In the past, the basic price of the trip has been $1150 per person. This includes round-trip airfare, insurance, in-country transportation, in-country logistical support, lodging, meals, orientation materials, and T-shirt. You will need to take an additional $40 cash with you for airport exit tax, plus money for souvenirs you may want to buy. Not included are materials that will be needed for ministry, i.e., VBS materials, building materials, medical supplies, etc. Our team will raise some extra monies for that, see below.
Each construction team must provide the cost of materials. The cost to each team for a construction project will be $3000. Medical teams will also incur some costs to cover the services of a Honduran doctor ($500) and other expenses.
Evangelism teams will need to supply and bring down their own Spanish materials. (Spanish Bibles can be purchased by our on-site coordinators on behalf of the team.)
- Our team will have anywhere from 7-12 people.
- Our team needs 1-2 people to assist in food preparation and cleanup – or rotate that duty among team members.
- Se Habla Español. Having a Spanish translator will be very helpful for our team, but not mandatory. Evangelism and medical teams will need two translators. The on-site coordinators can contract translators for $130 per translator for the week.
- Construction teams need at least one member who has some block laying skills. A Honduran foreman will work with our team. On-site coordinators will arrange all logistics.
- All Applicants must be at least 18 years old to participate (16 if accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Team members must be in good physical health. Anyone with a chronic medical condition should not volunteer for these projects. This area of work can be quite hot and humid. Volunteers will need to make sure the following shots are up to date: Typhoid, Hepatitis A, and Tetanus. Malaria pills are also recommended for most areas. Tell whoever administers your shots that you will be traveling to Honduras. (They may suggest other shots; this is up to you.)
NC Baptist Men will handle arranging our travel. We will fly to Honduras and return there nine days later.
Living and Working Conditions
If you go, you must be flexible and willing to work as a member of the team. Travel, living, and working conditions may be difficult at times. The work may be quite strenuous and the climate will be hot and humid. Once applications and deposits have been received, team members will be sent an orientation manual which will answer many questions about the trip. There is a special orientation manual for medical teams.
Smoking, chewing tobacco, and drinking alcoholic beverages is highly offensive to Honduran Christians. Team members must refrain from these activities while in Honduras. Also, be aware that tattoos, multiple ear piercings (ear lobe, center of ear), and facial piercing are “no-nos” for Honduran Christians. Team members MUST cover tattoos and remove extra piercings.
If you have other questions, or are thinking of going, please talk with Pastor Chris Hawks at church or call him at 910-582-3696.
You can see some pictures and follow the news from Honduras at www.ncbmhonduras.blogspot.com. The blog is maintained by Mike and Ginger Greene, who will also serve as our on-site coordinators in Honduras. The Greene’s are from Wake Forest, North Carolina.