Las Calabri’s bottle school trip to Guatemala: May 21-27, 2015


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Several years ago I cut out an article in Oprah Magazine about building bottle schools in Guatemala. It became my dream to be part of this creative venture. Now, I am happy to be leading a group of volunteers to Guatemala to help Hug It Forward build a bottle school.We will spend one week in Guatemala working with local village communities to build a school using “eco-bricks”: plastic bottles filled with inorganic waste. The purpose of the trip is to address two seemingly unrelated issues: 1) environmental harm resulting from trash and 2) the lack of adequate educational facilities in Guatemala. The school we will be helping build is in San Martin Jilotepeque, Guatemala.

I am excited to be a part of this project. I have been an educator my entire career…building a teen parent program, alternative school libraries, and teaching subjects ranging from cooking, child development to research skills. I love to work hard, help others, explore new places and have fun all of which will all be a big part of this adventure.

Pam Rybus (AKA Pamarian)


How kids and communities build bottle schools

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 $1,195 per person. What does this include?

You can reserve your spot by paying a $600 non-refundable deposit by February 26th, 2015, with the balance ($595) payable in full by April 23rd, 2015.

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 $1,195 (or $595 if you have already paid the deposit)
  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
  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 have already paid the deposit)
    • 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 balance if you have already paid the deposit, plus $18 in Paypal fees.

Please read the Terms and Conditions!

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Fundraising for bottle schools

To participate in this trip, we also ask that you fundraise for Hug It Forward bottle schools. We suggest a $250 fundraising goal, but some people choose to do more.

See more information about fundraising.