Food, Water, Lodging, and Utilities
A few tips regarding eating and drinking in Mexico (outside of Casa de la Esperanza):
- Be selective about where you choose to eat. Look for well-established and clean restaurants.
- Gastrointestinal issues are common when adjusting to new foods. Mexican doctors call this turista, and symptoms may include nausea and diarrhea or stomach cramps. These are unlikely to persist more than a day or two but come prepared with the appropriate medications should you need them. This malady has little to do with sanitation, and you may be surprised to find that Mexicans go through similar discomforts when they visit the U.S.
- Bottled drinks are safest. Avoid ice in your drinks if you have any concerns about the water at an establishment.
- Due in part to the elevation, sunburn and dehydration can be an issue. Be sure to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water while here.
- It is always a good idea to bring a well-stocked first aid kit.
If you should have a health or security problem, we will be able to support you with appropriate assistance.
The Larry English Center has been constructed specifically for the purpose of providing a space for groups traveling from the US. (Read the complete Larry English story.) There are separate dorms for men and women. These are heated/cooled and have showers, nice bathrooms, and electricity. The sleeping areas are connected by a commons area and kitchen. In front of the building is a shaded courtyard that serves as an outdoor meeting-activity area.
Casa water comes from deep wells on the property. This water has been tested in the United States and is completely safe to drink.
Visitors are strongly encouraged to take your meals with the children at Casa. This is an important part of the overall experience, and a great venue for building relationships. Feel free to bring supplemental food with you, if desired, but be sure to communicate with the staff if you will not be having a meal(s) in the dining hall. As a common courtesy, we ask that you not eat “treats” in front of the Casa children unless you have enough to share with them.
Water, electricity, and gas are very expensive in Mexico. Part of your payment for lodging helps us offset this cost. Please do your best to conserve as much as possible.
- All Casa electricity is 110 volts
—the same as in the U.S.
- Showers need to be short.
- Turn off all lights when not in use.
Phones, Wi-Fi, and Other Devices
While at Casa, your experience will be greatly enhanced if members of your group conscientiously power down, if not off. As a group, come to a consensus about a policy on these topics prior to arrival. wi-fi is available outside of business hours (after 6 pm) for guests; however, capacity is fairly restricted. Since home congregations and families are always anxious for updates, feel free to communicate as necessary. Be aware that cell phone charges for phone calls, and any data use will be much greater than at home, unless you have made prior arrangements with your carrier. If service in Mexico is desired, arrangements with your phone/data carrier should be made prior to departure.