TRAVEL INFORMATION

A. What kind of trip does Presgov offer?
Every trip is different, but most importantly, it will include:
1. Time with Guatemalans in Guatemalan communities.
We focus on spending time in a community for several days (sometimes staying a night or two or more in the community, other times in a simple hotel).  The most important part of being in the community is the interaction that the group has with Guatemalans and learns about the community.  Sometimes this interaction happens through working on an activity where the group and Guatemalans can work side by side and hence get to know each other.  The type of activity would vary greatly depending on the interest of your group and the needs in the communities where we could work.  We have done many activities from workshops to painting to creating income-generating ponds to grow fish, to planting trees, to building chicken houses – it depends on the priority of the Guatemalan community.  Since your group is being hosted by a program of the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala, you can expect to be in a local church community with people that PRESGOV knows well.
2. Education.
In addition to spending time in a community, we can arrange talks with people throughout the country about the topics you’re interested in, including immigration, economics in developing countries, coffee production, women’s issues, Mayan spirituality, Christian studies.  Much of this education also comes from being in the communities and talking with the people about their lives.
3. Daily Reflection.
An important segment of each day will be devoted to the reading of scripture and reflection, in the context of what your delegation is experiencing each day.  These reflections can be led by PRESGOV staff or by your group leaders.  There can also be opportunity for interaction with Guatemalans through Bible study and worship. Throughout the day there is opportunity for theological reflection about topics such as mission, social justice, culture, community, partnership, etc.
PRESGOV provides all your logistics.  We:
Meet delegations at the airport, as well as return them to the airport and assist with their departure;
Provide transportation with professional and experienced drivers and insured, safe, well-equipped vehicles;
Make all the necessary hotel and meal arrangements for the delegation;
Provide orientation and information to assist in the preparation of groups;
Help plan and structure daily activities, community and program visits, educational opportunities and times for reflection and planning;Provide translation, when needed.
B. How many people can PRESGOV  receive in one group?
It will depends on the interests of your group.  We can receive any size group.
C. How much will the trip cost?
Payment to Presgov: PRESGOV charges for 2008 are $85(it doesn´t include flight costs) per person, per day (charges for 2009 will be $95) to cover both the direct and indirect cost of PRESGOV program. The direct costs covered by PRESGOV include vehicle,   fuel, lodging, food, program and educational activities, and other trip-related expenses. The indirect costs include maintaining equipment, staff salaries for Guatemalans, insurance, and office and communication systems.  (This cost doesn’t include salary for mission co-workers and volunteers – all their costs are covered by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)).  We ask that funds needed to cover the cost of your visit be received by us at least one month before your arrival date.
There is also an option for Presgov to provide only transportation, and your group to make all the plans with your partner.  If you’re interested in that option, be in touch with us.
Project funds, if your group will be participating in a work project.  Amounts depend on the nature of the work project, and can be discussed with Presgov staff.  These funds should be received at least six weeks in advance of your arrival, so that materials may be purchased and the site may be prepared before you come.  5% of this project payment will go to support the structure of the National Guatemalan Presbyterian Church.
D. How can we send those funds to Presgov?
There are two options to send funds: wire transfer or check.  Funds should be received by Presgov one month before your arrival.  (IF YOU ARE SENDIG THIS BY WIRE TRANSFER).
TO SEND BY WIRE TRANSFER:
INFORMATION:
BANK NAME: BANCO AGROMERCANTIL DE GUATEMALA, S.A.  GUATEMALA, S.A.
SWIFT: AGROGTGC.
Account Number: 22-3000023-4.
Account Name: PRESGOV.
PRESGOV Address and Telephone: 29 AVE. 10-35, zona 3, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
To send by CHECK:
Please make your check out according to these guidelines since the banks here are very strict:
-The check must be made out to PRESGOV.
-Type or write clearly, and do not overwrite the preprinted information on the check.
-The check must have no mistakes or corrections or erasures.
-The check must be signed. (We have received some that were not.
If you want to make the payment by check, you can bring it with you when you come to Guatemala.  But, please, let us know about it so that we can be prepared.
E. What should we know about insurance for the trip?
If yours is a Presbytery, Synod or General Assembly-sponsored delegation, risk management insurance is available.  This is limited  “Life and Limb” coverage – not health/accident coverage.  You can also look into other forms of travel insurance.
F. What orientation should we provide for our group before the trip?
We strongly recommend that the members meet at least four times prior to leaving for Guatemala, and that significant understanding concerning Guatemala, partnership, mission and social justice be explored.
G. What documents and information should I gather from the group?
PRESGOV  needs the following information from your group at least several weeks before you depart for Guatemala (much of which should be included in the registration form):
Flight schedules, including flight number and date and time of arrival and departure
Names of participants.
Number of men and women and couples
Any dietary restrictions, such as vegetarians
Will you be bringing extra luggage other than personal luggage (for example, if you’re bringing supplies for your Guatemalan partner)?  If so, how much?
U.S. citizens traveling to Guatemala who wish to register with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate may do so directly through the Department of State’s travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov
You should pass out and collect the following information:
Suggest that each visitor visits a travel clinic for vaccinations – usually Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended for travel to Guatemala.
Create a phone tree and/or put one person in charge of emailing all the families of participants, so that upon arriving in Guatemala, we can make just one phone call or send one email to let all the families know that the group arrived safely;
A photocopy of all participants’ passports to keep in together in a safe place during the trip.  (In addition, each participant should have a copy of his or her passport with him or her at all times during the trip);
Collect information on blood type, prescription medications taken, allergies, etc from each participant in case of emergency during the trip;
Create a Liability Release Form for each participant to sign.

img010A. What kind of trip does Presgov offer?

