COSTS in Juarez Cost for each trip is $750 (this includes your food, lodging and materials for the week) plus the cost of airfare (which can be from $400-$600.00). Children 12 and under, the fee is $550 for the week. AeC is happy to book your flight for you so that you can travel with the group that you will be serving with (Springfield, IL folks).
PAYMENT Checks should be made out to Amigos en Cristo Ministries 2-4 weeks prior to the trip. Write (for example) “Tom Wright June Trip” in the Memo line so that these funds go towards your trip. Please send checks ATTN: Jim Fay at Cherry Hills Church, 2125 Woodside RD., Springfield, IL 62711.
Note for Team Leaders: Send the complete list of your team members’ names to Jim Fay email@example.com so that he will know which people are sending checks for which trip for which church or organization.
Packing List for most trips~
Some things that you may or may not think of!
Chap stick, eye drops, nose spray (It’s the desert!)
Sunscreen – we are in the high desert and the sun is much stronger
Hat – especially if you’re follicly challenged like me
Flip flops to walk back and forth to the bathroom at night
Bed sheets twin size & pillow case
You may also want a light blanket
Towel – wash cloth
Medicine - prescription, aspirin, misc.
Work gloves if you are planning on helping with construction. Bring two pair in case one gets lost.
Work shoes if you are planning on doing construction. The sand is hot and full of thorns so you will want something more than sandals.
Work clothes for painting or construction
Tools – Some of us will be doing construction, maintenance, or painting in the mornings and have other projects (with kids, etc.) in the afternoons.
Tools needed for construction will be hammer, tape measure, tool belt, carpenter’s pencil. For painting: paint brush & paint scraper.
The temperature high should be around 100 during the day and get down to the 70s in the evening. There usually is a nice breeze and low humidity. You can check the Internet before we leave to get an up to date forecast. If you’re doing construction work most of it will be done outside. Dress accordingly. The locals wear long pants and long sleeves. I wear shorts and a t-shirt. If you’re working in construction you will at least want to wear tennis shoes if not work boots.
Sleeping conditions. We are set in a dorm like setting. We have two small rooms for the women and one large room for the men. You will need to exit the sleeping room to go to the bathroom. The bathrooms each have two showers, two toilets and two sinks. Each room has bunk beds. It would be great if the younger people could take the top bunk.
Depending on how hot the temperature is during the week the construction team may start at 6:00 a.m. break for lunch and a siesta before going back to work. The key is to drink plenty of water or Gatorade. Water is best.
Breakfast will be self-serve. We will have cereal, bagels, & toast.
Lunch will be again self-serve. Sandwich meat, peanut butter & jelly, & salad.
Dinner most nights will be at one of our community centers, Amistad. The meal will be a variety of homemade Mexican food. There will also be a salad.
Phones Your cell phones will work there but it is important to make sure that they are not on a Mexican tower as rates are expensive.