Anatomy of a Private Trip

Trip Description

We are happy to organize and lead a trip designed specifically for your family, group of friends, or organization. If you are interested in arranging a private service trip, please contact us at Let us know if you are interested.


Private service trips require a minimum of 25 participants and can accommodate up to 50 participants.

trip schedule

Trip length is typically 4 days (3 working and 1 Sunday).


The dormitory “Chispa” has bunk beds with mattresses, toilets, showers, a kitchen, electricity and secure parking. Depending on family sizes and the number of families that come, each family will get a private room to use. We eat most of our meals in this building.

what we eat

Breakfast: Beans, eggs, tortillas, quesadillas, and chilaquiles
Lunch: Burritos, Tacos, Tortas
Dinner: Enchiladas, Tacos, Tostadas, Chicken with beans and rice, Mole, etc. Snacks, water, gatorade are provided throughout the day and evening.

work we do

Framing, painting, sheetrock, mudding, roofing, plumbing, tiling, electrical, shovel work, …
You do not need any experience in doing these things.  We will train you on the job.


You are responsible for all costs of travel to and from Tijuana and while in Tijuana.
Special insurance for your vehicle is required and costs approx. $30/day.

crossing the border to the USA

We will cross the border together.  It is a fun experience that can last 30 minutes or 4 hours. People over 18 years old need a passport.  Those 18 and under need proof of citizenship (drivers license or a copy of a birth certificate).

How your trip DONATION is used

Your trip donation is 100% tax deductible because we are a 501 c3 non-profit organization. Your donation will be used mostly for building materials.
In addition, it pays for food, Chispa building upkeep, entertainment and to help ongoing Spark of Hope Foundation programs.


COVID-19 caused all but 1 trip in 2020 to be cancelled. We have made the following changes in order to continue the goodness of Spark of Hope in 2021. 1. HEPA + UV filters are installed in Chispa (the dormitory). 2. Masks are provided and participants are encouraged to wear them. 3. As always, plentiful hand sanitizer will be available. 4. Lumber prices have almost doubled. This has forced us to increase trip cost to $625 per person.

Still have questions? Please reach out.