Ecuador June 2019

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - Sunday, June 30, 2019


June 2019
Trip Details

Trip Cost: $1950 + airfare

See Cost & Payments Tab Below for Details

Team Size

20 people max

Team Leader

Mark Cooper

Ecuador teams will serve alongside GBLI partner ministry Fundación Contigo Ecuador. This team will spend the week helping Fundación Contigo complete projects, play with the children, and engage in activities that will improve the facilities and the lives of the children at the various projects where they serve. Part of the week will be spent in Quito and part of the week will be spent on the coast in Manta. This is a great way to see different parts of Ecuador. We sent our first team to Manta in October 2016 to help with earthquake relief. Going to the coast has been a highlight of teams ever since. Teams spend time with a pastor and his wife there and serve alongside them as they minister to their community and to area orphanages.

In Quito, the team will stay at Bethel, which is the guest house of Fundación Contigo. One of our favorite places for teams to serve is Pisuli. Pisuli is a neighborhood known for violence, extreme poverty, and harsh living conditions in North Quito, Ecuador. Each week in Pisuli, 150 kids are fed, and they receive health care, vision care, and dental care. Through Contigo they are provided with clothing, shoes, and training. There’s a program in Pisuli where the mothers of the some of the children have learned to make beautiful jewelry out of tagua to receive income that enables them to live a more productive life and have an income to be able to care for their children. Often teams are able to watch the women make this jewelry. This team will get to serve with Contigo in Pisuli loving on the children and families being served through this project. Sometimes this can look like helping with a project; other times it might be doing arts and crafts, vbs or simply playing with the children. Contigo works with many orphanages that include both private Christian run and government run. If time allows, this team may be able to serve at an orphanage in Quito.

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. Ecuador 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 families. If you are pregnant or think you might be during this trip, please check with your doctor before planning to travel on any mission trip and email the coordinator prior to signing up to make sure this trip is right for you ( Please note: Because Quito is at a high elevation team members will need to take extra precautions such as staying hydrated and taking it easy the first couple of days to avoid altitude sickness.

Age Requirements
12 and over with a parent, 17 and over without.

Total Trip Cost
$1950 + 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 $700-$1000

Trip Payment Schedule
DUE FEB 21, 2019 – $500 SECOND PAYMENT
DUE MAR 21, 2019 – $800 THIRD PAYMENT
*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

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.

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

Mark Cooper

Ecuador Team Leader

Mark grew up in California and now lives in Portland, Oregon. He and his wife Kimberlee raise 5 children along with a dog and two guinea pigs. Mark has participated in many short term missions programs through the years including two recent trips with GoBeLove to Rwanda and Ukraine.

Mark has seen first hand how the support of missionaries in the field can leverage the impact on communities and groups. As well, “reporting back” to our home communities can be an effective tool for spreading the word about the impact Christ is having throughout the world. 

He has also been an advocate of youth participating in missions support programs at a young age.  Two of his sons have traveled with him to Africa and Ukraine. His third son, Matthew, will be accompanying the group to Ecuador this year.

I’m ready to Go. Be. Love.
I’m ready to Go. Be. Love.

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