How do I know if I’m accepted to be a part of one of the projects?
Once your application and pastor’s reference form is submitted (see above), an enrolment worker or a member of the Ecclesia team will contact you to let you know if you’ve been accepted. You’ll also receive a confirmation acceptance letter in the mail.
Who is chaperoning/leading?
There will be four Kingswood University students leading each project. The Kingswood students have primary responsibility for the high school students while the teams are traveling. The Global trip will have an accompanying older adult and partnerships with ministry leaders on location.
What is my schedule for the week?
You can expect this webpage to be updated with regards to itinerary as soon as that information is available. Itineraries are subject to change.
What kinds of ministry am I going to be doing?
The heart behind Ecclesia is, first and foremost, to serve. You will have many opportunities to learn more about what that looks like in different ways depending on which project you are a part of. Feel free to browse the photos on this page, as well as photos on the Facebook page from the Ecclesia team, for a glimpse into the 2015 projects and the sorts of things you’ll likely be a part of by being on one of the Ecclesia teams in 2016!
What are the Costs?
Total costs will be listed under the trip headings on this webpage. These costs cover accommodations, food, and travel. Any personal expenses beyond these basic needs will need to be brought with you (shopping…etc.). Donations and payments can be made online (see below) by calling our business office (1-506-432-4400) or by sending a cheque to Kingswood University. All donations/payments will be receipted for tax purposes.
Student’s traveling from a farther distance to campus are encouraged to factor in travel expenses in their fundraising. If you raise above and beyond the amount needed to cover your Ecclesia expenses and keep your travel receipts from your travel to campus, we will reimburse you this amount (if it’s in your account) before you head back home.
Do I need a passport?
Yes! You are required to have a passport. If you do not currently have a passport, apply for one right away. All trips begin on campus at Kingswood University, which will also require a passport. The exception to this is Canadian students participating in the Maritime and Toronto projects.
Will my parents/ guardians be able to contact me while I’m on the road?
Yes. Your parents will be provided with a number to call for emergencies. You will also be permitted to bring your personal cell phones on the trip, but will be asked to put it away if/when it is a distraction from the ministry you are a part of. Note, taking your personal cell phone out of country could result in significant roaming charges — check with your mobile service provider before departing.
Will we do any sight seeing?
Yes. Each trip will provide an opportunity for some sight seeing while you are there.
Can I, or any donors, get a receipt(s) for any payments made? If I can’t go, can I get a refund?
Absolutely. Every non-refundable donation will be issued a charitable donation receipt. If you decide not to attend your project, any donations will be transferred to the project at-large.
Every deposit made will be issued a receipt. Your first $100 deposit is non-refundable. $1000 for the Global project airfare is non-refundable on or after May 14th. Other than non-refundable amounts ($100 deposit and $1000 airfare), deposits can be refunded by 10 business days prior to departure.
If you have questions about this, please contact the business office at Kingswood: 1-506-432-4400.
Will I need any Immunizations?
If you are a part of the global project, you will likely need to get immunizations. Please contact your family doctor or a local travel clinic no later than 4-6 weeks of your travel. Your team will be traveling to Guatemala City, Rio Dolce, Monte Ricco and El Dormido. Your doctor will need that information to determine vaccinations.
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Is there a dress code for the Ecclesia project?
We would simply ask that every student have at least one outfit that is “Sunday Best.” Ladies, we suggest you bring a skirt for leading church services (at or below the knee please). Shorts that are not too short (mid-thigh or lower) may be worn. Men, we suggest you bring at least one collared shirt and dress pants. Keep summer temperatures in mind as well as your location. With all the projects, you’ll be outside often and moving around. Dress comfortably and modestly. More details will come to you upon acceptance and depending on your project.
Where will we be staying?
Maritime Students – Will be staying on campus at Kingswood and traveling daily to different ministry sites. We will be mainly staying in Host Homes while in Nova Scotia and PEI.
Washington, DC Students – Will be staying at the “First Trinity Lutheran Church” – a ministry center in DC.
Guatemala Students – Will be staying at the ministry center and Pastor David’s (host for the week) home.
Will Kingswood help us with support raising?
Kingswood can provide a sample letter for any student who wants to raise funds by mail. We’ll have someone helping you along the way after you apply.