"The fact that mission work and study abroad exist together is the best thing I could have done with my summer, and I truly believe this program should continue." -Claire B., Georgia Southern University, Costa Rica 2014
Study Abroad and Missions
An exciting part of studying abroad with Veritas Christian Study Abroad is being able to participate in mission work in your host city and country! Studying abroad is an awesome experience on its own, but being able to do missions will multiply your experience. It’s a great way to see Christianity in another culture and serve with students from all over the United States and Canada.
My experience in ministry abroad was not only gratifying and useful, but it taught me lessons I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
|-Sergio D., University of Florida, Spain 2014|
Get Off Campus and Out of the Country
Your interest in Veritas shows you’re not okay with the norm. It’s not enough to be comfortable in your everyday living—no—you’re ready to step out of your comfort zone and into a life-changing experience!
Get off your campus and out of the country. Discover a new culture and serve a community. Experience the local church in a host country while you earn credit toward your degree. Study abroad and do international missions, together.
|"When I was looking at different study abroad programs, I had no idea how to choose one. They all seemed basically the same to me...When I stumbled upon Veritas Christian Study Abroad while poking around on the ISA website, I realized that I had found a way to differentiate. I called and talked to Katie, and the mission work sounded really intriguing and I liked the idea of getting plugged into a local church!"|
|-Nick R., University of Tulsa, Costa Rica|
You aren't Alone
At each of our sites, you will be connected with a Mission Mentor who will meet with you regularly to help you connect to mission opportunities and Christian community. They love mentoring, praying, and doing Bible studies with students.
"The missions mentor and the experience at a local church easily were the most valuable. I find it so important to be around people from the culture you're studying. I learned how to love the local church. Over the past few weeks, they have become my family. They reminded me that when we have Jesus in common, we have everything in common. I also loved having a mentor to guide and encourage me. She reminded me to make the most of my time here and trust God." -Kat P., University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, England 2014
Live Your Mission
Participating with Veritas is a great option between short and long-term mission trips. You will get a better understanding of the life of a missionary and have more time to make lasting relationships with people in your host country.
Whether you are teaching Sunday school, working at an orphanage, working with abused persons or prayer-walking- you will be blessed as you serve a community and live out God's Word.
"Missions requires an incredible amount of humility and one cannot be humble whilst they are clinging to their cultural presuppositions and prideful arrogance. There have been so many instances this semester when I felt like I had no idea what to do or say (in a ministry context), and I had to simply stop what I was doing and watch and learn from my Chilean brothers and sisters to see just how they went about sharing the gospel and loving on people."
-Olivia Neveu, Houghton College, Chile 2014
Mission OpportunitiesSeoul, South Korea Missions Mentor: Stephanie Demott
Opportunities to lead bible studies on Konkuk University where Stephanie is employed and has great access and influence with college students. Youth ministry, serving the homeless and other outreach is also available.
London, England Missions mentor: Dr. Michael & Susan Goodman
Students will mainly be involved on the Kingston University campus doing college ministry. Homeless outreach is also available.
Paris, France Missions Mentor: Parker Windle
Parker, a pastor in Paris, has students join a French/English language exchange called “Polyglot” for the opportunity to evangelize organically. Also opportunities to fellowship with his local church.
Rome, Italy Missions Mentor: Valeria DiChirico
Students work with Afghani/Iraqi refugees at a ministry called Il Soggiorno. Students interact and meet with them weekly and prepare meals with them. There are prayer walks and other ministries available through Valeria.
Sevilla, Spain Missions Mentor: Cary & Sharon Owen
Opportunities to work along with a Spanish foundation to begin a Christian school to reach Spaniards with the Gospel by teaching English. Also hosting gatherings for the neighborhood the Owens live in and partnering with their church in a town 20 minutes from Sevilla.
Buenos Aires, Argentina Missions Mentor: Martin Bonandini
Serving orphanages, Elder care, and youth ministry. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays students participate in homeless ministry. Also community soup kitchen outreaches available.
Florianopolis, Brazil Missions Mentor: Stan & Wendy Meador
Students are involved with youth ministry, English language practice, small group discipleship, health education, college ministry, and tutoring.
Valparaiso, Chile Missions Mentor: Lorna Arredondo
Ministry opportunities at elder care home “Anos Dorados”. Also orphan care, youth ministry, food provision for homeless, visits to Protestant high schools available. In addition to the missions during the program, Fall, Spring & Summer 1 students will go on a week-long mission trip to Rancagua, Chile at the end of the program.San José, Costa Rica Missions Mentor: Carolina Granados
Students serve with “Face of Justice” ministry which serves to defend shelter, empower and love survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and work through prevention and restoration. Students are also involved with Hogar Casa de Pan, a children’s orphanage. Street ministry and bible studies also available.
Cusco, Peru Missions Mentor: Geovane Povea
Ministry options teaching English classes at churches and schools, serving orphanages, and other youth activities. Students also volunteer at Sion, an after school program for children in impoverished areas.
*Ministries are subject to change as the need of the community or church may change.
Elder Care Ministry
Prayer & intercession
Mission work varies by site & term. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!