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July 3 – 12, 2020: Galápagos Adventure Mission

Mission Fee

Early Bird: $2,395 (until January 31, 2020)

Regular registration: $2,595

$300 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot

Fundraising Tips

Includes

  • Airfare from mainland Ecuador (GYE) to Galápagos Islands (GPS) included
  • Service Materials
  • Excursion day
  • Creatio guides
  • All lodging and meals
  • Travel insurance

Excludes

  • International flights to & from Guayaquil, Ecuador

See details on how to get there below

These costs can be included with your mission fee to determine your total amount to fundraise

Dates

July 3rd, 2020 – July 12th, 2020

Adventure Mission to the Galapagos Islands

Set your summer apart with service and mission! Join Creatio for an Adventure Mission to the breath-taking Galapagos Islands, where you'll share the love of Christ with the locals. We will also spend time experiencing this beautiful island through snorkeling and other excursions.

Fundraising

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Previous Missionaries

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“My experience with Creatio was better than I ever could have hoped. I am so happy to have been a part of one of their trips and to meet the leaders that I did. I will forever remember this trip and the memories I made. I experienced God through the people that we met, the nature we encountered and the masses and adorations we had.”

Grace | Galapagos 2019 Missionary

“I experienced God in the people of the Galápagos Islands and the people who I traveled with as well. I also experienced God in the beauty of the nature I was surrounded by. Creatio enhanced my experience while away on mission in the best way imaginable. They provided a sense on comfortability while away in a foreign country that I didn’t know I needed. I can’t say enough good things about Creatio.”

Tara | Galapagos 2019 Missionary

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The Need

When Creatio arrived on the Island of Santa Cruz, about 677 miles east of mainland Ecuador in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, locals welcomed us with open arms. Many people had never seen Catholic Missionaries on the islands before Creatio. Ecuador is a Catholic country, but the Galapagos being compromised of many Ecuadorians from various cities on the mainland, they have a deep faith and often lose it when the move and are separated from family. Creatio’s presence the past few years in the Island is to show them that they are not forgot by God, they are loved.

Locations

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

18 major and 3 minor islands make up the Galapagos Islands off the Eastern Pacific coast of Ecuador. Missionaries will have the chance to explore a few of these iconic islands that have been a destination for its exotic native flora.

Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos

Missionaries will fly from mainland Ecuador to Santa Cruz island of the Galapagos to encounter Christ by serving the local people and experiencing the beauties of the island. The trip will be based in and around the coastal town of Puerto Ayora.

Meet the team

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Mary Krolicki

Missionary Guide
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Kathleen McTighe

Missionary Guide

Getting to the Galapágos

All participants must arrive in Guayaquil (GYE) by 10 PM Friday, July 3rd. Missionaries will meet Creatio guides and given instruction on lodging for the night.

We will fly to the islands (GPS) from there Saturday, July 4th.

Creatio guides will drop participants off at GPS to fly to mainland Ecuador (GYE) Sunday, July 12th.

All participants must depart from Guayaquil (GYE) after 6PM on Sunday, July 12th or make other arrangements for lodging and travel.

More info regarding exact times and flight numbers for included flights will be given as trip gets closer.

Please wait until we have confirmed your participation in the mission trip to buy your flights. Please contact us if you’d like assistance choosing flights or connecting with other missionaries to travel together. You are responsible for your transportation and lodging should you choose to arrive early or leave later. If your flights are not within the time range given, you will be responsible to change your flight or pay the extra costs attributed to the change (cost of a new flight in-country, transportation, lodging, etc…) Please feel free to communicate any problems you have.

Spirituality

Creatio’s spirituality is focused on strengthening the four relationships: relationship with self, with one another, with nature and with God. We encourage all of our missionaries to be open to experience a deepening of these relationships while on our trips.

Creatio takes a holistic approach to improving lives by addressing material and spiritual wellbeing of the people we serve. We do this with a Catholic worldview as our foundation, however we encourage Catholics and non-Catholics to join us in encountering the beauty of creation and our Creator. All participants are encouraged to join in group activities such as discussions on faith-based topics or visiting Holy sites, but nobody will be forced to participate in specifically Catholic traditions and practices.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

Day 2: Fly to the Galapagos and start checking out the Island!

Day 3: Adventure Day

Days 4-9 Mission Days

Day 10: Fly back to the USA

Lodging

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Creatio partners with the local community and parish in the Galapagos to ensure all accommodations are satisfactory throughout the trip. Because this is a mission trip, conditions may not exactly be 5 star, but basic needs for missionaries will always be met (warm place to sleep, safe, etc).

Health & Safety

Health Information

We recommend you undergoing a medical check-up before traveling to make sure you don’t have any kind of medical condition that could obstruct your participation in the mission trip.

Food safety is an important issue when traveling internationally. Local tap water in Ecuador is not potable. Only bottled or treated (disinfected) water should be used for drinking. Do not use ice, avoid getting tap water in your mouth when showering and brushing teeth, and do not use tap water to wash fruits and vegetables. Meats and fish should be thoroughly cooked. Avoid cheap restaurants or food sold in the streets. If you don’t follow these instructions, you will probably go through an episode of diarrhea that can make traveling a rather uncomfortable (although memorable) experience, to say the least.

Vaccinations recommended and common diseases found in Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands, can be found at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/ecuador

Medical Care

Quito: Medical care in Quito is generally good. Hospital Metropolitano was founded by American medical professionals and is the primary hospital here.

Galápagos: Care on the Galápagos is more limited than on the mainland.  The primary hospital is República del Ecuador.  It is important to make sure your travel insurance includes medical transportation (should you need it) to a more advanced hospital.

Creatio guides all have WFR (Wilderness First Responder) training for medical emergencies.

