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What I.D. and other documentation do I need?

Do I have to have any special skills in order to come on a trip?

Is ClubRust only for Christians?  Who can come on a trip

What do I need to bring?

  Do I fly into Mexico?

How do I get to go?

Where does my drinking water come from while I'm in Mexico?

How does ClubRust select the projects they work on?

Where does the money to pay for these projects come from?

How can I donate money towards these projects?

Can I help even if I don't go on the trip?

How will I find you at the airport?

Will I be able to make or receive calls in Mexico?

Can someone contact me while I'm in Mexico?

Will I have to buy my own meals while I'm in Mexico?

Where do we stay in Mexico?

Where is the project site located in Mexico?

Are the sleeping arrangements co-ed?

Is there a minimum age for children on the trip?

Can unaccompanied youth (under 18) come on the trip?

Who's in charge of ClubRust Anyway?

Why are you called ClubRust?

What I.D. and other documentation do I need?

We recommend getting a US PASSPORT CARD.  Re-entering the US is MUCH FASTER with this new RFID enabled CARD.

1) EVERYONE will need either a US PASSPORT or a US PASSPORT CARD.

Note: While an Enhanced Driver's License (EDL) is acceptable for re-entering the U.S, it is NOT a valid I.D. for entering Mexico.

2) All minors (18 and under) traveling without BOTH Dad AND Mom need additional documentation (a notarized travel consent form).  Please check out the waivers page here.

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Do I have to have any special skills in order to come on a trip?

Nope!  Your good attitude will guarantee that you will be invaluable on the trip.

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Is ClubRust only for Christians?

Absolutely NOT.  Although ClubRust is Christ-centered, we welcome anyone with a good attitude.  Folks from many backgrounds and walks of life regularly join us on these trips.  Families, groups and individuals are all welcome!

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What do I need to bring?

Here is a complete list of what you will need.

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Do I fly into Mexico?

No.  You fly into San Diego airport, Lindbergh field (airport code SAN). 

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How do I get to go?

Ask us to place you on our mailing list.  We will advise you of the dates of our next trip, and what project we will be working on.  

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Where does my drinking water come from in Mexico?

ClubRust provides all the purified and filtered drinking water you need.  You will ONLY drink the water we provide you.

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How does ClubRust select the projects they work on?

We don't.  We are working alongside the local community, and assisting THEM in defining what projects their committee decides to do. 

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Where does the money to pay for these projects come from?

From you and from the communities we work in.  Generous churches and individuals such as yourself donate a part of the funds necessary for any materials needed.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.

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How can I donate money towards these projects?

You may enter a donation amount when you fill out the trip registration form, or donate online here.

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Can I help even if I don't go on the trip?

Yes you can!  The DONATE link on our web page lists several ways you can make a donation towards the cost of a house or latrine.

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How will I find you at the airport?

We meet at this location.

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Will I be able to make or receive calls in Mexico?

Yes, coverage is getting better all the time, BUT sometimes at international roaming rates.  If you bring a cell phone with you, please secure it on your person at all times.

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Can someone contact me while I'm in Mexico?

For emergencies only, you may be contacted via email (preferred) or phone.  Here is our list of emergency contactsVoicemail is checked once a day only on the main contact number.

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Will I have to buy my own meals while I'm in Mexico?

No. The trip fee covers all your meals while in Mexico. You may need to buy a snack on the day we pick you up or drop you off at the airport.

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Where do we stay in Mexico?

Your accommodations will be the rustic facilities at Rancho La Paloma.  This is home base for many short term mission groups in Baja California.  The facility has a pool, eating area, dorms with bunk beds, bathrooms and showers.

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Where is the project site located in Mexico?

We build homes in settlements (colonias) west of Tecate, Mexico about 2 to 5 miles south of the US-Mexico border.

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Are the sleeping arrangements co-ed?

Hahahahaha.  Very funny!  The dorms are segregated by gender.  There are some family rooms for married couples with young children.  Married couples may sleep together in tents.  We ask all other couples to be segregated by gender when tenting as well.

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Is there a minimum age limit for children on the trip?

This completely depends on the project.  Children younger than 12 should have a parent or guardian with them willing to closely supervise them.  Be advised that the service project site might be a CONSTRUCTION ZONE.  CHILD CARE IS NOT PROVIDED

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Can unaccompanied youth (under 18) come on the trip?

No.  Youth under 18 years of age should have a designated adult guardian accompany them on the trip.  A parent, youth group leader, relative or close family friend has to come along.  The chaperone must accept this responsibility prior to the youth signing up for the trip.  ClubRust organizers cannot be chaperones, as we have many responsibilities with the entire group as a whole.

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Who's in charge of ClubRust Anyway?

ClubRust is a ministry of Rancho La Paloma Ministry Center.  The Ranch and it's staff co-ordinate certain aspects of your adventure, but you (with God's help) are in charge of your own trip.

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Why are you called ClubRust?

The colonias can be very dusty where we work.  The original group we all went down with was dubbed "ClubDust" - A different kind of adventure-travel "Club" that blessed people in the colonias.  We eventually "graduated" and started our own group.  Being from wet Seattle, we don't see much sun - So we settled on the nick-name ClubRust...

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