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Costa Rica Mission Trip

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


March 12-20, 2016


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 capitol city of San Jose. Each day after breakfast, students will be sent out to ministry sites in this bustling and beautiful city.

The Experience

Vocare. It's Latin for "to call." Bethel students on this team will learn about God's particular call on their life from Nicaraguans 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, medicine, dentistry, 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 $26,000 (about $1,740 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

This trip is reserved for students with junior or senior standing. More cross-cultural ministry experience and proficiency in the Spanish language are helpful and valued in the team selection process.

We will be intentionally matching Bethel students with available spaces on ministry sites based on vocational interest. 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.

Next Steps

Pray, learn, ask questions, and consider completing the application.

Interviews are conducted in October and November of every year for the following spring.

Questions? Contact Matt Runion at runmat@bethel.edu.

How to Apply

Applications are due on November 1, 2015. Please contact Matt Runion at runmat@bethel.edu with any questions.