Custom Gap Year: Skill Discovery and Community Volunteering and Christ-Centered Ministry, Honduras

Feb 2022; May 2022; Aug 2022 | MEDA International Missions


Trip #25439

Custom Gap Year: Skill Discovery and Community Volunteering and Christ-Centered Ministry, Honduras

Trip #25439


MEDA International Missions


Honduras, Central America


Feb 2022; May 2022; Aug 2022
Lasts 6 months to 1 year


Administration & Leadership, Evangelism- Friendship/Discipleship, Internship, Teaching English, Medical/Healthcare,


** See Financial Information Below
Includes: Lodging, Meals
Agency: MEDA International Missions
Location: Honduras, Central America
Dates: Feb 2022; May 2022; Aug 2022
Lasts 6 months to 1 year
Activities: Administration & Leadership, Evangelism- Friendship/Discipleship, Internship, Teaching English, Medical/Healthcare
Cost: $16800
** See Financial Information Below
Includes: Lodging, Meals
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Gap-Year participants enter the program at any of the session start dates and attend 9 consecutive months to complete the program. This program is meant for young adults, ages 18-24, that want to improve their skills as they serve Christ.

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What the Mission Trip Will Be Like



Choose from one of the following start dates to intern with us in Siguatepeque, Honduras:

  • Feb 5
  • May 14
  • August 20

Work Experience

Because of the vast opportunity and need here, we can place our interns in a position that best fits them and the ministry they will be serving, such as one of the following management or office positions within the MIM affiliate organization, MEDA:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Translation
  • Some other area of strength or giftedness


Participants may also choose to volunteer in the following community vocations:

  • Accounting
  • Working in a cafe
  • Construction
  • Working as a teacher/teacher assistant
  • Teaching sports/PE at a school
  • Tutoring children of missionary families
  • Maintenance – working alongside the MEDA facility maintenance crew
  • Translation – translating for groups and interns

Culture & Worldview Education

Built into our program is attendance to a Spanish school for 9 hours a week, enabling students to learn the language as taught by Honduran nationals and better serve the ministry while gaining that skill.

Interns will also have required reading and writing that will allow them to experience the culture of Honduras more in-depth and analyze it through the lens of a believer. It is not enough to live in a culture for a short time to learn about it – one must also ask the right questions to learn how and why others do what they do.

Interns will be reading the following books:

  • The God Who is There by D.A. Carson
  • Finish the Mission by John Piper & David Mathis
  • Christ Alone by faculty of The Masters Academy International
  • A Holy Ambition by John Piper
  • Upsetting the World by John Crotts
  • One Foundation: Essays on The Sufficiency of Scripture by Grace to You
  • Short-Term Mission: An Ethnography of Christian Travel Narrative and Experience by Brian M. Howell 

Writing Subjects
There will be a series of 1 to 2-page assignments that will be written using the “what,” “so what,” and “now what” format. The purpose of these short assignments is not to assign busywork, but to push you out into the culture, provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon these experiences, and give depth and texture to this intercultural program. The unfortunate experience of many students is the precedent to never leave the safe and comfortable confines of their host home—this will not be your experience.

Interns will choose 9 of the following subjects to write on:

  • Ride Public Transportation
  • Cook Our Daily Bread, Rice, or Fufu
  • Shop in a Local Market
  • Present at a Church Service
  • Orient Yourself in the City or Village
  • Visit a Water Source
  • Identify Roles and Routines
  • Map a Honduran House
  • Attend a Wedding or Funeral
  • Listen to Children’s Stories
  • Experience the Arts
  • Create Your Own Activity

Cultural Outing Opportunities

Venture off campus once a month to explore the ancient history and natural beauty of Honduras.

  • Visit the Pulhapanzak waterfalls
  • Go cave exploring
  • See the oldest working clock in the world
  • Swim in natural hot springs
  • Visit the Mayan ruins (extra cost – $950)

What Is CQ?
MIM uses the Cultural Intelligence test designed by Cultural Intelligence Center, by which participants have the option to take their experience and education with us to the next level.

Cultural Intelligence, or CQ, measures your capability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations. Whereas most cultural competence programs focus on teaching information about different cultures (e.g. Indians versus Germans; Millennials vs. Boomers), CQ takes a different approach. Based on more than twenty years of research across over one hundred countries, we know that there are 4 capabilities that need to be developed to relate and work effectively with people from different backgrounds.

  • CQ Drive—the curiosity and motivation needed to work well with others
  • CQ Knowledge—an understanding of the characteristics that differentiate one group from another, without resorting to cultural stereotypes
  • CQ Strategy—the ability to plan effectively in light of cultural differences
  • CQ Action—the ability to adapt behavior when the situation requires it

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Relation of Opportunity to National Church and/or Long-term Goals

Our philosophy is Get One, Give One. Built into the cost of attendance is a contribution toward the training of a pastor for the same amount of time an individual engages in the gap year program. This means that if you come for 9 months, you are contributing to the training of a pastor for 9 months of his studies, generating transformational pastoral impact within Latin America and the Caribbean through the MEDA seminary program.

Moreover, participants will attend a local church, while serving and being mentored by the missionaries involved there. In a very real sense, MIM is not only a place for young adults to come and be purposefully prepared for lifelong service to our Lord at home or abroad, but also a ministry helping support the students and graduates of the seminary to proclaim the gospel throughout Central America. We look forward to serving Christ with you at MIM, Honduras!

Additional Trip Information

Central America
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Price Includes:
Transportation (excluding airfare)
3 meals a day
9 cultural outings
Spanish school (3 hours a day, 3 days a week)

Costs to Consider:
Books for program curriculum
Background check
Training debriefing
The goals of MIM's training is to equip young people to understand different cultures while looking through a biblical lens, discovering the call of missions while putting it into practice. This is achieved by intercultural readings and writing assignments, participation in the Cultural Intelligence test, and completion of a spiritual questionnaire reflecting on the intern's growth during his or her time in the program.
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Mission Trip Offered By MEDA International Missions

MEDA International Missions (MIM) is a subsidiary of Ministerios Evangelicos de Las Americas (MEDA), a Christian ministry that has served over 10,000 pastors and local church leaders from the USA, Central America, and Latin America in its 20-year history. MIM is part of the larger working of Christ to bring His global church closer together as we all thrive in community and work to complete His Great Commission.

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