13567036_10205975816744866_1002715038380376128_nFor the past several years, the Diocese of Texas and the Diocese of Costa Rica have been working together as partners in mission.  This year, your college missioners are putting together a college team, and we hope you will join us.

Here are the FAQs:
When is the trip? May 22-29.  Be prepared to depart from the Houston airport early on May 22.  That may mean staying overnight in Houston on May 21.

Where are we going?  We are headed to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.  We will be staying at the diocesan house and working within the city.

What will we do there?  Although there will be some manual labor alongside our friends in mission, a lot of our work will be about building relationships with the people of the Diocese of Costa Rica as they seek to reach out to their neighbors in mission.  You will be part of holy conversations with people who are doing courageous work to reach out to refugees and immigrants, and with those who are trying to think about how the diocese might begin its own college and young adult ministries.  This trip will be an opportunity for mutual learning, and we hope you will come home inspired to try something new in your own context.

Who can go?  Students and adult sponsors connected to diocesan campus ministries.

How much does the trip cost?  The trip costs $1650.  This includes airfare from Houston, local travel, housing, food, and an excursion day.

What if I can’t pay the full cost of the trip?  Talk to your campus missioner about your financial needs when you apply for the trip.  We will be assisting students with financial need through a combination of scholarships and fundraising.  We also understand that taking a week away is a sacrificial act.

I am interested.  What next?  Fill out the application form for the trip by January 25 (or earlier), and turn it in to your college missioner.  Email eobrien@houstoncanterbury.org for the form if you are part of Houston Canterbury.
By February 1, all applicants will have heard back from the coordinating team.  At that point, a $200 deposit is due, and we will collect your information to purchase plane tickets.  Know that once those tickets are purchased in your name, you are responsible for paying the cost of the tickets, whether you go or not.