You’re signed up for a mission trip! Now what? This page is for you! You will find information on what to pack, what to expect when you go down to Guatemala, as well as links to forms for you to fill out. Please be in contact with your team leaders throughout the weeks leading up to your trip! They are available to answer your questions or help find the answers if the information isn’t found below.
If you’ve decided that you’re ready to attend a mission trip, please begin by filling out our Trip Attendee Form! Once we’ve verified your information, you will receive confirmation from us.
After we have a team confirmed, we ask that you fill out our Liability Form. If you are a minor, we also need you to fill out and send us the Minor Consent Form.
Your team leader and GoServ Global need these forms from you before your trip! Please scan a copy of your passport and upload to the Trip Attendee Form. The Minor Consent Form is only for those under the age of 18 and must be printed and filled out.
Forms Needed Include:
- Trip Attendee Form
- Liability Form
- Minor Consent Form
- If minor is travelling without both parents/guardians, a notarization is required
- If one parent/guardian is travelling with minor, the form is required without notarization
- Once filled out, please mail to: GoServ Global ATTN: Mission Trip 310 E Broadway St. Eagle Grove, IA 50533
What does my team need to do before the trip?
- Fill out and submit all required forms
- Send your questions to Missions@goservglobal.org
- Submit payment for your deposit (covers in-country costs)
- Follow the “Make a Payment” button below or send by check.
- Submit payment for your airline costs
- Follow the “Make a Payment” button below or send by check.
- Meet to get to know each other
- Your leader will reach out with dates. It’s very important for you to make it to these meetings! Might be in-person or over Zoom.
- Review Frequently Asked Questions listed below.
- Review our What to Pack list to make sure you own everything you need.
- Meet to go over trip expectations and details
- Your Team Leader will reach out with dates. Might be in-person or over Zoom.
- Get all shots needed according to your doctor.
- Head to the airport.
Raising all the funds for your trip might seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! Below are some ideas. Big hint though – fundraising is more fun when not done alone!
- Fundraising meal at your church. Host a meal you prepare (ask others for help) and invite people through social media, word of mouth, and ask your pastor to say something on stage. Let people know what the donations are going towards and take time before or after the meal to share what your trip is about.
- Start a GoFundMe Fundraiser through GoServ Global’s profile! This keeps people’s contributions tax-deductible and gives you an easy online “way to give” to share on Facebook. Make sure to let the office know you are doing it so we can direct the funds that come in.
- Use your time and talents! Find people in your family or community that would be willing to give a donation if you can help with their projects. Maybe this is yard work, house cleaning, prepping meals, etc.
FREquently asked questions
Your deposit is a $130/day fee that covers your in-country costs of lodging, travel, and food. It doesn’t include coverage for your souvenirs or street vendor purchases, so plan to bring any extra spending money you think you’ll need.
We offer shared room lodging at the Hotel Maranatha, located just a short drive from our school. It has a gate that is closed and locked at night, as well as top-quality services to keep your room clean. For customs and travel, it is helpful to keep the address written down and carried with you.
Our hope with GoServ Global mission trips is that you will leave learning more about yourself, about God, about the needs, and having learned about the people you are serving. To help accomplish those, we have daily devotional times, serve in the different ministries, and visit different sites to learn more about the culture and country. This might include a trip to a farm to learn about their farming culture, a trip to the black sand beaches that reveal the sprawling Pacific Ocean, or even a night in at a local gathering to eat and enjoy each other’s company.
Español! Or Spanish for those who haven’t studied. We encourage you to take some time to learn a few basic words and phrases to help your own one-on-one interactions with the students and other locals you’ll meet.
Hola – Hello
Adios – Goodbye
Gracias – Thank You
Baño – Bathroom
Agua Pura – Drinking Water
We know that it can be intimidating to not only be in a new country but to also not speak or understand the language around you! First course of action, take a deep breath whenever that is starting to make you nervous. Remember, you are not alone and you are not the first person to do this. You’ll find it isn’t as scary as you originally thought. Your Team Leader has already arranged travel and lodging, as well as food, so most of your communication will happen with people you are serving or serving alongside. Either way, these are some helpful tips to consider!
1. Download a translator app! This will help you have some comfort in the case where you are really unsure what to do. Pro tip – most use the internet, so either pay to download one or plan to pay for internet usage.
2. Use your hands and facial expressions to help convey a message – it will amaze you to see how much communication is nonverbal!
