Impact Teams

Each year, Kids Around the World sends teams composed of playground builders, play relief teachers, and many others who connect with and assist those in need. Teamwork on the mission field is crucial in demonstrating genuine love to the local community, as well as how healthy relationships can accomplish positive change, forever impacting a nation for Christ. Team members also express life transformation as they engage poor, war-torn communities around the world, overflowing in the love that the Father has for the precious individuals living there.

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November 11-18, 2017: Laguneta & Sanyoyu, Guatemala

Application Deadline: September 11, 2017
Trip Date: November 11-18, 2017
Cost: $982*airfare not included
Deposit: $250
1st Payment:
Final Payment: Remaining balance due 10/30
Additional Costs: Any costs associated with excursion/site seeing activities or shopping.

Flight Parameters: KIDS is booking the flight for this trip. KIDS will email the team a final cost and payment due date approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

Trip Info: This Impact Team gets to build playgrounds in two small remote mountain villages a few hours outside of Guatemala city – Laguneta & Sanyoyu. We will stay at a guest house-style facility about 30-45 minutes away, and shuttle each day to our service projects. We can’t wait to interact with the local people, especially the kids, in these villages and serve with those who will be helping us along the way. Lodging will be similar to a multi-bed guest house, and local food will be provided. Depending on how the installations go, we also look forward to spending one of our days exploring the sites of this beautiful “Land of Eternal Spring”.

Local Partner Info:  We will be serving at two relatively new church plants that work with Commission to Every Nation (CTEN) Ministry, to help impact their communities with God’s love and hope – communities who have very little outside help, and trust wholly on the Lord to support and grow their kingdom work!

Team Leader: Mike Young

Have questions about this trip? Please contact: Melanie Derr | melanied@kidsaroundtheworld.com | 815.229.8731

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December 28-31, 2017: Vicente Guerrero, Mexico

Application Deadline: November 20, 2017
Trip Date: December 28-31, 2017
Cost: $450(Adult), $395(Children 16 and Under)*airfare not included
Deposit: $100
1st Payment:
Final Payment: Remaining balance due 12/11

Trip Info: There is no better way to end your 2017 than by joining our annual trip to Vicente Guerrero, Mexico. For the last 6 years we have brought hundreds of like minded volunteers down to Mexico to serve our friends and partners at FFHM. This year we will be serving a new and exciting ministry in Cadenas, the area that works with special needs children. In addition, we will be doing evangelism, children’s ministry and of course, building another awesome playground! This is a perfect first time missions trip or one to bring your family on. Sign up today and end your year serving others!

Local Partner Info:  Eternal Anchor is a ministry devoted to serving children with special needs and their families. Our vision is to see the children with special needs in our community celebrated and nurtured so that they can reach their God-given potential. As well as being a home for children with special needs, we’ve established a school and adult training program with the purpose of serving people with special needs. Our hope is to see families love and accept their children with special needs and learn to work with them to develop their gifts. Eternal Anchor’s vision is to equip families with the skills necessary to provide an atmosphere of love and safety for their children at home.

Team Leader: Chris Marshall

Have questions about this trip? Please contact: Melanie Derr | melanied@kidsaroundtheworld.com | 815.229.8731

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December 28, 2017 - January 2, 2018: Carrefour, Haiti

Application Deadline: October 16, 2017
Trip Date: Dec. 28, 2017 – Jan 2, 2018
Cost: $700 *airfare not included
Deposit: $250
1st Payment:
Final Payment: Remaining balance due 12/11
Additional Costs: $10 Haiti Visa

Flight Parameters: Flights need to arrive into Port au Prince(PAP) on December 28 between 11am and 3pm. Flights need to depart on January 2 between 9am and 2pm.

*You are responsible for booking your flight. Flights arriving and/or departing outside the listed parameters are subject to an additional fee that will be applied to your trip cost.

Trip Info: Give the gift of hope and play on our Christmas/New Year’s trip to Haiti.  Join us as we return for the third year to bless the ministry of Grace International.  Our team will stay at Grace Village where you will experience the culture of Haiti and its people.  This is a great trip for teens and college students to get a better understanding of poverty and God’s heart for the poor.  Come! Serve with us as we serve and share the transforming hope of Christ with the children and their families.

Local Partner Info:  Grace Village in Carrefour, a suburb of Port au Prince, is the 20 acre site of the Grace Pediatric Hospital and Medical Clinic, a Girls Home with 47 residents, the Lamentin Church, an elementary school and a Girl’s Transitional Home.Three miles away is the Grace Boy’s Home with 48 residents, the Widow’s Home and the Waney Church. After the 2010 earthquake, Grace Village became the site of the second largest tent camp in the Port au Prince Area with more than 23,000 refugees. The “Lord’s Kitchen” was set up near the tent city to help feed the tent city children and is still part of the ministry outreach of Grace Village. The local government granted Grace International 6 acres of land in the Lambi Community, approximately 5 miles away, to build houses for the earthquake refugees.  In the past three years at Lambi, the first 56 homes have been built with the help of volunteer work teams and the prospective owners. A second village is under construction about 12 miles West, to be known as Heritage Village, containing 88 homes and a boys’ orphanage. Operating since 1974, Grace International was founded by Bishop Joel and wife Doris Jeune, who together oversee and lead the organization in the roles of President and Vice President.  For the past 43 years, Grace International has been impacting lives through the oversight and management of many churches, 70 schools, 3 orphanages, as well as a medical/dental clinic, a pediatric hospital, a home for elderly widows, vocational school and Community sustainable villages.

