Information for Participants
KHISH Project Vision Trip, January 1-9, 2021
We are happy to welcome you to the team! This is year fourteen for the Medical and Dental Brigades, and year eight for the Eye Brigade.
Each year’s group includes a number of “veterans” and some newbies. The Nord Americanos will be joined by Honduran support staff and colleagues in almost equal numbers. We all will work hard, with ample time to play and rest.
Each team member brings unique gifts, past experiences, and expectations. Remember that we are guests of the Honduran people. We have been invited to serve by the Presbytery of Honduras and the Hospital San Lorenzo. Our Honduran colleagues have also donated their time to serve the poor people of the South.
The cost of participation for each North American team member is $1500. Each person also pays for his/her own transportation to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. You are encouraged to request support from your friends, families, employers, and churches toward your own costs if you choose to do so.
What is included in your cost of participation:
- All ground transportation in Honduras
- All lodging and meals in Honduras
- Your portion of the cost for Honduran drivers, translators, and colleagues
- Your portion of the cost of medicines and supplies for surgeries and clinics
- Excess baggage charges (you will be reimbursed)
- Insurance (for surgical equipment)
What is not included in your cost of participation:
- Transportation to departure airport and parking
- Immunizations and medications for personal use
- Travel insurance (purchase at same time as plane ticket)
- Souvenirs and alcoholic beverages
Each participant makes his/her own airline reservations. Options for travel to Tegucigalpa (TGU) from the US include: American Airlines (via Miami), United Airlines (via Houston), Delta Airlines (via Atlanta), and Avianca (via El Salvador). [A few cautions: more cancellations and travel troubles in the past with American, and customs/immigration in Miami can be a nightmare on the return]. All the airlines arrive and depart within a couple of hours of one another. We gather in the arrivals area of the airport and are met by our coordinator and drivers. We will change money at the airport, load up our vehicles, gas up, and head South. You will only need cash (lempiras) for personal needs such as souvenirs, snack foods, and excess tipping (at your discretion).
Each team member will be expected to transport duffel bags of supplies. No prescription drugs will be carried by non-physicians. You will have a copy of a letter (in Spanish) stating that the over-the-counter medicines and supplies you are transporting are for donation to the poor. This is for the unlikely event that you are flagged into Customs at the airport in Tegucigalpa. Pack your personal clothing and other items in your carry on, as much as possible. See your airline’s baggage limits. At this time of year, NO excess number of bags is permitted. Be sure to hold on to your baggage claim ticket, as the airport personnel in TGU will only allow you to exit baggage claim with your own bags.
One-half of your participation fee ($750) is due by September 1. The balance ($750) is due by December 1st. Deposits, once made, are non-refundable (but may be carried over to a future year for yourself, or transferred to a replacement participant for 2019). Immanuel Episcopal Church participants will arrange payments through Immanuel’s treasurer. All others should make checks payable to Key Humanitarian Initiative for Southern Honduras (KHISH), and mailed to KHISH at:
PO Box 8326
Richmond, Virginia 23226
You are encouraged to make your airline reservations early. The airfares can almost double if made within the last month before departure.
You also are encouraged to consult with your personal physician or a travel clinic concerning needed immunizations. The website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.CDC.gov) is an authoritative site for what is needed. Be sure to carry your personal medications in your carry on bag.
Questions? Contact Us:
Phone: (804) 673-7633
Phone: (804) 387-2302