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Week of June 18th
(exact dates TBD)
 

Where

Arecibo, Puerto Rico Arecibo, is a municipality on the northern coast of Puerto Rico, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. It is about 50 miles west of San Juan, the capital city. Arecibo is the largest municipality in Puerto Rico by area, and is part of the San Juan, Caguas and Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area. The average high temperature in June is 90 degrees and the low 71 degrees.

Our accommodations will be at our host church, Iglesia Viva, an evangelical church with a strong Presbyterian heritage (though distinctly Puerto Rican in culture). We will sleep on air mattresses that we will either bring with us or order ahead of time and have delivered there. Team members will need to bring their own linens and towels. Air conditioning will be running during evening/sleeping hours. There is a separate shower building that allows team members to shower privately. Disclaimer, there is only cold water, but rest assured no one will complain!

What Covenant Students will be doing

Relational Evangelism
We have been given a wide variety of options to serve in Arecibo. It seems now that we will spend a majority of our mornings doing a VBS with children in Arecibo. There will also be ministry opportunities in the afternoon and evening that range from home visits to the elderly, Homeless/soup kitchen ministry, sports and recreation and painting/light construction.
There will also be a huge opportunity to interact with the youth ministry at Iglesia Viva, many of their youth are bi lingual and will serve as interpreters when needed and will partner with us during the ministry week. Please keep in mind that the trip is still unfolding so there may be changes, but nothing drastic from what has been mentioned.

Cost

The student out of pocket cost will be $850.00 per person. However, we will ask the students to participate in a couple of team fundraisers (to be determined) that will help offset some overhead. The real time cost is about $1200.00 per person, but we feel that with fundraisers and some mission subsidy from the youth ministry budget we can keep out of pocket cost reasonable for a trip of this scope. We will need a $100 deposit by Feb 19th so that we can secure air fare.

Who

This trip is designed for current sophomore through senior students. There will also be an appropriate number of adults based on the number of students participating, gender ratio, etc. Adults will be a combination of leaders and parents.