Students International

We Serve



in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic,
Guatemala, and Nicaragua

Short-term missions that help without hurting

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Costa Rica

Nestled in the central highlands of Costa Rica is the capital city of San José. You’ll minister in Desamparados on the southeastern edge of the city where the urban environment provides unique ministry opportunities and challenges. You’ll get to know the people and the culture as you stay with Costa Rican host families. Excursion options such as the beach, zip-lining and La Paz Waterfall Garden provide an opportunity to explore this biologically diverse country.

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Dominican Republic


Known in the Dominican Republic as the city of eternal spring, Jarabacoa is located in the ‘Dominican Alps’ in the center of the country, just 45 minutes from Santiago International Airport. When you’re not out serving at your ministry site you’ll stay on base and sleep in cabins. For the excursion, teams can go whitewater rafting or hike to one of 3 nearby waterfalls.

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Dominican Republic


SI’s newest Ministry Base is just a few minutes from the Santiago International Airport. You’ll serve at ministry sites located in some of the poorest communities in the country. The newly renovated base is the perfect place to relax after a day working at your site. Your excursion is a beautiful and relaxing day at the beach.

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Located in the city of Magdalena, SI-Guatemala is where it all began back in 1994. The cooler climate and mountainous terrain create unique ways to serve isolated and impoverished communities. Instead of staying on base, you’ll have the unforgettable opportunity to stay with a couple friends in the home of a local Guatemalan host. Excursion options abound— the internationally known Volcan Pacaya, Rainforest Ziplining, and the city of Antigua are a short drive away.

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Your opportunity to meet spiritual, physical, and emotional needs in the poorest country in Latin America. The SI ministry base is located near Masaya, about 40 minutes southeast of Managua. The SI base will provide a perfect place to debrief each evening and you’ll sleep in guys and girls cabins. For an excursion you can trek to a nearby Volcano.

Ministry Sites

Each occupational ministry site is a unique way to do short-term missions alongside SI missionaries in an area of ministry that’s right for you, meeting real needs in real communities. Choose a country to show the Occupational Ministry Sites currently available in that area.

Why Short-Term Missions?

Students International offers enriching short-term mission trips that provide adults and students with the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others while also experiencing personal growth. Here are some reasons why people might be interested in participating in short-term mission trips with Students International:

1. Gospel Centered

Students International’s short-term mission trips are rooted in the Gospel, providing participants with the opportunity to share their faith and spread the love of Jesus Christ while serving others. This focus on the Gospel helps to ensure that the work being done is not only meeting physical needs but also addressing spiritual needs. This emphasis on the Gospel creates a strong foundation for the short-term missions experience, enriching the lives of both the participants and those they serve.

2. Cultural Immersion

These short-term mission trips offer participants the chance to immerse themselves in a different culture, fostering understanding and appreciation for diverse ways of life. Participants can learn about local customs, traditions, and beliefs, which can lead to a broader perspective and greater empathy.

3. Spanish Development

Our list of short-term missions is all in Spanish-speaking countries, making any of these ministry experiences great for developing your language skills.

4. Community Development

A core component of Students International’s short-term missions is the focus on serving communities in need. Participants have the opportunity to contribute to various projects, such as education, healthcare, social work, or sports. This hands-on approach allows individuals to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.

5. Personal Growth

Short-term missions often challenge participants to step out of their comfort zones and face new situations and environments. This can lead to increased self-awareness, resilience, and adaptability. Participants may also develop leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills, which can be valuable in their personal and professional lives.

6. Building Relationships

Short-term missions bring together like-minded individuals who share a common goal of serving others. Participants can form lasting friendships and connections with fellow team members and the communities they serve. These relationships often continue long after the mission trip has ended.

7. Adventure and Exploration

Traveling to a new country or region can be an exciting adventure, offering participants the chance to explore and experience the beauty of the world. Students International’s short-term mission trips often include opportunities for sightseeing and cultural experiences, allowing participants to create lasting memories.


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