Team Leader: Bruce & Julie Rearick

Have questions about this trip? Please contact: Melanie Derr | melanied@kidsaroundtheworld.com | 815.229.8731

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January 28 - February 2, 2018: La Romana, Dominican Republic

*This trip is closed to the public*

Application Deadline: November 27, 2017
Trip Date: Jan. 28, 2018 – Feb. 2, 2018
Cost: $3,155(add $100 for single) *includes airfare
Deposit: $1350
1st Payment:
Final Payment: Remaining balance due 1/15

Special Notes: Trip costs include airfare, all in-country lodging, and transportation. A portion of the cost will also help to fund the playground equipment the team will install for the kids.

Flight Parameters: N/A

Trip Info: Fundacio Niños De Cristo is an orphanage in La Romana, Dominican Republic that was established in 1993. Today they care for more than 160 children who have been abandoned and/or victims of abuse, both from the Dominican Republic and Haiti. They have dedicated themselves to to improving the lives of the children, focusing on education, health and housing, as most of the children spend their entire childhood and young life in the orphanage.

This 24 year history is rich with success stories of children whose lives have been forever changed by the care and devotion of the staff.

In 2018 we will provide them with yet another proven and vital tool in the growth and development of a child: PLAY. In order to accomplish this, our team will work alongside the local staff to install a US commercial grade playground in hopes of spreading joy, laughter and fun in new and tangibles ways that will have a lasting impact.

Team Leader: Dan Liesik

Have questions about this trip? Please contact: Melanie Derr | melanied@kidsaroundtheworld.com | 815.229.8731

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February 3 - 12, 2018: City of Joy, Rwanda

Application Deadline: November 27, 2017
Trip Date: February 3-12, 2018
Cost: $1400 *airfare not included
Deposit: $250
Final Payment: Remaining balance due 1/22

Flight Parameters: KIDS is booking the flight for this trip. KIDS will email the team a final cost and payment due date approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

Trip Info: Join us as we partner in Rwanda with a great organization. City of Joy’s vision, like ours, is to transform the lives of kids. We will be building a playground at their growing school. This school is a beacon of hope in this area of Rwanda. Come to Rwanda and see what God is doing there.

Local Partner Info:  Todd and Andria moved to Rwanda in May of 2010 and started City of Joy Rwanda. Since that time their family has grown with the birth of Ella, Zeb and Esther! City of Joy Rwanda is made up of a school, Joy Christian School and church, Joy Christian Church. The school is comprised of an elementary school and sewing school. The elementary school has 163 children kindergarten through 4th grade. We hope to expand our school with 10 new classrooms soon. This would allow us to have preschool through 6th grades.

Team Leader: Dave Dahl

Have questions about this trip? Please contact: Melanie Derr | melanied@kidsaroundtheworld.com | 815.229.8731

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June 17-23, 2018: Baja, Mexico

*This trip is closed to the public*

Application Deadline: February 19, 2018
Trip Date: June 17-23, 2018
Cost: $725 / $600 (kids under age 13) *airfare not included
Deposit: $250
1st Payment:
Final Payment: Remaining balance due 6/4
Additional Costs: Any meals you need to get before we meet up at the San Diego airport on the 17th, plus any spending money for souvenirs, or if you plan to extend your trip on either end, with a stay in So. California.

Flight Parameters: Flights need to arrive into San Diego(SAN) on June 17 before 2pm. Flights need to depart on June 23 after 2pm.

*You are responsible for booking your flight. Flights arriving and/or departing outside the listed parameters are subject to an additional fee that will be applied to your trip cost.

Trip Info: Our team will be made up of friends and family of Kari & Mike, who would like celebrate with us and work to bless some special children in Mexico.  We will be serving in a very poor area near Tijuana, helping a start-up church reach out and bless the children/families in their community by building a playground at their local Feeding Center.  We will plan to spend 3-4 days building a wonderful, safe and fun playground, and then enjoy watching them play on our gift! We will have plenty of time to play with the children and show them our love as well as God’s hope. The plan is to be able to visit a nice beach along the Pacific coast for one afternoon at the end of our time together, before heading home.

Local Partner Info:  Kingdom Builders is a ministry in Northern Mexico who works to start new churches in neighborhoods and rural villages where there is no local church influence.  They have provided us with a church that has a Feeding Center, bringing in hundreds of kids daily, feeding them, and loving them.

Team Leader: Mike Young

Have questions about this trip? Please contact: Melanie Derr | melanied@kidsaroundtheworld.com | 815.229.8731

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FUTURE TRIPS

  • Layounne, Morocco – Winter 2018
  • Ambato, Ecuador – Summer 2018

Volunteer Testimonials

The reward at the end of each trip is seeing the joy on the kids’ faces as they try out their new playground for the first time and knowing that I was able to add a small piece of enjoyment to that child, their family, and their community!- Ellen
I felt exceptionally safe and was comfortable with the environment that I was placed in for the duration of the trip. The KIDS team leader made sure we had safe drinking water available at all times. - Lilia
My children and I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with Kids Around the World to help build a playground in a small town in Mexico. Serving others with my children was a fulfilling experience filled with joy, hope, and love.- Marci