Costa Rica

Costa Rica CollageOpen to: 11 years old and up (Family Mission Trip)

Ages 11 through 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Please call if you would like to bring children ages 3 through 10)

Founders: Tim and Dena Stromstad

Team Coordinator: Matt Gnuse
Date: Please contact us with preferred trip dates.

Hogar de Vida would welcome teams throughout the year. They are very open to fall and spring teams. Summer spots fill up quickly.

Cost: $750 per person (ages 11 and up)+ $25 administration fee.
$450 per person (ages 3-10) + $25 administration fee.

Cost does not include airline tickets.

There is one $40 wire transfer fee per group.

All money is due to Costa Rica 40 days before the trip.

All participants under 18 must have an Authorization to Travel form signed by their parents.

Teams going to Atenas, Costa Rica, (Alajuela Province) will work and stay at Hogar de Vida (Home of Life), a temporary children's home that cares for approximately 35 children. Although the children range from newborns to 10 years old, the significant majority are 5 and under.

Hogar de Vida works in partnership with Costa Rican Child Protection Services providing a temporary, Christ centered home for at-risk children. Following governmental investigations into the reasons necessitating the removal of the children from their home, the children are returned to their family, placed with extended family or made available for adoption into a new family.

The heartbeat of Hogar de Vida is to form children, going beyond just meeting each child's physical needs. Our hear is to share the eternal gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and to provide an environment in which the healing process of Jesus Christ may begin in the hearts of these broken children. The heartbeat does not stop with the children but flows to every one who enters though the gates of Hogar de Vida Children's Home.

The typical daily schedule includes physical work projects and time with the children.