For more country-specific health and safety information, visit www.travel.state.gov for details.

Creatio trip leaders have years of experience leading trips to Ecuador. The local guides are fluent in Spanish and English, and are knowledgeable about Ecuadorean and Galápagos geography, history, culture, and safe travel procedures.

During our trip, we will not visit areas that either the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador has categorized as dangerous. Click here for access to the Embassy website containing the contact information of the Embassy and Consular Agent.

Ecuador is a developing country that may go through periods of political and economic instability. Labor-related strikes can occur with some frequency in urban or rural areas, and generally cause serious disruptions to road, air, and rail transportation. Demonstrations are often announced, yet not always. We may have to make some modifications to our schedule due to marches or strikes. Participants should be open to unexpected changes.

Like many large cities around the world, Quito suffers from crime. Pay attention while traveling, despite the fact that we are visiting generally safe places. In these cities we will visit museums, historic places, and other tourist areas that attract large crowds.  As you know, thieves operate in places that gather large crowds and therefore you should be especially careful. You are advised to keep your credit cards, cash, and identification in your front pocket or a secure money holder. You should not carry your original passport unless you are traveling by train, bus or plane. If the police request identification, a copy of the passport is acceptable. You don’t want to waste time replacing your driver license, passport, or other identification during your trip. You should limit your cash in hand (just carry what you will need for the day) and unnecessary credit cards. It is better to avoid handbags or objects that hang freely, because those are easy targets for pickpockets.

We urge you to be watchful of your belongings, because if you leave them behind in a tourist area or other location, you will probably not see them again (even if you notice a few minutes later). The idea of a place for “lost and found” objects is unfamiliar in rural areas or shanty towns. During overnight bus or train rides, stay close to your belongings. If you leave the bus during scheduled stops, take your valuable objects with you.

In many cities, you will see plenty of money changers in the streets. Even though they may give you a higher rate than the one offered by banks and money exchange agencies, you are advised to avoid them because some of them are a conduit for counterfeit currency.

Pirated goods are widely available. Do not buy them. You will be breaking the law. Additionally, if you bring them back to the US, you could face severe fines (e.g. $ 250,000). Certain drugs that are sold over-the-counter in Ecuador are illegal in the US. Please be sure you check before attempting to bring them back into the US.

For additional security information about Ecuador, you can go to the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Ecuador.html or the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador at https://ec.usembassy.gov/

Required Documents

Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the final day of trip. Passport must have at least one blank visa page.

  • Visit travel.state.gov to understand visa and vaccine requirements regarding the country from which you are coming.
  • Please contact us to confirm non-US citizen visa requirements.

Insurance

The travel insurance is included in the trip and covered by Creatio through American International Group (AIG) insurance.

In addition to travelers insurance, it is good to know what your medical insurance covers in foreign countries. Call your insurance before departing and know what is in your plan. Bring your insurance card with you.

Packing List

Carry-On Luggage (Recommend a backpack/day pack):

  • Passport
  • Travelers insurance card
  • Medical insurance card
  • Emergency Contact Information (we will give it to you before you depart)
  • Cash in US dollars
    • Bringing money – We recommend bringing $200-$300. We recommend that you bring at least some cash from the US for anything you might want at the airport.
  • Personal debit and credit cards – There are ATMs on the Island.
    1. Call your debit card company at least one week in advance to inform them of where you are traveling and the dates (phone number on card).
    2. Know your PIN. You can’t use your debit card in Peru without it.
  • Change of clothes
  • Medications – in original containers. Bring any special or over-the-counter medications you need with you from the US.
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.) – All liquids must be in 3 oz containers or less and all placed in one quart-sized Ziploc bag
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Spiritual materials – Bible, journal, Rosary, spiritual reading, etc.
  • Water bottle – empty to go through security

Checked Luggage (50 lb max):

  • Copy of your ID, Passport, traveler insurance card, and medical insurance card
  • Jeans/pants, t-shirts, sweatshirt for work. Please bring only modest clothes – no tank tops (always have shoulders covered) and shorts knee length or longer.
  • Comfortable, casual outfits for touring, sightseeing, and walking
  • Nicer clothes for mass, restaurants (decent clothes without holes – “dressy” clothes like skirts and dressy pants aren’t necessary, but you may bring them if you would like)
  • Shorts (remember length)
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Bathing suit
  • Light jacket/sweatshirt
  • Poncho/rain jacket
  • Sandals/Flip flops – for shower
  • Shoes (2 pairs – one you do not mind if they get dirty)
  • Toiletries: Shampoo, toothbrush, baby wipes, etc.
  • Small roll of toilet paper
  • Towel
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Lip balm and lotion
  • Mosquito Net
  • Secure money/Passport carrying case
  • Luggage ID tags
  • Prescription glasses – If you wear contacts, please be sure to bring your glasses as well. You will be asked not to wear your contacts certain work days since dust will likely get underneath them.

Optional:

  • Camera/batteries/charger
  • Leatherman or knife
  • Debit card and PIN
  • Earplugs
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Granola bars, power bars, trail mix, Gatorade powder packets, etc.
  • Cards or small games for down time
  • Spanish translation book
  • Mass parts and Rosary in Spanish

Second Checked Bag (50 lb max) – optional:

Some airlines allow two free checked bags. Check with yours to confirm luggage costs. If you would like to bring a second checked suitcase with items to leave, the following are good items the people in the Galapagos Islands need (We recommend using an old suitcase you don’t mind leaving behind.):

  • Rosaries or other religious items (holy cards, “How to Pray the Rosary” booklets, bibles, etc.)
  • Work gloves
  • School supplies (crayons, scissors, pencils, etc.)
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste (dental hygiene isn’t good there)
  • Soccer balls or volleyballs (deflated for travel)