General Infomration

Safety

Our operational partner has hosted literally hundreds of thousands of participants since 1987 in Baja California, Mexico.  Not a single participant has experienced an incident of violent crime.  We follow a few guiding principles to insure our participant’s safety:

  1. Qualified Leader – participants will always be lead by a bi-lingual team member
  2. Groups – whatever we do, we do it in groups.  Participants are encouraged to stick together at all times
  3. Local Knowledge – our team members know what areas are safe and what areas should be avoided
  4. Communication – team members communicate as needed via cell phone
  5. Security – accommodations in all countries have 24-hour security

Packing List

  • Passport (If you are a US or Canadian citizen, you will be granted a visa upon entry.  You do not need to apply in advance.)
  • Sunblock, hat, and sunglasses
  • Work pants or shorts
  • Work shirts
  • Work shoes/boots (closed-toed shoes required)
  • Casual clothing for dinners
  • Jacket or sweater
  • Light rain jacket (just in case)
  • Personal toiletries (Shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Bathing suit
  • Anything else you feel you may need

Be prepared to get your clothes very dirty at the work site!

We suggest you limit your suitcase to one medium size bag.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is My Trip Tax Deductible?

The IRS says: “Generally, you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for travel expenses necessarily incurred while you are away from home performing services for a charitable organization only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel.”  https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526.pdf

As the overwhelming focus of Hope Experiences is service with a charitable organization, we believe you can write off the cost of your trip.  However, we are not tax advisors and suggest you consult with a tax professional or attorney.

How Do You Select the House Recipients?

We work with an international non-profit organization called Homes of Hope.  They have developed a three-step process to select the most needy families:

  1. They must own the land or have been making payments on the land for the last 6 months.
  2. They have to make less than $70 per week,  
  3. They must be a family.

 

Can Children Come?
Yes! Children are always welcome!  As a parent, you are responsible for your child’s safety at all times.
Is there a Discount For Children Under 12?
Yes.  For Mexico we offer a $100 discount per child under 12.  For Costa Rica and Dominican Republic, we offer a $200 discount.
Will I be safe in Mexico/Costa Rica/Dominican Republic?
Our operational partner has hosted hundreds of thousands of participants since 1987 in Baja California, Mexico.  Not a single participant has experienced an incident of violent crime.  Likewise in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, none of our participants have been the victim of a violent crime.
How Can I Be Safe On The Jobsite?

Please review the following brief documents:

Jobsite Safety Roles

Jobsite Safety Guidelines 

Are The Food And Water Safe To Drink?
The tap water is not safe to drink. However, bottled water is provided on the build site and during all group meals. The food is also well prepared by reputable sources with the highest health standards.  and we follow health regulations.
Is It Sanitary?
Yes.  You will always have access to sanitary facilities. At the build site there will be clean porta-potties and hand sanitizer for your team to use.
What Should I Bring?

 

 

Please see our Packing List page for a list of what to bring.

Do We Have To Bring Our Own Tools?
No. We provide all the materials needed for the build. All you need to bring is your personal items.
What Kind of Documents Are Needed to Enter These Countries?
If you are a US or Canadian citizen all you need to bring is your passport.  You do not need to apply for any form of visa in advance.  You will be granted a tourist visa upon arrival.
What Is the Weather Like?

Mexico:

The weather in Rosarito, Mexico is very similar to San Diego.  It is temperate and pleasant year round.  It may be cool in the winter, and relatively warm in the summer.  Rain is rare, but may happen.

Costa Rica and Dominican Republic:  

The weather is warm!  It can also be humid.  We build in the dry season when rain is unlikely, but it may occur.

We suggest looking online at the weather forecast before you come so you can adequately pack.

What Is Your Payment Policy
Due to demand, we require 100% payment at time of booking to reserve your spot.
What Is Your Refund Policy?

The amount of your refund is based on how far in advance from the start date of the trip you notify us of your cancellation.

  • Up to five months prior, 100% refundable.  Change trip dates free of charge.
  • Up to four months prior, change trip dates free of charge.  If you would like a refund, 75% of your fee is refundable.
  • Up to three months months prior, $190 fee per person to change trip dates.  If you would like a refund, 50% of your fee is refundable.
  • Up to two months prior, $490 fee per person to change trip dates.  If you would like a refund, 25% of your fee is refundable.
  • Less than two months prior, the program fee is non-refundable.  Changes to trip dates are not possible.

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