Book now to reserve your spot on Astrid Sandoval and Kara Rijnen’s bottle school trip: March 19-25, 2015

Someone once said “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, well taking part in a voluntourism trip gives you the opportunity to do just that, make a change that will make a difference, and have an impact for a lifetime. After being part of two voluntourism trips, I feel it to be my moral obligation to encourage others to do the same; it truly is the experience of a lifetime. So join us as we create extraordinary memories, and make a dent in the universe, together we can inspire a generation to have faith, to dream, to hope, to live their purpose! I dare you to step up, and step into your greatness to be a blessing, and make a difference. Someone is going to make the impact of a lifetime; it might as well be you! Its always a great time to change the world!

– Astrid Sandoval


The past two years I have had the privilege of travelling to Guatemala to participate in a voluntourism trip with Hug It Forward. I now invite you to join me in March 2015 for a week of contribution, caring, fun and learning. You will leave Guatemala with a new family, a newfound view of the world around you, a greater sense of the struggles those in a developing country encounter on a daily basis, and a strong desire to return as soon as possible!! I am excited to share this journey with more of my friends and I hope you can experience this week with my 7-year-old daughter, Tayden, and myself.

– Kara Rijnen


How kids and communities build bottle schools

Slideshow and pictures from Astrid’s previous bottle school trips





Slideshow and pictures from Kara’s 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

Book today to reserve your spot on our bottle school trip from March 19-25, 2015.

Your spot on the bottle school trip costs $995 per person for Rovia members or $1,195 for non-Rovia members. If you are not a Rovia member, you can reserve your spot by paying a $595 non-refundable deposit by November 19th, 2014, with the balance ($600) payable in full by January 19th, 2015.

What does the cost of the trip include?

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

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How to pay for your trip

If you are a Rovia member, please use this link to book:

If you are NOT a Rovia member, please follow the instructions below:

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 $1,195 (or $595 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
    4307 1/2 Ocean Blvd
    San Diego
    CA 92109

    • 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 ($1,195 per person, or $595 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 $36 in fees)

Click the “Buy Now” button on the right to pay the $1,195 cost of your voluntourism trip, plus $36 in Paypal fees.

Click the “Buy Now” button on the left to pay the $595 non-refundable deposit for your voluntourism trip.

Please read the Terms and Conditions!

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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.