District 6970 Bottle School Project Trip: March 30 – April 5, 2017. Limited room, reserve your spot today!


¡Bienvenido! Are you ready to change the world?

Rotary District 6970 is excited to announce an exciting international service project opportunity for your club! As you may know, our district has raised enough money to sponsor a three-classroom bottle school in Guatemala, in collaboration with our nonprofit partner Hug it Forward. We invite you to join us as we embark on a transformational journey, to help kids and communities build schools out of trash in the rural area of San Martin Jilotepeque. This school will serve as an educational platform for thousands of children throughout the next hundred years, giving them the opportunity to increase their literacy and improve their well-being through education.

In addition to helping community members build a bottle school, you will also have the opportunity to visit the Mayan ruins, walk the streets of picturesque Antigua, and experience Guatemalan culture, food, and hospitality. Also, if you’re worried about food and sanitation… don’t be! Cristy, our personal chef on the trip, will be taking excellent care of us. We want to warn you in advance, that this is not your typical vacation getaway; it is a life changing experience.
Throughout the past 80 months, Hug it Forward has built 71 schools in Guatemala; if you’re interested in making a hands on, measurable impact, this is the trip for you. I encourage you to join us as we continue to change the world, one school at a time!

With love and gratitude,

Michael Tirpak
Chair⎪District 6970 Bottle School Project



How kids and communities build bottle schools

Some pictures from past 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 December 30th, 2016, with the balance ($649) payable in full by February 28th, 2017.

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 (www.paypal.com)
  2. Click the “Send Money” tab
  3. Enter our email address servetheworldtoday@gmail.com 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 servetheworldtoday@gmail.com – 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.