can bring on the trip to donate?

                                    Donation Items: 

                                    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:

                                    Non-perishable food

                                    Cleaning supplies

                                    Toiletry items

                                    Sports equipment

                                    Blankets

                                    First aid items

                                    Socks

                                    Rolling suitcases

                                    Due to Mexican trade laws, we are unable to bring used clothes, shoes, toys, etc.

                                    What to expect on a service trip to Baja Mexico
                                    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.

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