HONDURAS GOOD WORKS MEDICAL MISSION TRIP

This is the fifth in a series of newsletters intended to assist with your participation in Honduras Good Works Medical Mission Trip. Please read the previous newsletters to make sure you are on the right track. (Click here for a link to monthly newsletters). Also, be on the lookout for the final newsletter in July.
 

JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

Payments

If you have not paid your cost in full, the final payment is due June 15. Total cost of the trip is $2000. The trip amount includes airfare (round-trip Houston to Honduras), travel insurance, lodging and meals. You should have already received an email with your balance due. Contact Honduras Good Works at brigade.info@hondurasgoodworks.org if you have questions regarding your balance.

Packing parties

The next packing party is June 29, 2019 at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, 1420 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Feel free to bring snacks to share with others.
PLEASE come and bring your friends! We need lots of hands. And bring donated toiletries too!

Hotel Rooms in Houston (Tues. July 16)

A block of 8 double rooms has been reserved for July 16 at the Red Roof Inn, 15675 John F Kennedy Boulevard, Houston, TX at $59 plus tax. There are 2 double beds in each room. To make a reservation call Red Roof Inn at (832) 243-7650.

The blocked rooms are under Becky or Rebecca Sparks. Please let Becky at capt_sparks@hotmail.com know you have reserved a room, and how many will be in the room. They will be released July 1.

If you reserve a room, you are responsible for the cost of the room. You can leave your car at the Red Roof for $4/day plus tax. Should you leave your car there, you are also responsible for the cost of parking.

Please note that the van at the Red Roof Inn leaves every 30 minutes for the airport and holds about 12 passengers. Since there will be other guests who will be departing for international destinations at the same time as we do, it may be necessary for some people to leave earlier than others in order for all to be at the airport by 6:00 a.m.

AS ANOTHER OPTION: some of our travelers like to stay at Fairfield Inn and Suites, 4025 Interwood N Parkway, Houston 77032, (281) 227-3434.  They have a deal for “park and fly” – the price is higher than Red Roof, but it includes the parking and the airport shuttle.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston (IAH)

Brigadiers are asked to be at the United Airlines Group Check In counter in Terminal C on July 17 by 6:00 a.m. This terminal changes from year to year, so expect a last-minute email about which terminal it is located in.

Wear your team T-shirts on the day of travel. If you have not picked it up it will be given to you at the airport.

Have your passport handy. Don’t be the one who has to wait a day for a new passport!

We need several people outside Terminal C by 5:30 am to help Andy unload the crates and duffle bags from the U-Haul truck that he will be driving down from Killeen.

Please follow these guidelines for check-in:

  • DO NOT check in until the whole group checks in!
  • DO NOT electronically pre-board, as this causes a lot of problems for the group.
  • Meet at the group check-in desk, and we will check in as a team.
  • As agreed before the trip, you will be checking one personal bag (no charge to you) and one team crate or duffle. If you have indicated to us that you have just a carry-on, then 2 team bags have been assigned to you.
  • HGW will also be paying for the team bags. Do not pay for any checked bags.
  • Give Andy the baggage claim ticket for team bags.
  • DO NOT tip anyone for group activities. Andy is in charge of all tips for porters who help unload the U-Haul at the airport in Houston. If you are having any difficulty, please notify Andy ASAP at 254-291-1636.

Toncontin International Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU)

The first step upon arriving in Tegucigalpa is to go through customs. You will need your passport. Once you’re through, go to baggage claim area and find your personal luggage. Keep it with you as you wait. If it does not arrive, let Andy know.

Do not leave the baggage claim area until told to do so by Andy! Please use the restroom here if needed so you don’t wander off once we are through baggage claim.

We will collect all team bags into one area. Andy will count bags and present the team luggage claim tickets to airport personnel. Only when we have confirmed all luggage is accounted for does anyone leave the baggage claim area.

Once outside the baggage area the advance team will be looking for team T-shirts to greet us. They will have chosen porters to take our luggage to the bus and trucks which have been rented for our transportation. Keep your carry-on with you at all times and stay together. Please don’t wander off!

Tips will be taken care of. Do not tip anyone, and don’t give money to beggars.

Our advance team will arrange for a trusted money changer to change your dollars to lempiras. DO NOT DO it with anyone else. At times he will want to do the exchange on the bus, at other times in a particular spot inside the airport. Please stay together so you will know when and where this is happening. During the week you might want to buy snacks, adult beverages for social hour and souvenirs, so exchange accordingly.

Water and pizza will be provided for us in the bus and trucks. Name tags will be provided so that the advance team knows who to share these with. Because our funds are limited, unfortunately we are not able to purchase enough water and pizza to share with airport workers.

Buses and trucks will be loaded with all bags and boxes by porters and our team members who are designated “Loaders”. If you are not a designated “Loader” please do not get in the way, do not try this at home, these are professionals. Let them work!

DRIVERS IN HONDURAS: If you have been designated as a driver, go with Andy to the car rental agency with your driver’s license. Once outside the airport, you will be directed to the bus and the trucks.

To answer questions or for technical help, please contact us through brigade.info@hondurasgoodworks.org or at  830-275-0106.

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