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  • What does a Mission Trip Cost?
  • Can we arrange our own projects and transportation? 
  • How do I determine a trip budget?
  • Shouldn’t I begin my budget with airfare?
  • Guatemala is not short on an inexpensive labor force.
  • How are the project funds used?
  • Your budget will determine the type of project.
  • So why go on a mission trip?  Why not simply send money, hire Guatemalans and stay home?
  • Can people who want to donate to individual team members do so through Missions Frontier?
  • What does a ground package include?
  • What is a typical week’s schedule?
  • What are some typical group projects?
  • Can I eat the food and drink the water?
  • Can I visit an orphanage?
  • Can I leave items to be donated to the people?            
  • Medicines commonly needed for medical clinics           
  • What kind of clothes should I bring?
  • What are the luggage restrictions?
  • What is the weather like?
  • Is Guatemala Safe?
  • Is it safe to bring valuables?
  • Entry/Exit to the country?
  • Do I need to have vaccines?
  • What is the Language?
  • What is the Religion?
  • Where will I be staying while in Chichi?
  • Places to visit while in Guatemala.

What does a Mission Trip Cost?

Our recommended Budget Amount per person is $675 for ground costs and $500 for project/material funds. This price does not include airfare.

How to determine your trip budget
We encourage missions pastors and others in charge of planning short term mission trips to start with a generous project/materials fund amount and build the budget from there.

Example – for a week stay, a team decides that each individual needs to contribute $300 toward Guatemala project funds.  This amount starts the budget.  $500 + $625 (transportation, hotel stays, food) = $1175 + airfare.  An average airfare costs $625.  In this scenario, the total budget amount needed for the trip be $1,800

Shouldn't I begin my budget with the cost of airfare?

In determining a budget for a mission trip, a common mistake often made is to start a budget with the cost of airfare and then limit the ground costs and project/material funds in order to end up with an "affordable" short term mission trip. 

Airfare is the item that a team member has little or no control. When a budget is determined based on airfare, most (more than half) of the trip cost is left circulating in the US economy. This becomes complicated as we try to justify the mission trip itself.

For example:  If an individual determines their total budget to be $1300 and the airfare costs $625, that individual is left with $575 to cover their ground costs (food, transportation, hotel stays) and $0 for project funds. 

It becomes more difficult to justify an affordable trip that provides manual labor but $0 of project or material funds. Without project funds, the natural question arises, why not simply send the $1,300 to Guatemala, hire 26 local Guatemalans for the week (40 x $50 per week = $1,300 and have the short term missionary stay home? 

Guatemala is not short on an inexpensive labor force. Guatemala is short however on money to buy materials.  The projects that teams help with are real projects that cost real money.  The materials provided by the teams are a great help to the people and the projects give team members the opportunity to form relationships with the Guatemalan people as they work together toward a common goal.

How are the project funds used?
The breakdown of the project funds - 100% of the funds go toward project material costs.

Your budget will determine the type of project.

Example:
Home construction is a common project that many teams like to participate. The material costs for a basic wooden home costs approximately $1,600. A team of four to six people can build one house per day. A team of 25 for example could easily build 5 houses per day or 25 houses during the week (5 days). In order to complete five houses per day for 5 days, a team would need to raise $40,000  in project/material funds or $1,600/person.  (versus 25 people x $500 = $12,500).

So why go on a mission trip?  Why not simply send money, hire Guatemalans and stay home?

Mission Trips give the opportunity to take a step of obedience in faith and use our God given gifts to serve the Guatemalan people, to aid the local Christian Church and to see Christ at work in and through the Guatemalan people. Mission trips provide an incredible, life changing experience for everyone involved.

It is important to remember that missions are about God, not us.  Mission Trips are about the relationships, not the projects.  Although the projects do solve real problems and meet read needs, it's important to remember that God does not need us.  His purposes will be accomplished with or without us.  We are blessed however when we let God work in and through us via a mission project.

Can people who want to donate to individual team members do so through Missions Frontier?

The short answer is no.

If individuals want to contribute toward project funds they may do so through Missions Frontier. 

What does a ground package include?

A standard ground package of $675 is based on an weeks tay with mid-day arrivals and departures).  The package includes hotel stay, meals, transportation, an excursion to Lake Atitlan.

What is the typical schedule for a week?
A standard Schedule – 4 day work week.
Saturday - arrive midday flight – drive to Chichicastenango.
Sunday – church, Chichi market day
Monday - Thursday – project days
Friday - excursion to Lake Atitlan
Saturday – early departure for Antigua.  Spend night in Guatemala City.
Sunday – flight departure.

A standard Schedule – 5 day work week.
Saturday - arrive midday flight – drive to Chichicastenango.
Sunday – church, Chichi market day
Monday- Friday – project days
Saturday – Lake Atitlan day excursion
Sunday – early morning departure from Chichi.  Chichi to Guatemala City Airport

Can I visit an orphanage?
While Missions Frontier works with and supports several children’s homes, we don’t encourage team visitation.  For the long term health and stability of the children who live at the homes, we try and keep team involvement to a minimum. If you are interested in working with children, there are a number of other opportunities where you can help.   If you have more questions, please email us.  info@missionsfrontier.org

Can I leave items in Guatemala to be donated to the people?
Yes, many groups bring items to be donated.  We distribute those items through local churches, ministries and schools to those most in need.

  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes are a basic necessity that people often cannot afford.
  • Eyes glasses: new or used
  • Children clothes – new or gently used.  All sizes. 
  • New socks and underwear
  • Adult’s clothes
  • Notebook, pencil, eraser, color pencils, backpacks etc: School supplies are always needed
  • Please do not bring candy.  The people have more than enough tooth decay.
  • Medicines.  See a list below of commonly needed medicines. 

           
Medicines commonly used by medical clinics

  • Antibiotics. Zithromax, Augmentin, Cipro, Bextra…
  • Pain relievers (Ibuprofen, Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, Aspirin…)
  • Stomach (Pepcid AC, Tums, Zantac…)
  • Anti-diarrhea – Immodium AD
  • Adult and Children’s vitamins
  • Cough and Cold – Children and Adult
  • Allergy medicines (Claritin, Allegra)
  • Benadryl
  • Asthma meds (albuterol inhalers, Qvar, Advair, Singulair, Prednisone)
  • Skin creams – anti-fungal, anti-bacterial. 
  • Neosporin 
  • Creams for muscle and arthritis pain (ie:  bengay)
  • Shampoos, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Lice Shampoo
  • Wound care


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For more details on how you can get involved contact us at teams@missionsfrontier.org

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Kingdom Business Slide show (pdf) - www.missionsfrontier.org/KingdomInvestments2008.pdf

 

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