3. Ask your Team Leader specifically about different cultural nonverbal/verbal cues that might be helpful to understand before heading to Guatemala. This is what they are there for! To help bridge that gap.
4. Learn a few words/phrases. Even if your pronunciation is terrible, say something enough times and eventually it will sink in what you’re trying to say.
5. Speak slowly and clearly. Some locals will know and understand some English, but they likely don’t have the experience to help them understand you speaking quickly or indistinctly. A useful tip to language learners is to speak slower and enunciate well, at a clear volume.
6. Always have a buddy! That way even if you aren’t sure what they’re saying, you at least know you aren’t by yourself.
Yes! To travel to Guatemala, you must have a valid passport that does not expire within 6 months of your trip prior to signing up for your trip. We do not purchase airline tickets until we have received a scanned copy of your passport.
You will need your passport carried with you throughout the travel process to Guatemala and leaving Guatemala.
We suggest printing off extra copies of your passport, one to give to your Team Leader, and one to keep in your luggage as a backup. While in the country, we do encourage you to carry your passport with you.
Great question! Click the button above to view our What to Pack List for Guatemala. Double-check with your team leader that there is nothing special to pack for your trip in addition to the packing list. One thing to remember: SUNSCREEN. You will be right near the equator, making the UV rays brutal throughout the day if you aren’t regularly applying.
Yes! When you land in Guatemala City, you will be given a form to fill out. This form declares who you are, that you have a passport identification with you, where you’re a citizen, where you’ll be staying, what the purpose of your trip is, whether you’re carrying more than $10K of cash or items, and to verify you aren’t carrying any fresh foods (fruits, meats, plants, etc) into the country. When you land in the U.S., you’ll have a similar form to fill out. Once you’ve filled out the form and they look it over, they’ll stamp your passport and let you through!
American money can be used in the Guatemala City Airport and can be exchanged for Guatemalan Quetzels to use to buy souvenirs or extra snacks. Any American money brought into country should be clean bills that are lightly worn, no marks and without tears. They will not accept bills that are in very used condition. Some stores in the Guatemala City Airport even accept credit cards. Bring a little extra personal spending cash for a day at the local market.
Primarily, you will have meat options of chicken or fish, macaroni salad, potatoes, different egg dishes, and lots of freshly made corn tortillas! You will eat lots of meals for lunch and supper at restaurants, where you will get a few choices. Breakfast is cooked and served by the staff at the school.
We understand it can be difficult to travel with food allergies, especially allergies that might cause heavy discomfort on your trip if you eat the food. First step, inform your Team Leader of your allergy and how severe it is. If it is a potentially lethal allergy, let your Team Leader guide you in if this is the right country for you to visit or if there are certain steps you’ll need to follow.
Second step, do your research. A helpful tool to bring is an allergy card written in the native language that you can use to inform restaurant kitchens or our guides what you need to avoid and why. In the native language, this card should state: what you are allergic to (can use pictures) and what common foods it is found in, that you need to eat food that does not contain that food, that food containing those ingredients cannot go on your plate, and a brief explanation why. For example, if you have celiac, you are likely very sensitive to any cross-contamination with wheat. While foods like corn tortillas are fine, sauces or breads are not and can’t come on your plate. Your card would say in Spanish: “Food Allergy to Wheat, please make sure no food, sauces, or sides containing wheat touch my food or plate. I will become very sick otherwise. Thank you.”
Communication is key, and your Team Leader, your allergy card, and our guides will be able help navigate most food allergy situations if you give advance warning.
Set up an appointment to see your doctor. GoServ Global policy: Each person going on a trip to Guatemala is responsible to contact his/her physician to prepare for the trip. It’s best to go in as soon as possible as some vaccinations take time to have a full effect. Doctors may vary on what is recommended but we have seen the following: tetanus, hepatitis A & B, typhoid, influenza, pneumonia, as well as malaria meds like doxycycline. It’s also recommended by doctors to bring Cipro (a powerful antibiotic used only if one experiences gastro-intestinal illness). You can tell your doctor that you will be in the Nueva Concepción area.
www.cdc.gov/cholera/general: CDC does NOT recommend cholera vaccines for most travelers, nor is the vaccine available in the U.S. To avoid getting cholera, drink only bottled, boiled or chemically treated water and bottled/canned carbonated beverages. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. Wash your hands often with soap and clean water. Use bottled water to brush your teeth and to wash and prepare food. Do not ingest water – be mindful in the shower!