TRAVEL ABROAD WITH GIRLS SOCCER WORLDWIDE™

Leading with Empathy Experience

PARAGUAY TRIP

November 18-26, 2022

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The challenges we face internationally are different than those domestically. The goal is the same, Empowering the Next generation of Female Leaders to rise up and make a difference in their own communities, but how we get there is through a different lens.

OUR world of over used technology, over scheduled activities, and unrealistic expectations of our youth... communication, confidence, and character are being lost. The skills needed to compliment this evolution need to be a part of their daily life and all play a role in our Leadership Academy, Leading with Empathy™.




INVEST

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your time here on earth."


"Service to others is the rent you
pay for your time here on earth."


-Muhammad Ali

As you immerse yourself in a new community over 6000 miles away for the week, you will meet girls who are just like YOU. They want the same things, they (in their own way) say the same things, and you will see authenticity in every connection. You will experience genuine appreciation and you will admire all those you meet. You will discover the girls of Coronel Bogado will give before they expect to receive.

You will work side by side with our Paraguayan Ambassador team to work in the community, learn about the Paraguayan culture, and pour into our girls empowering girls movement.  



You will want to slow down. 
You will want to be present. 
You will want to embrace each moment. 

During our travel, you will also walk alongside and work closely with our Trailblazers: women who were once Student Athletes. They've been there, done that, and are ready to talk about it! Traveling from various areas of the US, they will lead our mentorship program abroad, creating an experience that will only enhance your time away.  

From sharing the love of soccer, teaching English and delivering backpacks in our rural communities, to immersing ourselves in the day to day life of our Paraguayan families...the gift gained is empathy.


SOUTH AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Payment plans available.
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 $3000








TRIP EXPERIENCE

WHAT's INCLUDED







9 day travel abroad experience to South America
Airfare from SFO to Paraguay
All transportation and lodging required during our trip
All meals outside of airport travel: breakfast, lunch, & dinner, water, snacks
All activities throughout our trip
Ambassador workshops led by our Trailblazers (exclusive to travel)
Trip specific apparel
Mid week Laundry Service
General travel insurance
All required COVID Testing in Paraguay

All travelers are responsible for obtaining a passport, airport meals, souvenirs, + PCR covid testing prior to SFO boarding.




9 day travel abroad experience to South America
Airfare from SFO to Paraguay
All transportation and lodging in Paraguay
All meals outside of airport travel:
breakfast, lunch, & dinner, water, snacks
All activities throughout our trip
Ambassador workshops led by our Trailblazers (exclusive to travel)
Trip specific apparel
Mid week Laundry Service
General travel insurance
All required COVID Testing in Paraguay

All travelers are responsible for:
obtaining a passport, airport meals, souvenirs,
+ PCR covid testing prior to SFO boarding.



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Yes. International travel is open to Girls Soccer Worldwide™ Ambassadors only. Being a part of our Leadership Program is required to travel abroad and participate in our international programs. Travel is open to 15-18 year old Ambassadors. 












DO I NEED TO BE AN AMBASSADOR TO TRAVEL WITH GSW?

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IMPORTANT NOTE TO CONSIDER:

Yes, Covid-19 Vaccinations will be required.
We will be traveling to a small rural community who has very little to no medical resources. Because of this, several Paraguay communities request proof of vaccine, regardless of what is expected to enter the country.

The safety of our team and the families we will be visiting is our #1 priority and we will also taking precautions to ensure those around us stay healthy.  

It is required to have a two-dose vaccination and in the case of one-dose vaccination schedule, the booster shot is also required. In addition, all travelers are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours of departure. We recommend to lay low for the week prior to travel to ensure you are not exposed. We will also be testing frequently throughout the trip to ensure safety for our team and for the communities we are visiting. 

Please note: We may be required to request additional vaccines if the Paraguayan Government requires them to enter the country at the time of travel.
















