Costa Rica: April 2018
Apr 21, 2018 – Apr 27, 2018
In 2006, HPUMC initiated a partnership with Ray and Lidia Zirkel, Methodist missionaries serving in Costa Rica. They witnessed first-hand the over-crowding of state facilities and realized the potential of an alternative model for orphan care. Instead of expansive, institutional structures with still too few beds, Ray and Lidia wanted to provide a place where the children would be nurtured in a Christian family environment. HPUMC has embraced the dream by providing significant financial support and sending multiple teams each year to serve alongside the Zirkels and their ministry team. While working on the buildings on campus, team members will have the opportunity to get to know the 20+ children living in the homes and learn about the mission from Ray and Lidia and their staff.
Trip Leader: Jayson Bales
Open to: Adults
Cost: $850 + airfare (estimated $800)
Type of work: Participants will be assisting in the construction of the all-purpose building on the Methodist Children’s Home campus and will lead VBS at a rural church in the afternoon.
Lodging: Dormitory-style lodging at a Methodist office building
Risks: Zika Virus
Passport required: yes
Visa required: no
Vaccinations/Medications: Tetanus, Recommended: Typhoid and Hepatitis A
*all travelers are required to be up-to-date on routine vaccinations
Financial Aid: Click here to read the guidelines and apply for a need-based scholarship.
Apply for this team: Please fill out the team member application. We will follow up with you to set up a meeting where we will cover next steps and more details.