Sep 2017 — May 2018

Cambodia Ethiopia

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime.
Route Completed
5 countries

Route Guides

Hope Mendola
Program Exec
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I thought I was a Christian, but when I was 19 my view of everything (Jesus, the Bible, Church, Christianity) came tumbling down. I found myself angry and confused as I questioned what I had been told all my life. Little did I know I was on the path to making my faith my own. I spent the next few years figuring out who God was and what I believed. By the time I was 21, I decided Jesus was the answer. Since then, God has taken me from the slums of India to the mountains of Africa. He's transformed my heart, strengthened my faith, and given me purpose beyond myself. My story has given me a passion for the next generation because I know firsthand how influential those first few years out of high school are. I can't wait for you to join us on this journey!
Hope Mendola
E4 Leader
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I thought I was a Christian, but when I was 19 my view of everything (Jesus, the Bible, Church, Christianity) came tumbling down. I found myself angry and confused as I questioned what I had been told all my life. Little did I know I was on the path to making my faith my own. I spent the next few years figuring out who God was and what I believed. By the time I was 21, I decided Jesus was the answer. Since then, God has taken me from the slums of India to the mountains of Africa. He's transformed my heart, strengthened my faith, and given me purpose beyond myself. My story has given me a passion for the next generation because I know firsthand how influential those first few years out of high school are. I can't wait for you to join us on this journey!
Jodi Owens
Squad Mentor
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I grew up always knowing who Jesus was. My Grandmother made sure of that. I knew I wanted to live for Jesus and made the decision to follow Him when I was 8 years old. Once I was in my later teenage years, through a series of life events and my own selfishness, I stepped away from following Jesus to pursue what the world had to offer. When I was 20 years old, I realized I was miserable. I wanted more from life and I knew there had to be a source of real, pure joy somewhere rather than chasing what felt ȦĨŒgoodȦĨœ in the moment. I turned to Jesus and everything changed. I made the decision to commit my whole life to Him. I worked at a church in their youth/college ministry for about 5 years. I loved it a ton and thatȦĨœs where God grew my heart for the generation below mine. Rounding out my time there, I knew in my heart I was called to go and do more but I wasnȦĨœt sure how. I found out about the World Race from a friend, decided to take the chance and launched in January of 2016. I was absolutely blown away! The journey was hard but it was also so beautiful. Never did I imagine that I could grow so much in my relationship with Jesus while having the opportunity to serve Him outside of America. Because of my own journey, God has given me a passion for leading this next generation to Him. I am passionate about seeing young people know Jesus and choose to follow Him forever. My heart is to help teach this next generation how to get outside of themselves and choose life in the Kingdom of God.
Eileen Fires
Coach
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Rich and Eileen Fires have been married 23 years and have 3 sons: Caleb (21) studies at Penn State: Zach (20) was a Gap year Racer and currently studies at Northampton Community College: Stu (20) studies at Rochester Institute of Technology. We also have 3 "bonus" kids (20,21, and 24) living with us...we love our large family! Rich is a VP of HR at a pharmaceutical company and Eileen has been a stay at home mom; she was also the Executive Director of a faith based counseling center for 4 years but recently resigned to be a coach full time. We have been actively engaged in ministry since before we were married and love living life on life with those around us.
Richard Fires
Coach
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Rich and Eileen Fires have been married 23 years and have 3 sons: Caleb (21) studies at Penn State: Zach (20) was a Gap year Racer and currently studies at Northampton Community College: Stu (20) studies at Rochester Institute of Technology. We also have 3 "bonus" kids (20,21, and 24) living with us...we love our large family! Rich is a VP of HR at a pharmaceutical company and Eileen has been a stay at home mom; she was also the Executive Director of a faith based counseling center for 4 years but recently resigned to be a coach full time. We have been actively engaged in ministry since before we were married and love living life on life with those around us.
Andrea Perez
Alum Squad Leader
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Daniel Sprando
Alum Squad Leader
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Esther Houser
Alum Squad Leader
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Lauren Massey
Squad Logistics
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Where They Went - What They Did

Asia

Cambodia

Asia
Cambodia

Cambodia

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Asia

Thailand

Asia
Thailand

Thailand

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Central America

Honduras

Central America
Honduras

Honduras

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Central America

Guatemala

Central America
Guatemala

Guatemala

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Africa

Ethiopia

Africa
Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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*Routes may change if unforeseen issues arise.

Squad

Squad is the term we use at the World Race to describe the 30-45 people traveling with you on your route this year!

Squad
Alex Brown
Alex Brown
Jackson, AL
Gracie Davis
Gracie Davis
Katy, TX
Ryan Hennessy
Ryan Hennessy
lancaster, Pennsylvania
Noah James
Noah James
Spokane, WA
Spencer Marks
Spencer Marks
Lakeville, MN
Joe Nine
Joe Nine
Veedersburg, IN
Abigail Converse
Abigail Converse
Calhoun, GA
Leah Dailey
Leah Dailey
Cedar Falls, IA
Kayli Harshbarger
Kayli Harshbarger
Woodbridge, VA
Maggie Hawbaker
Maggie Hawbaker
Hancock, MD
Laura Joplin
Laura Joplin
Branson, MO
Sammie Leyse
Sammie Leyse
Jarabacoa, La Vega
Becca Meekhof
Becca Meekhof
Spokane, WA
Liz Puersten
Liz Puersten
Mississauga, ON
Christiaan Burke
Christiaan Burke
Colorado Springs, CO
Ryan Duart
Ryan Duart
Seminole, FL
Abby Heskett
Abby Heskett
Ballwin, MO
Jonny Mocek
Jonny Mocek
Roland, AR
MiKayla Olson
MiKayla Olson
Sauk Centre, MN
Leah Stugan
Leah Stugan
Mesa, AZ
Abby Evaniuk
Abby Evaniuk
West Milton, OH
Iris Howell
Iris Howell
Waynesville, NC
Caroline Johnson
Caroline Johnson
Atlanta, GA
Marissa Martinez
Marissa Martinez
Fishers, IN
Kate Remsburger
Kate Remsburger
Staatsburg, NY
Michelle Wright
Michelle Wright
Clarksburg, ON
Julia Barker
Julia Barker
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Emry Brandenburger
Emry Brandenburger
New Braunfels, Texas
Drew  Doyle
Drew Doyle
Cicero, Indiana
Lexi Grisanti
Lexi Grisanti
germantown, TN
Sarah McClure
Sarah McClure
Meridian, Idaho
Taley Smith
Taley Smith
Arvada, Colorado
Ashley Starks
Ashley Starks
minot, NORTH DAKOTA
Tennessee Applegate
Tennessee Applegate
Johnston, IA
Grace Gladney
Grace Gladney
Perrysburg, OH
Kate Hogan
Kate Hogan
North Olmsted, Ohio
Ashley Levesque
Ashley Levesque
Windham , Maine
Bekah Monroe
Bekah Monroe
Holland, Mi
Hannah Simpson
Hannah Simpson
Blairstown, NJ

Stories From the Field

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