ARE COVID-19 VACCINATIONS REQUIRED TO TRAVEL?

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No. However, we recommend seeking advice from your family doctor.   Here is a link with more information.

DO WE NEED ADDITIONAL VACCINATIONS TO TRAVEL TO PARAGUAY?

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IMPORTANT NOTE TO CONSIDER:
We will be traveling to a small rural community who has very little to no medical resources and the safety for our team and the families we will be visiting is our #1 priority. We will be taking all precautions to ensure our entire team and those around us stay healthy. 

We will be requiring our team to wear masks during air travel to ensure as much protection as possible prior to us landing in Paraguay.  The last thing any of us will want is to be exposed after taking all the precautions possible to get on that plane and then be quarantined to only miss out on the experience.   Once we are in Paraguay and traveling in our own charter bus, we will be able to remove our masks.

During our private time together, we will not be required to wear masks.  Most community activities will be outside and at anytime we are required to be inside due to weather, we will make decisions based on immediate needs at that time.

With that said, we will be following all guidelines set by the community we will be visiting.  




ARE MASKS REQUIRED TO BE WORN DURING THE TRIP?

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We'll start by saying our Co-Founders are Christians, however, our organization is all inclusive for those who believe in our movement. They never want any girl to feel as if they can not participate due to personal beliefs and miss out on an incredible experience that is life changing. We do pray together throughout the trip and at no time is anyone expected to participate.  




IS THE GSW TRAVEL EXPERIENCE A MISSION TRIP?

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Unfortunately, this answer is no.  Traveling with minors to our destination, it is our priority to stay together as a group to ensure we are where we need to be when we need to be there. There are multiple stops along the way (ie: 6 hour bus ride from Asuncion airport) and not having control over unexpected delays, it is too much of a risk for your daughter and us as a group.   

CAN I USE FREQUENT FLYER MILES TO PAY FOR MY AIRFARE?

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GREAT IDEA!

There are several ways to raise money and we would love to help you get started. 

Idea to get you started NOW:  
Most effective impact is a personal handwritten letter sharing your why, what you will gain, a little about the girls you will be helping throughout our trip experience and and your passion for GSW! We are happy to help you create a script and materials to send to friends and family.

It can also be a tax deduction for someone gifting, however, that is a conversation for their tax expert.

HOW CAN I RAISE MONEY TO TRAVEL?

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We haven’t encountered any water or food concerns during our prior travel. On some occasions, due to an introduction of new foods and long travel days, some travelers may experience digestion issues during the week. However, this is not due to safety concerns with food. 

We strongly suggest doing your research that are more specific to any concerns you might have for your dietary needs. We work closely with a wonderful woman in the community who cooks all of our meals so our lunch and dinners are are all homemade. (and made with love!).

With that said, please know we still have limited ability to accommodate for rare allergies, but can adjust meals for those who do not eat meat.  

ARE THERE ANY FOOD AND WATER SAFETY CONCERNS IN PARAGUAY?

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It is not required, however, it will definitely help to make your trip more enjoyable and allow you to engage into the Paraguayan culture on a deeper level.  The expectation when we travel is to be open to communicating as best you can and make every effort to immerse yourself in the culture.  You will only be cheating yourself and those around you of an incredible experience. 

DO I NEED TO SPEAK SPANISH TO TRAVEL TO PARAGUAY?

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It always important to be aware of your surroundings anytime you travel especially any areas where you will be crossing international borders.  During our trips to Paraguay, we fly to Asuncion from the Panama City airport and there is no need to cross the border on land.  During our travel to Paraguay, we haven’t experienced any safety concerns as a group or individually.  We have a team in Coronel Bogado who assist us throughout our trip stay.  We hire a charter bus that takes us from the Asuncion airport to our small community 6 hours away so we are able to travel as a group alone.  The location we travel to is an incredible location and we are well respected while we are on our trip.

