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.

Trip Cancellation

If this service trip is cancelled more than 30 days prior to trip start, you will recieve a full refund of your donation. If this service trip is cancelled 30 days or less from trip start, you will receive the amount of money not yet spent by Spark of Hope Foundation in trip preparation proportional to your family size.

Trip Insurance

OPTIONAL: Trip Insurance is available for this trip at $100 per person and must be purchased for every member of your family at time of registration if you decide you want this coverage. Trip insurance is completely optional.
Trip insurance provides the following benefits.
  1. Your family may cancel attending the service trip at any time and receive a full refund of all money including the trip insurance for any of the following reasons:
      a. Any member of your family has a verifiable case of COVID-19 within 30 days of the beginning of the trip,
      b. A death of a member of your immediate family or parents,
      c. A verifiable medical condition that prevents participation of any registered members of your family.
   2. If this trip is cancelled less than 30 days prior to trip start for any reason by Spark of Hope Foundation, you will receive a full refund of your donation including your trip insurance fee.

Still have questions? Please reach out.