Game  On!  Mission  Trip
Antigua, Guatemala 2023 

May 25- June 3

~ Colorado High School Students ~ 

$2,645

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Mission Trip Details

 

We want to invite you to be a part of our annual 2023 Game On! Mission Trip. Summer of 2023 is going to be an epic one as we plan to take tons of high school students from all across Colorado to Antigua, Guatemala. We know you would absolutely love it!

 

My name is Joe Packard, and I’m the Athletic Director at Heritage Christian Academy as well as the head coach for track and field, cross country, and girls' basketball. As co-host of the Game On! Mission Trip, my heart is that students will be inspired and encouraged and experience God in a new and passionate way as they step out of their comfort zones and give of themselves to meet the needs of others.

 

You’ll have an absolute blast as you join a team along with other high school students from across Colorado who have a passion for adventure, travel, and fun and who are full of expectation that God will use them to make an impact in Guatemala. 

 

I believe He will speak to you during this mission adventure, open your eyes to something greater than you could have ever thought or imagined, and help you make some lifelong friends along the way!

 

I am partnering with Greg Hughes, the Founder of Wide Awake Missions (WAM), a missions organization based here in Ft. Collins, Colorado, that will be the engine behind all the trip set-up, logistics, scheduling, training, and registration. As a nonprofit organization, WAM will be handling the financial piece and tax receipts. Greg Hughes is a personal friend of mine and the father of one of the female athletes on my basketball team. 

 

WAM has been taking teams overseas on mission trips for over 25 years, traveling to over 100 countries, and Greg looks forward to helping you experience a powerful, exciting, and fun trip. I am so excited to be working together on this mission trip to Antigua, Guatemala.

 

This mission trip to Guatemala is literally going to be life-changing! Each day, you and your team of about 20-25 students will depart and make a huge impact in the beautiful Guatemalan community of Antigua. As you visit schools, parks, orphanages, communities, and villages, you’ll be playing some sports and games, participating in some fun skits, distributing food to those in need, doing a few work projects, visiting homes to share the gospel and pray for the needs of others, and SO much more! 

 

Every night in Guatemala will be filled with a fired-up time of music, worship, testimonies, talent shows, inspiring teachings from the Bible, fun team sessions, and always a late night game or two.  Of course, we’ll also have some AMAZING free days like hiking the Pacaya volcano and roasting “lava-toasted” marshmallows (totally safe), boating around Lake Atitlán, shopping at Chichicastenango and other artisan markets, doing a competitive team scavenger hunt (with prizes) around Antigua, and taking in the views while eating ice cream at Central Park.

 

After registering and securing your spot on a team with a $100 deposit (the deposit will go toward the total cost of your trip), you will be sent a Student Outreach Guide where you will find all the next steps, passport and CDC information, packing list, and financial deadlines needed to successfully plan and be 100% ready to experience an amazing mission trip!

 

This is an all-inclusive trip from Denver, Colorado, and almost everything is covered in the cost.

Are you a college student, over 18, and would like to come and assist the team leaders during the mission trip...please fill out an application to be part of the leadership team!  

 

If you are a teacher, coach, or parent and would like to come volunteer and be part of the overall mission trip, please fill out a registration form and note that you would like to come as a "teacher, coach, or parent. 

 

If you are a physician's assistant or nurse and would like to volunteer your expertise for the mission trip, please register and note the you are registering for the trip and would like to come volunteer as a "physician's assistant  or nurse"

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s included:
• Round-trip international flight from Denver, Colorado, to Guatemala
• All hotel accommodations in Antigua, Guatemala
• All in-country transportation to/from airports and to/from ministry sites throughout the trip
• All in-country meals (3 per day)
• Ministry materials, translators, local guides, drivers, chefs, and all pre-trip set-up

• Trip t-shirt and plenty of daily bottled water

• Medical emergency insurance

• All free-day excursions, including Pacaya volcano, scavenger hunt, and more.

• Special team bonding Sunday. Prior to the trip, we'll have a gathering to go over trip logistics, rules, safety, cultural        items, team communication, schedule—and then we'll announce the teams, and you'll meet your team leaders and        have a little team bonding. Parents are welcome to attend.

 

What’s not included:
• Passport

• Immunizations (see CDC button)
• Snacks in all airports and souvenirs

 

 

2023 Basic Trip Itinerary 

( Subject to change. A comprehensive itinerary will be sent out prior to the trip.)

~ Daily amazing worship, plus inspiring and FUN special evening services  ~

 

Thursday, May 25: Denver to Guatemala Travel Day

Once you arrive at Denver International Airport, our greeting team will meet you at a designated area, and then we'll check in as teams for our flight. Flight time is about 4 1/2 hours. Once we arrive in Guatemala City, we'll travel by chartered buses to our hotel in Antigua. Then, we'll eat some dinner, have some team meetings, and enjoy our first evening worship service in Antigua. 

