Spring Break Mexico Trip

 

MVPC Mexico 2018 Mission Trip

Saturday, March 31 – Saturday, April 7

  

* Important Note: This year student buses will depart from MVPC late Saturday night, March 31 and drive through the night to arrive in camp in Mexico for lunch on Sunday. This should give us a relaxed Sunday afternoon and evening before starting work Monday morning.  Mark your calendars for Saturday night departure! 

About the MVPC Mexico Mission Trip 

A mission/service opportunity for adults and high school students

For 28 years, MVPC has partnered with Amor Ministries to build hope and homes for more than 300 families in the Tijuana area of Mexico. Many of these families have never had adequate shelter or the sense of security that comes with sturdy walls, a solid roof and doors that lock. Last year (2017), more than 250 students and adults from the Lamorinda area came together through MVPC and Amor Ministries to build 12 homes and a preschool building from start to finish while we also learned about building relationships with one another and deepening our relationship with God. We hope that you will join us to work towards justice and discovering the love of Jesus with our neighbors in Tijuana!  Discover how one week of your life can change a family’s life forever. 

Participation in Mexico

Students work together on teams with adult and student leadership to build a home from foundation to completion.  In 2017 we had 12 student teams, each with 14-16 students led by student leaders and assisted by two adult coaches carefully selected to guide and support the student leaders.

Participating Adults are placed on a team of 12-14 other adults with an experienced leader and will build a house from the ground up just as the student teams do.  In 2017 we had two adult teams who worked together to build a school classroom.  If your schedule doesn’t allow for the whole, week we do offer a limited number of positions on the Fly/Drive team with a nominal registration amount.  Adults on the Fly/Drive team fly down on Thursday April 5, to help finish up the house builds, break down camp and drive rental vehicles back on Saturday.  Look for this option in the Adult Registration form. 

Everyone will enjoy the experience of small group time with their own team as well as sharing larger community time during meals and campfires together with the whole group.   

If you have questions about student participation, contact Tommy Branagh, Director of Middle and High School Ministry; tbranagh@mvpctoday.org.

If you have questions about adult participation contact Dave Ricketts at dricketts@mvpctoday.org or Bob Bratton at bbratton@mvpctoday.org.

Cost of Mexico 2018

$880 payable in installments or in full by March 1
$245 Fly/Drive option for Adults (see description above)

Trip cost covers the AMOR Ministries registration fee which includes construction materials to build the house as well as all meals in Mexico, transportation to and from Mexico via charter bus or rental vehicle and Mexico ’18 team t-shirt. Fly/Drive registration covers flight down and driving back, meals while in Mexico and Mexico ’18 t-shirt.

Registration OPEN NOW through February 28

  1.  Click button below to REGISTER ONLINE by February 28 (student teams selected 2/23)
  2.  Download and sign Amor Participation Form and take to Family Ministry Office by 2/28
  3.  Please complete payment by March 1, 2018

         Register High School Student        Register Adult 

Already Registered? Pay your Mexico Balance Below

Have you already registered and need to pay the balance of your registration?  Click on the button below to make full or balance payment.

Pay your Mexico 2018 Balance

Register Your Tent by March 8!

Every Student and Adult coming to Mexico for the full week needs to be registered in a tent. We map out the camp first in areas for Male Students, Female Students and Adults. We then break the Student areas into Neighborhoods with an Adult Coach placed in each Neighborhood. This mapping is done before we leave on the trip so we need to have everyone registered into a tent so they can be placed appropriately. Please coordinate with your friends and choose one of you (usually the tent owner) as the Tent Captain. No, you are not the boss of your tentmates (sorry) – just responsible for bringing the tent and registering your tentmates!  Thank you for helping us in this important step in setting up camp!

Register your tent and tent mates

Mexico T-Shirts & Sweatshirts

Each year the Mexico Sweatshirt has a unique color and design based on the theme which is revealed on Teamwork Night, February 28. These soft, warm, high-quality sweatshirts are perfect for campfire time in Mexico and chilly days at school and weekends after the trip.  It is so fun to see everyone wearing them around town each year!

** SPECIAL NOTE: Sweatshirts will be provided for STUDENT TEAM LEADERS, ADULT TEAM LEADERS AND ADULT COACHES OF STUDENT TEAMS as our way of thanking you for your service on this trip so you do not need to place an order.

