Book now to reserve your spot on Dr. Mandy Hansen’s bottle school trip: January 10th – January 16th, 2019

I travelled to Guatemala for the first time in 1995 and led my first Bottle School trip in 2018. The experience of travelling in Guatemala and throughout Central America shaped me profoundly. It led me to volunteer with AmeriCorps Vista for a year working with Spanish speakers in Central Utah and then volunteering on an additional project with AmeriCorps working with migrant workers doing pesticide safety training. Participating in this journey in January 2019 will impact you in unexpected ways and feed your soul.

As an International Educator, I have led student trips to India volunteering at a Tibetan refugee camp as well as an environmental education volunteer trip to Northern California with international students. These experiences provide team building, memories that last a lifetime, and opportunities to learn about yourself as well as the communities you serve.

Participating in this trip with Hug It Forward and Serve the World Today will be the first for many of you. The trip will involve participation from University of Colorado Colorado Springs students as well as community members from throughout Colorado. This trip will require grit, empathy, compassion, and an interest in learning more about the community we are entering. We will be helping to build a school, learn about Guatemalan culture, practice some Spanish, interact with the community, and use our bodies and spirits to help a school take shape.

Hug it Forward has helped empower the communities of Guatemala to build over 100 schools since 2009. Join me as a participant and be part of this legacy! I know it will open your heart, your mind, and fuel your desire to continue to give back to international and domestic communities for many years to come.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Mandy Hansen
Director, Global Engagement
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

How kids and communities build bottle schools

Some pictures from previous bottle school trips


Scott Carrying Cement



Kids from Varituc helping on the project


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 June 10th, 2018, with the balance ($649) payable in full by November 10th, 2018.

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.