Every trip is different, but most importantly, it will include:

1. Time with Guatemalans in Guatemalan communities.

We focus on spending time in a community for several days (sometimes staying a night or two or more in the community, other times in a simple hotel).  The most important part of being in the community is the interaction that the group has with Guatemalans and learns about the community.  Sometimes this interaction happens through working on an activity where the group and Guatemalans can work side by side and hence get to know each other.  The type of activity would vary greatly depending on the interest of your group and the needs in the communities where we could work.  We have done many activities from workshops to painting to creating income-generating ponds to grow fish, to planting trees, to building chicken houses – it depends on the priority of the Guatemalan community.  Since your group is being hosted by a program of the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala, you can expect to be in a local church community with people that PRESGOV knows well.

2. Education.

In addition to spending time in a community, we can arrange talks with people throughout the country about the topics you’re interested in, including immigration, economics in developing countries, coffee production, women’s issues, Mayan spirituality, Christian studies.  Much of this education also comes from being in the communities and talking with the people about their lives.

3. Daily Reflection.

An important segment of each day will be devoted to the reading of scripture and reflection, in the context of what your delegation is experiencing each day.  These reflections can be led by PRESGOV staff or by your group leaders.  There can also be opportunity for interaction with Guatemalans through Bible study and worship. Throughout the day there is opportunity for theological reflection about topics such as mission, social justice, culture, community, partnership, etc.

PRESGOV provides all your logistics.  We:

Meet delegations at the airport, as well as return them to the airport and assist with their departure;

Provide transportation with professional and experienced drivers and insured, safe, well-equipped vehicles;

Make all the necessary hotel and meal arrangements for the delegation;

Provide orientation and information to assist in the preparation of groups;

Help plan and structure daily activities, community and program visits, educational opportunities and times for reflection and planning;Provide translation, when needed.

B. How many people can PRESGOV  receive in one group?

It will depends on the interests of your group.  We can receive any size group.

C. How much will the trip cost?

Payment to Presgov: PRESGOV charges for 2008 are $85(it doesn´t include flight costs) per person, per day, to cover both the direct and indirect cost of PRESGOV program. The direct costs covered by PRESGOV include vehicle,   fuel, lodging, food, program and educational activities, and other trip-related expenses. The indirect costs include maintaining equipment, staff salaries for Guatemalans, insurance, and office and communication systems.  (This cost doesn’t include salary for mission co-workers and volunteers – all their costs are covered by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)).  We ask that funds needed to cover the cost of your visit be received by us at least one month before your arrival date.

There is also an option for Presgov to provide only transportation, and your group to make all the plans with your partner.  If you’re interested in that option, be in touch with us.

Project funds, if your group will be participating in a work project.  Amounts depend on the nature of the work project, and can be discussed with Presgov staff.  These funds should be received at least six weeks in advance of your arrival, so that materials may be purchased and the site may be prepared before you come.  5% of this project payment will go to support the structure of the National Guatemalan Presbyterian Church.

D. How can we send those funds to Presgov?

There are two options to send funds: wire transfer or check.  Funds should be received by Presgov one month before your arrival.  (IF YOU ARE SENDIG THIS BY WIRE TRANSFER).

TO SEND BY WIRE TRANSFER:

INFORMATION:

BANK NAME: BANCO BANRURAL DE GUATEMALA, S.A.  GUATEMALA, S.A.

SWIFT: BRRLGTGC.

Account Number: 3-624-01348-0.

Account Name: I.E.N.P.G/PRESGOV

PRESGOV Address and Telephone: Kilometre 189 road to Quetzaltenango, Barrio la Ciènega, San Cristobal, Totonicapàn, en el Edificio del Instituto Biblico Presbiteriano Maya Quichè.

Please add $35.00 to the total to cover wire transter costs that are deducted the bank.

To send by CHECK:

Please make your check out according to these guidelines since the banks here are very strict:

-The check must be made out to: I.E.N.P.G/PRESGOV

-Type or write clearly, and do not overwrite the preprinted information on the check.

-The check must have no mistakes or corrections or erasures.

-The check must be signed. (We have received some that were not.

If you want to make the payment by check, you can bring it with you when you come to Guatemala.  But, please, let us know about it so that we can be prepared.

E. What should we know about insurance for the trip?

If yours is a Presbytery, Synod or General Assembly-sponsored delegation, risk management insurance is available.  This is limited  “Life and Limb” coverage – not health/accident coverage.  You can also look into other forms of travel insurance.

F. What orientation should we provide for our group before the trip?

We strongly recommend that the members meet at least four times prior to leaving for Guatemala, and that significant understanding concerning Guatemala, partnership, mission and social justice be explored.

G. What documents and information should I gather from the group?

PRESGOV  needs the following information from your group at least several weeks before you depart for Guatemala (much of which should be included in the registration form):

Flight schedules, including flight number and date and time of arrival and departure

Names of participants.

Number of men and women and couples

Any dietary restrictions, such as vegetarians

Will you be bringing extra luggage other than personal luggage (for example, if you’re bringing supplies for your Guatemalan partner)?  If so, how much?

U.S. citizens traveling to Guatemala who wish to register with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate may do so directly through the Department of State’s travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov

You should pass out and collect the following information:

Suggest that each visitor visits a travel clinic for vaccinations – usually Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended for travel to Guatemala.

Create a phone tree and/or put one person in charge of emailing all the families of participants, so that upon arriving in Guatemala, we can make just one phone call or send one email to let all the families know that the group arrived safely;

A photocopy of all participants’ passports to keep in together in a safe place during the trip.  (In addition, each participant should have a copy of his or her passport with him or her at all times during the trip);

Collect information on blood type, prescription medications taken, allergies, etc from each participant in case of emergency during the trip;

Create a Liability Release Form for each participant to sign.