Spring Break Service in Tijuana

Campus Ministries Service-Learning Trip to Tijuana, Mexico  CLICK HERE for APPLICATION

Spring Break (March 19-26, 2016)

What are WE going to do?

  • Our mission trip is organized through Capstone Missions. We will drive to and from Tijuana in a van.
  • We will be doing manual labor improvements for the St. Joseph’s and/or Hacienda de la Inmaculada orphanages. The work can be strenuous and the hours can sometimes be long, so please be prepared for the physical demands of this trip.
  • We will have plenty of interaction with the children.
  • We will participate in the prayer life of the community.
  • We will experience the culture of Tijuana.

What is Capstone Missions?

Capstone Missions had its start in 1997 when two Idaho families made the first journey to assist in the remodeling of St. Joseph’s orphanage. Since then, hundreds of Idahoans have traveled to Tijuana or offered financial support for the children that other orphanages could not or would not accept due to their various disabilities. As the support and interest of Idahoans increased, so too did the capability of the growing organization that became Capstone Missions. St. Joseph remains the focus of Capstone’s work, even as the building trips have branched out to remodel and improve the homes of the very poor in Tijuana. In 2008 Hacienda de la Inmaculada Orphanage that houses up to 60 children, was “adopted” into the family of support, and a long-term relationship of care has flourished.

Who can go?

Any College of Idaho student, alumni, faculty, staff, or friend can go, but space is limited. Prior participation in Campus Ministries is not required. However, this service trip is centered from a Christian world-view and must be respected. If you have any questions about this please feel free to talk to Thania Beltran.

How much does it cost?

The cost is $450 which includes transportation, lodging, food and the building materials used on your trip. A deposit of $50 (cash or tax-deductible check written to “Potter’s Clay”) is required for all participants by December 16, 2014. You can either pay for your trip in full or participate in fundraising

Fundraising for the trip…

This is a “common fundraising” trip.  Your fundraising is put in a “common bucket” along with additional team fundraising. Each student is responsible for their portion of the trip, but funds from other fundraising (the “common bucket”) may reduce the actual cost-per-student. We will supply you with a sample fundraising letter that you can personalize and send to friends, family, your church, Rotary clubs and similar organizations, business owners, or anyone who you think might support you. We will have a “stuffing party” and send letters out in February.

Other fundraising ideas are welcomed. Some scholarship funding through Campus Ministries is also available.

Anything else?

  • We will have 2-3 mandatory pre-trip meetings (TBA).
  • Everyone WILL need a passport, so anyone who doesn’t currently have one should apply for one as soon as possible.
  • Immunizations are not required, but each participant is strongly encouraged to follow the advice of a travel clinic that specializes in international medicine. The Center for Disease Control web site (www.cdc.gov) also has recommendations for travelers to Mexico.

Time Line and Deadlines…

Applications will be accepted starting October 6, 2014. A full application (service app, emergency form, liability waiver, conduct form) needs to be turned in with your $50 deposit. All forms can be found at http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/campus-life/student-activities/campus-mini.... This will confirm your spot on the trip.

The DEADLINE for applying is December 16, 2014!

Questions? Contact Campus Ministries Intern, Thania Beltran – 208.490.3686, thania.beltran@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu