What Volunteers Can Expect on a Unity 4 Orphans Service Trip

Learn more about what to expect when volunteering on a service trip with Unity 4 Orphans and prepare for a life-changing experience! From transportation to what to bring, we have answers to commonly asked questions.



How Should I Prepare for a Service Trip with Unity 4 Orphans?

We meet in Pacific Beach at 8:00 a.m. on either a Saturday or Sunday morning and return in the evening, usually around 6:30 p.m., depending on border times upon re-entry. The most important thing to bring is your passport, and we also suggest bringing a water bottle and any snacks or medications you may need throughout the day.

San Diego charity Unity 4 Orphans volunteers at service trip meeting point weather comfortable clothes

Dress comfortably in clothes to play in and good shoes to walk in. We also respect Mexico’s more traditionally conservative culture by not wearing revealing clothing such as short shorts or crop tops. You may also bring items from the list you’ll receive with your registration details and those posted on our social media accounts.

The orphanages always appreciate donations of non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, personal care toiletries, arts and crafts supplies, and rolling suitcases.
– U4O Service Trip Leader

What Can I Expect Once We Cross the Border into Mexico?

We walk across the border where we are transported by chartered bus to the orphanage. Our service trips have been going on without any problems since 2010, and the safety risks are no more than taking a family vacation to Mexico.

Once we arrive at the orphanage we’re greeted by kids of all ages who are excited to play and eager to interact with volunteers. Although speaking Spanish is helpful, most people have no trouble connecting with the kids despite the language barrier. We play games, make crafts, and help out if the staff needs any assistance.

a child at an orphanage in Mexico playing hand games with a service trip volunteer with San Diego charity Unity 4 Orphans

The registration fee covers transportation, lunch, and supplies. We share a meal together at the orphanage, and while the staff cannot accommodate special dietary needs, we encourage volunteers with food allergies to bring a small cooler and enjoy sitting down to eat together.

Who Can I Bring on a Service Trip?

Some volunteers regularly attend trips on their own, and others bring along spouses, friends, and families. Serving together at an orphanage gives adults and kids alike an unforgettable experience and a greater understanding of their blessings. Raising kind, compassionate children can be challenging, but we provide opportunities for families to safely share a day of service.

We go to Mexico fairly often . . . to work in the orphanages, help out, build houses. I love the culture; I love the people. My mom took me every year from fourth grade on, and there’s nothing greater than getting to do that with my children.
Christina Werner, U4O Volunteer

Groups also enjoy serving together and the day always provides excellent team-building opportunities. Whether it’s a church or youth group activity, or coworkers looking to deepen connections, Unity 4 Orphans’ monthly day trips to Mexico are both eye-opening and life-changing.

Where Can Individuals and Groups Sign Up to Volunteer with U4O?

Our service trip dates are regularly posted and updated on our website and we recommend reserving your spot early as they often fill up fast. If you’re interested in creating a special day of service for your group, email us at [email protected].

San Diego charity Unity 4 Orphans volunteers getting sign-ups for a service trip to Mexico

However and whenever you choose to join us for an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a full heart, we aim to connect volunteers with children who need to be shown love more than anything. The simple act of your presence is all it takes to spark hope in kids who need it most!

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