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General Information

SI does long-term, on-going community development in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Our outreaches are short-term mission trips throughout the year to one of these countries where participants and the poor come together cross-culturally to encounter God, share the Good News, disciple and serve others in a specific area of occupation that correlates with their career or academic interests. Depending on the length of the outreach, participants spend from 9 days to a semester working alongside our staff in an occupational setting called a ministry site. Each ministry site is within close proximity of our facilities and has a different occupational focus: agribusiness, appropriate technology, art, construction, dentistry, education, health care, media, physical therapy, social work, special education, and sports. As a result of these outreaches and our long-standing presence within the communities where we work, we see participants and the poor transformed into the likeness of Christ and discover their true calling.

The following is a list of our occupational ministry sites with correlating career or academic interests:

AGRIBUSINESS: Agriculture, Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Crop Science, Soil Science, Agribusiness, International Agricultural Development
APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY: Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Environmental Science
ART: Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, and Sculpture
CARPENTRY:
COMMUNITY HEALTH AND NUTRITION: Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Public Health
CONSTRUCTION: General Contracting, Construction, Architecture
CREATIVE ARTS:
CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP: Pants (knee length shorts can be worn as well). Sweater, sweatshirt, wind breaker or light jacket for the rain. Close toe shoes. Shirts you don't mind getting dirty.
DENTISTRY: Dentistry
DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology,Special Education, Nutrition, Early Childhood Development
EDUCATION: Education, Special Education, English, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Science
HEALTH CARE: Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacology
MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS: Media/Communications, Photojournalism, Journalism, Videography, Web Design, Graphic Arts, Creative Writing
MICROFINANCES: Business, Finances, International Relations, Cross-Cultural Leadership
ORPHANAGE:
PHYSICAL THERAPY: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology, Special Education, Nutrition, Early Childhood Development
SITES - VISION TRIP:
SOCIAL SERVICES: Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, Counseling, Education
SOCIAL WORK: Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, Counseling, Education
SPECIAL EDUCATION: Education, Special Education, English, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Science
SPORTS: Physical Education, Recreation
VETERINARY:
WELLNESS & NUTRITION:
WOMEN'S SOCIAL WORK:
YOUNG MEN'S SOCIAL WORK:

Outreach Length

9-Day Outreach
Students International runs 9-day outreaches throughout the year for individuals, high school, college, church, and adult groups.

13-Day Outreach
Students International runs 13-day outreaches throughout the year for individuals, high school, college, church, and adult groups.

Language School
Students International facilitates language school participation in addition to our outreaches throughout the year in Guatemala for individuals, high school, college, church and adult groups.

Semester Outreach
Students International partners with the following institutions to run accredited academic mission study abroad programs to Guatemala and the Dominican Republic:

Bethel University in Minnesota / Spring Semester / Guatemala

Bethel College in Indiana / Fall Semester / Dominican Republic

These programs are designed to provide students an opportunity to improve their ability to communicate in Spanish, to participate in the local culture, to develop an understanding of the connections between community ministry & community development, and to integrate experiential learning with formal academic study.

Outreach Costs

The outreach fee covers room, board, ground transportation while in country, pre-field materials, weekend field trip, supervision, cultural orientation activities, outreach preparation, all ministry site expenses and general administration. 

9-Day Outreach
$895 plus airfare*

13-Day Outreach
$995 plus airfare*

Language School
$350/week

Couples and Men's Outreaches
Contact our office at (559) 627-8923 or students@stint.com for more information.

Semester Program
Contact Laura Sanchez at Bethel University or Brent Reimer at Bethel College for more information.

Summer Intern
Contact our office at (559) 627-8923 or students@stint.com for more information.

*Airfare is approximately $550-$700 per person.

The team leader's outreach fees are waived if there are 12 or more full-paying members on the team. If there are less than 12 full-paying members on the team the leader's outreach fee is $350. Co-leaders' outreach fees are the same as full-paying team members.
 
Outreach fees for children 0 - 2 years are waived, children 3 - 13 years are $350.  Unless prior approval has been given children 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent and supervised at all times. A parent may opt to bring a nanny to supervisor his/her children. The fee for a member acting as nanny is $350.

Outreach Dates

Dates for 2017: 13-Day OutreachCountry
February 6 - 18 
May 8 - 20 
May 15 - 27 
May 22 - June 3,  
June 5 - 17, ,  
June 12 - 24,  
June 19 - July 1, ,  
June 26 - July 8,  
July 3 - 15, ,  
July 9 - 16 
July 10 - 22 
July 17 - 29, ,  
Dates for 2017: 9-Day OutreachCountry
February 26 - March 4 
March 4 - 11,  
March 5 - 11 
March 11 - 19, , ,  
March 18 - 26,  
March 25 - April 1,  
March 26 - April 2 
April 1 - 8,  
April 2 - 9 
April 8 - 15 
April 9 - 15 
April 15 - 21,  
May 13 - 21,  
May 28 - June 4 
July 23 - 30 
July 24 - August 5 
July 30 - August 6, ,  
October 7 - 15 
October 14 - 22 
October 21 - 28 
November 4 - 12 
November 17 - 24 
Dates for 2017: 9-Day OutreachCountry
January 28 - February 4 
February 4 - 12 
February 18 - 25 
October 14 - 22 
November 4 - 11 
Dates for 2017: 9-Day OutreachCountry
August 21 - May 17 
Dates for 2017: Semester OutreachCountry
January 4 - April 26 
February 2 - May 24 
August 18 - December 6 
August 28 - December 6 
Dates for 2017: Summer InternCountry
January 10 - April 19 
May 2 - August 10 
May 10 - August 7 
May 25 - August 8 
May 31 - August 10 

Dates for 2018: 13-Day OutreachCountry
January 22 - February 3 
February 4 - 17 
May 14 - 26 
May 21 - June 2,  
May 28 - June 9,  
June 4 - 16, ,  
June 11 - 23,  
June 18 - 30, ,  
June 25 - July 7,  
July 2 - 14, ,  
July 9 - 21 
July 16 - 28, ,  
Dates for 2018: 9-Day OutreachCountry
January 6 - 13 
February 25 - March 3 
March 3 - 11, ,  
March 4 - 11 
March 10 - 18 
March 11 - 18, ,  
March 17 - 25,  
March 24 - 31, , ,  
March 31 - April 8,  
May 12 - 20, ,  
July 8 - 15 
July 21 - 29 
July 22 - 29 
July 28 - August 5 
July 29 - August 5,  
Dates for 2018: 9-Day OutreachCountry
January 27 - February 4 
February 5 - 11 
Dates for 2018: 9-Day OutreachCountry
May 11 - August 2 

Other Requirements

  • A student must be at least 14 years of age at the time of the outreach for any of the 9-day or 13-day outreaches to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Fiji and Nicaragua.
  • A student must be at least 15 years of age at the time of the outreach for any of the 9-day or 13-day outreaches to Guatemala.
  • A student must be at sophomore level or above, have completed two semesters of college level Spanish and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to participate in the Semester Program.
  • All students and team leaders must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.