Discover how to share God’s love all over the world Route 1: Guatemala, Ecuador, Nepal

I used to wonder, “What am I going to do with my life?” Can you relate?

Hope Mendola-Wong

I experienced the same tension and longing for something more. While on the World Race, I began to discover more of God’s calling on my life. Today, I have the honor of leading World Race: Gap Year along with my incredible team. Over the past few years, we have led hundreds through this transformational journey to discover what it means to live a life of adventure, meaning, and purpose with God.

The Gap Year Route 1 journey empowers you to:

1. Grow with God

1. Grow with God

Go deeper in your relationship with God and discover how to walk with Him in everyday life - whether overseas or in your hometown.

2. Find Community

2. Find Community

Discover how to be the church, and love each other while living and serving together at the Adventures Bases in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Nepal.

3. Make a Difference

3. Make a Difference

Reach new heights in your faith as you show God’s love in tangible ways. You may find yourself playing soccer with neighborhood kids, doing outreach to local villages, or teaching English in a primary school.

Interested in gaining college credit?

Apply now for college credit through Truett McConnell University. You can earn up to nine credits through three courses that reflect Gap Year teachings and core values. Access the application and all the details below.

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LOCATION: Guatemala

MINISTRY: Serve alongside the Adventures in Missions base in various outreach programs.

FOCUS: Community Outreach and Development, Children’s Ministry, Sports Ministry

Your journey begins in Guatemala. You’ll spend three months at our Adventures in Missions base, located near the town of Antigua. As our base staff teaches and equips you with God’s Word, you will work alongside them to build relationships with the surrounding communities. You may find yourself playing soccer with neighborhood kids, doing outreach in local villages, or teaching English in a primary school. Here you will reach new heights in your faith and show God’s love in tangible ways.

Meet our friends from Adventures Guatemala!

About the base:
Adventures Guatemala serves alongside pastors and leaders through community development (SERVE), discipleship (DISCIPLE), and activation of the Church (SEND) to establish the Kingdom of God locally and internationally.

  • We SERVE communities through water filter distribution, community outreach, stove installation.
  • We DISCIPLE through monthly Church Mobilization conferences, Beauty for Ashes, and team discipleship.
  • We SEND through training and mobilization.


LOCATION: Quito, Ecuador

MINISTRY: Share the Gospel alongside our Inca Link Ecuador partners

FOCUS: Youth Ministry, Feeding Program, Teaching English, Evangelism

Meet Fabi and Mabe from Inca Link

During your three months in Ecuador, you will live in the capital city Quito. Serve with our ministry partner Inca Link, who is making an impact for God’s kingdom through a network of ministries around the city. One of these ministries is providing a safe house for rescued victims of trafficking, while another is hosting a feeding program that serves Venezuelan refugees. Your team could be serving at a home for adults with special needs, or teaching English at a local high school and sharing the Gospel. No matter what you do, your time in Ecuador will be a high point of your journey.

Meet Fabi and Mabe from Inca Link!

Everyone who comes to Quito, Ecuador and spends a night at Casa Blanca is impacted by Fabi and Mabe for their generous hospitality and how they demonstrate Christ’s love. Fabi’s favorite part of his job is when people feel at home, can hear God speak, and share how God is changing their lives in Ecuador. Both he and Mabe have a goal to make teams feel like Casa Blanca is their home away from home!


LOCATION: Kathmandu, Nepal

MINISTRY: Local ministry partners in Kathmandu

FOCUS: evangelism, kids ministry


Surrounded by the impressive Himalayan mountains, you’ll visit remote villages where people wait with an open heart to hear the message of the Gospel for the first time. Among the colorful streets of Kathmandu, join our partners as they bring the message of the Gospel to the earth’s most distant corners. Here you will discover there is no place that God’s love can’t reach.

Life on the Race

This Racer shares an awesome story about trekking 62,807 steps for the Gospel in Nepal! Click here to check it out!

Route Description

*Must be 17 by trip launch date and have high school diploma or equivalent.
FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENT $15,800 How does fundraising work?
TRAINING CAMP July 8-19, 2020
TRIP DATES 9/1/2020 - 5/31/2021
Countries Guatemala, Ecuador, Nepal
Start your Gap Year sharing God’s love in Central and South America. End it trekking through Nepal and sharing the Gospel with many who have never heard the name of Jesus!


Step 1: Apply

You’ll create a profile and complete a questionnaire application and then schedule a phone interview with our team so we can get to know you better. After that, we’ll let you know when you’ve been accepted! (A $200 deposit will confirm your spot.)

Step 2: Fundraise

Once you’ve confirmed your spot, we will pair you with an Admissions Advisor who will help you with planning, fundraising ideas, and all the logistical information you need to prepare.

Step 3: Train

Four-six weeks before your Race begins, you will spend 10 days at our campus in Georgia. This time will include missional and cultural training, discipleship, worship, and bonding with your teammates before you leave.

Step 4: Launch

After several days of additional training in Atlanta, you will fly out together as a squad and begin your ministry on the World Race.

How We Support You



A large part of this journey is growing in your walk with Christ. We desire to model the way Jesus discipled his followers. Mentors, coaches, and fellow Racers will disciple you, while you serve, love, and disciple others.



Six to eight weeks before your launch date, you’ll attend a 10-day intensive training at our headquarters here in North Georgia.



You’ll get to experience raw Christian community as you travel, serve, and encourage each other. Once you officially join the Race, you will be invited to a private Facebook group to begin getting to know your squad.



We’ll provide coaching, video tutorials, scripts, and ideas for fundraising plus a free fundraising course and a blog so you can tell your story and accept donations. We also have structured deadlines to help you reach your goal.

Risk Management

Risk Management

Our commitment to risk management includes internal and external teams who constantly monitor and manage risk and create contingency plans as needed.

Parent Connect

Parent Connect

Our amazing Parent Ministry provides resources and communication so your parents feel supported and informed while you’re on the field.