Ecuador Mission Trip

Come trek the paths of the Andes Mountains as you share the Gospel with those residing there.God’s creation will leave you breathless as you view sites such as Mt. Cotopaxi, the world’s highest active volcano. Following Boot Camp, you travel to the Orlando International Airport for a flight across the Caribbean Sea and Panama City, Panama. A connecting flight takes you across the Pacific Ocean to Lima, Peru, before arriving in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. 

You will then bus to the Teen Missions in Ecuador Bible, Missionary & Work (BMW) Training Center, located 8,500’ above sea level, where you will begin your summer adventure. You will share Christ’s love through music, drama and puppets as you backpack through the mountains. During your free time, you can enjoy playing with the children. After your week-long trek, you will help with renovation projects back at the BMW property. Housing will be in tents while hiking and in dorms while at the base. Bathing and laundry varies by location.

Be sure to bring plenty of winter clothing to keep warm. Your sightseeing day will take you to El Mitad del Mundo where you can literally be in two places at once, as you stand across the Equator with one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and the other in the Southern. You may also try your hand at bartering for items such as alpaca wool clothing and blankets, jewelry, dolls, leather goods and paintings.

Note: Members of this team should be in good physical health and free of respiratory difficulties. 

TRAVEL UPDATED (10/31/2012)

Project Expense: $3090 U.S. plus $30 Registration Fee

Register Online Now!       (Note: Teams are filled on a first come, first served basis.)

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  1. Hi. Next year is my first high school cross country season, and it is important that I practice over the summer for it. I was wondering if there would be enough time per day for me to go running on my own every day? I would like an hour each day if possible. I would only want to do this if it was during a free time, not taking time out of other stuff I should be doing. I would like to know if this would be possible at boot camp or at the base. Thanks! NOAH, NO, YOU WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO RUN AN HOUR A DAY. MOST IMPORTANT, THAT WOULD TAKE YOU AWAY FROM THE TEAM AND IT COULD BE A SAFETY ISSUE. THERE WOULD NOT BE AN HOUR OF ALLOTTED TIME DURING THE DAY TO DEVOTE TO RUNNING. IF THIS IS WHAT THE LORD WANTS YOU TO DO THIS SUMMER, HE WILL TAKE CARE OF KEEPING YOU “IN SHAPE” FOR CROSS COUNTRY. MY CHILDREN PLAY SOCCER COMPETITIVELY AND THERE IS NEVER AN ISSUE OF THEM BEING PHYSICALLY FIT WHEN THEY RETURN FROM THEIR TEAMS.

  2. Do you guys have scholarships to go on any of the trips? My family would not be able to afford it, but I would love to go! JULIE, WE PROVIDE PRAYER CARDS AND LETTERS FOR YOU TO SEND OUT. MOST PARENTS DO NOT PAY FOR THE TRIPS.

  3. i can’t wait for this trip!! It will be just an amazing summer!!

  4. I would really like to go on a mission trip where I could help little children. Is Ecuador the best place for that? HI, THAT IS ONE POSSIBILITY. WE HAVE QUITE A FEW TEAMS WHO ARE WORKING WITH CHILDREN.

  5. I was signed up to Wales/England before the team was canceled is there still room on this trip for girls? LIA, ECUADOR IS OPEN TO GIRLS.


  7. @ Andrea: Thanks so much for the info!

  8. @KingsKid: Cold in Ecuador is kind of cold. I went on the Ecuador trip in 2012 and it did get pretty cold for me and I’m from Minnesota where it gets down to -40s as well. I would make sure you have some heavy sweatshirts for at the base. Certainly dress in layers because up at the base, it changes temperatures so quickly. You can be working in a t-shirt and then all of a sudden the sun goes away and it drops to about 25 degrees F. You will have an amazing time there! God bless!

