Costa Rica Family Trip: June 2018
Jun 23, 2018 – Jun 30, 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 family mission trip will see the extent of the Zirkels Ministry in Costa Rica. Team members will travel to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica to continue work on local churches in the area as well as lead VBS in the afternoons for children in surrounding rural towns.
Trip Leader: HPUMC Families
Open to: Families (children must be entering 3rd grade) and Couples
Cost: $850 + airfare *Families can choose the number of rooms they will need. However, the cost is based on having at least 2 people in each room. Should you need a room for 1 person, the cost for that individual will increase. Contact Andi Fancher, , after registering if that is the case.
Type of work: participants will be assisting in the construction of a rural church building and will lead VBS in the afternoon
Lodging: Hotel El Bambu in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, families will stay in private rooms with AC and running water
Risks: none outside of inherent risk of mission work/international travel
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 for each individual (we want to hear from you both!). We will follow up with you to set up a meeting where we will cover next steps and more details.