Mission Trip

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we cancelled our 2020 high school mission trip to Costa Rica. We tentatively plan to postpone our trip to June 2021 and hope there will be a vaccine by then. Students who graduated in 2020 will be eligible to go on the trip with us in 2021 if they would like to do so.

If you are interested in our tentatively planned trip to Costa Rica in 2021, please read on to learn more!

Costa Rica Mission Trip

We will be serving through Portantorchas, our mission partner in Costa Rica. We also worked with Jorge Zuniga of Portantorchas on our mission trip in 2018, and we had a great experience. We’re excited to return and continue building friendships with our Costa Rican partners.

The Portantorchas campus is located in the neighborhood of Grand Blanc in the city of San José, and includes dorms, lovely common areas, a soccer field, and a track.


Who will be serving with us?

  • Youth currently in grades 9-12 are eligible to join our mission trip team.
  • GPMC adult advisors.

What kind of work will we do?

  • Pouring a driveway for a church and day care center.
  • Working in an impoverished neighborhood in San José.
  • Building relationships with the people we serve.

When will we go?

  • June 2021.
  • Our trip includes two travel days, 5 days of service, and one fun day to experience more of Costa Rica.

Where will we be?

  • We will stay on the Portantorchas campus in San José.
  • We will sleep in bunk rooms divided by gender.
  • Meals are served in common area on campus.
  • Bathrooms include hot showers.

What is a typical day like?

  • 6:30am Wake up, get dressed
  • 7-7:30am Announcements and Morning Devotion
  • 7:30-8am Breakfast
  • 8:15am Depart Portantorchas for work site
  • 8:30-10am Work
  • 0-10:15am Break
  • 10:15-12:30 Work
  • 12:30-1:15pm Lunch on-site
  • 1:15-3:30pm Work
  • 3:30-4pm Clean up on-site
  •  4pm Depart work site for Portantorchas
  • 4:15-6pm Afternoon free time
  • 6-7pm Dinner
  • 7-8pm Evening Devotion & Small Groups
  • 8-10pm Evening Free time
  • 10-10:30pm Quiet time
  • 10:30pm Lights Out

How will we pay for the trip?

  • The family portion of the trip cost is 1/3 of the total cost for church members and 2/3 of the total cost for non-members.
  • The budget includes transportation, food, lodging, the fun day, and materials for our service projects.
  • Each mission trip team member is required to participate in fundraising activities, so that we can raise the final 1/3 of our trip budget.
  • For more information, see the fundraising section below!

What are the requirements to participate in the trip?

  • Going on the mission trip is a year-long commitment! Team members must:
    • Participate in group fundraisers.
    • Attend 3 mission trip team meetings (with a make-up essay if you miss one).
    • Attend Departure meeting.

How can we prepare for the trip?

  • Get your passport! Apply now for a passport, if needed. If you already have a passport, check to make sure it is valid until at least September 2022. If it will expire before then, renew your passport.
  • Update your vaccinations. You should get:
    • Routine vaccinations up-to-date, including polio, flu shot, MMR, and especially tetanus
    • Hepatitis A
    • Typhoid (oral or injectable)
    • Hepatitis B if desired (optional)

Registration and Fundraising

How do I apply to come on the trip?

  • Registration packets will be available here in January 2021. Please fill out the packet completely; make sure the medical form is notarized; enclose a $300 non-refundable deposit per person; and remember to include a copy of both sides of your health insurance card and the photo page of your passport.

How does fundraising work?

  • Youth are expected to participate in group fundraisers.
  • Parents are expected to plan and lead trip fundraising efforts.
  • Need-based scholarship are available.
  • Fundraisers help us create community in the mission trip team, and they help make trips affordable for everyone.

Who can I talk to for more information?

  • Contact Associate Pastor Sarah Godbehere or give her a call at 313-882-5330 ext. 131.