Book now to reserve your spot on Monica Castorela’s bottle school trip: March 9-15, 2014


As a little girl growing up in a Latin Country, I could never understand why some kids were able to attend school and others couldn’t. That memory made me fall in love immediately with Hug it Forward. As I learned more about their bottle school trips, I immediately wanted to express my gratitude to the organization and then I learned I could also be an instrumental part of making their dream of knowledge a reality by leading one of their trips and spreading the word about their service trips to Guatemala. As a world traveler and former educator, I have seen several community service projects but what I love the most about Hug It Forward is that it actively involves the community by empowering and educating its members, and most of all it teaches us that by working together we can all help each other achieve our dreams. Help us spread the love by joining our first trip of what we hope to be a yearly trip to share, to learn and to bless the world.

Monica Castorela


bottle school under construction

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 $595 non-refundable deposit by December 15th, 2013, with the balance ($600) payable in full by January 9th, 2014.

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 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
    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 are just paying a deposit now)
    • 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 non-refundable deposit for your voluntourism trip.

Please read the Terms and Conditions!

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Fundraising for bottle schools

If you are coming on a bottle school trip, 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 the bottle school trip. If you choose to fundraise, we suggest a $250 fundraising goal, but some people choose to do more.

See more information about fundraising.