Yes. The cost to participate is less for children 12 years and under. It is up to the parents to decide if they are comfortable bringing their child onto the build site. All parents are responsible for their children's safety.
The tap water is not safe to drink. However, bottled water is provided on the build site and at our base. The food is also well prepared by our staff and we follow health regulations.
Yes. Whether you stay at our base or the local hotel, you will have access to sanitary facilities. At the build site there will be clean porta-potties and hand sanitizer for your team to use.
Please see our "Preparing to Come" page for a list of what to bring.
No. We provide all the materials needed for the build. All you need to bring is your personal items.
Please visit our "Travel Documents" page for more information on what is needed to enter the country.
We recommend looking online for the forecast of the days you will be here. The temperature rarely gets below 45 degrees Fahrenheit or higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It rarely rains here.
Your responsibilities will differ depending on which of our locations you are staying at. You may be asked to help with breakfast and dinner cleanup. If so, our staff will ask for volunteers and assist you.
Since 1987, Youth With A Mission has had hundreds of thousands of participants at our locations in Baja California, Mexico. Not one of our participants has experienced an incident of violent crime.
Like in any country, there is violence in Mexico. Most of it is gang related. However, over 100,000 U.S. and Canadian residents live along the coast of Northern Baja, where both our campuses are located.
We work hard to ensure that our trips are as safe as possible, and we appreciate the trust that many groups place in us by joining us to serve in Mexico. We attribute our longstanding safety record to the grace of God.
Group based- Everything we do, including travel and work, is done in groups. People are never sent alone to do anything here.
Staff participation- Each group has at least one YWAM staff member with them at all times. We have over 100 staff members who help setup and supervise our teams.
Local knowledge- We know the area well and avoid places that aren't safe. We also work together with local pastors and community leaders.
Communication- YWAM staff members have cell phones so we are able to communicate with one another as needed while working.
Hours of operation- Our work primarily takes place during daylight hours. We employ night watchmen at both our campuses.