Mexico Mission Trip Participant Details
This page lists detailed information about the 2020 Mexico Mission Trip for participants and their families. If you have any questions, please contact 614.488.0681
Participants are expected to attend these events.*
Oct 1: Registration Opens
Oct 13: Informational meeting
TBD: Scholarship Applications due
TBD: Additional Information Session (optional), Time TBD
Jan 15: Registration Closes (unless trip is already full)
Jan 15: Final Payments and forms due
Date and place TBD: Parent & Participant meeting
Feb 18: Pasta Dinner fundraiser
Mar 15: Mexico commissioning worship service
Mar 15: Final Participant meeting immediately following worship service
TBD: Deadline to receive Mexico letters
Mar 21-29: Travel dates
All events take place at North Campus of First Community Church, 3777 Dublin Rd. unless otherwise noted. Trip departure and return is at Port Columbus airport.
*No student, whether minor or legal adult, will be permitted on the trip without meeting a group leader. We expect all group members to participate actively in the Pasta Dinner, or make prior arrangements with a group leader.
Price and payments
The trip fee is currently being calculated. A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. Final payments are due by January 15.
You can pay off your balance using the additional payment form, which allows you to make one-time or automatic recurring payments. If you prefer to pay by cash or check, you may mail or drop off payment to First Community Church North Campus, 3777 Dublin Rd, Columbus OH 43221.
Sponsor with Love
If you need help covering the cost of the trip, you can raise money through the Sponsor with Love program. Your friends and family give donations in your name to help offset your trip balance, and we will handle the collection of money and keeping track of your balance.
Donations can be submitted by going to fcchurch.com/SWL. Send this link to your supporters to have them donate online. On that page, you can also print paper forms to pass out.
Other financial support options
A lack of money should not be the reason you cannot attend this trip. The trip fee is entirely tax deductible, which is another way to reduce the cost. We can also set up a payment plan to allow you to pay over time, and scholarships are available if needed. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, please complete the Scholarship Request Form and return to Jen Bratka.
Your participation fee covers only a portion of the full cost of the trip. Fundraising events are very important to making this trip happen!
Our largest fundraiser is the annual Pasta Dinner, Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Trip participants sell tickets in the weeks leading up to the dinner, and help prepare and serve pasta at the event. This is a fun way to celebrate the trip, spread awareness, and share fellowship with the First Community congregation.
Sending and receiving Mexico Letters is a long-standing tradition of the trip. One morning on the trip, participants will receive a packet of letters from family and friends. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear words of encouragement in the midst of a life-changing week, especially from those who are thinking of us from home. For instructions and a list of participants, see the Mexico letters page.
Click here to view the packing list.
AMOR requires each participant submit a participation form. This form is separate from our registration and can be found online at their website. Please open the appropriate link below and complete the form. We will be notified when each participant completes their form.
Decision & communication plan
The trip leaders will make all decisions that affect the group. If there is any reason for the group to deviate from their planned schedule, trip leaders will contact Jen Bratka in the Columbus office with an update of the changes.
Jen will be in direct contact with trip leaders for the duration of the trip. She will update families throughout the week about the group’s activities, and, if contacted with a schedule change, will email the participants’ parents and be available to talk on the phone as needed. If an emergency arises that requires a parent back home to contact a participant in Mexico, the parent should contact Jen Bratka at 614-488-0681 x105. All communication to and from Mexico should go through Jen.
International travel FAQs
Traveling internationally is different than domestic travel. Please read our answers to common questions.
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