WHAT ABOUT COVID19?
Although the pandemic is not over, international travel has reopened. However, due to the continued outbreak of COVID19, there are a few extra requirements that are necessary for those interested in participating in either mission trip to Guatemala. Here are some important details to keep in mind:
- CURRENT PASSPORT. All international travelers must make sure they have a current, active passport with at least six months remaining on it from time of return. Please check your passports carefully.
- BACKGROUND CHECKS. All travelers to Guatemala will need to undergo a background check through North Carolina Baptist Missions. You should receive a link for this in an automated e-mail once you register for a trip. Please be looking for this and go ahead fill out the form electronically.
- COVID-19 and LIABILITY RELEASE FORMS. Every participant will need to sign and submit two waiver forms releasing from North Carolina Baptist Missions from liability should the participant become sick or injured due to the trip.
- COVID-19 TRAVEL PROTOCOLS & REQUIREMENTS.
- The Government of Guatemala has mandated that all persons age 10 or over entering Guatemala by air must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result conducted within 96 hours of flight departure. Those passengers arriving without a test result can now receive a test at the La Aurora International Airport testing site upon arrival. The test costs $25.00 USD or Q200.00 in local currency (cash or credit card is accepted). We strongly urge travelers to travel with a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result within 96 hours prior to their flight or risk possible quarantine or denial of entry.
- All persons entering Guatemala by air must also complete a Health Pass in advance of arrival, available online in both English and Spanish at https://sre.gt. Any individuals experiencing respiratory illness should not travel. Non-resident foreigners presenting symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival may be denied entry to Guatemala.
- For additional information on travel to/from Guatemala and the US, the following two links are provided:
- Excerpt from the US Embassy in Guatemala: https://gt.usembassy.gov/new-restrictions-for-entry-for-travelers-from-certain-countries/
- Excerpt to the CDC Guatemala page. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-guatemala
WHY ARE WE GOING?
Northside is partnering with North Carolina Baptists on Mission (NCBM), in cooperation with the International Indigenous Community Development (IICD) in an effort to reach the Quiche people for Christ at the Good Shepherd Ministry Center in the city of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Primarily, Northside is planning to send two teams during consecutive weeks to work alongside of Guatemalan volunteers in the construction of a roof for the Mae Home Children’s Cottage for older children, located on the site of the Good Shepherd Center. A variety of construction skills are needed.
who can go?
Northside is planning two trips in back-to-back weeks, May 15-22 & May 22-29. Each trip’s team will consist of 6 to 12 members. Team members need to be at least 18+ in age, be in good physical health, have a valid US passport (cannot expire within six months of the return date), and complete all necessary pre-trip training. Since the primary objective is construction, team members will need to have some experience and skill in construction. Team members who have experience with working with children of all ages are also welcome. Team members must have up-to-date immunization shots for the following: Typhoid, Hepatitis, and Tetanus.
How much does the trip cost?
The total cost of the trip will be approximately $2000, which includes round-trip airfare, travel insurance, other travel expenses, training, lodging, meals, and materials needed for construction. Team members will also need to bring with them spending money for food during travel and personal purchases. Additional details regarding cost and payments will be provided in the coming weeks.
NCBM will arrange airfare, background checks, & insurance for all teams. Lodging, in-country transportation, and ministry-related needs will be arranged by the NCBM field personnel. The team will stay at the Good Shepherd Center in Xela, Guatemala.
Each trip will be 7 days in duration. Tickets and orientation materials will be sent to the team leader.
For more information about the trip, contact Tobin Wagner at email@example.com. If you want more information about the Guatemala Work & Witness mission in general, contact Mark Abernathy of NC Baptists on Mission at 1-800-395-5102 x 5607, or firstname.lastname@example.org.