Book now to reserve your spot on Jessi Richards’ bottle school trip: July 4th – July 10th, 2019

Have you ever wanted to go to another country and do something that is rewarding and filled with love? A bottle school trip is all that and more.  

Recently, I took part in a volunteer bottle school trip that left me feeling more rewarded than I ever thought possible!  I realized that stepping outside of your comfort zone was okay and actually something we all need to do! And not just step out, actually embrace it! There is a difference! And something very unexpected has happed to me, I found myself, I truly found myself.

Going into the trip, I really didn’t know what to expect.  I knew I would be travelling to a beautiful country as I had been there before. I also knew I would be volunteering to help build a school and that I would be working with an organization that gives hugs. If you know me, you know I am not much of a hugger – especially people I don’t know.  I discovered that I would be working with an organization that values education and community as much as I do! Hug it forward not only takes us in to build a school, it puts its volunteers together with a community that is excited to help and learn.  If you come on this trip, you are not just going to work, you are going to build relationships, learn about a different culture and work with people who have love in their hearts and show it in their eyes! You will be working with people who have an eagerness to learn.  The children of the community want to help build their school, they will come up and grab a tool and work right beside you, some will even teach you how to do the job!  

After I came home, my friends started noticing just how happy I was. I told them all about what the bottle trip is exactly and my recent volunteer experience with it. It seems as if I may have inspired some of them to also want to take part in this experience.  This is what gave me the idea to lead a trip!  

Work is not the only thing this trip is about! You’ll get to know the community, step out of your comfort zone, play with the children, you might even find your own inner child! The children love to play games, so bring your “A” game!  Also, be prepared to get a little Spanish lesson and teach some basic English. The children there are ready to teach you Spanish in return for your English lessons. Consider yourself warned – if you come on this trip, be prepared to give and receive hugs that will really make you smile from the heart! So get your gloves ready and join me on this amazing trip!

Warm Regards,

Jessi Richards

How kids and communities build bottle schools

Some 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 April 1st, 2019, with the balance ($649) payable in full by June 1st, 2019.

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

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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!

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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.