Merced, Costa Rica 2019

Merced, Costa Rica

In Merced, 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.

  • Costa Rica July 2010 341.jpg
  • CIMG3570.JPG
  • 20140910_082746.jpg
  • Costa Rica July 2010 300.jpg
  • Costa Rica July 2010 240.jpg
  • P7180013.JPG
  • cr140.jpg
  • cr212.jpg

 

Date Age Availability Stay Informed Register
Jun 15 2019 to Jun 22 2019 All Ages Call For Availability 1-970-800-4000

Looking for other mission trips to Merced, Costa Rica?

Chattanooga, Tennessee - Merced, Costa Rica
Dexter, Maine - Merced, Costa Rica
East Bank, West Virginia - Merced, Costa Rica
Elkview, West Virginia - Merced, Costa Rica
Erie, Pennsylvania - Merced, Costa Rica
Frederick, Maryland - Merced, Costa Rica
Garnett, Kansas - Merced, Costa Rica
Green Bay, Wisconsin - Merced, Costa Rica
Hazlet, New Jersey - Merced, Costa Rica
Knoxville, Tennessee - Merced, Costa Rica
Lake City, South Carolina - Merced, Costa Rica
Lexington, North Carolina - Merced, Costa Rica
Mexico, Missouri - Merced, Costa Rica
Middletown, Ohio - Merced, Costa Rica
Millersville, Maryland - Merced, Costa Rica
Mission, South Dakota - Merced, Costa Rica
Parma, Ohio - Merced, Costa Rica
Pocahontas, Virginia - Merced, Costa Rica
Prince George, Virginia - Merced, Costa Rica
Princeton, Illinois - Merced, Costa Rica
Racine, Wisconsin - Merced, Costa Rica
Rushville, Indiana - Merced, Costa Rica
Savannah, Georgia - Merced, Costa Rica
Scranton, Pennsylvania - Merced, Costa Rica
Somerville, Tennessee - Merced, Costa Rica
Valdosta, Georgia - Merced, Costa Rica
Winchester, Kentucky - Merced, Costa Rica
Woonsocket, Rhode Island - Merced, Costa Rica
Worthington, Minnesota - Merced, Costa Rica
Charlotte, New York - Merced, Costa Rica
Mescalero, New Mexico - Merced, Costa Rica
Topeka, Kansas - Merced, Costa Rica
Hammond, Indiana - Merced, Costa Rica
Roanoke, Virginia - Merced, Costa Rica
Austin, Texas - Merced, Costa Rica
Charleston, South Carolina - Merced, Costa Rica
Cincinnati, Ohio - Merced, Costa Rica
Denver, Colorado - Merced, Costa Rica
Grand Rapids, Michigan - Merced, Costa Rica
Indianapolis, Indiana - Merced, Costa Rica
Kenosha, Wisconsin - Merced, Costa Rica
Loveland, Colorado - Merced, Costa Rica
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Merced, Costa Rica
Nashville, Tennessee - Merced, Costa Rica
Orlando, Florida - Merced, Costa Rica
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Merced, Costa Rica
Wayne County, New York - Merced, Costa Rica
Big Lake, Alaska - Merced, Costa Rica
Fairbanks, Alaska - Merced, Costa Rica
Alajuela, Costa Rica - Merced, Costa Rica
Grand Goave, Haiti - Merced, Costa Rica
Grano De Oro, Costa Rica - Merced, Costa Rica
Guanacaste, Costa Rica - Merced, Costa Rica
Merced, Costa Rica - Merced, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica - Merced, Costa Rica
Matanzas, Cuba - Merced, Costa Rica
Santiago, Dominican Republic - Merced, Costa Rica
San Salvador, El Salvador - Merced, Costa Rica
San Salvador, El Salvador - Merced, Costa Rica
San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala - Merced, Costa Rica
Leogane, Haiti - Merced, Costa Rica
Dublin, Ireland - Merced, Costa Rica
Baja, Mexico - Merced, Costa Rica
Cusco, Peru - Merced, Costa Rica
Pucallpa, Peru - Merced, Costa Rica
Puerto Rico - Merced, Costa Rica
Puerto Rico - Merced, Costa Rica
Salinas, Puerto Rico - Merced, Costa Rica
Date Price Age Trip Type  

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.

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.
Price: $999 per person
Deposit: See Below
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.
Payments are due and become non-refundable 60 days prior to the trip departure.
For groups reserving more than 50% of a trip’s capacity, a $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required.
Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card.
Click any of the questions below to reveal an answer

Click HERE for a downloadable version.

When FAQs open you can right-click your mouse and save them to your computer or print them.

Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. Contact Robin at 970-800-4000 for more location-specific age requirements. 

Call our expert International Mission Trip Advisor at 970-800-4000.

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

To reserve space on a trip, a non-refundable $100/person deposit is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. If you cancel your registration prior to the final payment due date, your deposit is non-refundable but any additional payments you have made up until that time are refundable. Once you have paid your final balance and are within 60 days of your trip, all money is non-refundable. If Group International Mission Trips makes the decision to cancel your trip due to inclement weather or political unrest, we will reschedule you to a different trip or refund your fees.

All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. A passport is not required for trips to Puerto Rico and Alaska. Visas are not required for most trips. For full information, please ask your mission trip planner at time of booking.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$999*/person
*Flight not included
Age:
All Ages
Trip Capacity:
25
Shots Required:
Yes
Passport Required:
Yes

Need more info?

Fill out this short form and we’ll send you more information right away!


We may communicate with you about the information you've requested and other Group Mission Trip services. The use of your information is governed by Group Cares Privacy Policy.

Need a custom trip?