Welcome to the Team

Welcome to the Team

La Ceiba, Honduras
 


We are so excited you have decided to join Connect Global on our next amazing adventure to La Ceiba, HN.  I can assure you this will be a life changing opportunity.  You will meet new friends, experience a new culture and make lasting memories.  Above all you will make a deep impact in the lives of many people; and those same people will deeply impact you. 

We have traveled to La Ceiba many times and each trip is unique and different.  Your participation will bring a one-of-a kind dynamic that will truly make this trip special.

As we begin to make final preparations for our journey I want you all to begin thinking about a few practical things like packing and flight schedules. 

Flight Info

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We will be sending out specific flight info via your email once all arrangements have been made. We will discuss specific points at which we will meet up and how travel will be completed together. *If you have not received emails concerning flight info, please email travis@goservechange.com

Here's a few logistics:


We will book your airline travel.  We will let you know closer to the trip your departure and arrival times.  We will book your flight from your closest major airport. 

The schedule for when trip funds are due is:
25% of Travel Fees due upon being accepted to the team
50% due 90 days prior to trip
100% due no later than 30 days prior to trip

You or your sponsors can mail funds to us or make donations via our web site.

Each sponsor/donor will be mailed a tax deductible receipt. 

Luggage

All luggage including your one (1) Checked bag and your One (1) small Carry on/Personal item must weigh less than 50 pounds combined.

Thanks, More info on Packing Here.

We also need Passport Photos emailed from each team member, if you have not done so already. Thank You. 

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Team Work

Team Work

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
— Henry Ford

The Value of Teamwork

We realize that teamwork is one of the most important aspects of what we do and take it very seriously. We have made it our first priority to create the best team environment possible.

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Please know that we value each of you as the well skilled and gifted individual that you are and have every intention of not taking you for granted. We also know that, together, we can be greater than the sum total of our parts as individuals. We take great pride in the way our teams spend their week and how we treat each other. Please remember to be courteous and selfless as we go though out our trip. Lend a hand when you can and ask for a hand when you need one. We are all in this together

Thank You for being a part of this mission with us and for your hard work this far. We will have an amazing time and I can't wait to see you soon. 

Javier Mendoza

Culture Shock

Culture Shock

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Culture Shock has been defined as the normal response to unfamiliar social and emotional cues. Each of us will experience Culture Shock as we travel to a new country. Even the most experience traveler will have very normal responses to the social cues of the "host" country. The key to dealing with Culture Shock is not denial but understanding.

Culture Shock comes in Phases:

1) Honeymoon: This is the phase where team members fall in love with the host country. The grass seems greener, the sky seems bluer. We recommend you thoroughly enjoy this phase, just refrain from any life changing decisions.

2) Break-up: In this phase folks tend to want to find the fastest way out of the host country. Everything seems too foreign and frustration comes quickly. In this phase it's important to share your frustrations with the team in a safe environment; and remember that this phase will pass.

3) Understanding: Understanding begins to settle in your mind as some of the foreign behavior of the host culture becomes familiar. You will start to recognize and even understand more of these new social cues. Take the mindset of a student and you will gain a new comfort even faster.

4) Acceptance: In this phase you will begin to accept the wonderful differences between your home and host cultures. Each culture becomes more clear and you can begin to see strengths in both. Resentment for either culture fades as you enjoy and accept these differences.

Culture Shock is cyclical, which means each phase will come around again. You may likely processes through this entire cycle several times on your trip. Experiencing Culture Shock with a team, and openly sharing your experiences is the best way to process through Culture Shock. 

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Packing

Packing

We have decided that our trips would not just be expeditions for travel sake, instead each would become a vehicle to lasting and positive change. Our purpose is to make bad situations better, good circumstances great and to promote people who have been marginalized in life.
— Javier Mendoza

Travel Lightly

Click Here to read, "Travel Lightly : Connect Global Mission Trip Tips"

Click Here to read, "Travel Lightly : Connect Global Mission Trip Tips"

We are traveling for the journey as much as we are the destination within the context of making a sustainable difference in the lives we reach out to. We want to start by making sure that our focus is on the objective and not so much on our fashion. 

The main dress should be comfortable and cool. Our destination can be very hot during the day (no AC) and sometimes very rainy (tropical rain all day). 

For Church don't worry about impressing anyone. Clean, casual clothes are perfect. 

For most other times, walking around the town or while at the house please dress modest, and comfortable. We will all be in close quarters and we want to all be comfy and mindful of our hosts. 

Please Make Sure all of your belongings fit into ONE Checked Bag and ONE Carry On, Both Should Weigh no more than 50lbs, and you should be able to carry both easily. 

View the Pinterest Board Below for More info on Packing and Travel.