Costa Rica: College March 2018
Mar 10, 2018 – Mar 16, 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. This college mission trip will see the extent of the Zirkels Ministry in Costa Rica. Team members will travel to Rio Cuarto, Costa Rica to continue work on the Sanctuary for the local Methodist Church.
Trip Leader: Andrew Beard and Wesley House - The HPUMC College Ministry
Open to: College Age People (18-23 years old)
Cost: $850 + airfare (estimated $800) & any souvenirs or extra tourist excursions
Type of work: Participants will be assisting in the construction of the Sanctuary for Iglesia Metodista Rio Cuarto and will lead VBS at rural churches in the afternoon.
Lodging: Hotel El Bambu in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
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
*Please check the CDC website for additional information regarding immunization recommendations for the country you are going to.
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.