Trip Planning Resources

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Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not required, but it is a great thing to consider. We recommend Christian business owner, Josh Kelley to cover your next trip! 

Partner Feedback Form

How was your experience in Guatemala? We want to hear from you! Fill our Partner Feedback Form to let us know how!

COVID-19

Click the Center for Disease Control link below to see recommendations and requirements for travel to and from Guatemala. 

Learn a little Spanish
It makes your trip so much more fun!

  • Hello – ¡Hola!

  • Goodbye – ¡Adios!

  • Yes – Si

  • No – no

  • God Loves you – Dios te ama

  • Please – Por favor

  • Thank you – Gracias

  • Your Welcome – De nada

  • Excuse me – Perdón/Discúlpeme

  • I am sorry (forgive me) – Lo siento

  • How are you? – ¿Como está?

  • I am fine, thanks – Estoy bien, gracias

  • What is your name? – ¿Cómo se llama?

  • My name is… – Me llamo…

  • I (don’t) understand – (No) Entiendo

  • Do you speak english? – ¿Habla inglés?
     

Don’t worry if you can't speak Spanish! A smile, hug, or handshake can go a long way!

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FAQ

 

Do I have to be a medical or dental professional to go on a medical mission trip?

No, you do not. All of our teams need support workers to help in evangelism, the pharmacy, assisting in clerical tasks, and other general team support.

Do medical staff have to provide additional documents to practice in Guatemala?

All doctors, dentists, and nurses need a copy of their medical license.

Can a medical student treat patients?

Yes.

What documents will I need to travel on a team?

You will need a valid passport that will not expire within 6 months of your travel to Guatemala.

Do I need to be able to speak Spanish to go on a mission trip?

No, you do not. All of our teams need support workers to help in evangelism, the pharmacy, assisting in clerical tasks, and other general team support.

Are there any clothing restrictions that a group must abide by?

Yes. Due to respect for the culture, women are asked not to wear shorts while in the villages. Men may wear shorts while working, but should wear pants for church services and similar activities. This is covered in more detail in the mission guide.

Do I need vaccinations to go on a team?

Currently, there are no vaccinations required to visit Guatemala. However, we recommend that you make sure that your Tetanus vaccination is up to date. Also, if you are traveling during the months of November-April, a flu vaccine is recommended to protect the Central Americans that you will be ministering to. See CDC.gov for updated COVID-19 travel requirements. 

What arlines does BBIC use for travel?

We use Delta, United or American Airlines.

If I get sick, are there medical facilities to treat me?

Yes. Our organization has contact with a doctor and a private hospital. Rarely, has a team member ever had to use these services.

Will I need extra money on the trip?

Bring only the money that you will need for souvenirs, snacks, church offerings, or other incidentals. Most people bring $50-$100 spending money, depending on what you will want to spend. All money must be new, crisp bills to be exchanged into Quetzals, Guatemalan currency. It is recommended that you advise your bank that you will be traveling and carry your debit card rather than cash. More info on this is located in the mission guide.

What kind of jewelry can I take on the trip?

A good rule of thumb: Don’t take anything that you would hate to lose. Don’t bring anything flashy. Most married women will leave their engagement rings at home and we encourage you to do so.

 

Will I be able to contact home?

At times, yes. We do have access to wifi internet, though it is not always totally reliable. We will give you an emergency contact number to leave with your family in case an emergency arises at home. We recommend that you tell your family that no news is good news. This is covered in more detail in our mission guide.

 

What should I take with me on a trip?

A suggested list is located in our mission guide.

 

I have never flown before. What do I do at the airport?

We recommend that you talk with others who have flown before. They can help guide you in the process. Also , you can contact the airport that you will be flying out from and they will alert you to anything that you will need to know. More in depth information about La Aurora airport in Guatemala City is located in the mission guide.

When will I meet my travel host?

Most likely, you will meet and talk with your travel host months in advance of your trip. A team meeting will occur at least a month before your scheduled departure. Important information will be discussed and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. More information on this subject is covered in the mission guide.

If I am an individual joining an existing team, what activities do I need to pack for?

Our U.S. Coordinator will discuss with you which activities to prepare for. It will depend on the type of trip you are joining and what is needed at the time.