Awareness Trips to Mérida, Mexico

Get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

On your trip to Mérida, Mexico, you will be welcomed by the local staff who will be your hosts for the week. You will visit the homes and communities of sponsored friends and learn about their joys and challenges while experiencing the beauty of the Mexican people.


This covers food, lodging and most in-country transportation.
Airfare is not included.

What you’ll do

Day 1
Arrive in Mérida. Local Unbound staff will welcome you at the airport.
Day 2
Meet your sponsored friends! You will share a day together at a local park or country estate.
Days 3-4
You will see first-hand what the families receive thanks to your sponsorship. Visiting a community each day, you will meet children, elderly and scholarship students and visit family homes. This region produces citrus fruits and hammocks. The scholarship students typically prepare an activity for the group and highlight their activities throughout the year.
Days 5-7
Travel to rural communities and learn how Unbound is empowering families, particularly mothers, to become self-sustaining. Tour ancient Mayan ruins, a nature preserve or go to the beach and shop for souvenirs!
Day 8
Return home.
Please note that this is a sample itinerary. A detailed schedule and additional information will be sent one to two weeks prior to departure in the pre-departure packet. Unbound will make every effort to offer the opportunity to attend Mass on Sundays.
What you'll do in Mérida

What we provide:

  • In-country ground transportation
  • Lodging and meals/bottled water
  • Interpreters
  • The opportunity to meet your sponsored friend
  • Transportation costs for your sponsored friend, chaperone and local staff
  • Planned group activities
  • Memories that will last a lifetime

Select a trip date

Click on the dates you’d like to travel and download the registration packet to get started.
Space is limited! We recommend applying as soon as possible. Registration will close one month prior to departure.

If you still wish to apply after this date, contact a trip coordinator regarding availability.

  • Oct. 12-19, 2019 Waiting list only

    To join the waiting list, download the registration packet. Each traveler should submit the completed application and travel agreement. Please do not send the $100 deposit payment.

    Download the Mérida 2019 trip information and everything you need to register.

    If you are traveling with a minor (age 6-17), download the registration packet for minors.


Note: Please contact a trip coordinator if you are interested in meeting your sponsored friend who is served by a Mérida subproject that starts with the letter “G”. Those subprojects are very distant from Mérida. These visits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Complete & submit packet in one of these ways:

Print, fill out and mail forms to:
Attn: Trip Coordinator
1 Elmwood Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66103-9816

Print, fill out, scan and email forms to [email protected]

Complete electronically and email forms to [email protected].

To fill out electronically, open the PDF in Adobe Reader 8.0 or newer and save forms once completed. NOTE: Filling out forms in a web browser will NOT save your changes.

Be sure to include your non-refundable deposit of $100 per person.
If emailing, a trip coordinator will contact you for payment.

Sponsor a child for $36 a month


Learn more about our trips:
Frequently asked questions

Pay your child sponsorship amount online

Earn a free trip

Learn about the
Global Points program

Send your sponsored child a photo or eLetter

Contact us

Trip Coordinator

[email protected]