Book now to reserve your spot on Dr. Mandy Hansen’s bottle school trip: March 22nd to March 28th, 2020

I first travelled to Guatemala in 1994. I was a teenager taking the semester off from college to backpack through Central America. It was an adventure made in order to explore the ruins, food, markets, and towns. However, my interaction with local community members was minimal. I can say that even though this was not a typical journey for a teen, I was very naïve and did not fully understand the complex environment I travelled. I was only faintly aware of the politics and history of Guatemala.

Since those teen-backpacking days, I learned a lot, thanks to Hug It Forward! The work that Hug It Forward does is intentional, well planned, and integrated. As an educator, I appreciate the meetings they facilitate with community leaders, the stories/individuals we hear from and learn, and the safety and care they provide. Participating in this service-learning project is an experience I value because it touches upon multiple areas: sharing of personal narratives, sustainable building practices, education, community engagement and empowerment, and the history and contemporary issues of Guatemala and Mayan communities.

It also a time to connect with like-minded souls. Our group will be individuals that want to learn and serve. Learn about themselves, the local community we serve, and from the group around them. So, if you want a little sugar for your soul, rev up your engine and join me in Guatemala!

– Dr. Mandy Hansen

How kids and communities build bottle schools

Pictures from my 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 November 22nd, 2019, with the balance ($649) payable in full by February 22nd, 2020.

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.