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Costa Rica Mission Trip

Seek God by serving over spring break in a cross-cultural context that fits your major, vocational, or personal interest.


March 13-21, 2020 (could vary slightly).


SMP alumni Jeff and Tracey Dixon are the founders and lead developers of Students International's ministry in Costa Rica. S.I.'s ministry network is in the capital city of San Jose. Each day after breakfast, students will be sent out to ministry sites in this bustling and beautiful city.

The Experience

Bethel students on this team will learn about the work God is doing in San Jose Costa from Costa Ricans and North Americans who are carrying out that call in a cross-cultural, Kingdom context. A full list of sites is available online, but examples include art, community and environmental health, education, social work, and microfinance.

Our Ministry Partner

Facilitated by Students International.

Trip Cost

This team of 15 students has a team fundraising goal of $31,000 (about $2,067 per person). Fundraising will be a major part of the year for this team, which will tremendously help the financial bottom line!

Who Should Participate

More cross-cultural ministry experience and proficiency in Spanish are helpful and valued in this team's selection process.

We will be intentionally matching Bethel students with available spaces on ministry sites based on vocational interest, personal experience and skillset. The team does not spend all its ministry time in their vocational ministry site. We may also take part in other creative ministry programs as requested by our hosts, so we'll look for students with a desire and ability to be energetic, spontaneous, and adaptable.

Our hosts will also facilitate the team in experiences and lessons to help grow our understanding of God’s global presence and cross-cultural ministry. So students who are prepared to learn and grow will thrive on this trip

Next Steps

Applications are open online from October 1 through November 1.  Interviews are conducted in October and November of every year for the following spring.

SMP Teams Application

Questions? For more information, contact us at missions-partnerships@bethel.edu