Adventure with a Purpose
In February, March, and April, many adventurous people come to Honduras, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua to distribute Project Jesus books to public schools. The groups take the message of Jesus to millions of people, meet teachers and students, see beautiful countryside with some 4x4ing included, cross rivers and lakes on ferries and boats, and eat rice and beans. Despite the world situation, God’s message will arrive at the schools.
We invite you!
Come take the message of Jesus to public schools in Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Colombia on an all-inclusive, 0 star trip to distribute Project Jesus books to rural schools.
We need YOU!
Would like to come but can’t for whatever reason? Sponsor a driver! There are many adventurous young people who would like to come distribute books but can’t afford it. You can sponsor one you know or one on our waiting list.
There is a team leader for each group of 2-5 people as well as prior zoom meetings for preparation and training.
Each Sunday, the rental trucks are picked up in the main city at 2pm in Nicaragua, 9am in Colombia or Honduras, driven to the logistics base, loaded with the books for Monday. Because we start strong on Sunday, volunteers might want to arrive to the main city on Saturday to be able to rest from the flight before diving into the week.
The volunteers are always accompanied by Project staff member and all the routes and maps are provided the previous day by the Project central office. Because the rural school hours are from 7am to 1pm, morning daylight hours are prime time and each team normally leaves the hotel between 5 and 6am, dropping off books at 6 to 10 schools.
The Central Office works with the national staff to provide clear instructions and complete schedules for each driver, who will not be left alone. They will always be with a Project worker who knows the schedule and area or with their team of volunteers and only a whatsapp call away from the central office.
The drivers are not always stationed at the same hotel. There are some routes that require overnight trips. We recommend travelling with only a carry-on.
The climate in Central America varies from 20ºC to 40ºC depending on the municipality visited each day. Acceptable dress code is long shorts (like golf shorts), a t-shirt, and nice sandals. To be a testimony, all clothing must be decent. All tattoos should be covered, as well, due to their significance regarding gangs that they imply. (Tattoos can be dangerous if travelling to El Salvador or Honduras). Laundry service can be arranged.
Each day, the driver and a Project staff distribute books in a different municipality or province, providing an amazing opportunity to see the country and meet many people.
North American drivers are very, very important to the distribution logistics. National drivers are not:
- available in the numbers needed
- dependent to show up every day
- skilled enough to drive a truck with a load of books
- capable enough to drive the routes in the time required
And on top of this, the novelty of foreign volunteers coupled with the North American cultural to push forward in the face of intimidating odds provide a necessary part of the massive distribution logistics.
Current travel situation?
Traveling restrictions due to the pandemic situation are slowly lifting. If you have questions or travel concerns, contact us.
You don’t have to commit until January, but reserve your spot by contacting us and letting us know you want to come!
It is very important that you:
- Love God and have a desire to share Jesus with the children.
- Know how to drive a stick shift pick-up truck.
- Know how to navigate 4×4 roads and be happy to drive between 8 to 12 hours a day.
- Willingness to communicate through a translator app or by signals for the week if they don’t speak Spanish
- Do not smoke, drink alcohol, do drugs, or have uncovered tattoos during the trip.
Feel ok with very simple accommodations and Latin food.
- Send your signed waiver form.
- Complete the donation of the total cost of trip.
- Bring an unlocked phone in which a national phone sim card can be used for communication via WhatsApp and navigation via Waze or Google Maps.
Details for distribution driving with Project Jesus for Children
Orientation day. On Sunday, the team will be given an introduction to driving in each country, an explanation of the week’s routes, tips on how to load and distribute books, and other information, including basic Spanish.
Phone and internet: Each driver is given a local phone chip that has internet coverage almost anywhere in the country. You will need to bring an unblocked phone to use it. Each driver should have WhatsApp installed on the phone as that is the main way of communication during the week. Most the hotels in the rural areas will have wifi.
Necessary items to pack:
- Unblocked phone with WhatsApp installed
Recommended items to pack: These are some optional items that we recommend you bring:
- A sheet for putting on the beds in less luxurious hotels
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Coffee thermos
- Google translate app installed on phone
- Water bottles to be refilled at the base
National Guides: Every driver will be accompanied by a Project Jesus for Children national staff member. These people work full time with the project and know what you all are supposed to be doing. Every day, you will also pick up an educational authority. These people work with the Ministry of Education and will not only help give directions for getting to schools, but also be the direct connection with each principal.
