Serve the Lord in a different and exciting way! Route 4: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Thailand, eSwatini

Begin to discover your calling in the Kingdom of God

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 4 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 our Bases in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Thailand, and eSwatini.

3. Make a Difference

3. Make a Difference

Spread hope to at-risk communities and teach local kids about God’s Word in Costa Rica. Play soccer, minister in villages and teach English in Guatemala. Build relationships with locals in Thailand. Serve children impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in eSwatini and watch your faith grow as you put it into action around the globe.

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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Costa Rica

LOCATION: San Jose, Costa Rica

MINISTRY: Join Adventures in Missions Costa Rica base and partners.

FOCUS: Sports Ministry, Community Outreach, Kids Ministry, Manual Labor

Meet Kevin and Anna Johnson from Adventures Costa Rica!

Begin your journey in Costa Rica, where misty volcanoes stand guard over bustling San Jose, home to our Adventures in Missions base. Serve with a variety of our ministry partners who are showing the radical love of Jesus to this city. Your team might teach dance or English, or share God’s Word with neighborhood kids. Or you might do community projects in slums devastated by gang violence and poverty. As you grow in your spiritual gifts through weekly teachings from our base staff, walk out your faith by showing this pura vida nation the true source of Life.

Meet Kevin and Anna Johnson from Adventures Costa Rica!

Our mission is to partner with kingdom-minded ministries, form well-established relationships with current ministries, and advance leadership skills through discipleship with squads or short-term teams who come stay with us. We focus on the power of Christ and how He wants to work in each of our lives each day and create a high emphasis on listening to His voice, creating a teachable environment, and prioritizing servant leadership.


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: Chiang Mai, Thailand

MINISTRY: Network of local ministry partners

FOCUS: Children’s Ministry, Teaching English, Community Outreach

This nation’s friendly people have earned Thailand its suitable nickname as the Land of Smiles. Here you will have the opportunity to reveal the truth of Jesus to a deeply unreached country, whether you are prayer-walking through the red-light district, ministering to tourists, playing with street kids or teaching English to local Thai people.


LOCATION: Nsoko, eSwatini

MINISTRY: Serve eSwatini alongside the Adventures in Missions base.

FOCUS: Children’s Ministry, Community Development, Leadership

Meet the Towns family from Adventures eSwatini!

During the last three months of your journey, you will partner with the Adventures in Missions eSwatini base. The team there is bringing new hope to a country where thousands of children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. At Carepoints around the country, the local eSwatini staff provides the children with food, clean water, education, healthcare, and discipleship. We will equip you to holistically care for these children and teach them about Jesus. Breakaway from modern life as you serve in Nsoko, a place marked by incredible sunsets and the simple pace of African rural life.

Meet the Towns family from Adventures eSwatini!

David and Jenna Towns felt they had a call to Africa on their lives and yet God was directing them to Nepal for a season. On the way to Nepal they spent 7 months in eSwatini and truly fell in love with the community, people, and beauty of the country. As they were realizing the Nepal Base wasn't going to be in their future, God put eSwatini back on their heart and began calling them 'home' to eSwatini. They, along with their two boys Manning and Azariah, have been instrumental in stewarding Gap Year teams in Nsoko, eSwatini. David enjoys sharing through spoken word and Jenna loves working with her hands to create artisan crafts with the Gogos through Timbali Crafts. They have such a heart for drawing creativity out of people and helping them flourish in their identity and calling.

What we do in eSwatini:
The team focuses on fighting poverty in the Kingdom of Eswatini through training the next generation of leaders. Our program leaders focus on personal development and form strategic partnerships to lift communities upward and onward.

Route Description

FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENT $15,800 How does fundraising work?
TRAINING CAMP July 8-19, 2020
TRIP DATES 9/1/2020 - 5/31/2021
Countries Costa Rica, Guatemala, Thailand, eSwatini
This route starts in Costa Rica, journeys up to Guatemala, travels clear across the world to Thailand, and ends in eSwatini. Whether you’re teaching English, playing soccer, or ministering to children, Route 4 is full of opportunities to share God’s love.


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.