Paradise Bound Ministries, Inc., a Michigan nonprofit corporation, and Asociacion Mision Paraiso, a Guatemalan legal entity, are Christian organizations dedicated to ministering around the world (“the Organizations”) and rely on the involvement of volunteer participants to fulfill this mission. In pursuit of the Organizations’ missional work, volunteer participants may travel domestically or internationally, including to and from Guatemala, to provide food, homes, and medical care and engage in activities related thereto (the “Activities”). Before participating in any of these Activities at any location, each volunteer participant must review and sign this Participation Agreement.
In consideration for the opportunity to participate in Activities, the undersigned (“Participant”), hereby agrees to the terms and conditions of this Participation Agreement as follows:
Waiver and Assumption of Risk.
By signing below, I acknowledge and agree to the assumption of liability, waiver, release, and indemnification of the Organizations and their directors, officers, employees, contractors, volunteers, agents, and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) as more fully described below.
By signing below, I acknowledge and agree that the Activities may be dangerous and participating in the Activities involves risk of various types of injury or illness, including (but not limited to) physical, mental, or emotional injury or illness, property or financial damage, or even death, any of which may arise from the negligence of the Released Parties.
By signing below, I acknowledge and agree that I am assuming such risk of injury, illness, damage, or death.
By signing below, I acknowledge and agree that I am financial responsibility for any such injury, illness, damage, or death sustained by me or my child, as applicable, during participation in the Activities, including (but not limited to) medical expenses incurred in diagnosing and treating any injury or illness, and I will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Released Parties from financial responsibility for any such injury, illness, damage, or death, even if arising from the negligence of the Released Parties.
By signing below, I freely and knowingly waive all claims, causes of actions, demands, liabilities, and expenses of every kind and nature (including attorney’s fees and costs) against the Released Parties that I or my heirs, successors, assigns, and next of kin may have now or in the future arising from my participation in the Activities.
By signing below, I acknowledge that the Organizations, their directors, officers, employees, contractors, volunteers, agents, and representatives may photograph, audiotape, and/or videotape volunteer participants during their participation in the Activities. I authorize all such photographs, audiotapes, and videotapes and grant the Organizations the royalty-free right to use all photographic images and audio and/or video recordings, and any reproductions thereof, in any of the Organizations communications and/or promotional materials related to activities sponsored by the Organizations.
By signing below, I authorize the Organizations’ personnel accompanying the Participant, whether a director, officer, employee, contractor, volunteer, agent, or representative, to arrange for, and consent to, any medical treatment recommended by the Participant’s attending physician if the Participant is unable to make his or her own decisions regarding medical care at that time.
By signing below, I acknowledge and agree that either Organization may terminate a Participant’s participation in the Activities at any time, without cost or expense to either Organization, if any of the Participant’s behavior, language, or actions is offensive or detrimental to the Organizations’ ministry or anyone involved in that ministry.
By signing below, the parties to this Participation Agreement acknowledge and agree as follows:
If any provision in this Participation Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, it shall be ineffective only to the extent of such invalidity, without affecting or impairing the validity and enforceability of the remainder of such provision or the other provisions of this Participation Agreement.
If a dispute over this Participation Agreement or any claim for damages arises against the Released Parties, parties to this Participation Agreement will engage in nonbinding mediation to resolve such dispute or claim.
Neither Organization is responsible for any cancellation, errors, or omissions by the parties supplying travel services for the Activities, nor are either of the Organizations responsible for unforeseen conditions in the location where the Activities may take place.
The execution of this Participation Agreement by the Organization(s) will not constitute a waiver by the Released Parties of any defense of recognized by any courts of law.
This Participation Agreement represents the complete agreement between the parties regarding the subject matter addressed herein, and no term, condition, or agreement has been agreed by the parties except as set forth herein.
This Participation Agreement is governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan, without giving effect to conflict of law principles. The parties hereto consent to the jurisdiction of Michigan state and federal courts, with the venue for any action or dispute arising from this Participation Agreement shall be in Ottawa County, Michigan.
This Participation Agreement shall be binding on the parties hereto, their heirs, successors, personal representatives, or assigns.
The parties have executed this Agreement effective as of the date this Participation Agreement is signed by the Participant and/or the Parent/Guardian of the Participant.
Paradise Bound Ministries began its work in Guatemala in 1997, immediately implementing programs to provide food, homes, and medical care. Recognizing our dual calling of 100% to the Guatemalan people and 100% to the team members and supporters serving alongside us, we exalt the name of Jesus Christ and challenge our constituents into a deep personal relationship with HIM.