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Bolivia 2008 a developing world experience… June 20 – 28, 2008 (tentative dates) Sponsored by the Center for Student Leadership “Helping students discover their leadership potential…” An Overview During the summer of 2008, the Center for Student Leadership will be sponsoring a third-world mission trip to the South American country of Bolivia. The team will be made up of a combination of adults and high school students from a variety of churches from across News England and southern New Jersey and will be led by Bob Whittet, director of the Center for Student Leadership. Leaving from Boston’s Logan Airport, the group will fly to Miami and then change planes bound for the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz. We’ll spend a short time in Santa Cruz before transferring to domestic flights bound for Cochabamba and then a flight to our destination of Tarija. Tarija, a colonial city, is the capital of the state of Tarija and is located about 50 miles from the Argentine border. While in Tarija, the group will be engaged in a cross- cultural building project, working alongside Bolivians in the construction of a Christian school. The project was begun last summer by Center for Student Leadership teams with ongoing work done by members of a local congregation during the course of the year. We will be working in conjunction with Bruce Saldi, who serves in Bolivia with the organization Food for the Hungry. During the construction phase of the trip, team members will quickly gain an appreciation for the ingenuity and frugality of the Bolivian people as they build. Construction is done with lots of common sense and everything is used, nothing is wasted. While in Tarija, we will stay at a hostel in the city. Our housing arrangements will offer team members a good look at life in the average small Bolivian city. The housing arrangements are quite comfortable and most importantly, include hot showers, a rarity in much of Bolivia. Our food will be prepared by people from the host church and will be delicious. If you’re looking for a McDs stop, this is not the trip for you. Soups and chicken are very common items in the Bolivian diet. We will provide all of the drinking water that you need and there are plenty of places in which you can purchase a very inexpensive soda. At the end of the week, you will have an opportunity to visit the markets and do your souvenir shopping. Then it’s back on the plane for a return trip home, filled with the memories of Bolivia and the realization that you have been used by God to make a profound difference in the lives of your many new friends in Bolivia. The Process Students interested in being a part of the Bolivia 2008 team should complete the enclosed application questions, get the parental consent form signed (for those under 18 years old), and mail them to the Center for Student Leadership. Please note that the completion of the above assignment does not guarantee a person a place on the team. It merely places you in the process of being considered for a position. Upon receipt of your completed application at the Center for Student Leadership, your application will be acted upon within 7 days. Upon acceptance on the team, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due to secure your position and save your airline seat. Once a deposit is received we will send you information regarding fund-raising. Expenses The cost of the trip is $2100 per person. This will include airfare, food, housing and ground transportation while in Bolivia. The cost also includes a donation toward the actual expense of constructing the facility. Our goal is to purchase all of the materials we use during construction plus more for ongoing construction once we leave as well as make ourselves free of cost to the host congregation. Each team member should be prepared to bring extra money for any food purchases (if you just can’t walk by a Burger King) made in Boston or Miami. The exchange rate in Bolivia makes most items very inexpensive. Once in Bolivia you might want some money to buy yourself an occasional Coke and to be prepared for souvenir shopping. We will allow time for everyone to do some shopping the marketplace of Tarija, a wonderful cultural experience. The Bolivians make gorgeous sweaters and handcrafts, some great souvenirs you might want to purchase and bring home with you. [NOTE: visa expenses and immunizations are extra.] How will I pay for the trip? The majority of your support will likely be raised by sending out fund-raising support letters. Upon acceptance you will receive a sample support letter, which you can use to help you write your own. We would also advise you to contact your local church and see it they might have some scholarship funding available. In the past some churches have sponsored yard sales and car washes to help raise funds for those who were traveling as part of the short-term mission teams. Expectations of team members We have a great experience planned and you will see sights that you will remember for the rest of your life. You will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the Bolivian Christians that will enhance the ministry of the local church. On our workdays, we will work hard and it is critically important that each person be willing to do his/her part. During the weeks leading up to the trip, there will be several team-building experiences that you will be expected to be a part of. These times are important in order to build a team that will be prepared for the exciting challenge that lies ahead. These gatherings will be