Honduras Mission Trip

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu

When: Spring Break or Summer 2019
What
: Mission work with www.lambinstitute.org.
Who: Adults, college students, and youth in grades 9-12.

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The 2016 team making “mezcla” (cement) which literally translated means “mixture.” 

Where am I going?
The LAMB Institute is located in the neighborhood (barrio) of Flor del Campo in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. The school, the day care, Alonzo Movement, and microcredit program are all located in Flor del Campo. The Children’s Home including the nursery is in the village of San Buenaventura, about 45 minutes outside of the city.

Work While in Honduras
Amanda Scott, Volunteer Coordinator, will work with the team leader to plan for work projects and other activities with the children or other beneficiaries of our ministries. We typically do construction, painting or cleaning projects at their Children’s Home.

Typical Weekly Schedule
Saturday: Travel day, visit and tour the Children’s home
Sunday: Worship at the children’s home, lead activities/games for the children
Monday: Work at the children’s home, visit Alonzo movement club meeting
Tuesday: Work at the children’s home
Wednesday: Tour other Lamb ministries (School, Micro-credit program), shopping in Valley of Angels
Thursday: Work at the children’s home
Friday: Work at the children’s home, farewell presentations, testimonies; dinner with Safe House girls at Casa Lamb
Saturday: Travel day

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Julia Howell leading the procession for church at the Children’s Home.

Typical Daily Schedule
7:00 am Morning Devotions
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Depart for Children’s Home
9:00 am Begin work
12:00 pm Lunch break
1:00 pm Resume work
3:00 pm Play with children
4:00 pm Return to Casa Lamb
5:00 pm Clean-up/Shower time
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Free time
9:00 pm Compline

Costs

  • In 2016, the cost was $650 to the diocese to cover food, lodging, travel within Honduras, airport departure tax, tips, and travel insurance. This will probably increase for 2019.
  • You will purchase your own plane ticket on your own (details below).
  • Everyone pays their own way (adults, college students and youth). The Diocese and participants will not be subsidizing anyone’s participation in the trip. Fundraising is recommended as the diocese is not able to provide scholarships for this trip.

Air travel – each person will be responsible for booking and paying for their own airline ticket; however, team members must travel together on the same flights. Flights can cost $600-1000 depending on when you purchase your ticket.

 

 

How do I sign up?

  1. Purchase your plane ticket ASAP and e-mail a copy of the itinerary to Karen Schlabach at kschlabach@episcopal-ks.org
  2. Complete the Lamb Institute registration packet (which will be e-mailed to you) and send the original to Karen Schlabach, EDOK Youth Office, 10003 W. 70th Ter., Merriam, KS 66203.
  3. If you don’t already have one, get a US Passport. It can take 2-3 months to receive, so make sure you apply early. If you are under 18, BOTH parents have to go with you to apply for the passport. Mail or E-mail a color copy (or scan) of your passport to Karen Schlabach at kschlabach@episcopal-ks.org.
  4. Talk to your physician or go to the local Health Department to get the recommended immunizations.
  5. If you are under 21 and will be participating in this trip without your parents, you will need to get a notarized statement signed by both parents authorizing your travel with Karen Schlabach. Keep this statement with your passport.
  6. Paperwork, plane tickets, and the $650 fee must be received by Karen Schlabach no later than May 1, 2019.

Need more information? Keep reading!

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Jeremiah Shipman helping one of the younger children blow bubbles.

Where am I going?
The LAMB Institute is located in the neighborhood (barrio) of Flor del Campo in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. The school, the day care, Alonzo Movement, and microcredit program are all located in Flor del Campo. The Children’s Home including the nursery is in the village of San Buenaventura, about 45 minutes outside of the city.

Accommodations While in Honduras
Our Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Scott will make housing arrangements for you and the team. Casa LAMB is LAMB’s own guest house. All earnings go to support the ministry as a whole.

Please let your team leader and Amanda Scott, Volunteer Coordinator, know if you have food allergies or specific diet restrictions or requirements. The food is excellent and we encourage you to experience the full Honduras experience by eating the local cuisine. All food served at Casa LAMB is safe for visitors to eat.

There is wireless internet access at Casa LAMB and a desktop computer available for team use. You are welcome to bring a laptop, although we cannot be responsible for the safety of it or other electronics. While the internet access at Casa LAMB is good, it does go down at times. Please let your loved ones know that if they don’t hear from you everything is OK. If there is ever an emergency, we will telephone your emergency contacts.

The guest house provides the sheets, towels and washcloths as well as hot water! Safe drinking water is provided. There are also sodas, bottled water and snacks that may be purchased at the guest house. Payment for refreshments may be in cash – dollars or lempira.

Please do not bring any expensive jewelry or valuables. The staff at Casa LAMB is trustworthy. We have never had an incident. However, we are not responsible for your valuables.

Transportation To and From and Within Honduras

  • For safety reasons, during your time in Honduras, do not travel independently of your group without previous arrangements approved by LAMB.
  • You will be met at the airport by members of the staff and sufficient transportation to handle the team and all the luggage.
  • Amanda Scott, our volunteer coordinator, will arrange for transportation – a van or bus rental, plus driver and gas.
  • The Lamb Institute uses private, Christian drivers who they know well and trust.

DSC01659-001Passport/Visa
A passport is necessary for this mission. If you do not hold a current passport, be sure to start the application process well in advance of the trip as it may take 6-8 weeks to get it. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date. U.S. citizens are required to carry a color photocopy of their U.S. passports with them at all times, so that if questioned by local officials proof of identity and U.S. citizenship are readily available.

