a developing world experience…
June 20 – 28, 2008
Sponsored by the
Center for Student Leadership
“Helping students discover their leadership potential…”
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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?
Applicant’s Name __________________________________________________
Town___________________________ State_______ Zip _____________
Phone ___________________________ Email __________________________
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.
Please return this form and the application answers to:
Center for Student Leadership
PO Box 895
Rye, NH 03870-0895