Book now to reserve your spot on Mike and Carrie Loven’s bottle school trip: November 18-24, 2018

Hello All,

Carrie and I are excited to be hosting the Thanksgiving Bottle School Trip in 2018. This trip is open to anyone who wishes to have a unique Thanksgiving experience. Our story is simple. We wanted to try all of the VolunTour trips that we could find. We wanted to use our talents to serve around the world. In early November 2013, we took our kids on our first VolunTour location, Guatemala. The kids were NOT excited to go. They were pretty angry, if we tell the truth. Ask them now and they will quickly tell you it is the single vacation that changed their lives forever.

We have been back 3 more times. Prior to this forthcoming trip, we have led one other trip. We are honored to have been given the opportunity to host this year’s trip. We want to welcome anyone on this trip. If you have experience with bottle schools, come help us put in some hard work and move this project forward. If you have never been on a bottle school trip, and you are a “newbie”, we want you to know, you are more than welcome on this trip. We will work hard, play hard with the kids, engage with the families in the communities, and break bread together. Whatever you bring to the table, if you have a desire to be on this trip, we will have a great time. Thanksgiving will be a special time for all of us. You’ll spend it with a whole new “family” experience.

Please come join us on this experience of a lifetime. It will possibly be the best Thanksgiving you have ever had!

With love,

– Mike and Carrie Loven



How kids and communities build bottle schools


Pictures from our previous bottle school trip




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

Book today to reserve your spot on my bottle school trip from November 18-24, 2018.

Your bottle school trip will cost $1,199 for Rovia members or $1,299 for non-Rovia members. If you are interested in becoming a member of Rovia, ask Jon how.

What does the cost of the trip include?

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


How to pay for your trip

If you are a Rovia member, please use this link to book:

If you are NOT a Rovia member, please follow the instructions below:

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.

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 per person)
  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.
  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
  2. Send us an email to – please tell us:
    • That you sent a check and what the amount was
    • Which trip the check is for
    • The name on the check

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.