Global Missions: Costa Rica

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Costa Rica FAQ

What is the cost of the trip, and what is included?
The trip costs $2500 and includes airfare, ground transportation, food, accommodations, international emergency/medical insurance, and all activities.  The cost does NOT include passport fees, immunization costs, food at the airport, and personal purchases for or on the trip.  You will have the option to take an online security course for $30.  That cost is not included in the trip.

A $200, nonrefundable trip deposit is due by the first team meeting.  Additional payment deadlines will be communicated to team members by the team leader.

Are payments and contributions tax deductible?
Yes, an end-of-year contribution receipt will be provided from Cross Assembly.

Are contributions refundable?
Please note that contributions (including the trip deposit) are nonrefundable and nontransferable.  In the case of trip cancellation, monies will be given to other missions endeavors through Cross Assembly.
How can contributions be made?
If writing a check, checks should be made payable to Cross Assembly.  Per IRS regulations, team member names should NOT be written on the memo line.  If at all possible, please include a payment coupon (given to team members at the first team meeting) with all check payments.  Checks and cash may also be placed in a Cross Assembly giving envelope with the team member’s name and trip indicated.

Contributions can also be made online at  Select “Give” from the left-hand column>Select “Give Now”>Log in or create an account>Select “Global Team Costa Rica” from the drop-down menu>Type the team member’s name in the “Other Comments” section.

Will I need a passport?
YES!  Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the trip’s return date.  A color copy of your passport must be submitted to your team leader or the missions director.  Complete passport information can be found If you need to apply for or renew your passport, please consult the trip leader and begin that process as soon as possible.

Are extra immunizations needed for the trip? 
Overall, please consult the CDC website and your physician and make a vaccination decision with which you are comfortable.

For more lesser-known vaccinations, you have options such as Passport Health, Rx Urgent Care, and Wake County Human Services.  A quick Google search may also give other options.  Please note that many vaccinations are not covered by standard health insurance coverage, so please research your insurance coverage, cost, and various providers so you’re not caught off-guard.  

What if I’m not a member of Cross Assembly?
If you are over the age of 18 and not a member, please contact team leader Ross Varrette at [email protected].

Can a minor join this team? 
Please consult the team leader for special consideration. A minor must be accompanied by a parent and will require extra notarized paperwork.

What are the physical demands of this trip?
Please remember all international travel is physically demanding, and short-term teams are active every day of the trip.  If you have specific questions regarding the physical demands of this trip, please consult the team leader, Ross Varrette, at [email protected].

Do you have additional questions?
Please email the team leader, Ross Varrette, at [email protected].

When is the deadline to apply?
Online applications must be submitted by April 30, 2023.

How do I apply to join the team?
If you are ready to apply to join this team, begin the Next Steps process by choosing “Continue” below.

Questions?  Click here to email the team leader.