A visa is not necessary prior to this mission. Honduran Immigration grants a Visa on arrival at the airport. On the airplane going to Honduras, you will be given a destination/immigration card to fill out. For your destination, you can write “Casa LAMB, Residencial Las Hadas, III Etapa Bloque “T”, Casa #3, Comayagüela, M.D.C. Honduras, C.A.”

Medical Preparation for the Trip
Prior to leaving the U.S., you must verify that your tetanus and all other routine immunizations are current. We strongly recommend Hepatitis A vaccination and the CDC recommends the typhoid vaccine. These vaccinations can be costly, so plan for this. ($200-300).

The CDC currently states that there are no instances of Malaria in Tegucigalpa or where the altitude is higher than 3,281 ft. Until recently, the CDC recommended malaria prophylaxis for Honduras if you will be in rural settings. While the CDC does not recommend it at this time, the ultimate decision is up to individual volunteers after consultation with their doctor. Your family physician can prescribe the particular malaria prophylaxis best for you.

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Dengue
Dengue Fever is an illness transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no immunization for Dengue. The best defense against Dengue is to avoid being bitten by mosquitos. Please bring and wear insect repellant. Having your skin covered with clothing (long sleeves. Pants, closed toed shoes) is another way to avoid bites. This is particularly important during rainy season.

Registering at the US Embassy
The US embassy recommends that all travelers register their trips with local embassies. We require that our teams register with the US embassy in Honduras. Your team leader will do this at: https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/. They will need individual’s names as they appear on their passport, passport number and contact person.

We also recommend that our groups check for travel warnings at US State Department International Travel Information website: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1766.html

Travel Insurance
We require that all of our volunteers carry travel insurance. Gallagher Charitable International Insurance Services (formerly Adams and Associates) is the firm we strongly recommend. They provide an excellent service and specialize in Christian missions. Not only will this provide compensation if your luggage is lost, but if you need immediate medical evacuation, this policy will cover that. An insurance policy for medical/dental coverage purchased in the states will not cover any care you receive in Honduras or expenses if you need to be evacuated (unless it specifically states it covers international medical costs). Your team leader will arrange for your travel insurance. You must provide your team leader with beneficiary information.

Baggage
Check with the airlines prior to leaving re: the most current baggage allowances. Some airlines are charging for a second bag (the first bag is included on international flights). Don’t forget that any liquids in your carry on must be in a quart size transparent bag and must be less than 3oz. in size.

Most teams and individuals pack their belongings in their carry on and donations for the ministry the other bags (i.e. meds, tools, clothes or anything else that is needed at the time). This is a wonderful opportunity to bless LAMB with items that are difficult to get or expensive in Honduras. Please check with Amanda Scott, volunteer coordinator, or Margaret Merritt, U.S. Director of Operations to see what items would be most helpful to collect.

Be sure to have any essential medications and at least one change of clothing in your carry on. Have luggage identification inside and out of all luggage, including carry on. It is advised for groups to attach a colorful tag on each bag for easy identification. You will be met at the airport and given assistance with the handling of your luggage and transportation. Please defer to our staff for the tipping at the airport.

Regarding Shopping, Touring/How Much Money to Bring
Arrangements will be made for a shopping trip on Wednesday so that you will have the opportunity to take back some gifts from Honduras (and get a break from the work!). Also, there are a number of nice shops in the airport which have a variety of Honduran gifts.

How much you bring is up to you, $200 should cover incidentals and souvenirs. The official currency of Honduras is the Lempira and the exchange rate is about 19 lempira to the dollar. Your team leader and our volunteer coordinator, Amanda Scott, will facilitate the exchange of money at the airport on arrival. However, most shops accept U.S. dollars and may give you a discount for paying in cash. Do not bring travelers checks. They are very hard to cash. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. ATMs are readily available. They dispense Lempira only.

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The 2016 Mission Team with our Honduran co-workers in front of the prayer wall we were a part of building for the week. 

Other Safety Information
“The vast majority of crime and violence is related to gangs and drugs. Hondurans, by nature, are sweet, peaceful people. LAMB takes team security and safety as our #1 priority. Just like any city in the US, there are dangerous places. We don’t go there. If we had any concern at all about safety, we would change the schedule, change the route we drive, or even cancel a trip. We have done this in the past. The times we have cancelled trips has been because of the political situation. Our concern was not for the safety of the team but fear that the airport might close. As long as the team members follow our rules and use common sense, we are confident they will have a safe and Holy Spirit filled week. We have never had an incident.

All summer the airplanes are filled with teams, including people of all ages, coming to serve in Honduras. This summer that just ended was no exception. Again, if we had even a tiny concern, we would cancel a trip, even as you are boarding the airplane.

I can’t speak for other organizations. However, I have observed that not all groups have our same security standards. For example, I sometimes see teams riding in the back of a pick up truck. We would never allow our teams to do that.” ~Amanda Scott, Lamb Institute Volunteer Coordinator

The guest house where we stay is in a middle class neighborhood. It is a gated community with a guard. The house has walls all the way around the property (most houses in Honduras do) and no one is allowed to leave the property unless we are going somewhere as a group.

The children’s home where we work is out in the country in a small town called San Buenaventura (SBV). It is also a fenced property with a guard at the gate.

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