held in Rye, NH, located in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. Plenty of advance notice will be given. Who is going? The Bolivia 2008 team will be made up of high school students and adults from a number of schools and churches. Our goal is for everyone to feel a part of the team, regardless of whether you are one of many coming from your school/church or the lone adventurous person representing your student body/congregation. Bob Whittet, director of the Center for Student Leadership, will lead the group. What if I get hurt or sick? Group leader, Bob Whittet, was an Emergency Medical Technician for 18 years. Our experience has been that we give more medical attention to the Bolivian citizens we are working with than to members of our own group. There is a hospital located in Tarija and excellent medical care is available if needed. Many people traveling to South America are concerned about getting sick to their stomach. If you listen to our instructions in regard to being careful in what you eat and drink, you should be just fine. A list of common immunizations will be given to each participant, but the final decision is between the participant and his/her doctor. (Cost of immunizations is not included in the price of the trip.) When is the trip? The tentative dates for the trip are June 20-28, 2008. What about my work schedule? Most employers are very understanding of employees who are eager to be a part of an experience like this. We would encourage you to be up front with your employer and describe what the nature of the trip is. Students, sometimes it also helps to have your pastor/youth leader make contact with your employer, to explain how excited the church is that you are going and to thank the employer for their understanding. Application process for Students Students please answer the following questions and return your answers to the Center for Student Leadership office. (The questions are good ones for interested adults to look over.) Upon receipt of your answers, you will be contacted to set up a time for a conversation regarding the trip. Our goal in this process is to insure that participants are fully aware of the dynamics of the trip. Our goal is for students to know of their acceptance on the team within 14 days of the receipt of their application questions. The Consent to Apply form (attached) should be returned with the completed application questions for those in high school. (We don’t want any students breaking the word to their unsuspecting parents in June; “By the way, I’m going to Bolivia next week.”) If you should have any questions, please contact Bob Whittet at (603) 379-8130 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Payment Information and Schedule Upon acceptance as part of the team, a $100 non-refundable deposit is to be paid to the Center for Student Leadership. This will reserve the participant’s place on the team. Fund-raising information, including sample support letters will be given to the team member upon receipt of the deposit so that fund raising can begin immediately. Payments and support are to be forwarded to CSL for processing. Support received by CSL is tax-deductible to the donor as long as the team member’s name does not appear in the memo line or anywhere else on the check. Team members will receive regular updates on the status of their accounts, along with a list of donors so that person thank you notes may be sent out. Accounts must contain a minimum of $1500 one month prior to departure. Any outstanding balances, up to the full cost of the trip, $2100, must be paid one week prior to the date of departure. A portion of the funds paid go toward construction materials for the project. If your supporters are generous and more than the total balance due of $2100 is raised, any overage will be applied toward the group expenses including additional building materials and scholarship support. Application Questions (To be completed and mailed in by those 18 and under. A good drill for adults as well, but they so not need to submit their answers.) 1. Why are you interested in going to Bolivia? How do you hope to be different when you get home than you were when you left? 2. What are five major events in Bolivian history? Why were they important? 3. What are some of the things that might shape what the Bolivian people might think of you as a citizen of the United States? 4. What are some of the things we learn about missions from Paul’s missionary journeys in the book of Acts? 5. What do you want God to teach you about yourself on this trip? 6. If you have been on a short term trip before, what did you learn about the world, what difference did you make and what did you learn about yourself? Bolivia 2008 Applicant Information Applicant’s Name __________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________ Town___________________________ State_______ Zip _____________ Phone ___________________________ Email __________________________ School ______________________________________ Church ______________________________________ Age _______________ Grade (Sept. 2008) ________ Parental Consent to Apply (For students under 18 years old) I understand that my child, , is applying for a position on the Center for Student Leadership’s Bolivia 2008 team. I support my child’s desire to be a part of this team and hereby give my permission for him/her to apply. __________________________________________ (Parent’s Signature) _________________ (Date) Please return this form and the application answers to: Bolivia 2008 Center for Student Leadership PO Box 895 Rye, NH 03870-0895 (603) 379-8130