Pricing

Our most popular trip is the 9 day/8 night excursion trip although we will provide you with any desired trip length (see SAMPLE ITINERARY). The average cost for a 9 day/8 night trip with us for 2015 including building materials, local labor, lodging, meals, transportation, fun trips and exit taxes, was right at $873 per person. The cost lowers slightly with larger teams and rises with smaller teams, and also varies depending upon your choices of fun trips and lodging.

Other length mission trips are available as well, with prices varying accordingly. Longer mission trips cost less per day, and 30 day trips can be as low as $1500 per person including lodging and a couple of fun trips. Please contact us for an information packet, containing a detailed option and price list.  We then work through the packet with you to help determine your trip cost. Due to airline costs being high during Spring Break and seat availability being more scarce, trips scheduled during this time should be organized more in advance than trips planned for other times of the year.

You Receive

  • Work materials, tools, and local labor supervision
  • An English/Spanish speaking guide’s personal touch from trip registration to completion
  • All ground transportation in Costa Rica
  • All work-week meals
  • Inexpensive and comfortable lodging options (see Lodging below), all of which have beds (no sleeping on floors at Strong Missions)
  • Various choices regarding Fun Trips with options for both day trips and overnight excursions (CONTACT US for an information packet)
  • The San Jose airport departure tax
  • No hidden costs or registration fees
  • The knowledge that you’ve truly touched the lives of the world’s lower income people

What’s not included

  • International airfare (see Airfare below)
  • Insurance fees – Can be purchased through UMVIM even if you are not a United Methodist Organization. Please visit the UMVIM Insurance Page for more details.
  • Fun trip meals unless otherwise arranged
  • Optional activities available through local tour agencies unless otherwise arranged (i.e. canopy zip lines, snorkeling, coffee tours, etc. We do receive great discounts and pass them on to you)
  • Special room assignments unless otherwise arranged
  • Snacks and souvenirs
  • Tips for Bus Drivers
  • Bank Transfer Fees

Lodging Options

A wide variety of lodging is available, from moderate range hotels to inexpensive church centers and mission houses. This means that each participant will have a bed, shared or otherwise.  Hotel costs are figured at 2, 3, or 4 to a room as availability permits. Beds are not shared, unless otherwise arranged with group leader.  Lodging at the Strong Missions house costs $10 per night per person, with bunk beds. There are also several other local hotel options.  Please CONTACT US personally to receive the team information packet.

Airfare

Depending upon your group size there are a number of options. If you have 6 persons or less it is possible to pick up great airfare from major providers through various online ticket or travel companies. Some of these online companies allow up to 6 ticket purchases at one time. If you don’t have a problem splitting your group for air travel or trying to buy tickets back to back with the chance that you might not be able to get all from one carrier, this still may be an option for you. Southwest airlines has opened new flights and is continually adding new departure cities from the US direct to San Jose. Also check out the Delta, American, Continental, TACA, and United Airlines group websites or telephone group sales for pricing. At times they are cheaper than anyone else, and usually much easier to work with regarding reservation changes.

High Point at www.highpointgo.com is an agency specializing in Group Mission Airfare and has some connections with the airlines that can allow them to provide discount pricing. Contact Ryan Kiekhoefer at ryan@highpointgo.com. Another travel agent that some groups have used and recommend is Gordon Moody (Director of Missions at Educational Opportunities Tours in Florida).  His email and website are gmoody@travelwithus.com & www.missions.travelwithus.com.  For students check out, statavel.com for cheaper airfare tickets. We don’t directly endorse or work with any organization or agent.

Payment schedule and Refund Policy

  • 100% of the trip cost is due 1 month prior to departure. Please sent payments 5 weeks in advance to ensure it arrives on time. Most large payments are made by bank transfer which is the quickest and safest manner of payment.
  • Another major difference offered by Strong Missions is that should someone from your trip be unable to come at the last minute, we will refund any unused money for trip costs up to the date of your group’s departure from the US.  Basically, we do not want to make money from your group’s or any participant’s misfortune, so any money not used for reservations, materials, food, etc., will be refunded to you.  This is our guarantee.

Strong Missions S.A., Calle San Jose de Grecia, Alajuela, Costa Rica

phone: 1-512-614-8220 or 011-506-2444-0321 | e-mail: info@strongmissions.com

Specializing in short term missions trips to assist the children of Costa Rica