Book now to reserve your spot on Tracy and Bubba Meyers’ bottle school trip: July 18th to 24th, 2024 ***Booking Options Below***

In July 2023, Bubba and I made our second trip to Guatemala to help complete the 143rd schoolhouse with HUG IT FORWARD. Our volunteer group of 19, made up of old and new friends, families from across USA, and four beautiful people who traveled all the way from France worked together in the community of Zaculeu.

Upon our arrival, we all were immediately welcomed with singing, dancing, the community leaders, school educators and hundreds of children. We would get to know a lot of these kids, as they worked side by side with us daily throughout our visit.

We were tasked with one of the most exciting construction phases when building a HUG IT FORWARD, “Tying the Bottles”. Kneeling on the ground or climbing the scaffolding, the walls were built by tying twine to the 10,000 Ecobricks, (plastic bottles stuffed the plastic bags) to chicken wire, creating an insulated wall to later be covered with plaster.

The community of Zaculeu currently has about 350 students attending grades 1-6. As of this date, the children of Zaculeu do not have access to continued education after completing 6th grade. To advance their education they must leave their families, friends and the town to attend a private boarding school in the big city.

Understanding the importance that each additional year of education offered to the children, we wanted to find a way to help the community add a middle school. The leadership of HUG IT FORWARD met with the Community Leaders and were able to find the land and a commitment from the people in Zaculeu to provide the necessary teachers. Construction will start in early 2024 and we need you to help us complete the first ever middle school built by HUG IT FORWARD. The plan is to build 4 to 5 schools each year in Guatemala.

We are looking for Volunteers. Talk with friends, family, church groups and anybody who might be interested to join us, July 18-24, 2024.

If our scheduled date does not work for you there will be volunteer trips throughout the year. Get involved. We promise this is a project that will warm your heart and provide you lasting memories. We highly recommend you get your children involved. Our group of 19 volunteers included three kids between the ages of 11-17.

If you are unable to join, please consider a donation to this wonderful program.

It was said by one Volunteer:

“We think we’re going there to help them, and what we find is we get so much more out of this than we give.”

With Love,
Bubba and Tracy Meyers

 
 
 
 

How kids and communities build bottle schools

Pictures from our 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, check or Zelle

 
Book today to reserve your spot on our bottle school trip from July 18-24, 2024.

The cost of the bottle school trip is $1,499 per person.

What does this include?

You can reserve your spot by paying a $750 non-refundable deposit by March 18, 2024, and the balance ($749) payable in full by June 18th, 2024.

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

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Available booking options below…

Option 1: Mail us a check (fees do not apply)

  1. Mail a check payable to “Serve The World Today” to:
    Serve The World Today
    P.O. Box 366
    Krum, TX 76249
    • Please write on the memo line of the check which trip you are attending
  2. Send us an email to adam@hugitforward.org – please tell us:
    • That you sent a check and what the amount was ($1,499 per person, or $750 if you are just paying a deposit now)
    • Which trip the check is for
    • The name on the check

Option 2: Pay using Zelle – please check with your bank to see if they offer Zelle as an option for transferring money (fees do not apply)

  1. Log into your online banking
  2. Choose to transfer money using the “Zelle” option
  3. Enter our email address info@hugitforward.org and the amount $1,499 (or $750 if you are just paying a deposit now)
  4. In the “Message” box, please enter which trip you are booking!
  5. Send us an email to adam@hugitforward.org telling us that payment has been sent via Zelle

 





Option 3: Paying by PayPal (fees apply)

Click the “Buy Now” button on the right to pay the $1,499 cost of your voluntourism trip (plus $52.81 in PayPal fees).

 





Click the “Buy Now” button on the left to pay the $750 cost of your voluntourism trip (plus $26.67 in PayPal fees).

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.