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Frequently Asked Questions

 

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

How much does the trip cost?

How long is the trip?

What do I need to bring?

When are the dates for this year’s trip?

  Do I fly into Mexico?

How do I sign up?

How many meetings must I attend to go on a trip?

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

How does ClubRust select the families that receive the houses?

How much does each house cost?

Where does the money to pay for the houses come from?

How can I donate money towards the cost of a house?

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

How long does it take to build one house?

How many people does it take to build one house?

How many houses does ClubRust usually build each year?

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 do we build in Mexico?

Are the sleeping arrangements co-ed?

Will there be medically trained personnel available in an emergency?

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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How much does the trip cost?

Cost is $400 per person, $325 per child under 12 years old, if paid by April 15.  Fees increase after April 15.  This fee covers room and board while in Mexico, and transportation between San Diego and Mexico.  This fee does NOT include any portion of the cost of materials for the house you will build, nor does it include transportation costs getting to or from San Diego Airport where we pick you up.  You will need to purchase round-trip airfare to/from San Diego, CA.  (Lindebergh field, airport code SAN).

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How long is the trip?

6 days long.  You arrive in San Diego on Tuesday by 2 p.m.  We build Wednesday through Friday.  Saturday we "tour" the area and visit with our Mexican friends, Sunday we drop you off at the airport by 2 p.m.

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What do I need to bring?

Here is a complete list of what you will need.

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When are the dates for this year’s trip?

The 2017 Summer trip dates are Tue June 27 through Sun July 2.

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Do I fly into Mexico?

No.  You fly into San Diego airport, Lindbergh field (airport code SAN).  Your flight should  arrive NO LATER than 2pm on Tuesday. the first day of the trip.  We leave at 3pm sharp from the airport.  We really don’t want to leave anyone behind.  Your return flight should depart NO EARLIER than 4 pm on Sunday.

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How do I sign up?

All necessary forms are online.  We highly encourage you to type them up online and print them.  If you insist, you may print them out first and then and fill them out by hand.  The deadline is May 15.  Early registration ENDS on April 15.  Save money and register before April 15! 

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How many meetings must I attend to go on a trip?

If you've never been on a trip before, we suggest that you attend an informational meeting (held in an organizers home) to acquaint yourself with the trip and ask any questions you may have.  EVERYONE registered for the trip should attend the pre-trip orientation meeting, where you will pick up your trip T-Shirt, and get important last minute details.  The date of the orientation meeting will be announced by May.  Details will be emailed and posted on the website.

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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 families that receive the houses?

The families go through a review process overseen by local pastors and community workers.  This process ensures that the families really own (or are buying) the land we build on, and show evidence of need.

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How much does each house cost?

The house, latrine, and concrete work cost $8,900 per site.

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Where does the money to pay for the houses come from?

From You!  Generous churches and individuals such as yourself donate all funds necessary for purchasing the materials for the houses and latrines.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.

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How can I donate money towards the cost of a house?

You may enter a donation amount when you fill out the trip application form, or use our donation form.

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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 long does it take to build one house?

It takes three days to build one house.

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How many people does it take to build one house?

We generally have around 20 to 25 individuals working on a house.

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How many houses does ClubRust usually build each year?

ClubRust builds 3 to 6 houses and latrines every year.

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How will I find you at the airport?

We meet at this locationClubRust organizers will be wearing colorful ClubRust T-shirts.

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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.  Do you really want to pay $2.00 a minute to talk to someone?  If you bring a cell phone with you, please secure it on your person at all times.  Small electronic devices have a tendency to “change ownership” if not watched closely.

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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 Tuesday before we pick you up, and possibly your lunch on the day of departure in the U.S. (various fast food restaurants).

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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 humanitarian outreach groups in Baja California.  The facility has a pool, eating area, dorms with bunk beds, bathrooms and showers.   You may also camp in tents.

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Where do we build 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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Will there be medically trained personnel available in an emergency?

Yes, we usually have Nurses and EMT's that volunteer on the trip.  We are also close to a medical clinic and a doctor in Tecate.  ClubRust has an evacuation plan that can get you to a U.S. Emergency Room in about 1 Hour.

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

Not really.  Children younger than 12 should have a parent or guardian with them willing to closely supervise them.  Please be advised that the work site is a CONSTRUCTION ZONE, and that 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?

No one person is in charge of ClubRust.  The organizers are your dedicated servants, doing all of the behind-the-scenes logistics so you can have a great house building experience.

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Why are you called ClubRust?

The environment is very dusty in the summer time.  The original group we all went down with was called ClubDust - A different kind of adventure-travel "Club" that blessed needy people.  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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