Book now to reserve your spot on Danny and Bobbi West’s bottle school trip: March 24th to 30th, 2022 ***Booking Options Below***

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” John F. Kennedy

This is a volunteer opportunity for each of us to have an active and positive influence on those messages. The Hug It Forward bottle school program affords the children of Guatemala a better opportunity to further their education and expand their potential to contribute to their own communities, to Guatemala, and ultimately to the larger global community…particularly important in today’s environment. In addition, the program encourages ecological awareness, promotes recycling, and fosters community involvement.

On a personal level, participating in this program has added new purpose to our lives and provided a welcome alternative to the pervasive “me first” mentality that so many choose to embrace. We have found these volunteer experiences to be a meaningful and rewarding way of “giving back”… meaningful in participating with a community to capture the benefits of education we too often take for granted…literally a survival foothold, and rewarding in the genuine welcome and gratitude we have received from every community we have visited. The benefits we leave in each community are matched by the satisfaction we take home with us. This is truly a life-changing experience… a “reset” to introspection, gratitude and appreciation…the ultimate “selfie” of your soul.

The on-site Hug It Forward staff assures a comfortable and safe environment…with appropriate Covid-19 protocols. Commercial accommodations are provided along with excellent regional cuisine prepared family style by our own chef. Ground transportation is via well-maintained vehicles with skilled drivers experienced in the nuances of the Guatemalan roads. School construction activities may include cutting & bending rebar, tying in bottles, mixing concrete, and/or painting…each involving a moderate degree of manual labor, but there is always something for everyone to do.

Other activities include cultural interaction with the community, a guided tour of nearby Mayan ruins or a visit to a wildlife park and a community hike led by the kids… its work, it’s playing, it’s sharing, it’s personal growth…it’s just plain FUN. Each experience begins and ends in Antigua, Guatemala, a lovely World Heritage Site steeped in history and a showcase of regional culture. So we invite you to join us in what has become an integral purpose in our lives helping to transform the dream of education into a reality for these amazing kids. For additional information or questions contact us at We are both looking forward to seeing each of you in Guatemala.

Bobbi and Danny West



How kids and communities build bottle schools

Pictures from our 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, check or Zelle

Book today to reserve your spot on our bottle school trip from March 24-30, 2022.

The cost of the bottle school trip is $1,499 per person.

What does this include?

You can reserve your spot by paying a $1,499 per person by January 24th, 2022.

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

Have you read the Terms and Conditions? After reading the Terms and Conditions, please click the “Yes” button to view the booking options.

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Available booking options below…

Option 1: Pay using Paypal’s “Send Money” feature (fees do not apply for those that have a PayPal balance or bank account linked to PayPal)

  1. Log into Paypal (
  2. Click the “Pay & Get Paid” tab and choose the “Send Money” option
  3. Enter our email address and the amount $1,499.
  4. Choose which payment option you want to use (either PayPal balance or bank account)
  5. Change “Paying for an item or service” to “Sending to a friend”. 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
  6. In the “Message” box on the following page, please enter which trip you are booking!
  7. That’s it!

Option 2: Mail us a check (fees do not apply)

  1. Mail a check payable to “Serve The World Today” to:
    Serve The World Today
    P.O. Box 366
    Krum, TX 76249
    • 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 ($1,499 per person)
    • Which trip the check is for
    • The name on the check

Option 3: Pay using Zelle – please check with your bank to see if they offer Zelle as an option for transferring money (fees do not apply)

  1. Log into your online banking
  2. Choose to transfer money using the “Zelle” option
  3. Enter our email address and the amount $1,499.
  4. In the “Message” box, please enter which trip you are booking!
  5. Send us an email to telling us that payment has been sent via Zelle


Option 4: Paying by PayPal (fees apply)

Click the “Buy Now” button on the right to pay the $1,499 cost of your voluntourism trip (plus $52.81 in PayPal fees).

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.