HOW SAFE IS IT TRAVELING TO PARAGUAY? 

PRIOR TRIPS VIDEOS

Paraguay 2018

Paraguay 2017

Paraguay 2016

In November of 2018, we travelled for 9 days by air + bus for 60 combined hours to 3 small rural towns in Paraguay. Why? Because we believe all girls should be able to dream big!  We choose to show up and be a voice for girls who need us to be until they can be their own. From partnering with our 2018 Kicking it for Education™recipient in Antequera, San Luis Gonzaga 750 School, playing in the FIRST EVER Female soccer tournament in Coronel Bogado, Paraguay, to San Cosme y Damian where we supported girls who are at the beginning of their journey as Female Student Athletes. Take a ride with us and explore our journey in 2018.  





Our first follow up trip as a team!  Working with the community of of Coronel Bogado, Paraguay has been an absolute joy. Life changing for not only them but for us, as well. After days spent in this small town, we begin to look at life with a different set of eyes then when we landed. We return home wanting to live with stronger purpose, simplify life knowing many of the things we worry about home, are irrelevant. For most, we are no longer moved by the same things. We are grateful for our time and friendships gained as we continue to working with the families in Coronel Bogado. 

November of 2016 was our first experience as a group, we arrived with open hearts, not knowing what to expect and left 5 days later knowing our lives were forever changed. We started as a small group who supported a vision and came home to knowing we needed to do more.  After 11 days, 80 hours of actual travel, and lives forever changed, we were back home and knew this was only the beginning for what was ahead. The experiences gained were irreplaceable and became our inspiration, our voice for those that needed us to be.  





Allison
2018 GSW Ambassador 

Ashley
 2018 Ambassador

Kira
2016-2018 Ambassador

GSWW has given me countless new friends, a new mindset, I guess I cannot fail to mention the stomach aches from all the laughter, but most importantly, GSWW has given me the opportunity to see the world beyond the bubble that many of us find comfort in.  As a team our goal was to inspire the young girls and fight against the struggle for women’s equality. Throughout our time there we strived to empower the girls through sayings like “Yo puedo hacerlo” which translates to “I can do it”. While it may be small, the results spoke for themselves. The body language of the girls before and after practice changed immensely, it was almost as if they have grown a couple inches taller. The girls seemed more comfortable to voice their opinions and they loved being able to play soccer on a field previously dominated by males. Above all, it seemed as is the girls felt they had a sense of belonging. The young girls of Coronel Bogado were so incredibly excited when they saw that we have shown up for practice, they were taken away at the fact that we had came all this way to see them. I was astonished by the pure joy that came from our presence.

Girls Soccer Worldwide was and eye opening experience that forever changed my life. For me it made me realize that our lives are just bubbles waiting to get popped so we can embrace the outside. When on the trip you let go of everything that makes our lives confined. Social media, our phones, our troubles back home, just everything. When I was there I could just let all of that go and bond with my peers and all the people that lived there. It was amazing to empower the young girls that have a love and passion for soccer. Even with a language barrier I managed to make connections with people I will never forget. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that i’m glad I was able to be so lucky to be apart of. 

I have attended the GSW Paraguay trip for 3 consecutive years, and every year I learn something different, impacting me in a different way. The people in Colonel Bogado truly appreciate the life skills we help them with, and they take what we teach them and implement it in their lives. I personally think that I have evolved as a person because of this experience. I realized how lucky I am to be able to have running water, school supplies, a house, and even being able to attend school. Something that I have truly taken for granted when these girls have no other options than to stay home and help their mothers with house work. It made me more self aware and grateful for everything I have. This trip isn’t really just about soccer, it’s about connecting with people. I honestly think those girls taught me more than I could have ever learned at school or from any other trip. This amazing journey allows you to create life long bonds with people from all the way around the world, and even to this day I stay in contact with some of them. I would not trade going on this trip for anything and I can’t wait to hopefully go again! 

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