Volunteers and groups have always played a vital part in His Ministry. Visitors from all over Canada, the United States, and beyond, travel thousands of miles to serve on short-term missions trips (typically 7-10 days, or less – depending on location). It is a way to see the Love of Jesus shown in practical ways and the power of the Holy Spirit at work. We also provide the option to visit on a long-term basis.
Information detailing the inquiry process is listed below.
Want to plan a trip? Click on the corresponding location, fill out the short form and you will be contacted to advise you of next steps.
Individual Short-Term Mission Trip
Individuals are welcome to stay 10 days or less. Request your date by clicking the link above and registration forms will be sent to you to begin the reservation process. Reservations are required and may be made up to a year in advance. In Baja individuals are responsible for their own transportation to the mission and Oaxaca visitors will be picked up at the airport. A donation of $15 USD per person per night is suggested to cover the costs of room and board.
Adults and minors are welcome to visit our missions. Mexican law considers anyone under the age of 18 a minor. A minor coming to the Mission not with a larger team must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent OR at least 16 years of age and accompanied by a legal guardian
Minors accompanied by a legal guardian must have a notarized letter signed by both parents giving permission to take the student into Mexico.
We typically receive groups up to 25 visitors per week at the Mission in Vicente Guerrero, Baja. We welcome smaller work groups in Tlacolula, Oaxaca of up to 12.
Adults and minors are welcome to visit our missions. Mexican law considers anyone under the age of 18 a minor.
For teams: A guardian-to-minor ratio of 1:5
A minor must have a parent, grandparent or legal guardian present for their stay with a notarized letter signed by both parents giving permission to take the student into Mexico.
Baja groups are responsible for their own transportation and Oaxaca groups will be picked up at the airport. Reservations are taken up to one year in advance and we ask that teams provide a donation of $15 per person per night stay. Contact our missions early to ensure a spot for your team!
Long-Term Volunteers/Missionary Staff
Individuals interested in visiting one of our missions for longer than 10 days must complete a Long-Term Volunteer/Missionary Staff Application, complete an interview process, and background check. To begin the application process, please complete the forms below. You'll be contacted by a mission administrator.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a Passport required to go to Mexico?
All visitors obtain and carry a passport. For up-to-date information on travel requirements, go to http://travel.state.gov/
Can I just drop in a the Mission anytime?
No – reservations are required for all visitors.
Anyone desiring to visit the Mission must contact the mission directly:
Baja Mission: Bajagroups@ffhm.org or call the mission directly at 949 3402051
Oaxaca Mission: Oaxacagroups@ffhm.org.
Space is limited at all our Missions, and we take reservations up to one year in advance, so please contact us so we can see if there is room for you when you want to be there.
What’s the usual week like for a visitor?
Visitors to Baja usually arrive on Sunday, in time to attend the evening church service at the Mission Church. Monday morning, visitors are given a tour of the Mission grounds to see all the various ministries and get a feel for the campus. On Monday nights, visitors spend time with the house parents and get to visit with the children. Each day starts with breakfast at 7am followed by devotions at 8am. At 9am you will meet with the group coordinator who will give you your work assignments for the day/week. Teams are sent out on Tuesday afternoons into the community to participate in Child Evangelism. Wednesday evening, there is a lively service at the Mission church. Depending on the time of year, the Bible Institute students host a dinner on Wednesday nights after the service to raise money for their annual evangelistic outreach to Oaxaca. Visitors have Friday afternoons off and can take a short trip to nearby beaches and a market. Visitors depart early Saturday morning.
In Oaxaca groups are met at the airport and transported to the mission to get settled in their rooms. Saturday is generally a tour day in Oaxaca; a group can choose one of the many outings available to see and experience different parts of Oaxaca such as the old colonial city, or ancient ruins. Sunday morning is our church service with the Mission Church, and in the afternoon groups generally go to Tlacolula for market day. On Monday morning, or the first work day, you will be given a tour of the Mission grounds and an orientation about our home and expectations. Breakfast is usually at 7am, followed by devotions at 8am. At 9am you will meet with the group coordinator who will give you your work assignments for the day/week. Wednesday afternoons, groups have the opportunity to join our prison ministry and share at the prison across the street from the Mission. Wednesday we also have our evening church service. Friday afternoons are a good opportunity for the groups to plan an activity/event with the group coordinator for the children (for example, a movie night). The group coordinator will take the group back to the airport on the day of their departure.
Am I required to speak Spanish?
No. Many of our staff are bi-lingual, and church services and devotions are translated. Of course, we are delighted when visitors can understand and speak Spanish, and this should be included on the skills list when applying.
What kind of work will I be doing?
There are many and varied opportunities to serve at the Missions, and we try hard to match up the skills and abilities of our visitors with our needs. Every part of the Mission has been built with help of our volunteers, including: construction, gardens and orchards, kitchen, auto repair, general facility maintenance, medical clinic, wheel chair ministry, elementary education and day care, infant care, sewing room, laundry, outreach ministries … and more. Everyone is able to help in a meaningful way.
Is there a dress code for visitors?
The local Christian community adheres to a conservative, modest dress code and we require all volunteers and visitors to comply with this code: * Shorts, short skirts, hats, and caps may not be worn in morning Devotions or in church; pants and skirts that come to the top of the knee or lower may be worn at other times. Clothing should not be tight fitting, sheer, or see-through; midriff and shoulders should be covered; bathing suits should be conservative and only worn at the beach. *
*No bare feet, please, for your health and safety.