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Costa Rica Core Group Trip: June 2019

Costa Rica Core Group Trip: June 2019

Jun 20, 2019 – Jun 22, 2019

In 2006, HPUMC initiated a partnership with Ray and Lidia Zirkel: Methodist missionaries serving in Costa Rica. They witnessed firsthand the over-crowding of state facilities and realized the potential for an alternative model of orphan care. Instead of expansive institutional structures with 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 their dream by providing significant financial support and sending multiple teams each year to serve alongside the Zirkels and their ministry team.

Ray and Lidia’s ministry extends throughout Costa Rica, including many church plants in rural areas like Guapiles. While working on the buildings, students will have the opportunity to get to know congregants living in the community and learn about the mission from Ray, Lidia, and their partners. Throughout the week, the team will lead a VBS for local children; we also hope to visit the Methodist Children’s Home to see the work that God is doing through Ray and Lidia’s ministry. Each evening, we will worship together and have small group time where we will cast a vision for the future of HPUMC Youth.

Trip Leader: Peyton Tippett

Open to: Students currently in 10th – 12th grade

Cost: $2200 (airfare included)

Type of work: Participants will be assisting in the construction of rural church buildings in the Guapiles and Pocora communities. We will also lead VBS in the afternoons throughout the week.

Lodging: Youth and volunteers will stay in groups of four at Hotel Suerre in Guapiles.

Risks: None outside of inherent risk of mission work/international travel. Visit travel.state.gov for more information about traveling to Costa Rica.

Passport required: Yes

Visa required: No

Vaccinations/Medications: Tetanus booster

*all travelers are required to be up-to-date on routine vaccinations Visit the CDC website for more information on recommended vaccinations and medications when traveling to Costa Rica.

Financial Aid: There are a limited amount of need-based scholarships available for participants. To apply, contact Peyton Tippett – .

This trip is designed for our 10th-12th grade youth who have fulfilled the requirements set by the HPUMC Youth Staff and are considered part of the Core Group. 

Registration: Registration opens January 10. To participate in this trip, you must be an active member of Core Group. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. A maximum of 50 students will be allowed on the trip. After all spots have been filled, students will be added to the team as space is available. To inquire about this trip please email Julie Ann Wallis at

Category: Youth, Outreach