Sep 2017 — May 2018

Romania South Asia

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime.
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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
Elder
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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!
Kacie Tillman
Squad Mentor
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Karen Harrison
Coach
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Tim is a pastor of Grace 242, a new church in Mequon, WI. He grew up in upstate NY and moved to Florida before high school. Tim met Jesus through a ministry called Young Life. He met his wife Karen, married in 1985 while working with Young Life, and they have been in some sort of partnership in ministry ever since. Tim served in ministry in Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Amarillo, NJ, Spokane and Wisconsin. His only child Noah is on Gap year Squad D. Tim loves to fish, ski and travel. He also plays guitar and loves all kinds of music. Karen is a pastor of discipleship at Grace 242 here she serves with her husband Tim. She grew up in Florida and graduated from Florida State. While in college Karen was a part of the FSU Circus where she flew on the Trapeze and did an act called Skypole. After college, Karen came to faith in Jesus and felt called to ministry. Since then, Karen are been a part of Young Life and Ministry either as a Youth Director or Pastor. Her only child, Noah is a part of Gap Year ȹƑƉ Squad D. Karen loves the beach, mountains, hiking, hammocking, hanging out in coffee shops, listening to music, reading and running.
Tim Harrison
Coach
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Tim is a pastor of Grace 242, a new church in Mequon, WI. He grew up in upstate NY and moved to Florida before high school. Tim met Jesus through a ministry called Young Life. He met his wife Karen, married in 1985 while working with Young Life, and they have been in some sort of partnership in ministry ever since. Tim served in ministry in Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Amarillo, NJ, Spokane and Wisconsin. His only child Noah is on Gap year Squad D. Tim loves to fish, ski and travel. He also plays guitar and loves all kinds of music. Karen is a pastor of discipleship at Grace 242 here she serves with her husband Tim. She grew up in Florida and graduated from Florida State. While in college Karen was a part of the FSU Circus where she flew on the Trapeze and did an act called Skypole. After college, Karen came to faith in Jesus and felt called to ministry. Since then, Karen are been a part of Young Life and Ministry either as a Youth Director or Pastor. Her only child, Noah is a part of Gap Year ȹƑƉ Squad D. Karen loves the beach, mountains, hiking, hammocking, hanging out in coffee shops, listening to music, reading and running.
Amie Beadling
Alum Squad Leader
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Emily Bjerstedt
Alum Squad Leader
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Kirsten Kuhn
Alum Squad Leader
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Mason Alpert
Alum Squad Leader
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Sara MacIntosh
Alum Squad Leader
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Where They Went - What They Did

Europe

Romania

Europe
Romania

Romania

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Europe

Ukraine

Europe
Ukraine

Ukraine

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South America

Chile

South America
Chile

Chile

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South America

Peru

South America
Peru

Peru

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Asia

South Asia

Asia
South Asia

South Asia

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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
Lexi Ballard
Lexi Ballard
Oshkosh, WI
Amelia Coco
Amelia Coco
Lafayette, LA
Cheree Isbell
Cheree Isbell
Fayetteville, TN
Claire Jones
Claire Jones
Lexington, KY
Tori Roman
Tori Roman
Wheaton, IL
Elise SAPPINGTON
Elise SAPPINGTON
Leeds, AL
Alec Dubree
Alec Dubree
Wichita, KS
Joel Larson
Joel Larson
Castle Rock, CO
Melanie Lender
Melanie Lender
Champlin, MN
Sam Nevin
Sam Nevin
Cincinnati, OH
Carly Owen
Carly Owen
Houston, Texas
Jenna Rose White
Jenna Rose White
Birmingham, AL
Christiana Cole
Christiana Cole
Hastings, NE
Emma Colon
Emma Colon
Superior, CO
Abby Elgard
Abby Elgard
Champlin, MN
Abby Moore
Abby Moore
Franklin, TN
Gabby Moran
Gabby Moran
Statesville, NC
Sara Roberts
Sara Roberts
Downingtown, PA
Bernadette Beacham
Bernadette Beacham
Fairfield, OH
Elizabeth Friend
Elizabeth Friend
Princeton, MN
Brooklyn Helmuth
Brooklyn Helmuth
Monticello, IL
Chessie Jackson
Chessie Jackson
New Orleans, LA
Camryn McKinnon
Camryn McKinnon
Williamsville , NY
Morgan Yarbrough
Morgan Yarbrough
Boerne, TX
Colby Field
Colby Field
Moneta, VIRGINIA
Kyleigh Holcomb
Kyleigh Holcomb
Oklahoma City, OK
Justus Hyde
Justus Hyde
Katy, TX
Kaitie Meeks
Kaitie Meeks
Lynchburg, VA
Jacob Pourroy
Jacob Pourroy
Lakeland, FL
Connor Quick
Connor Quick
menasha, wi
Haley Walker
Haley Walker
warner robins, GA
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