Team Planning2021-03-03T14:22:10+00:00




how to plan ahead

Below are some steps you can take as you prepare to make your short term mission to Agua Viva. We look forward to see young!

step 1:
team set up

  1. Download Team Planning Packet (Covid Protocols Coming Soon).
  2. Find a date on our Team Calendars. 2020 Team Schedule
  3. Contact the Team Host ( to schedule your group.
  4. Pray, pray, pray…
  5. Thoroughly review ALL documents on the document list (bottom of screen).

step 2:
team preparations

  1. Email a Team Roster with the names, ages, and genders to the Team Host (
  2. Email a copy of your airline itinerary to Team Host (
  3. Team leader must personally sign and email a copy of the Spiritual Guidelines to the Team Host (
  4. Send a check to Guatemala Children’s Mission (at least 8 weeks before trip)
    (We prefer to receive one check for the whole team to help avoid confusion.)
    $475/per adult and $250/per child under age 14
    Mail To: Guatemala Children’s Mission, Inc. | P.O. Box 398, Spicer, MN  56288
    (Please include a note stating: team name, date of team and how many adults/children.)
  5. Distribute and review the following documents:  Team leaders will be held responsible for their team knowing all the following information.
    Accountability Forms (each team member must fill out and sign)
    Dress Code (Please review in detail…especially with girls!)
    Medical Consent Form  (Every minor and their parents must sign and bring.)
    Personal Packing List
    Emergency Contact Info
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Optional: Photo Prayer Sheet (We would love you all to be praying for the children by name!)
    For anyone planning activities: Activity Guidelines and Activity Outline

step 3:
team arrival

  1. Bring signed copies of each team member’s Visitor Accountability Form.
  2. Bring a completed Dish Washing Schedule.
  3. Bring a completed Meal Prayer Schedule. (optional)
  4. Bring a completed Activity Outline.
  5. Bring cash (leader only) to tip the 3-4 men helping to load bus.  (Approx. $2 or 15Q for each man)

step 4:
team stay

  1. Be Flexible!!  This is Guatemala! Rather than getting frustrated with changes, please come with a willingness to adapt and make changes as needed…because it will be needed!
  2. Plan a daily devotional time with your team.  It is important to have a time for prayer and sharing about what God is doing as well as a time to talk about upcoming plans and discuss any problems that arise.
  3. We also highly recommend setting a time for personal devotions. If you do not set time aside for this it can be hard for team members to find personal time in the busy daily schedule.
  4. No Internet or Phone Access… Please inform your team members AND their families that they will not have access to wifi or international phone services while at Agua Viva.  The team leader will have access to send out an email letting everyone back home know that you have arrived and we recommend having one main contact back in the US who can pass that info onto other family and friends. If you need more access please add an international plan to your phone. 

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team testimonial

Amanda | Alabama

“I was so blessed by my time at Agua Viva this year. It was my first time at the beautiful orphanage in Guatemala. I have been to several Latin American orphanages over the years and it was evident that God has his hand over the staff and children. The work that is happening over there is nothing but a blessing to be apart of.”

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Is travel in Guatemala safe?2020-01-02T23:38:17+00:00

As guests of Agua Viva your safety is our number one concern. Our campus is well protected and guarded. You will always be accompanied by an Agua Viva staff person whenever you leave our campus. For more information about travel in Guatemala visit the U.S. State Department international travel website.

What documents do I need to travel to Guatemala?2020-01-03T09:43:25+00:00

While you must have a valid passport to enter Guatemala, US citizens do not need a travel visa.

Is it safe to drink the water or eat the food in Guatemala?2020-01-02T23:37:45+00:00

Food is prepared onsite and purified bottled water is provided for drinking. When you travel off campus, an Agua Viva staff person will let you know where it is safe to eat.

Do I need any vaccinations?2020-01-03T09:43:54+00:00

There are no shots required to enter Guatemala or re-enter the United States. That said, we do recommend a recent tetanus shot. The CDC also recommends a Hepatitis A and B for anyone visiting a developing country.

Are there active volcanoes?2020-01-02T23:37:17+00:00

There are four active volcanoes in Guatemala. Two are visible from Guatemala City. Pacaya erupted in May 2010. The other active volcano visible from the city is Fuego. It belches out puffs of smoke several times a day, sometimes small, but sometimes quite large and impressive. The other two active volcanoes in Guatemala are Santa Maria and Santiaguito. There are a total of 36 volcanoes in Guatemala.

Is there anything our team can bring down with us?2020-01-03T09:44:22+00:00

Yes, teams can help by bringing down many of the day to day items we need for the children. Check out our Needs List.



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