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FAQs

These are the most frequently asked questions about a Mission Trip to Xpujil

WHERE IS XPUJIL?

Xpujil is in the southern part of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It’s a six hour drive from Cancun. Visiting mission teams fly into Cancun International Airport. Mission Director, Todd Luke, is always available to meet groups outside the airport and escort them to Xpujil.

WHAT DOES THE MISSION TEAM DO?

From approximately 8:00 AM until 1:30 PM, mission teams help local Ch’ol Indian Presbyterians build cisterns. The cistern project is led by Presbyterian foremen and local volunteers. The Americans fill five gallon plastic buckets with sand and gravel for the concrete mix. The work is intense in half-hour or one hour spurts, but not constant. During down-time we can interact with the recipient families and local coworkers. You will get sore. After lunch, some mission teams resume cistern work or perform chores at the Mission Center. Some teams run a VBS for about 60-100 children.

WHERE DOES THE MISSION TEAM STAY?

Mission teams stay at our Mission Center—a facility with four guest rooms, three of which open out onto an all-purpose meeting room. Each guest room has two single beds, a hammock, a ceiling fan, a floor fan, and a bathroom with a hot water shower. The Mission Center is located in Xpujil, on the same property as the pastoral manse and the missionary home.

Cost: $15 per night/per person.

WHAT ABOUT THE FOOD?

Local mission partners prepare three meals a day and provide all the bottled water needed at all times.

Meal times: Breakfast 7:00 AM, Lunch 1:30 PM, Dinner 8:00 PM.

Cost: $25 per person/per day.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?

  • Daytime temperatures often reach the high-80s (upper-90s in the summer), but overnight temps may drop into the 50s during the winter months, and 60s during the summer.
  • Bring at least $30 of personal “pocket money” to purchase food during travel to/from Cancun, and snacks during the week. Family-owned convenient stores are located next to our Mission Center.
  • The Mayan ruins in the Xpujil region attract tourist from all over the world. Admission is approximately $5 dollars per person. We may visit two sites during your stay.
  • Americans traveling under the age of 18 should have a signed affidavit from both parents permitting travel to Mexico. (Required by law, but officials almost never ask for it.)
  • Passports are required for travel to Mexico.
  • Make sure your tetanus immunization is up-to-date.

 

ITEMS TO PACK

Work gloves
Passport
Sleeping bag/light blanket
Shorts (cover the thigh)
Nice Shirt/Blouse for Church
Tennis Shoes
Sunglasses
Long Pants/Skirt for Church
Hand Sanitizer
Hat or Cap (sun protection)
Sun Block
Aspirin/Tylenol/Ibuprofen
Work shoes or boots
Sweats (top and bottom)
Snacks (stored in ziplock bags)
T-Shirts (with sleeves)
Mosquito Repellant
Pepto Bismol
Bible
Notebook/Journal
Bathing Suit
Band-Aids
Ski Cap (for sleeping)
Cold Medicine

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