Book now to reserve your spot on Valerie’s bottle school trip: April 23rd to April 29th, 2020

I am so fortunate to be able to head back to Guatemala next year. The past two experiences from start to finish were AMAZING. I remember the first time I went back in 2015 I was nervous because I did not know what to expect. The minute I arrived all my nerves vanished and I felt this was my purpose; to help those in need. When you arrive to the community you genuinely feel the love and appreciation from everyone. The Hug It Forward team do an exceptional job with guiding and leading us throughout the day. Its a joy to be around the children and see them smile ear to ear. They will always remember the day we came to help them with their school, but most importantly to dream and reach for the stars. My goal is to bring as many people with me so you can experience what I went through, make a difference, and be the voice to spread the word and continue to come back.

I’d like to personally invite you to join us next year as we return to Guatemala, April 23-29, 2020 to help build another bottle school. We will be there together as a team working on the schools, interacting with the children, learning their culture and creating priceless memories. We are making an impact that will leave a legacy for many generations to come and give these communities hope and an education to help pass down. In the process, you will be thankful for the opportunity and change the way you look at yourself and the world.

– Valerie Mendez


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 December 23rd, 2019, with the balance ($649) payable in full by February 23rd, 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.