LUNCH & DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

 

Friday, May 26: Antigua Team Scavenger Hunt and City Outreaches

This will be a time for teams to bond as they compete against each other in a very fun way while attempting to complete a series of culturally oriented scavenges from a scavenger hunt list. The winners of the event will receive some cool prizes.

 

In the afternoon, we'll break out and have a variety of outreach opportunities like visiting some local communities, schools, orphanages, and parks. We will share the gospel; distribute food; play soccer, volleyball, and other games with the kids; and hand out Bibles. Through the use of translators, you will have the opportunity to share your testimony and pray for those in need of prayer. 

 

After dinner, we'll have our evening gathering together. These services are geared toward diving deeper with God, hearing cool testimonies of  each day's outreach, enjoying worship, participating in fun skits and competitions, and having the opportunity to hear an inspiring message.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

 

Saturday, May 27: Community and Park Outreaches

We will spend all day visiting local communities to play some pick-up soccer/games, do work projects, distribute food/soup outreach, and hold a "Game ON! Kids" program.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

 

Sunday, May 28: Church and Orphanage Outreaches

We will be visiting a local church we'll be working with, and we will have the chance to worship together, share communion, and encourage others as we minister to their congregation in a variety of ways: music and worship, skits, and a timely message from the Bible. In the afternoon, we will be doing an orphanage outreach.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

 

Monday, May 29: Lake Atitlán Village Trip

There are so many villages tucked around the legendary Lake Atitlán, with only a boat to get to them. We will visit some of these villages, sharing the gospel, playing soccer with the kids, and eating with the families. Through translators, you will have the chance to share your testimony and pray for those needing healing or salvation. 

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

 

Tuesday May 30: Pacaya Volcano Free Day

On this free day, we'll trek the Pacaya volcano and have "lava-roasted" marshmallows! Then later in the evening, we'll have a fun game night!

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

 

Wednesday, May 31: Community and Park Outreaches

We will be visiting local communities to play soccer/games, do work projects, distribute food/soup outreach, and hold a "Game ON! Kids" program.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

 

Thursday, June 1: School Outreaches

We will be visiting local schools to play soccer/games, perform some skits, share about ourselves through music and testimonies, and hold a "Game ON! Kids" program.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

 

Friday, June 2: Free Day

Teams will have free time to shop at Chichicastenango and other artisan markets, see some of the city's amazing sites, grab some ice cream at Central Park, and participate in other excursions made available. In the evening, teams will have a special dinner together and begin team debriefing. This will be our final evening of worship. 

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

 

Saturday, June 3: Depart 

We will depart Guatemala for Denver, Colorado. A detailed travel itinerary will be sent out 30 days prior to the mission trip.

 

 

 

Health & Safety FAQs

 

What vaccinations do I need? We would strongly suggest following the CDC requirements/suggestions. You should consult with your own family physician, but what we always suggest is to make sure that all your Hepatitis A, Tetanus/Diphtheria, and Typhoid/Polio shots are all up to date. It is a personal choice and decision as everyone has their own risk tolerance, vaccination beliefs, and health and safety thresholds.

 

Is the trip insured? Yes! We carry short-term travel insurance for each member of the team that includes medical           evacuation, AD&D coverage, and other great travel insurance benefits. However, you will still need to be covered on a health insurance plan or have one purchased for the trip. We use Good Neighbor Insurance (GNI) for our mission trip coverage. For more information, call 480-813-9100 or visit info@gninsurance.com

 

What if an emergency happens and I can’t go? There are some trip cancellation/interruption insurance riders you           can purchase if in case you are unable to go on a trip for medical, emergency, etc., reasons. We’d suggest                       contacting GNI or a travel insurance company about your options. If you have to pull out of a mission trip for                 whatever reason, we will apply all payments/donations to a future trip, minus costs we may not be able to recover. (This is an annual mission trip, and we will be going to a different country each year.) 

 

Health history questionnaire. A few weeks prior to the mission trip, we’ll email you a Health History Questionnaire     and a Consent/Release form for you to fill out and email back to us before the mission trip. Most of it is pretty standard and it just gives us an idea of medications being taken, past health issues, allergies, immunizations received, and other items for us to be aware of if there were to be a need for you to go to a doctor or clinic/hospital. Please fill out what you are comfortable with; everything is 100% confidential. 

