Are you interested in a year-long experience being immersed in a new culture and serving with local mission organizations?
Cohort Central America offers you the opportunity to serve in one of five host countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, or Honduras. There you'll be placed with a host family and a mission organization where you'll serve in a role that's just right for you.
The Cohort is based in five ministry centers. In each of the locations, Cohort participants, called fellows, live in communities where there is both great need and amazing ministry already taking place to meet those needs. Fellows will see how this transformation is taking place and have opportunities to join their own areas of interest. The emphasis here is on participatory learning, not on world transformation
What You'll Learn
Gather with your local community—your mentor, host family, and the organization you serve with. You'll also get to visit other Cohort locations in Central America.
Travel both locally and to each host country to meet with other fellows and learn and grow together
Grow relationships with a diverse cohort of young adults from both North and South America, learning how your daily work and service fits with God's call on your life
Transform through new spiritual habits, retreats, and mentoring calls on personal vocation, goal setting, and vocational discernment.
How You'll Serve
Depending on your skills, education, and interests, we will help you choose a local organization to partner with. Here are some of the opportunities available to you:
The Casa Adobe cohort center is located in the community of Santa Rosa, a community in which various people struggle with drug and alcohol addictions and children run and play in the streets without supervision. Casa Adobe’s mission is to be a community within the community, to be good neighbors, and to live out God’s Kingdom in a concrete way.
Semillas de la Nueva Creación, (Seeds of a New Creation,) is a cohort center located in the heart of El Salvador. Although daily life in El Salvador has been marked by gang violence, Semillas has worked with many gifted leaders to respond to this violence in practical ways that model peace.
Over the years, our partners have helped foster initiatives with street youth as well as a gang chaplaincy program for incarcerated gang members in Guatemala. Work in Guatemala City includes small businesses in slum communities, the creation of a for-profit investment group, incarnational training, inspiration and organizational structure towards transformational collective impact in urban contexts.
The Nehemiah Center has an established reputation for the ways that it has brought positive change in Nicaragua. Now Missioners have the opportunity to be a part of that change by learning from leaders who have been trained by the Nehemiah Center and are using their training to transform their own communities. Cohort members typically live with a host family and later in a common house for intentional living.
Mangulile Christian Reformed Church began about 50 years ago when two brothers made a trip to get supplies for the bar that they owned in Mangulile. While on the trip, they became believers. The two brothers returned to Mangulile, and started a church. Today, the church has mroe than 400 members who come from all walks of life. Now Mangulile CRC is trying new ways to do ministry in its community, looking for new ways to be God's agents of redemption. Cohort members will team up with local leaders to be a part of that movement.