Mission TripsFAQ

Organizing a Trip

How do I organize a trip with Beautiful Feet?

Visit the reservation page and fill out the form to reserve the dates that you would like. From there a trip coordinator will be in touch to learn more about your group and design an itinerary with our in-country staff. If you need assistance, email missionstrips@beautifulfeet.org.

Can I come as an individual?

Yes! We have specific trips that are designed for individuals to join.

What is your minimum age?

Minimum age for a minor traveling with his/her guardian is six years old. If any minors are going on a trip, a member of at least 25 years must be accompanying to chaperone, with signed permission to take responsibility of the minors while traveling.

What are the costs of the trips and is airfare included?

  • Community Advancement Missions Trips: ($897)
    Price includes – Lodging, Transportation in country, BF expenses, recreation day, food
    (Price DOES NOT include ministry project materials, airfare, transportation in USA, and luggage fees)
  • Surf & Serve Trips: (All inclusive: $2197)
    Price includes – Airfare from Miami airport, Lodging, food, Transportation in country, BF expenses, Ministry Project materials, beach surf lodge
    (Price DOES NOT include - transportation in USA to Miami airport, luggage fees, surf board rentals)

What flights should I book?

  • Serve and Surf – Airfare from and back to MIA is included. You are responsible for airfare to and from Miami International Airport.
  • Guatemala Community Advancement Teams and individuals are responsible for their own airfare. Beautiful Feet asks that all flights arrive and depart from Guatemala City airport on Saturdays. This allows us to be good stewards of transportation expenses, as well as ensure your team is met by one of our staff members. If you are unable to find a flight that meets our request, call our mission coordinator team for approval. There will be a fee associated with the off-travel pickup.
  • When possible (and the cost is reasonable) please purchase flights that arrive into GUA no later than 3:30pm. If your group decides to purchase flights that arrive later than 3:30pm, please let your mission coordinator know, as they may deem it necessary to book a hotel in city before traveling to your ministry location.

Do I need a Passport and Visa to travel?

All North Americans traveling to Guatemala or Nicaragua must have a passport. You will not be allowed into the country without one. Check with your post office for a passport application, go to the U.S. Department of State web page: http://travel.state.gov/passport or the Passport Canada web page: http://www.passportcanada.gc.ca. If you are applying for a new passport, please allow 4 to 8 weeks for this process. All travelers should bring a photocopy of the first two pages of their passport in their carry-on luggage.

Where do we stay?

Mission Trips and Medical Mission Trips: 
Team members will stay in approved Beautiful Lodging locations. Your team members will be separated by gender into separate rooms, each with 2 to 4 in a room. You may want to bring earplugs, if you are a light sleeper! There is no air conditioning; however, most rooms have ceiling fans and we encourage individuals to bring small personal fans. Standard US three-pronged electrical outlets are available in all rooms. Each room has a standard bathroom with running water. We will provide a pair of clean sheets for you, as well as a pillow. All rooms are locked.

What does BF Traveler’s insurance cover?

Emergency medical traveler’s insurance is required for all groups and individuals traveling to Guatemala or Nicaragua with Beautiful Feet. Beautiful Feet automatically purchases medical traveler’s insurance for every person coming on a trip. This is not optional. We inquire the insurance with the information provided on the team application. Application forms must be returned no later than 60 days before departure to allow time to process.

What will I do when I get there?

Your week will include intentional ministry opportunities and evangelism outreach led by local leadership, or you can choose to fund and participate in Church Advancement projects, chosen by the church leaders in those villages as what could most help bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in that specific village. If you have medically licensed professionals, their week can be scheduled for a medical outreach focus. You are also encouraged to let your mission trip coordinator know of specific skill sets amongst your team members.

Safety Concerns

Is it safe to travel to countries BF works in?

While we work hard to ensure the safety of all our participants, Beautiful Feet cannot guarantee your safety in any country, state, or province that you happen to visit. However, with Guatemala and Nicaragua being developing countries we understand travel to this region can sometimes pose a higher risk. With this being said, your safety is our utmost concern. We work with a network of organizations and missionaries in the countries we work in with years of experience and knowledge. We are blessed to have Beautiful Feet staff in-country with years of experience working with missions groups. They know areas to stay clear of. We also monitor the environmental and political landscape of our countries. If there is ever an instance when our partners, the US, or our Beautiful Feet in-country staff think we need to postpone trips or get teams out of the country, we will not hesitate to make that decision. Furthermore, all our ministry locations are guarded with private security.

Please visit the U.S. travel website for the latest information from the U.S. State Department.

What immunizations do I need to get?

There are no required immunizations placed by the CDC or Guatemala to travel, However, Beautiful Feet highly recommends all participants are up to date on regular vaccines.

We also encourage: Tetanus toxoid (DT or Td) and Preventative malaria medication

What about Zika Virus?

As a precaution, we recommend that any women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant NOT come on a Beautiful Feet trip until further notice due to the potential risk of the Zika virus. Zika virus is a single stranded RNA virus that can be spread to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. In healthy adults and children symptoms are generally mild and include headache, rash, fever, malaise, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes). While the infection is generally mild, it can be very dangerous to a developing fetus and has been linked to microcephaly in babies when the mother is infected with the virus during the first trimester.

Once I land, how do I get to BF’s ministry location?

You will be greeted just outside the main doors by one of our Beautiful Feet Staff Members wearing a Beautiful Feet Staff Shirt. From the airport, you will be transported to your ministry location. Depending on the exact location determined by you and your missions coordinator and traffic, the travel time can range from 30 minutes to 3 and a half hours.

Preparing for your trip

What should I pack?

Once you register for a date, you will receive a mission trip guide packet with all the details, including what to pack. You can also request one by emailing missiontrips@beautifulfeet.org

Do I need to bring my own food?

We arrange all the meals for your group. You will experience a variety of Guatemalan/Nica meals and American Meals. If you have additional food allergies (gluten, dairy, etc.), you will need to bring supplemental food, as we are not able to avoid cross contamination. 

What is the dress code?

Although Guatemala can be warm and tropical, in the evenings it can be cool. A light jacket is suggested. You should dress modestly. We ask men to wear jeans or slacks for relaxing and informal occasions, but shorts can be worn for sports activities and on your off days. We ask women to wear pants or jeans while working or for informal activities. Dresses or skirts and blouses are also acceptable.

Short shorts, tank tops (both sexes), halters, and other suggestive clothing are not appropriate. Please avoid military looking clothes and graphic tees that could be misunderstood.

What if I have a physical condition or required medication?

Our Beautiful Feet Team will be available to help with your healthcare needs. Team leaders, we suggest that either you or your team members carry some of these basic health supplies for use in the event of common conditions seen while on missions trips:

  • Gatorade and/or electrolyte replacement tablets
  • Ciprofloxin 500 mg tablets (prescription; for diarrhea)
  • Azithromycin 250 mg tablets (prescription; for illness)
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Tylenol, Advil
  • Bendryl 25 mg tabs (allergic reaction)
  • Bandaids & Neosporin
  • Hydrocortisone cream/ “itch relief” cream
  • ACE compression wraps
  • Chemical cold pack(s)

Do I need to bring money with me?

You will need money for personal souvenirs (suggested $50 - $75)