Sep 2019 — May 2020

Costa Rica Eswatini

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime.
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3 countries

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Hope Mendola-Wong
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.
Aimee Dias
Squad Logistics
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Jennifer Feicht
Squad Leader
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Jordan Harrington
Squad Leader
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Where They Went - What They Did

Central America

Costa Rica

Central America
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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First, your Gap Year journey will take you to the peaceful paradise of Costa Rica – where you’ll quickly grow to love the slow, “pura vida” lifestyle. The main focus of ministry for Racers will be partnering with local churches to share the Gospel with rural communities, especially in impoverished border towns. Some Racers even get the opportunity to grab surfboards, head to the sandy beaches, and minister to the surfer community while leading camps for kids on the beach.

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Asia

Cambodia

Asia
Cambodia

Cambodia

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Next your Gap Year journey will take you to Cambodia. Here you will find delicious food, open air markets and bustling streets. Cambodia is still struggling to heal from a dark and crippling genocide in the 1970s and is currently faced with a large amount of poverty and human trafficking. A lot of ministry this month will focus on investing in youth. You’ll likely spend your month reaching children through teaching English and the Bible. English is critical for the younger generations to find sustainable jobs to move forward.

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Africa

Eswatini

Africa
Eswatini

Eswatini

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Your final stop is in the small but incredible nation of Swaziland (its name was recently changed to eSwatini). Swaziland has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world and as a result 1,000 of children have been left without parents. We have had a long-standing presence in Swaziland and have built a base there run by local and international staff. We partner with Children’s Hope Chest to operate a large system of care points serving local orphaned and underserved children.

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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
Brooklyn Dahmer
Brooklyn Dahmer
Greenwood, South Carolina
Kayla Dozier
Kayla Dozier
Dothan, AL
Syd Jacobsen
Syd Jacobsen
Wilsonville, OR
Susan Jones
Susan Jones
Garner, NC
Jane Kantarevic
Jane Kantarevic
Fenton, MO
Amelia Oberg
Amelia Oberg
Kennesaw, GA
Angela Bilter
Angela Bilter
Alexander, North Carolina
Kinze Campbell
Kinze Campbell
Burnet, TX
Cassi Davis
Cassi Davis
portland, OR
Kendel Fenton
Kendel Fenton
Highland Village, TX
Gemma Folsom
Gemma Folsom
Austin, TX
Maddy Riser
Maddy Riser
Annapolis, MD
Nathan Chandler
Nathan Chandler
Knoxville, Tennessee
Nathanael Enos
Nathanael Enos
colorado springs, CO
Brandon Munoz
Brandon Munoz
Rockport, TX
Justin Seibert
Justin Seibert
Tucson, AZ
Amanda Baltodano
Amanda Baltodano
Chandler, AZ
louisa Currie
louisa Currie
Arlington, VA
Brittney Dean
Brittney Dean
Graham, NC
Kimberlyn Porter
Kimberlyn Porter
Valparaiso, FL
Nicole Stepp
Nicole Stepp
Linden, Va
Madison Taylor
Madison Taylor
New Braunfels, TX
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