All other students and adults participating on Adult House Build and other teams (not in a leadership role) are welcome to purchase sweatshirts using the button below.

Order your Mexico Sweatshirt

QUESTIONS??  Please contact Jennifer Gilmour; jgilmour@mvpctoday.org, (925) 376-4800 ext. 288 with general questions about registration, payments, scholarships, donations and Mexico trip preparations.

Details

Transportation:  Students, adult coaches and most of the Adult House Build team will travel on charter buses from MVPC all the way to Mexico.  * Note: This year buses will depart MVPC on Saturday March 31 late at night. Buses stop in San Diego Sunday morning, April 1st to check in with Amor Ministries and then proceed over the border to Amor’s camp ground outside of Tijuana. Smaller buses transport teams to and from the work site every day.  Adult special teams (Tool, Medical, Media) will depart MVPC in rental vehicles on the morning of March 31 and drive down to San Diego. They will spend the night in San Diego and cross the border on Sunday morning to start setting up camp before the students arrive later that day.   

Camp Life:  After a long work day we all come together in camp for relaxation, recreation and a great dinner followed by inspiring teaching, worship and fellowship in our giant community tent and around a campfire under the stars!  Amor’s camp is located in open quiet land away from any major cities and is patrolled by security guards day and night so safety in camp has never been an issue in all of our 27 years with Amor Ministries.  

Food:  Our campers enjoy authentic Mexican meals prepared by local caterers, La Cocina, for breakfast and dinner and pack their own lunch to take to the work site every day (special food restrictions or needs should be noted in your registration so accommodations can be made.)

Mexico 2018 Important Dates!

  • December 6 – February 28:  Registration Open 
  • January 10 and February 8:  Information Meetings @ 7:00pm (same info in both meetings)
  • February 23:  Student Leader training & team selection @ 5:30-10 pm in Room 201/202
  • February 25:  Adult Leadership Lunch and training @ 11-2:00 pm in  Fellowship Hall
  • February 28:  Teamwork Night for ALL participants @ 7-9 pm in Sanctuary (registration ends)
  • March 17:  House Build training for Student Leaders and Coaches
  • March 25:  Adult Gathering for ALL adults @ 6:30-9 pm at the home of Nancy Lewis & Tom Engberg
  • March 28:  Student and Adult Luggage Drop Off  @ 7:00 am-7:00 pm in room 201/202, 211/212 and 213
  • March 31:  Adult Advance Team Departs, arrive @ 7:00 am in MVPC parking lot
  • March 31:  Buses with Students/Coaches Depart, arrive @ 11:00 pm in Sanctuary (leaders at 10 pm)
  • April 5:  Fly/Drive team flies from Oakland to San Diego to be picked up by MVPC staff
  • April 7:  Parent Debrief for Student Re-entry @ 9:30-10:30 pm in Forum
  • April 7:  Everyone Returns @ 10:30pm  buses unload in Miramonte parking lot
  • April 8:  Mexico Sunday @ 9:30am in the Sanctuary
  • April 18:  Mexico Reunion Night @ 6:30-9:00 pm, dinner on patio and celebration in Forum

Teamwork Night Booklet 2017 – This is a pdf version of the 2017 booklet that families received on Teamwork Night which contains valuable information about the trip. The 2018 booklet will be very similar so go ahead and look at the 2017 booklet to learn about preparations for the trip. Below is a printable packing list which will look very similar this year.

Packing List 2018

QUESTIONS??  Please contact Jennifer Gilmour; jgilmour@mvpctoday.org, (925) 376-4800 ext. 288 with general questions about registration, payments, scholarships, donations and Mexico trip preparations.

 

View and Download Mexico Pics

Click on the photo below to link to Andrew Grupe photography to view and download photos from Mexico 2017 and previous years.

 

Mexico 2017 Blog

We use this blog to communicate to parents daily and provide updates and photos of our trip progress. We encourage you to follow the blog by clicking on the “Follow” button in the lower right corner of the blog.

Click Here for the link to the Mexico 2017 trip blog.

Video

              This video from 2013 gives you a good idea of what our trip is all about.