Winterim 2023 Trips

Missions Trips

Fiji: Faith and Farming

Fiji, Farming, and Faith is a missions trip designed to give students the opportunity to serve, be stretched and grow. Students will be able to share God’s love while experiencing the Fijian culture. The trip will include working on projects at the farm, conducting kid’s clubs, and volunteering at a home for single mothers and orphans. This trip is a chance to serve those in need, live simply, and grow in your walk with Christ.

Come experience both sides of the postcard! 

Trip Leaders: Jacques Bowker and Anna Joy Setran
 
Support needed per student: $2500-2700 
Open to: All Grades

GO Ministries Men and Women's Varsity Basketball Missions Trip

During the two weeks of Winterim 2023, the mens and womens basketball teams will be immersed into a cross-cultural service and missions experience in the Dominican Republic that will provide opportunities for players to collectively live out the call of Christ on their lives through sports and service. Partnering with Go! Ministries, members basketball team will have the opportunity to put on sports camps for kids in the Dominican Republic and will work together on service projects in collaboration with Go! Ministries.

In addition, the team will spend intentional time together studying God’s Word and working through a book study focused on the Christian call to missions. The purpose of the trip is to provide opportunities for the basketball teammates to live out the call of Christ to bring the Gospel to the world through the specific means of relational service to those who are in physical need.

Trip Leaders: Coach Fritz, Coach Smith, Coach Carwell, and Coach Davona
 
Support needed per student: $2600-3000 
Open to: Males and Females

Kids Alive Dominican Republic Missions Trip

This trip is combining our Business Innovation lab and a Kids Alive Service Team. Students will be part of a Service team mission trip where they will assist Kids Alive International missionaries and staff with construction, English tutoring, and meet students that WA sponsors in the DR.

Trip Leaders: Valerie Gregersen and Phil Strzalka
 
Support needed per student: $2500-2700 
Open to: 10, 11, and 12 grades

Adventure Trips

Wrestling Team to Colorado

Trip Leaders: Justin Swider

We will wrestle, experience some team bonding and explore God’s creation. We will participate in a triangular Wrestling meet and tournament while in Colorado. There will be plenty of sightseeing and adventuring in the mountains. We hope to make some local college visits and a potential visit to the Olympic Training Center. This trip will be a continuation of our Wrestling season and is highly recommended if you’re joining the team!

Student Cost: $1000-1200 

Open to: All Grades, Males Only

Educational Trips

Best of England and Scotland

Come explore the best of England and Scotland! If you are ready for travel to leave you speechless by the awe and wonder of God’s creation, this nine day tour is for you! Though bonded politically by the United Kingdom and geographically by the island of Great Britain, England and Scotland each maintain their own distinct character. In Edinburgh, experience kilts, bagpipes and haggis as you absorb proud Scottish history. At Windsor Castle and Oxford University, the English accent reveals its royal tradition. Take in the bustle of London and the world-class archaeological site of Stonehenge. Students must be comfortable with international travel/flights and walking long distances throughout the day. Come explore the United Kingdom and savor the beauty, culture, and rich history of these remarkable countries!

Trip Leaders: Evan and Mandy Jasper

Student Cost: $4150-4250

Open to: All Grades

Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.

This is a 1 week class and 1 week trip collaboration. Students will learn on campus from a WA teacher the first week and then travel to DC the second week to discover and explore many of the interesting and significant sites. This counts towards government class credit.

Trip Leaders: Leah Rinker and Leah Dunlap

Student Cost: $2000 
Open to: All Grades 

Leadership Development

Stories of Vietnam: A Documentary Trip (NEW Fall 2022)

Ravaged by global politics, continuous warfare, and internal unrest throughout the past century, Vietnam defied the odds and transitioned into one of the fastest growing economies of the 21st century, recently surpassing Finland, Denmark, Hong Kong, and New Zealand in nominal GDP. From manufacturing and processing, to fintech and entertainment, Vietnam is drawing massive amounts of Direct Foreign Investment from multinationals such as Microsoft, Intel, and Samsung. We are thrilled to be a part of this story as Wheaton Academy expands its presence in Vietnam’s international education sector through our International Program.

This trip is a special collaboration project with the International Program, for the purpose of building bridges with WA’s growing family network in Vietnam. We will be hosted by WA families in Hanoi, who will take us on a journey to experience firsthand the history, economics, and value systems that influence modern society in Vietnam. Following our stay in Hanoi, we will take public transportation through the countryside of Northern Vietnam, traveling to the mountain villages and rice terraces of Sapa, where we will experience a very different perspective with the ethnic minorities and farming communities of this iconic travel destination.

We will record conversations, experiences, and reflections from this trip, diving deeply into the concept of “Opportunity”, and what it means for us as 21st century Christians in the United States. Our experiences will be compiled into a short documentary that will be released for the WA community in the following Spring semester.

Activities & Themes will include:

  • Meet and dialogue with students at the international school and at the orphanage [Does socioeconomic background impact outlook on life and the future?]
  • Exploring old vs new Hanoi [Colonialism, politics, and the new economy]
  • Visit “Hanoi Hilton” POW camp [How historical narratives shape perspective]
  • Visit local temple [Tradition, spirituality, and the role it plays in value systems]
  • Experience Vietnamese food culture [Does culture influence our relationship with food?]
  • Homestay experience with WA families in Hanoi [Culture and family life]
  • Excursion to Sapa [The impact of globalization on tourism and wealth distribution]

This trip will be limited to a selective team of students as each person will be expected to play a highly proactive role in the relational aspects and documentation of this experience.

Qualifications:

  • Attentive to surroundings; strong interpersonal skills; perceptive
  • Strong interest in learning about other cultures
  • Comfortable with being in front of the camera
  • Experience with videography, editing, and social media preferred

As of September 8, 2022, Vietnam does not require COVID vaccinations, COVID testing, or a quarantine period before entering the country.

Trip Leaders: James Brannon

Student Cost: $3200-3500 
Open to: All Grades