The Team Size
The MMDM traveling team will usually be about 45- 50 healthcare professionals and generalists and Spanish /English translators. All together MMDM mission and Laredo CSS partners total about 75 people during the mission week.
Travel to Laredo
The trip to Laredo begins on Saturday, with mass, instructions and a continental breakfast at St. Laurence Parish. Missionaries load luggage in trailers and board 15 passenger vans for the trip to Laredo approximately a 5 hour trip, including restroom/food breaks. The 2016 Laredo Mission team will travel to Laredo in one group on a luxury bus rather than the passenger vans previously used. Travel is included in your fee if you travel with the group. Otherwise travel is on your own.
Housing in Laredo
We stay as a group at the RAMADA Inn Civic Center which was remodeled in 2012. The Inn has a full dining area plus meeting rooms and a bar. Missionaries stay 2 to a room. Married couples have their own room. The hotel is a 5 minute drive from San Luis Rey one hour drive to Zapata and 30 minute drive to Rio Bravo/El Cenzio.
All meals are included in your Fee. Breakfast buffet and dinner are prepared and served by the Ramada Inn staff. Menus vary but always include a full salad bar at dinner. Lunch is served at all sites. Lunch, snacks, sodas and water are provided by donors at mission sites.
Weather in Laredo in November
The high temperatures in Laredo at this time of year are usually in the 80s with lows in the 50s. There's an average of 20% chance for rain. Weather is not much of a factor at this time of year in Laredo as nearly all work is done in air-conditioned facilities and transportation is in air-conditioned vans.
What to bring with you
Pack light clothing suitable for a mission to folks who are poor. Light shirts, scrubs, pants, light jacket or sweater. Hat, umbrella comfortable shoes. Casual all the way is the mode of dress. Fanny pack for personal items and purse items and cell phones during mission day is a good choice.
MMDM purchases all Rental vehicle insurances and options as well as health insurance for missionaries while on the trip. The cost is included in the fee.
ALSO SEE SECTIONS ELSWHERE ON: Health and Safety Issues for Missionaries, Protection of Your General Health