 

Safety track record. Going overseas is a big deal, and it's totally understandable for individuals, parents, and                  families to be concerned and want to know what safety precautions are being taken for each trip, especially if they are new to a Game On! Mission Trip and Wide Awake Missions. We've been at this for over 25 years; we have taken thousands of teens and young adults overseas, and over the years of doing mission trips, we have been fortunate to have never had a major safety or medical issue.

 

International safety and travel warnings. We keep in constant contact with all travel warnings concerning each country we go to. Before we leave, we register our group with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the U.S. Department of State, and we log our itinerary with the State Departments of each country we  travel to.

 

On being alone. No one is ever allowed to go off by themselves outside of our outreach sites, ministry sites, and               hotels. We travel as a team unit, eat as a team, and minister as a team—so no one is ever alone. We rely on our             trusted and experienced contacts/translators to guide us each day. Also, each team member pairs up daily with an       accountability partner. We always have a first aid kit that travels with us, and our contacts keep us informed on the     best doctors, clinics, and hospitals to visit if there are ever any issues or emergencies.

 

Contact information and itinerary. You, your parents, and/or family will have a list of all our emergency numbers and   will receive a more updated itinerary 30 days before each trip.

 

Leaders. We have a seasoned country director run the mission trip, and our leader/student ratio is usually one             college-aged leader (and some parent volunteers) per five (under age 18) students. We allow the team to bring their smartphones, and usually, it's their camera as well. We use the hotel’s wifi; this way students can be in contact with their parents for updates. We also provide you and your parents the phone numbers of the international hotels where we will be staying during the trip.

 

What about theft? Theft is always a possibility when you travel abroad, so please don’t bring anything you cannot         afford to lose. Most crime is petty like pick-pocketing—but since we travel as a group and use private, chartered           buses and vans with a hired driver who guards our belongings, we’ve rarely had a team member lose anything.

 

 

General Mission Trip FAQs

 

As we get within a few months of our mission trip, we will be in more communication to make sure everything goes smoothly, and we are always available to answer any questions you may have. We can’t even begin to express how unbelievable, fun, and adventurous this mission trip is going to be!

 

What about electricity? Guatemala uses 120V AC electricity; USA uses 110V. Power outlets are the same as in the USA.

 

Will someone meet me at the airport? Yes! We have some volunteers who will meet you at our designated drop-off at DIA. During that time, you will meet up and travel together with the specific team that you’ve be assigned to. 

 

What about drinking water? Throughout the trip, we will drink plenty of bottled water and/or purified filtered water. 

 

Can I bring items for the outreaches? Yes! Feel free to bring balloons, face paint, stickers, coloring book, crayons, pencils, and Spanish Bibles to give away. If your school or church wants to be a part in a financial way, we will be buying food to distribute in villages, supplying some Bibles, and handing out other little things, so you/they can give towards these options if you’d like; just let us know.

 

Are there any additional costs? Pretty much everything is covered! We work with a variety of helpers and translators, and we do take a group "love offering" at the end of the trip for our main contacts as well—it’s the gesture that counts here and not the amount though.

 

Do I need a sleeping bag or towel? No, you will not need a sleeping bag or towel for this trip.

 

Can I use my phone? Definitely! Although wifi can be spotty, it’s nice to keep in touch and share photos with friends and family who are praying for you and have supported you. 

 

How many bags can I bring? You are allowed to bring one carry-on (usually a smaller type of day backpack) and one   checked piece of luggage (a suitcase or backpack/duffle bag weighing 48 pounds or less).

 

What’s a typical day like? Each morning, we enjoy breakfast and team devotions, and then we head off to our outreaches for the day. We typically bring lunch with us, and at the end of the day we’ll go out with our contacts/translators and enjoy team meals together at a local restaurant or at the hotel. Later in the evening, we bring everyone together and have a big fun gathering with music, skits, worship, fun, and an inspiring message by one of the leaders or special speakers.

 

Do I have to share my testimony in front of people? Well, as a team, we’d love everyone to get to know each                   other’s "story.”  As far as sharing in front of a group of people or church, we understand that speaking in front of larger groups can be frightening, so we’ll leave that up to you. You will see though that throughout the trip, you will begin to feel more and more comfortable with it. You will have numerous opportunities to pray for the needs of many people in the outreaches we will do.

 

Sports/skits? We will have some fun opportunities to play some pick-up games of soccer, basketball, volleyball; and do some fun drama skits (and other games). It’s such a great way to connect and offers lots of opportunities to minister and get to know the people of Guatemala better. Please let us know if you have any special talents you’d love to use during the trip or teach others, such as face-painting, making balloon animals, playing musical instruments, dancing, singing, etc.

 

*This list isn’t exhaustive, so if you have any additional questions please just let us know!