Sep 2019 — May 2020

South Africa Cambodia

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime.
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3 countries

Route Guides

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!
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.
Eric Stoker
Coach
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Eric and Melissa Stoker have been married for 24 years and have a daughter and son. Their daughter Savannah launched August 2018 with X Squad. She will returning to the field as a squad leader for Gap Squad in September 2018 During the PVT trip, they discussed the coaching role with Deon Vanstaden. After speaking with Deon and much prayer they knew that coaching was something they wanted to pursue. They reside in Bishop GA (60 miles from Gainesville). Eric is a teacher in Gwinnett County. Melissa is a business manager at the University of Georgia. They look forward to their roles as coaches and what the Lord has in store for them.
Melissa Stoker
Coach
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Eric and Melissa Stoker have been married for 24 years and have a daughter and son. Their daughter Savannah launched August 2018 with X Squad. She will returning to the field as a squad leader for Gap Squad in September 2018 During the PVT trip, they discussed the coaching role with Deon Vanstaden. After speaking with Deon and much prayer they knew that coaching was something they wanted to pursue. They reside in Bishop GA (60 miles from Gainesville). Eric is a teacher in Gwinnett County. Melissa is a business manager at the University of Georgia. They look forward to their roles as coaches and what the Lord has in store for them.
Marissa Morales
Alum Squad Leader
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Zachary Yoder
Alum Squad Leader
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Aimee Dias
Squad Logistics
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Where They Went - What They Did

Africa

South Africa

Africa
South Africa

South Africa

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Your Gap Year journey will start in the large and diverse nation of South Africa. This nation is incredibly multicultural and it is still healing from its dark and painful history of racism and segregation. This country has 11 official languages, coastlines on two oceans and world famous mountain views. Racers in South Africa focus a lot of their time on evangelism through the school systems. You might find yourself discipling middle and high school students through sports ministry, teaching life skills or assisting with academic classes.

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South America

Ecuador

South America
Ecuador

Ecuador

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Next, your Gap Year journey will take you to Ecuador. One of the smallest countries in South America, this nation is full of beautiful beaches, vast highlands and very proud locals. Most Racers serve with our well loved partner, Inca Link, in Quito. Racers in Ecuador have the opportunity to serve in a lot of ways including, ministering to children living on the streets, serving in hospitals for people with special needs, spending time in elderly homes, working with feeding programs, and teaching English. Overall your time in Ecuador will focus around building relationships and sharing your hope and joy in Christ with everyone you meet along the way.

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Asia

Cambodia

Asia
Cambodia

Cambodia

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You will finish your Gap Year in 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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*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
Jack Coyle
Jack Coyle
Atlanta, GA
Drew Davidson
Drew Davidson
Lafayette, IN
Alex Duncan
Alex Duncan
Brunswick, OH
Luke Hayes
Luke Hayes
Harvest, AL
William Pridmore
William Pridmore
Farmington, AR
Christine Bergen
Christine Bergen
Winston, GA
Morgan Crowley
Morgan Crowley
Clarksville, TN
Ariel Fernandez
Ariel Fernandez
Colleyville, Texas
Julia Herrmann
Julia Herrmann
Colora, MD
Courtlan Howell
Courtlan Howell
Durant, OK
Caroline Roser
Caroline Roser
Easton, MD
Emily Sheng
Emily Sheng
Columbia, Maryland
Ashlyn Shickley
Ashlyn Shickley
Chiang Mai, Thailand, Other
Skylar Edmonds
Skylar Edmonds
cape coral, FL
Colby King
Colby King
Huntsville , AL
Harleigh McNulty
Harleigh McNulty
Chesterfield, VA
Reagan Polcyn
Reagan Polcyn
Chesterfield, MO
Anna Scott
Anna Scott
Knoxville, TN
Anna Wilkerson
Anna Wilkerson
Vancleave, MS
Sarah Barnes
Sarah Barnes
Agoura Hills, CA
Karson Calaway
Karson Calaway
Wolffort, TX
Grace Creed
Grace Creed
Willard, Missouri
Hannah Dilday
Hannah Dilday
Apex, North Carolina
Shelby Norder
Shelby Norder
Cape Girardeau, MO
Julia Washburn
Julia Washburn
Indianapolis, IN
Sam Hughes
Sam Hughes
Austin, TX
Braeden List
Braeden List
Arlington, VA
Morgan McCrary
Morgan McCrary
Aurora, IL
Emma Robertson
Emma Robertson
Newnan, GA
Arielle Sargent
Arielle Sargent
Stilwell, KS
Blaize Smoot
Blaize Smoot
Fredericksburg, VA
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