Costa Rica Missions
A team of adult men and women (varies from 8-16 people) travels to Costa Rica to assist Fuente de Gracia Methodist Church with ongoing expansion and improvement of its facilities. Work can consist of anything from pouring concrete to painting, framing, drywall, and other types of light construction. We usually work an 8 hour days on weekdays. The team is housed at the church in dormitory style rooms. Meals are prepared by a team of women at the church. We share in two worship services each week, and also fellowship with the congregation. Saturday and Sunday afternoons are usually spent in recreation/adventure, often visiting local beaches. Evenings are usually free to explore the local community. The weather is hot (in the 90's) dry, and usually windy.
Special Skills: Specific construction skills are not a requirement. Having an attitude that is open to a new culture (Spanish is the official language), and new experiences is important. A servants heart in relationship to other team members and our brothers and sisters in Costa Rica is important. A sense of humor is a requirement, as is a tremendous amount of flexibility and patience.
Time Commitment: The trip is usually about 11-12 days including travel days. Most of the team travels on the same days. However, the airport is very close and those that need to travel on different days can usually be accommodated easily. There are usually 2 team meetings of 1 hour each prior to the trip itself. The first of these meetings is used to establish the actual dates of the trip for that year. Currently the preferred dates fall within the first 3 weeks of February.
Length of Commitment: This is a year by year commitment. Many people have returned each year for 10 years, while others participate for one year only.
Training: Team leaders maintain training required by the UMMVIM. Team members have no specific training required other than attendance at team meetings.
Financial Commitment: Team members are responsible for purchase of their own plane tickets. The price usually ranges from $400-$600. An additional $100 is required of each team member toward room and board. Weekend meals, souvenirs, and entertainment are each persons own responsibility ( $200 might be an average, depending on personal spending habits). A valid passport is also a requirement. If you don't already have a passport the 2020 fee is $145. Financial assistance may be available within the ministry budget for those who wish to serve but don't have sufficient funds.
Fundraising Expectations: The current budget for this ministry is sustainable and fundraisers have not been needed for the last several years. When fundraising events are needed, team member participation is expected.
Organization Link: fuentegegraci.org
Contact: Reid Hildreth or Dennis Coggin