Baja Mexico

Age Group:
All Ages - Family Friendly

Trip Availability:
Year Round

Trip Duration:
7 Days

Why you should serve

The need in Mexico

Location: Baja, Mexico

The Baja Peninsula is home to thousands of asylum-seeking families from places including southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. Families migrate north daily in hope of a better life, but when they get turned away at the U.S. border they often find themselves in severe poverty, with ethnic backgrounds that are largely unaccepted. We are partnering with ministries on the ground to come alongside these families - helping to meet some of their most basic physical needs (such as housing) while sharing the love of Christ.

Ways to serve:

Our local ministry partners are passionate about helping immigrant communities who’ve traveled north to work in the agricultural fields of Baja. Your team will serve alongside them as they build a home each week for these impoverished families. All construction materials and equipment are provided. No skills necessary!

Sports are a great way to connect with people whom you’ve never met before! Kids and teens in Baja are avid about soccer especially - we love using sports as a way to enter into conversation and relationship.

Children are a big part of our ministry focus. Teams will have the opportunity to love and serve children through regular interaction with them at the mission site in the form of games, crafts*, songs, etc. as well as at other local ministries.

* Teams are responsible for bringing necessary craft supplies and should budget appropriately.

Many children are food insecure, meaning that they lack regular access to enough nutritious food for normal growth and development. Volunteers will be able to help serve lunch many hungry children each day.

Access to medical care is a luxury that is foreign to many living in the Ensenada/Baja area. Our medical teams come and provide medical attention to many who would never otherwise receive it. Note: It is recommended that at least one medical doctor travels with the team. Non-medical personnel are always welcome.

Our desire is to support the local church through purposeful, long-term relationships designed to cultivate Christ-centered communities. Our teams may have the opportunity to help at church-sponsored community outreach events or with VBS.

We know that many children living in orphanages around the world are economic orphans rather than orphans in the traditional sense of having lost both parents. Our child sponsorship program is proof that we aim to keep families together by alleviating some of the financial burden that many families around the world face. While all of this is true, it is also true that there are children living in orphanages who deserve to be held, played with, and offered the hope that comes from knowing that there is a Heavenly Father who loves them unconditionally if we cannot bring about the change that would reunite them with their families.

Week at a glance

Sample Schedule

Below is a basic schedule for the week. However, we expect great things from God on our trips, so that means approaching each day with flexibility in order to achieve His will for the trip.

Each morning, we ask that trip participants take some time to be quiet by themselves. Serving internationally can sometimes be exhausting and overwhelming and we think it’s a good idea to spend some time gathering your thoughts and talking with God as you prepare for the day.

In conjunction with team leaders, our staff will lead a time of debriefing, next day prep, and a short devotional each evening. Whenever possible, we suggest that teams come prepared to lead worship as it’s a great addition to the evening meeting. Please let us know if you have anyone who sings or plays guitar on your trip so that we can coordinate this ahead of time.

  1. Breakfast

    Assign 4 helpers each morning to set out breakfast items at 6:30 am and assemble lunches for the day

  2. Quiet Time

  3. Leave for worksite

  4. Morning service

    Selected team members depart for local ministry site

  5. Lunch

  6. Afternoon service

    Selected team members depart for local ministry site

  7. Depart worksite/ministry site

    Return to beach houses

  8. Dinner

  9. Team Meeting

The Details

Duration:

7 days

Travel:

Fly to California, drive 70 mi. over border

Housing:

Hotel

Meals:

Mexican & American cuisine

Recreation (May Include):

Beach, tourism, California day


Vaccinations:

All international travelers should research the area they are visiting. Please Click here for Mexico vaccination information and consult with your primary care physician or a travel clinic at least 4-8 weeks prior to your departure to make decisions that are best for you or your family members.

Trip participants should be up to date with vaccinations common to those living in the United States, such as tetanus and measles/mumps/rubella.

Lodging:

Teams will stay at one of two beach houses 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean. One home sleeps 64 people and has 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. The other home sleeps 26 people and has 4 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. As much as possible, we will try to keep families together in the same room.

Food:

Breakfast and lunch items will be provided for the team, but team members will have to assemble them. Dinner is authentic Mexican cuisine made by locals and delivered to the house. One night, the team will eat at the famous Tacos el Poblano. The cost of any meals eaten in an airport will be the responsibility of the trip participant.

Clean, safe drinking water is available at all times.

Transportation:

It is each participant's responsibility to get themselves to and from the airport in the U.S.

Upon arrival in California, all transportation during your stay is included in the cost of the trip. Bold Hope will rent 15-passenger vans to transport all team members across the border. The team will also be accompanied by local staff who will help navigate the border crossing. If you are willing to drive a van, please let us know.

Important:
All passports must be valid 6 months past the dates of the trip.

Dress Code

What to wear

We ask that trip participants do not wear shorts that are too short - they must at least reach your fingertips. Tank tops should be modest, fully covering bra straps. Sneakers should be worn when out in the community or on work projects. Sandals/flip flops are okay during free time. Swimsuits should be one-piece or tankinis that completely cover your stomach. You will be working in the sun, so sunglasses and hats are recommended.


Join Us!

If you would be interested in going on a trip with us to Mexico, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you within 24 - 48 hours. If you are the trip leader, you can help speed things up by giving us a count of the people that will be in your group. For faster service, give us a call at 267-544-5016.


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