INFORMATION FOR BRIGADIERS
This is the second of a series of newsletters intended to assist with your participation in Honduras Good Works Medical Mission Trip. Please make sure you have read the first newsletter and be on the lookout for upcoming monthly newsletters. (Click HERE to access previous monthly newsletters).
After you have registered your payment of $667.00 will be due by the 15th of April. If you can not make the April 15 payment we need a $200 deposit (non-refundable) by April 6 and the remainder $467 by April 15.
As a reminder:
- Check your passport to make sure it is current through January 2019.
- Make an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss immunizations needed for the trip.
Each year we select a team T-shirt that is worn to and from the airport and on photo day. At the packing parties there will be opportunities to vote on a team T-shirt with a monetary donation.
Carpools to/from George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Because we leave out of George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, it may be necessary to arrange carpools from your starting point. At the packing parties, you will have a chance to sign up for car pooling to Houston and find out about arrangements for a hotel.
The first packing party will be at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 2800 Trimmier Rd, Killeen, TX on March 10, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
The second packing party will be at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, 1420 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX on March 17, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feel free to bring snacks to share with others.
To start thinking about our lodging in Honduras, here is some initial information. We will be staying at a convent/retreat center, Montaña Clara Maria Casa de Retiro. The center is gated with a security guard at the entrance. As this is a retreat center, the rooms are very basic. There are no ceiling fans or AC and water pressure varies, especially if everyone is trying to shower at once — so stagger your showers. They do have flush toilets, but like everywhere in Honduras, do not flush anything other than human waste. That includes toilet tissue!! They plug very easily.
Only drink bottled water, even for brushing your teeth.
As is the case in most developing countries, telephone communication in Honduras can be frustrating at times. You may use your cellphone but international charges may apply. Internet is available at the retreat center, but again this is spotty and not always available.
Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the center; we will be packing our lunches. The food is safely prepared, and safe to eat. Unless we advise you otherwise, breakfast is at 6:30 a.m. and dinner is at 6:00 p.m.
Upcoming newsletters will contain information on how we bag up our medication for the trip and why we need you to check a bag with HGW supplies, what to pack, valuable tips about Honduras, and more packing party dates, etc.
To answer questions or for technical help, please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org) or at 830-275-0106.