International Mission Trip
And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." Luke 10:2
The Lord has called his people to go out and make disciples and we are delighted that He is calling you here to Costa Rica! A foreign mission trip is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your faith and expand your horizons by being the hands and feet of Christ and serving others in a powerful and meaningful way.
Campamento Nehemías is situated near Cuidad Quesada in the mountains of Costa Rica. We are open to all ages, skill levels and ask only that you seek to serve and grow the Kingdom of God. If your team includes people under 21, we do ask that you provide sufficient chaperones as our camp staff is small. We can welcome over 100 guests here at the camp and our aim is to simplify foreign missions for teams so they can focus on the work they are called to do. Our approach is to offer a single, inclusive fee of $1600 per person (for a week's stay) which covers the following:
Airfare - please note - any flights exceeding $1000/person will incur supplementary fees in the amount of the overage
Transportation to and from Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose
Bunk Houses (separate for men and women) with showers (hot water in most), toilets and sinks
All meals - breakfast and dinner prepared by excellent Costa Rican cooks and sandwiches, chips and fruit to take to work sites
We will coordinate all of the projects for your team - scheduling everything with the local school, church, etc.
Transportation to and from work sites
Translators for every site - our translators will stay with your team for the entire trip to ensure great communication. Our translators are local residents who love getting to know the teams!
We will set up a Photo Circle account, just for your team, and send you the QR code before your departure. This allows everyone on your team to download the app (for free!) so they can combine all the photos and videos of their life changing week here. We have found that groups love the ability to share their trip with friends, families, and church members!
What will you need to cover outside the fee?
Meals for your travel days
Admission fees for any extra activities - there are wonderful ziplines, rafting trips, coffee tours, etc that we can schedule into your trip
Project supplies for any large scale construction and supplies for VBS
Arroz Con Pollo
We offer many different types of service opportunities - construction, VBS and local community outreach.
Construction - The camp itself has several current and long-term projects that your team can be a part of. The facilities are aging and many need improvements to meet current International Code Standards. We also work with all of the Methodist churches in our district to help with facilities maintenance and construction projects. Less than 30 minutes from the camp is a an area where many Nicaraguan refugees have built rudimentary housing that lacks electricity, running water and proper sewage. Our goal here is to improve the sanitation and comfort for the several hundred people who live here.
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. Deuteronomy 10:18
VBS - We partner with several schools and churches to offer VBS to children in the community. We sing songs, play, make crafts and tell the kids about Jesus. Our number one priority at VBS is to share the love and compassion of Christ to the children and adults there.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Community Outreach - One of the most rewarding facets of foreign missions is the chance to work in the community you are visiting. We offer several opportunities to serve the people of Costa Rica outside of construction and VBS. In nearby Pital, there is a feeding program that reaches many food insecure families. We offer weekly English classes, along with literacy classes, that you are welcome to help in. Our welcome center doubles as a store for locals to sell crafts, artwork, etc. All of the profits go directly to the artisans to help support their families so buying a souvenir helps a local family, including some who work here at Campamento Nehemias. All teams are encouraged to attend Sunday morning services at a local church. We believe that connectional ministries and the love that you show to everyone in the local community builds deeper and more meaningful relationships between teams and the people here in Costa Rica.
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, Colossians 3:12