Book now to reserve your spot on the Advance Guatemala bottle school trip: April 26th – May 2nd, 2018

Advance Guatemala is thrilled to continue its collaborative efforts of improving the educational opportunities of Guatemalan children with Hug It Forward, one of our incredible collaborative organizations. We invite you to participate in a transformational philanthropic journey in beautiful Guatemala to change the lives of children seeking to increase their literacy and improve their well-being through education. We are accomplishing this through funding and helping build a three classroom “Bottle School” in the rural area of San Martin Jilotepeque.

Ever thought to yourself “I want to help change the world!” Well, this is your chance to make it happen and advance the lives of Guatemalans that need it and are eager to improve their circumstances.

A Bottle School trip to Guatemala is not your typical vacation. It is more about connecting, serving, and giving back. It is about losing yourself in another culture and finding gratitude in your life for the many blessings you have. Hug It Forward, has helped empower the communities of Guatemala by building over 100 bottle schools since 2009. By participating in a Bottle School Trip, you can be a part of the movement for real social change.

In addition to having the opportunity to volunteer alongside community members to help build a Bottle School, you will also visit Mayan ruins, walk the streets of the picturesque colonial town of Antigua (a UNESCO World Heritage Center), experience the Guatemalan culture, food and hospitality, and hear first-hand what it was like to live through a civil war.

Seeking to be on purpose about serving others and experience the positive impact you are making in the lives of those less fortunate? If so, this trip is for YOU!!!

I am confident you will come back a changed person. You will be smiling from ear to ear, be filled with gratitude and motivated in being even more philanthropically active in your life. Best of all, you will visit a country you probably wouldn’t have visited otherwise and you will fall in love with Guatemala, its culture and its people.

I encourage you to join us on this experience of a lifetime!!

With love and gratitude,

J.P. Dahdah
Founder & President
Advance Guatemala

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How kids and communities build bottle schools

Pictures from previous bottle school trips




Want to know more?

Visit the Hug It Forward web site to find out all about bottle schools.

Information about your trip

Please make sure you read all the information on this web site, including the Information section and the FAQ.

Book now by Paypal, or by check

Your bottle school trip costs $1,299 per person. What does this include?

You can reserve your spot by paying a $650 non-refundable deposit by October 26th, 2017, with the balance ($649) payable in full by February 26th, 2018.

Please make sure you have read the Terms and Conditions before booking.


How to pay for your trip

There are several ways to pay for your bottle school trip. You can avoid paying fees if you choose Option 1 or Option 2. Choose Option 1 if you have a PayPal balance or if your bank account is linked to PayPal. If neither of these are the case, please choose Option 2 to avoid paying fees. If you want to use PayPal and don’t mind paying fees, please choose Option 3.

Option 1:Pay using Paypal’s “Send Money” feature”

  1. Log in to Paypal (
  2. Click the “Send Money” tab
  3. Enter our email address and the amount $1,299 (or $650 if you are just paying a deposit now)
  4. Before you click “Continue”, choose the “I’m sending money to family or friends” button. If you have a PayPal balance or your bank account is linked to PayPal, you will not have to pay fees. If neither of these are the case, please choose Option 2 or Option 3
  5. In the “Message” box on the following page, please enter which trip you are booking!
  6. That’s it! :)

Option 2:Mail us a check

  1. Mail a check payable to “Serve The World Today” to:
    Serve The World Today
    4600 Hampshire Dr.
    Flower Mound, TX 75028

    • Please write on the memo line of the check which trip you are attending
  2. Send us an email to – please tell us:
    • That you sent a check and what the amount was ($1,299 per person, or $650 if you are just paying a deposit now)
    • Which trip the check is for
    • The name on the check

Option 3: Paying by Paypal (this costs $39 in fees)

Click the “Buy Now” button on the right to pay the $1,299 cost of your voluntourism trip, plus $39 in Paypal fees.

Click the “Buy Now” button on the left to pay the $650 non-refundable deposit for your voluntourism trip.

Please read the Terms and Conditions!

Have you read the Terms and Conditions?

Fundraising for bottle schools

You might also like to fundraise for Hug It Forward bottle schools. Fundraising for bottle schools is optional – it is not a requirement of participating in a bottle school trip.

If you choose to fundraise, we suggest a $250 fundraising goal, but some people choose to do more or less than this. It’s really up to you – how much you think your friends and families can give, how creative you can be, and how much time you’re prepared to put into it.

See more information about fundraising.