General Schedule: Every week day, starting at 6:00-6:30am, each team (driver and staff member) will have a list of schools that are the drop off points in the order they are to be visited. Each box of books is clearly marked with the name of the school it is to be dropped off at. Almost every afternoon, the team returns to the warehouse to load the books for the next day.
Passport: You need to keep a photocopy of your passport as well, as that is what you will use along with your license to drive in the countryside. Your passport will stay at the hotel under lock and key.
Travel insurance: The rented vehicles have full coverage. We have no bail insurance and you don’t want to go there. Each person obtains their own travel/medical insurance.
Dress code: Long, formal, shorts (like tennis shorts) are allowed in the schools and a t-shirt is fine. Tattoo’s should be covered.
Luxuries: There are a couple of destinations that require an overnight stay somewhere in the boonies. Only those comfortable with fewer luxuries will be sent to these locations. Please send us an email if you are NOT comfortable with that.
Food: Sack lunches are provided everyday as “there are more cows than kids” in a lot of areas you will be driving in. Please let us know if you have any allergies or food related problems. These sack lunches will be a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, fruit, cookies, peanuts, etc.
Coffee: If you like or need coffee throughout the day, please bring a thermos. On most of the routes there are no restaurants or stores. There will be coffee each morning at headquarters that you can use to fill your thermos.
Waiver form: We will be sending out a waiver that must be signed and returned before tickets are issued. It must be signed and co-signed by both parents if participant is under age.
The books you deliver will be the only textbook some children receive as the government does not provide textbooks in schools. All work is done off a blackboard. Let your imagination try to imagine where these books will end up. It will become the prized possession of many homes across the country and you will be a part in these changes. Read Psalm 2:8 and 8:2 and realize what they mean.
What each week looks like:
All details of the schedules and routes for each driver are made by Project headquarters. Project national staff will guide each volunteer to the schools, deal with the principals, and handle the paper work. You do not need to know Spanish and the logistic details will be explained when you arrive.
Saturday: Arrival at chosen country
Sunday: Orientation, picking up rental trucks, driving to assigned Project base
6:00am – devotional
6:15am – drive to municipal education office to pick up educational authority and guide
7:30am – visit 6 to 12 schools or meeting with school principals
4:00pm – head back to warehouse to load up the books for the next day
7:00pm – dinner
Friday afternoon, everyone goes back to the city of entry, returns the rental trucks, and stays at the hotel.
Saturday: Return trip home
This schedule is only to give you a general idea of what the trip looks like. Each week and driver is unique depending on the assigned areas.
For more information, we can set up a video call with you.
The PJFC distribution bases in Nicaragua are:
The North Team is larger because of the distance to cover. The roads are rougher and the days longer.
The Central Team is small and covers Central American city driving, visiting large schools each day.
The South Team is a mix between the other two, with a warmer climate.
The PJFC distribution bases in Honduras are:
Near Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula
The PJFC distribution base in Costa Rica is:
The PJFC distribution base in Colombia is:
Details per country
In Nicaragua we need 10 drivers a week for 3 weeks. Each driver or group stay for as many weeks as they want, though all 3 can be a bit tough. We recommend a first-time person or group to come for one week, with 2 weeks being the maximum.
The volunteers can either fly into Managua, Nicaragua or Liberia, Costa Rica and then be driven up to Managua (4-hour drive).
In Colombia, we need a team of 5 drivers one week and 5 drivers another. Volunteers fly in and out of Bogota. Colombia is a beautiful, vast country. We only distribute books with volunteers in areas that are 100% non-conflictive. I was there last week with my oldest daughter (12 years old) and fell in love with the rural kindness, the breathtaking landscapes, and the general safety. Lots of fun 4x4ing, too. The week of distribution in Boyacá, Colombia is the only cold area at altitude in the Andes Mountains of 8000-10000 feet and 10-16ºC. Shorts aren’t a recommended dress code.
Distribution in Honduras is not on 4×4 roads as we distribute by municipality and not by school. The logistical support from the government in this beautiful country is amazing, allowing us to cover 90% of the country in 2 weeks with 10 drivers per week.
5885 Cumming Highway,
Suite 108 #314
Sugar Hill GA 30518
Central America Office
Proyecto Jesús para los Niños
Calle 41, Avenida 40
Zapote, San José