Ice chests (for all lunches and snacks), Igloos (team drinks & VBS snack time), Tents, Folding table (brushing teeth area), Canopy (EZ-up or other), First aid kit, Tarps. Download the packing list pdf here.
Passport, clothes for each day, dress clothes, Bible, paper, pen/pencil, sleeping bag, pillow, warm jacket, flashlight, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, washcloth, towel, personal medication, personal water bottle, comfortable shoes, beach chair, and maybe musical instruments. Download the packing list pdf here.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. We purchase our food fresh daliy from local vendors in Mexicali. The food is then prepared with teams of volunteers with the leadership of community members. You’ll need to bring an ice chest and igloo to take your lunch with you while you minister during the day.
We care about participants who have special limitations on what they can eat. We will do our best to offer special accommodation to those who let us know ahead of time.
Transportation is not included for church or school groups. If you are flying, we suggest you fly into San Diego, California, and rent vans from the airport. You will drive 120 miles east from San Diego to one of the border crossings near Calexico CA or San Luis AZ.
We pride ourselves in knowing what is going on in the areas where we work and minister throughout the year, and offer our expertise freely to any who contact us. Our staff on site and in the United States includes missionaries, pastors and coordinators. Most of our staff have decades of experience taking teams to Mexico. Several have continued on since the inception of Mexico Outreach in 1970.
US /Mexican relations impact immigration and customs regulations which change with some frequency. Please contact us with any questions you may have. We will do our best to support you. It is, however, your responsibility to comply with the laws of Mexico and the United States when crossing borders, by providing documents and traveling.
We rent from Enterprise in Covina, California, near Azusa. Mexican auto insurance is a must. Mexican law is different than where you are from, so avoid ending up in the police station without a way to pay for damages in the unfortunate chance you get in an accident. The airport rental companies at the San Diego airport also rent with Mexican auto insurance in the rate. Contact us for our Enterprise contact numbers if you call the Covina branch, and make sure you mention APU Mexico Outreach.
Contact your carrier first to see what options you have for cell use in Mexico. New cell services have started to include Canada and Mexico in their plans for text, talk and data. Internet data is also available in the local Starbucks in town. We suggest you tether your phone to your laptop for data use if available.
We provide safety statistics for your leaders and parents to decide for themselves, from an informed position, whether their decision to go is the right one. We also follow an emergency action plan that includes protocol in case of emergencies. Learn more about safety statistics
We provide chapels in english for your groups before and after you go out to minister each day. Motivational speakers are brought in to point us toward deeper relationships with Jesus, to stay focused on why we do what we do! Worship bands wake up our spirits to motivate us to thank the LORD Jesus for who we are in Him. Special moments happen during the week where many stand to dedicate their lives to Jesus. The greatest miracle is to see a changed life, where we are being set free from the bonds that hold us. Remember that the chapel area is a field or amphitheater, so you will need to bring your own form of seating. Ask us what options are available.
Typical Weekly Schedule 7am Breakfast 8am Morning Chapel (in english) 9am Ministry sites (All Day) Lunch break on site 7pm Dinner 8pm Evening Chapel (in english) 9:15pm Team time 10:45pm Lights out 11pm Quiet (Note: Does change depending on the trip.)
We strive to provide an exclusive relationship with a church ministry. We know ministry can go deeper if your relationship continues on from trip to trip. Most of our ministry coordinators are local pastors with many years of ministry experience in Mexicali. They have worked with hundreds of churches and organizations over the years.
Unfortunately we do not have shower facilities for teams during our camps , but many of the ministry sites and churches have generously offered showers to their partner teams. Also, in the city there are businesses that charge from $2 to $3 for showers. We do make accommodations in emergency situations. If this is the case for one of your team members please make a request with the camp leadership. When camps are not in session showers maybe available.
There aren’t enough bathrooms for so many, so we have portable bathrooms like what you’d see at a work site in the states. They are serviced and emptied daily.
We welcome RV and trailers on-site at our facilities. Although we do not have hook-ups. We ask those who have generators to be kind to their neighbors with their exhaust and noise.
Camps range in size from 100 to 1,000 and we provide space for tents and RV's. You are responsible to bring your own tents. Security is provided. We have limited indoor facilities that maybe avalible for custom dates when large camps and not in session.
We provide limited first aid at our facility. Our first aid staff are usually volunteer nurses. The local Red Cross is available and offers very reasonable costs. There are hospitals nearby, too. From Mexicali, the hospital in El Centro, California, is a close choice.