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Seek God by serving over Spring Break in a cross-cultural context that fits your major and vocational interests.


March 12-20, 2016


Students International got its start in Guatemala, so the ministry relationships here are deep and longstanding. Our team will be hosted by Students International in the lush mountain village of Magdalena (1 hour drive from Guatemala City). From there, S.I. will send students into their daily ministry sites in and around Magdalena from mid-morning to late afternoon.

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 $28,500 (about $1,900 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 also look for students with a desire and ability to be energetic, spontaneous, and adaptable.

Next Steps

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

Teams for Spring 2016 are set and have begun preparing for the trip. If you are interested in participating in Spring 2017, please check back in Fall 2016 and apply early.

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