Book now to reserve your spot on Kristin and Melisa’s bottle school trip: July 21-27, 2016


“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

We met 8 years ago and our friendship has lead to many great adventures. Being educators, we hoped to find the opportunity to ‘make a difference’ by building a school. An internet search lead us to Hug It Forward and in the summer of 2015 we had the privilege to participate in a Bottle School project with 17 other volunteers. Although our group started out as strangers, we worked, laughed and learned together as a team. By the end, it was hard to believe we had only been together a week.

This Voluntourism trip is like no other adventure you will go on. Being welcomed into a Guatemalan community, surrounded by adults and children who are eager to build their school is still something no words can describe. Simply put, it is life-changing. Learning about Guatemalan history, culture, and customs through visiting ruins, travelling through the beautiful countryside, and hearing heartfelt stories of life in Guatemala will transform your perspective of this wonderful country.

It is amazing how much your life can change in a week!

We are very excited to be going back as co-leaders and look forward to meeting new people, making new friends and creating new memories. We hope you can join us!


Kristin & Melisa



How kids and communities build bottle schools

Some pictures from our bottle school trip in July 2015




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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 4th, 2016, with the balance ($649) payable in full by May 21st, 2016.

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
    626 Missouri St.
    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 ($1,299 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.