Do you feel called to serve at-risk kids? This route is for you! Route 3: eSwatini, Ethiopia, Cambodia

Begin to discover your calling in the Kingdom of God

I used to wonder, “What am I going to do with my life?” Can you relate?

Hope Mendola-Wong

I experienced the same tension and longing for something more. While on the World Race, I began to discover more of God’s calling on my life. Today, I have the honor of leading World Race: Gap Year along with my incredible team. Over the past few years, we have led hundreds through this transformational journey to discover what it means to live a life of adventure, meaning, and purpose with God.

The Gap Year Route 3 journey empowers you to:

1. Grow with God

1. Grow with God

Go deeper in your relationship with God and discover how to walk with Him in everyday life - whether overseas or in your hometown.

2. Find Community

2. Find Community

Discover how to be the church, and love each other while living and serving together at the Adventures Bases in eSwatini, and working with our ministry partners in Ethiopia and Cambodia.

3. Make a Difference

3. Make a Difference

Serve children impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in eSwatini. Join our ministry partners and show God’s love to children and the elderly in Ethiopia. Minister to local street kids, teach English and watch God rebuild Cambodia.

Interested in gaining college credit?

Apply now for college credit through Truett McConnell University. You can earn up to nine credits through three courses that reflect Gap Year teachings and core values. Access the application and all the details below.

Full Details
Click the countries for more information
ESWATINI ETHIOPIA CAMBODIA

eSwatini

LOCATION: Nsoko, eSwatini

MINISTRY: Serve eSwatini alongside the Adventures in Missions base.

FOCUS: Children’s Ministry, Community Development, Leadership

Meet the Towns family from Adventures eSwatini!

During the first three months of your journey, you will partner with the Adventures in Missions eSwatini base. The team there is bringing new hope to a country where thousands of children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. At Carepoints around the country, the local eSwatini staff provides the children with food, clean water, education, healthcare, and discipleship. We will equip you to holistically care for these children and teach them about Jesus. Breakaway from modern life as you serve in Nsoko, a place marked by incredible sunsets and the simple pace of African rural life.

Meet the Towns family from Adventures eSwatini!

David and Jenna Towns felt they had a call to Africa on their lives and yet God was directing them to Nepal for a season. On the way to Nepal they spent 7 months in eSwatini and truly fell in love with the community, people, and beauty of the country. As they were realizing the Nepal Base wasn't going to be in their future, God put eSwatini back on their heart and began calling them 'home' to eSwatini. They, along with their two boys Manning and Azariah, have been instrumental in stewarding Gap Year teams in Nsoko, eSwatini. David enjoys sharing through spoken word and Jenna loves working with her hands to create artisan crafts with the Gogos through Timbali Crafts. They have such a heart for drawing creativity out of people and helping them flourish in their identity and calling.

What we do in eSwatini:
The team focuses on fighting poverty in the Kingdom of Eswatini through training the next generation of leaders. Our program leaders focus on personal development and form strategic partnerships to lift communities upward and onward.

Ethiopia

LOCATION: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

MINISTRY: Watch God move during your time with HOPEthiopia.

FOCUS: Children’s Ministry, Elder Care

Serve with HOPEthiopia in Addis Ababa, a ministry that creates safe communities for people at the margins of society. Show God’s love to at-risk children and spend time caring for the often neglected elderly population while you listen to their stories and build relationships. Join this community as agents of change by bringing physical restoration through reforestation projects, and spiritual restoration through the hope of the Gospel. Ethiopia is unlike any other country in Africa. The people maintain a unique cultural identity and welcome you in like family.

Meet our ministry partner, HOPEthiopia!

HOPEthiopia is committed to the restoration of both the people and the land of Ethiopia. This will be accomplished by the implementation of four distinct project initiatives, each working together to produce a hopeful nation.

Watch HopeEthiopia's video

Cambodia

LOCATION: Cambodia

MINISTRY: Network of Local Ministry Partners throughout Cambodia

FOCUS: Community Outreach

Meet the Bobbs from our Adventures Cambodia base!

Join our partners as they minister to local street kids, teach English, and share the hope of the Gospel with local families. Even after a devastating genocide wiped out a generation, the Cambodian people are rebuilding with a resilient outlook and a generous heart. Watch God rebuild this country as He continues to build your faith. From the modern city of Siem Reap to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, the Kingdom of Cambodia intrigues and inspires.

Meet the Bobbs from our Adventures Cambodia base!

While you’re in Cambodia, you will get to know Shannon and Vikki Bobb, and their daughter Zoe. The Bobbs spent many years serving in Cambodia before joining our base and we are so excited for what God has in store! Check out their blog and meet their family.

Route Description

DURATION 9 Months
AGE RANGE 18-20
FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENT $15,800 How does fundraising work?
APPLICATION DEADLINE May 6th, 2020
TRAINING CAMP July 8-19, 2020
TRIP DATES 9/1/2020 - 5/31/2021
Countries eSwatini, Ethiopia, Cambodia
From eSwatini to Ethiopia, and then to Cambodia, you will have incredible opportunities to share God’s love with children all over the world.

Process

Step 1: Apply

You’ll create a profile and complete a questionnaire application and then schedule a phone interview with our team so we can get to know you better. After that, we’ll let you know when you’ve been accepted! (A $200 deposit will confirm your spot.)

Step 2: Fundraise

Once you’ve confirmed your spot, we will pair you with an Admissions Advisor who will help you with planning, fundraising ideas, and all the logistical information you need to prepare.

Step 3: Train

Four-six weeks before your Race begins, you will spend 10 days at our campus in Georgia. This time will include missional and cultural training, discipleship, worship, and bonding with your teammates before you leave.

Step 4: Launch

After several days of additional training in Atlanta, you will fly out together as a squad and begin your ministry on the World Race.

How We Support You

Discipleship

Discipleship

A large part of this journey is growing in your walk with Christ. We desire to model the way Jesus discipled his followers. Mentors, coaches, and fellow Racers will disciple you, while you serve, love, and disciple others.

Training

Training

Six to eight weeks before your launch date, you’ll attend a 10-day intensive training at our headquarters here in North Georgia.

Community

Community

You’ll get to experience raw Christian community as you travel, serve, and encourage each other. Once you officially join the Race, you will be invited to a private Facebook group to begin getting to know your squad.

Fundraising

Fundraising

We’ll provide coaching, video tutorials, scripts, and ideas for fundraising plus a free fundraising course and a blog so you can tell your story and accept donations. We also have structured deadlines to help you reach your goal.

Risk Management

Risk Management

Our commitment to risk management includes internal and external teams who constantly monitor and manage risk and create contingency plans as needed.

Parent Connect

Parent Connect

Our amazing Parent Ministry provides resources and communication so your parents feel supported and informed while you’re on the field.