  9. @Joel Harbin: Can you give me an idea of the degrees of coldness? I live where it can get to -40` in the winter, so I’m really curious as to what Ecuador’s “cold” is. 😉

  10. Hello, are there any open spots for girls on this team?

  11. I’m not going on this trip but I have gone to Ecuador during their Winter and it is cold but definitely not that cold! It’s cold for me cause I live in the South so. lol

  12. Yeah, that’s probably a better idea. I’ll get on that and find another camera. 🙂

  13. Hi Noah! Nice to ‘meet’ you. 🙂 Those are great questions as I was wondering the exact same things. Beth, would it be a good idea to bring disposable cameras on the trip?

    I am from Canada and where I live it has been -25`C and colder lately. How cold does it actually get in Ecuador?

    • KingsKid, I would suggest a cheaper digital camera. Disposable cameras take up so much space. Make sure the camera has disposable batteries. You can google to see how cold it actually gets in Ecuador during our summer.

  14. Hi, I’m Noah and I’m going on this trip. A couple questions on what to bring. My parents got me a camera for Christmas with rechargeable camera batteries, but now are worried about whether I’ll be able to recharge it regularly. Should we exchange it for one that just takes double A?
    Also do I need a really warm winter jacket or just a lightweight cool weather jacket? Winter weather to me in New England means cold and snowy, (we are in the middle of a snowstorm right now) but looking up Ecuador’s weather it doesn’t sound all that cold. I’m excited to go on the trip. I’m 14.

    • Noah, You will need a camera with disposable batteries (yes, exchange it). There will not be an access to charge it at Boot Camp or while you are hiking and maybe not at the base. Ecuador can get really cold, especially at night. But I am from Florida…

  15. I signed up!!

  16. Hey Im Will and im signed up for this trip!! Cant wait! but when do we find out who else is going? My mom said they might mail pictures to us or something. I have 12 sibilings and all of them went on missions trips for Teen missions. This is my first though.

    • William, The Individual Team Fact Sheets come out in the spring and they will have the names and pictures of those on your team.

  17. Hi, I’m on the Ecuador team and I was wondering if you could tell me how many spots have already been filled?

  18. Mrs. Kostner,
    Would I be aloud to wear athletic pants and if one of my friends would like to come would I be on her team?

    • Karis, It depends on the pants. I cannot make that call without seeing them. If you register together and put down the same choices, then you could go together.

  19. How fast will do you think this mission will fill up? Also what is an email or phone number that my parent can call or email for more information

  20. Sorry one more thing, do you know how safe the area we will be visiting is and if I need to get any shots?

    • Jordan, Ecuador is pretty safe right now. We have staff there that will let us know if it is not safe to travel there.

  21. Thank-you so much Mrs. Kostner! Even if my parents don’t agree to let me on this trip, I will be praying for you and the mission.

  22. Excuse me Mrs Kostner,
    I am very excited on considering my first mission trip, but i’m not sure exactly how this works.What does the boot camp cover exactly? I have several skills that would be useful to Ecuador such as speaking spanish (I’m not completly fluent, but I understand what people are saying and can speak fairly well) and playing an instrument. Also when does this trip start, so I can see if I need to look into pre-teen missions or if I will have turned thirteen by then. Thank-you so much for your time!

    • Jordan, If you turn 13 before or during the summer, you can go on the Ecuador team. If you look on our website, Boot Camp training is explained. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call! The dates are June 21 – August 10 for Ecuador.

    • Mia, Yes, you would need to go through Boot Camp before going to the field. You can email us your questions at and we will be happy to answer your questions!

  23. What exactly do you do during the renovation projects?

    • Hannah, It will depend on what is needed at the time. Some things may be taken care of during the year with the staff and/or volunteer groups and other things will come up in the next few months. More information will be available with the Individual Team Fact Sheet that comes out in late spring.

  24. Ok thank you for answering my question so fast. I am thinking about going on the Australia trip instead. Thanks again for your time. God bless

  25. Hi Beth!:) Will you be leading this team next year? Because me and my sister might want to go on this trip.

  26. Will i have to be able to speak a lot of spanish to do this mission?

  27. Hi! I live in Quito already so how would I do this? I go to AAI and I speak perfect English. I would really like to go!:)

    • KC, You may attend our Ecuador Boot Camp which is this summer. Without going through Boot Camp here in the States, you would not be able to join the team.

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