After an unforgettable travel experience by Stellar Travel’s clients in Argentina, hearts were warmed from Asochingua, a small village outside of Cordoba, Argentina, to Medina, Washington.

While planning their custom-designed 2009 Holiday trip to Argentina, Gary and Darcy Hollie of Medina, Washington asked their advisor Rita Goldman to assist them in researching volunteer opportunities in the communities on their itinerary. Suggestions were made about helping disadvantaged children, since the Hollies were traveling with their two teenagers.

Their 13-day itinerary was designed by Rita and Ladatco Tours, a Stellar Travel and South American travel partner. Rita’s inquiries through Ladatco President Michele Shelburne led to the El Colibri Estancia Hotel in Cordoba, and she was further referred to La Casa De Dios, a local home for orphaned and developmentally challenged young men. After learning that the boys are crazy about football (soccer) and Argentina teams, the Hollie family and Ladatco coordinated to purchase soccer jerseys as Christmas gifts.


The Hollie family also packed boxes of Christmas candy, soccer balls, footballs and Frisbees for the boys. The gifts were personally delivered by the Hollie family and a representative from El Colibri Estancia Hotel on Christmas Eve Day. Darcy Hollie described pure joy all around as the boys opened the large box of jerseys and happily searched for their favorite team.

Further, the La Casa De Dios facility showed signs of disrepair and financial need. The Hollies have since partnered with the owners of El Colibri Estancia Hotel, Raoul and Stephanie Fenestraz, to manage their materials donation for the roof replacement project.

The El Colibri Estancia Hotel has decided to include La Casa De Dios for special attention and projects from future travelers and guests of their hotel. The Hollie family said “we think of this visit as one of our most memorable and special travel experiences and feel lucky to have met these wonderful young men and their caretakers.”

For more information about this and other travel to Argentina, contact Rita Goldman, CTC, Travel Advisor, Stellar Travel at 425.747.1900 –


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