Heredia Costa Rica

In Heredia, there is a local community center that devotes its time to help their fellow Costa Rican brothers and sisters.

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Due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone our entire 2020 domestic mission trip season to next year.

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Overview

Age Group
Families/Adult Groups (All Ages)
Capacity
40
Bus Accessible?
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In Heredia, located in northern San José, a community center is dedicated to helping citizens who have been forgotten and underserved grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Backed by the local church, community and business leaders, this group of Christians is living out their faith by investing time identifying and equipping people who are either homeless, or have been prostituted; they also reach out to children and troubled youth.

They provide courses and programs that help people rise above their circumstances such as: computer skills, GED, leadership development, among many others. Many local people are currently involved with projects in their very own community. To date, the center has helped 200 families (1,500 people) in a variety of ways.

Lodging

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How You’ll Serve

With the help of our ministry partners who operate the community center, we’ve identified several key areas where you can help. Here are examples of the types of projects you might be involved with:

  • Work on renovation efforts in one of the area’s poorest neighborhoods, helping widows, single moms, elderly people, and disabled people
  • Help with educational initiatives at the community center
  • Assist with children's ministry/ help lead Vacation Bible School
  • Do maintenance and upkeep of a local school
  • Help with other ministry opportunities provided by the local school and community center

Our Partners

Our local ministry partner began serving their community September of 2014 when the community center was founded. The center is operated by 10 people, mostly young people with backgrounds in psychology, business administration, college students, and graphic designers who give their time and abilities to the center.

Schedule

Sample Itinerary

Saturday – Arrive at San Jose, Costa Rica International Airport (SJO); transport to lodging facility; attend church
Sunday – Free day (visit the beach or do activities such as zip lining)
Monday-Friday – Perform service work and outreach projects; evening devotions and God Sightings
Saturday – Depart for SJO airport; fly home

*Optional pre- or post-mission trip add-ons available for this location; call Robin for details.

Need to Know

  • A passport is required to travel to Costa Rica.
  • Be up to date on all standard vaccines, such as Tetanus, Mumps, Measles, and Rubella. Hepatitis A vaccine is also recommended. Be sure to bring bug spray (at least 25% DEET).
  • Fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Average flight cost is $500-$600.
  • There is a $29 USD per person departure tax that should now be included in the price of your plane ticket. Please confirm this with your airline.
  • Lodging will be in a local hotel.
  • Currency is the Colón. $1 = about 564 Colones.
  • Electricity is the same as the U.S., and a converter or adapter is not needed to plug electronics into the wall.
  • Spanish is the primary language.

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Who can participate?

Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. We require 1 adult (18 years or older) for every 5 youth (17 years or younger). Contact Robin at 970-800-4000 for more location-specific age requirements. 

How do I book my international mission trip?

Contact our expert international mission trip advisor, Robin, at 970-800-4000.

Is airfare from North America included in the international mission trip price?

Prices do not include airfare from North America. However, in Peru, our price includes the airfare from Lima to Pucallpa and Cusco.

What is your policy on deposits, payments, and cancellations?

To reserve space on a trip, a non-refundable $100/person deposit is due when you register. 

Are all meals included in the cost?

Most meals are covered as part of your registration, except for free days if you're serving in Alaska or Puerto Rico. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for any exceptions.

What types of meals are served?

Most meals will be provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well.

How strenuous are the activities and service?

While some mission trips are more physically strenuous than others, most international trips will include at least four 8-hour service days in hot and humid environments. Your group can work at the level of physical exertion with which they’re comfortable.

Are tips included in the cost?

Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff if you stay in a hotel during your trip are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.

Are the trips safe?

The safety of your group is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you or your group is as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that are safe and reliable. Our International Mission Trip Advisor is glad to answer further safety questions.

Can you put together a custom trip for my group?

Probably. If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we may be able to accommodate that for you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at ralm@groupmissiontrips.com, or call 1-970-800-4000 for more information.

Payment Policy

Our payment policy is designed to give you the most flexibility when reserving your mission trip experience with Group Mission Trips.

  • When you register for a trip, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due per person to reserve your space.
  • Full payment balance is due 60 days prior to the trip departure.
  • Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card.
  • For groups reserving more than 50% of a trip’s capacity, a $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required.
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