Costa Rica October 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - Saturday, October 6, 2018

Costa Rica

September 29 - October 6, 2018

Trip Details

Trip Cost: $2050 + airfare

See Cost & Payments Tab Below for Details


September 29 – October 6, 2018

Team Size

16 people max

Team Leader

Lori McMurphy

Sign up by

July 29, 2018

Each team member will fly from his/her home airport and will meet up as a team at a connecting US airport (usually Atlanta, Miami or Houston) where the group will then travel together for the international portion of the trip.

The team will fly into San Jose, Costa Rica and then spend the first evening there. On the second day you will travel by bus (about 4 hours), through the tropical cloud forest of Braulio Carillo National Park, to Limon. The afternoon will be spent at the children’s home that we visit. After that, you will head to Puerto Viejo where your team will be staying for the week. The next three days will be spent at the children’s home loving on the precious children there. Then there is typically a pool day where the children and tias (care-givers) come to the team’s hotel for a day of fun. It is always a hit with the kids and the team! On the last full day in Costa Rica you will have the opportunity to learn more about the amazing rainforest through a zip-line or aerial tram tour.

The children’s home that we visit in Costa Rica is run by the government. There are typically about 30-40 children living there. It is a transitional home for children. Some of the children have been pulled from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Some have been abandoned. Go Be Love works to build long-term relationships with our partner ministries to best serve these children. We have been sending teams to Costa Rica since 2010. Our goal is to come alongside our in-country partners to serve and support them. The trips are designed to be more about “being” and “loving” and “learning” rather than “doing”. As a team you will plan your ministry activities. Often this includes Bible stories, skits, music, games, sports, crafts, etc. You might also hold a baby for hours or have the opportunity to help the caregivers with laundry or other tasks.

Consider joining this team, it will truly be a life-changing and unforgettable experience.

Trip Type
Introductory– This trip is great for both first-timers and those that have been on many trips. Costa Rica is fairly close to the US and because travel time is relatively short, this trip is a great way to serve in a time that fits your schedule.

Ideal Demographic
This trip is appropriate for individuals, groups, and/or families. If you are pregnant or think you might be during this trip, please check with your doctor and the trip coordinator before planning to travel.

Age Requirements
9 and over with a parent, 15 and over without. Ask for our Considerations for Children document if you’re not sure about bringing children.

Total Trip Cost
$2050 + airfare
*Final total varies depending on team size and flight costs. Your exact total trip cost will be given to you after flights are booked. Flights typically run between $600-$1000 depending on your departure airport.
Total estimated trip cost: $2650-$3050

Trip Payment Schedule
Due at Registration – $250 non-refundable deposit
Due MAY 29, 2018 – $500 second payment
Due JUN 29, 2018 – $900 payment (for booking flights)
Due JUL 29, 2018 – Final balance due
*If you sign up for the trip past any of the above payment due dates, you will need to fundraise to catch up on those deadlines quickly.

The following items are included in the trip cost:
✓ International airfare plus domestic connections from your home airport (see flight info below for more details on flights)
✓ 3 meals a day on the international portion of the trip
✓ Accommodations based on sharing rooms with other team members (see FAQ page for more info on room arrangements)
✓ In-country transportation
✓ Translator/Guide (if needed)
✓ Trained leader for the team
✓ Visa fee (if any)
✓ ACE Travel Insurance Coverage (medical, liability, travel and security assistance services)
✓ Tipping for guides, meals out, etc.
✓ Administrative costs
✓ Excursion costs (if any)

Costs not included in the trip price are: meals on airport travel days when traveling to and from the US, any additional costs due to deviations, any fees associated with baggage or immunizations, passport, personal shopping money and incidentals such as snacks, additional beverages, laundry, phone calls, film and other personal items. Costs for arts & crafts and other items needed for activities your team takes to do with the children are also not included in the trip cost.

Required Documentation
1. Submitted trip application (with deposit)
2. Current passport that will not expire within 6 months of travel date (we do not need a copy of it)

Documents Needed (2 weeks from registration)
1. Signed Release, Hold Harmless & Consent Form
2. Signed Cancellation Policy
3. Signed Background Check Consent Form
4. Signed Statement of Faith
5. Signed and notarized copy of Code of Conduct for GBLI and the ministries we visit on the trip
6. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #1
7. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #2

*A background check will be run
*All documents should be turned in to us within two weeks from the time you sign up for the trip.

Team Member Commitment
I understand that the mission trip starts the day I apply for the trip and agree that, as a part of a Go Be Love mission team, I am committing to being available for conference calls leading up to the trip and reading all emails and materials pertaining to the trip, and responding when necessary. I understand that these communications are needed to maximize the effectiveness of my team on the mission field, to prepare each person for the trip and to build team unity. For some teams, this may include 4 to 8 conference calls leading up to the trip. I understand that a large part of these conference calls will focus on a spiritual preparation and will include doing a pre-trip discipleship study together.

Go Be Love advises all travelers to read the US Department of State background notes on their website. Travelers can also check the latest health information with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention at to get the most recent health advisories, immunization recommendations/requirements, and advice on food and drinking water safety for regions and countries. We also suggest that all participants consult their physician before traveling abroad.

Paying for Your Trip
Go Be Love encourages our team members to raise support. Once you are signed up for a trip, you can fundraise with all items on the team member fundraising section of our online store, you can send out support letters or come up with your own creative ideas. We use a team member database called Managed Missions that allows you to create your own custom fundraising page. Unlike other online fundraising pages, those donations will go directly into your trip account and will also be tax deductible for your donors. This feature is called Public Profile and we encourage all team members to create one and send the link to your donors who would like to give online. You and your donors can also make tax deductible payments toward your trip total by mailing checks to Go Be Love.

Flight and Travel Info
One thing that sets Go Be Love mission trips apart is that we book ALL flights for all of our team members, including your domestic connections from your home airport. Please list your home airport on your application. For smaller airports, please give several options for airports you could fly from as sometimes our international airline partners may not have options in and out of smaller airports. Please note: because we will be booking all of your flights and connections and because we do so at the best possible price – this does not always mean the best possible schedule. Many times, the international airlines we use are able to offer us domestic flight connections at a very low cost (usually only $75-$100) and therefore, we are offered a very limited class of service. This might mean longer layover times so please be prepared for this in advance. You may find a better schedule online but that doesn’t mean that it was an option within the price range and class of service we were going for. If you have specific limitations on arrival and departure times, you will need to let us know in writing 90 days or more in advance and you will need to be prepared to incur additional costs if your preferences do not fall within the class of service we are offered at the lowest cost.

About Your Leader

Lori McMurphy

China and Costa Rica Team Leader

Lori has a degree in special education and has worked with kids with special needs off and on for the past 25 years. Her area she is most familiar with is those children with mild to severe needs. Her heart for the orphan began in the early 80ʼs when she heard of baby girls being abandoned in China. Little did she know, the two loves would become part of a beautiful puzzle He was putting together. Lori and her husband have five children – four biological and one adopted daughter from Inner Mongolia, China who has been home since Christmas Day 2009. People say that she is the Chinese version of her! They have two boys, three girls, three dogs, and a lizard. Her love for China grew after their adoption trip and she was thrilled to be a part of the Chaoyang team in 2013. Lori joined her friend Gael as co-leader for the Fushun trip in 2014 and continues to lead teams for Go Be Love International where she looks forward to continuing to develop relationships and shining His light for these beautiful people! In 2018, Lori will lead 2 trips for Go Be Love – China and Costa Rica.

I’m ready to Go. Be. Love.

I’m ready to Go. Be. Love.

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