Build and Restore International (BRI) invites you to join us together with the F5 Challenge team to Ocongate, Peru. This will be an unforgettable experience. We will participate in a school building project, evangelism, community outreach, and health seminars. This mission trip will have multiple opportunities to serve and minister to others. As always, mission trips require a desire to glorify God, teamwork, and safety. We ask that these values be considered as you make a decision to join us. Prayerfully consider joining us on this exciting journey to the beautiful country of Peru!
WHEN: Apr 14th – 25th, 2019
WHERE: Ocongate, Peru (CUZ is the airport code)
COST: $800 per person + Flights (payments need to be made in full by March 29th, 2019)
What’s Included: Ground transportation from Cusco airport
Excursion to Machu Picchu
One Build and Restore T-shirt
Amazing Disciples Study Book
Local housing in a newly constructed private residence near the school project in Ocongate.
Food - 3 vegeterian meals per day(travel days may delay meals and timing, please bring snacks)
Local transportation on site
What’s NOT Included:
Any personal expenses, snacks or souvenirs
Hotel, food, and transportation before or after the mission trip
NOTE: Altitude sickness can be a serious risk. Please CLICK to read more and bring medicine for your needs
In preparation for the trip from a safety/health perspective, please make sure you have the following vaccines up to date: Hep A, Typhoid, and yellow fever vaccine. Typhoid and Hep A can be in contaminated water/food/fruits/vegetables exposed to contaminated water. If you do typhoid vaccine shots, it’s good for 2 years, if you get the live cultures in capsules it is good for 5 years, but it does take 4 days to take all 4 capsules and it takes 10 days for your body to build immunity. Yellow fever vaccine is required to enter/leave the country, so bring your vaccine card. If you need to get it, you can’t get the vaccine within 15 days of another live vaccine (eg. typhoid vaccine) and you want to be asymptotic for 10 days after the vaccine before you leave for the trip. So if you need both typhoid and yellow fever vaccines you need to get started right away. Also there is a nation wide shortage of yellow fever vaccine so you might need to drive far to get it. (There’s some travel clinics in Sacramento that carry it). If you’re allergic to egg or flu shot you will probably be allergic to yellow fever vaccine too, in that case you need your yellow vaccine card to say you’re allergic. The areas we’re going to has mosquitoes but it’s not malaria carrying mosquitoes so no need for malaria prophylaxis. However the mosquitoes can carry Zika, so if you’re pregnant or planning to be pregnant in the next 5 years then do everything possible not to get bit by mosquitoes. You can pretreat clothes with permethrin or use a spray. Many people use ones with Deet, although that’s pretty toxic. I’ve used this Lemon eucalyptus one in Africa, it’s plant based and most importantly it worked well. Not sure how well it will work in Peru so probably best to do both permethrin and spray.
Also we’re flying into really high altitudes, putting ourselves at high risk for altitude sickness. Usually you prevent altitude sickness by starting at a lower elevation area and taking a few days to get to high elevation ( acclimate). But since we don’t have much time we are going directly to Cuzco—11,121 ft and Ocongate —11,591 ft. Here’s some info about altitude sickness, please read up about it so you know what symptoms to watch for. Also if possible get a prescription from your doctor for Diamox/Acetazolamide. It’s a medication used to treat altitude sickness. Also it’s very important to stay hydrated, besides being good for you it can also help you quickly determine that you’re experiencing altitude sickness not just headache from dehydration. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions. See you in a month!
Here are links for altitude sickness and different products mentioned above:
Lemon eucalyptus spray
1. Improve ADVENIR school facilities by helping to build a new classroom.
2. Volunteers will share health presentations and give an evangelistic series.
Arrival: Please plan to arrive on Mon, April 15th early morning before 8:00 am
Departure: Please plan to depart on Wednesday, April 24th in the evening
We will be staying in a newly constructed private residence near the school property. No linens are provided. Please bring your own linens and sleeping bag.
The weather will be in the mid 70's in the day and mid to high 50's at night
We are going to visit Machu Picchu for our excursion. Please do some research on this region to be well informed.
Mission Trip Packing List
Items to Bring
• Bible(Paper Copy) and other devotional/reading materials
• Lightweight back pack
• Personal snacks – e.g., energy/granola bars, nuts, or dried fruit
• Ear Plugs (in case the person next to you snores), sleep mask
• Spending money for personal use(please exchage your money for local currency(SOL) before you travel)
• Personal toiletries (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, mirror, razor, etc.)
• Charcoal and or Pepto-Bismol
• Wet wipes and or toilet paper
Work Clothes and Gear
• Work pants (lightweight cotton preferred, cargo)
• Good working shoes (work boots or hard-soled shoes are safest)
• Socks – (1 pair for each day)
• T-shirts; short or long-sleeved cotton shirts
• Water bottle(s) (Wide mouth, refillable)
• Work gloves (2 pair recommended)
• Casual shirts, pants, and blouses
• Dress shirts, slacks, and shoes (men) for church*
• Dresses, skirts/blouses, and shoes (women) for church*
• Swimming suits (modest, one piece), beach towel
• Socks, Underclothes (microfiber quick dry—optional)
• Hat (to protect from sun)
• Sheets and blanket or a light sleeping bag
• Pillow and pillow case
• Towel and wash cloth
More about the project.
7:00 AM Wake Up
7:30 AM Worship
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Start Work
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Continue Work
5:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM Leave for evening seminars
9:00 PM Worship/Team-building/debrief
9:30 PM Free Time
10:00 PM Lights Out
Sunday April 14, Flights to Cusco, Peru arrive early Monday morning.
Monday 15th, Coordinate the pick-up of anyone still arriving Monday morning and leave Cusco by charter bus, in the morning. Travel the few hours to Ocongate and get settled at the accommodations near the school.
Tuesday 16th, start the daily routine of working on the project, seminars, etc. The main project is the building of the school classroom. One important note, the elevation will be over 11,000 feet, so it will take a day or two to acclimatize to the high altitude. The weather will also be cool, in the 70's during the day, and low 50's at night, plan accordingly for sleeping bags and clothing. Wednesday-Sunday More of the daily routine, while adapting to and rolling with the project.
Sabbath 20th, visit local church and share testimonies.
Monday 22nd, Early morning departure for Machu Picchu, Monday we will spend the day traveling to the base of Machu Picchu, arriving Monday evening in Aguas Calientes and spending the night there.
Tuesday 23rd Visit Machu Picchu. Spend the night in Aguas Calientes. Wednesday morning travel to the airport for our evening scheduled flights.
Wednesday 24th in the evening, fly out of Cusco for home.
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