Costa Rica Summer 2019

Costa Rica

Summer 2019

Trip Details

More details coming soon!

For those who like to plan ahead, we will be offering a Summer 2019 Costa Rica trip. We are currently in the process of working on finalizing dates and details. If you would like to be notified as soon as trip details are finalized or have questions about this trip, please click on the button below to fill out a very brief form. A staff person will contact you right away.

To be notified once dates and details for our Summer 2019 Costa Rica trip are finalized or if you have questions, please click “Request More Info” above or you can send an email directly to: Casi.Young@GoBeLoveInternational.org

We have a Sept/Oct 2018 Costa Rica trip that is finalized and open for signups HERE.

A sample trip description that applies to most of our Costa Rica trips is as follows:

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.

COST: Costa Rica summer trips are generally around $1900 + airfare. This may vary slightly depending on how long the trip is and what the itinerary includes.

Introductory
This trip is great for both first-timers and those that have been on many trips. Costa Rica is 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.

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

Documents Needed (2 weeks from registration)
1. Signed Child Protection Policy & Guidelines document
2. Signed Code of Conduct document
3. Signed Short-Term Mission Trip Guide document
4. Signed Signed Release, Hold Harmless & Consent Form
5. Signed Cancellation Policy
6. Signed Background Check Consent Form
7. Signed Statement of Faith
8. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #1
9. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #2

*A background check will be run on all teams members under the age of 18.
*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.

Vaccinations
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 http://www.cdc.gov 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.

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