Encuentro Missions provides mission opportunities for teens and families. For the past 50 years, we have facilitated trips in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Peru. Over 250,000 students have participated, resulting in more than 2 million children and adults hearing the Gospel message through Encuentro events.

In 2018, we will be sending teams to two new countries: Guatemala and Costa Rica. We will have teams in both countries during two one-week periods: June 30 through July 7 and July 7 through July 14. All Costa Rica spots have been filled. Spots are open for both weeks in Guatemala.




Teams serving in the country of Guatemala will be based out of Guatemala City. Centro Cristiano de Convenciones Guatemala will provide housing for our teams. We will be partnering with local churches to provide VBS programs and sports clinics to the communities. Light construction projects are planned, and church planting will take place in the area. We will have teams in Guatemala during our two trip dates: June 30 through July 7 and July 7 through July 14.




Our Costa Rican mission teams will be working in and around the city of San Jose. Housing for these teams will be provided by Seminario Nazareno de las Américas. With the help of local churches, we will facilitate sports clinics and VBS programs for the children in these communities. Our teams will also be engaged in light construction projects and church planting. We will have teams in Costa Rica during our two trip dates: June 30 through July 7 and July 7 through July 14. All spots in Costa Rica are currently filled.





If you are a team leader, consider joining us for a presite trip. These trips will include a visit to some of the future projects, a stay at the seminary, and worship time with our brothers and sisters from our partner churches. This trip will give you a good feel for the country and what you can expect when bringing your team next summer. The following are dates for the presite trip in each country:

Costa Rica: Arrive on Monday, September 18 and depart on Thursday, September 21.
Guatemala: Arrive on Monday, October 16 and depart on Thursday, October 19.

Cost: $100 and includes travel in the country, meals once in the country, and lodging. You can mail a check or pay online. With service fees, the cost to pay online is $105. See the Make a Payment section below for our mailing address or pay online. When paying online, select “Presite Payment” from the Type of Payment dropdown box.

Any questions, email us at ashley@encuentromissions.org





Shawn Evans
Encuentro Director
(219) 242-3698

James Smith
Guatemala Director
(419) 788-0390

Greg Wells
Costa Rica Director
(606) 219-2404

Ashley Evans
Encuentro Office Manager
(219) 299-3149

Bob Evans
Guatemala Project Coordinator
(205) 799-6285

Ron Jackson
Costa Rica Project Coordinator
(913) 314-2799

Nancy Dodd
Travel Assistance
(708) 990-3078




Trip Cost

Team Registration: $200 by September 1, 2017

Cost per Participant*:

  • Super Early Bird – $625 by December 1, 2017
  • Early Bird – $675 by January 1, 2018
  • Regular Rate – $725 by February 1, 2018
  • Late Registration – $775 by March 1, 2018

*For special family rates, contact the Encuentro office at (219) 299-3149.

Suggested Payment Schedule for Super Early Bird Rate:

  • First Payment – $175 by September 1, 2017
  • Second Payment – $150 by October 1, 2017
  • Third Payment – $150 by November 1, 2017
  • Fourth Payment – $150 by December 1, 2017

The individual registration cost covers insurance and training materials, as well as meals, lodging, and transportation while on site.

Make a Payment

You can make payments by check or online (with a service fee).

Checks can be made out to Encuentro and mailed to:

    Encuentro Missions
    P.O. Box 1755
    Valparaiso, IN 46384

Online payments can be made through PayPal using your credit or debit card. There is a $10 service fee for Team Registration online payments, $5 service fee for Presite Payments, and a $25 service fee for each Individual Registration online payment. There is no service fee if you mail a check to Encuentro Missions.

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Register Your Team

If you’re planning on bringing a mission team to Guatemala or Costa Rica, register your group today. The cost for team registration is $200 ($210 when paying online). If you need assistance with making your team’s travel plans, contact Nancy at (708) 990-3078 or nancy@encuentromissions.org.


Register Team Members

Once you’ve assembled your team, register your team members. The cost per participant is $775.