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Our Company Prayer Time

Every Monday morning, the JE staff gathers together for a time of prayer.  We believe that being saturated in prayer is of vital importance to our mission to change the world through student travel.  We are entering one of the busiest travel seasons of our year, and being covered in prayer during this season is absolutely integral to what we are trying to do.

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Teacher Appreciation Week


Our Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway (Now Closed)

Teacher Appreciation Week Imagine if we celebrated our teachers the way that we do our celebrities, athletes, and business leaders.  It’s fitting that Teacher Appreciation Week this year falls during the middle of a busy political season, numerous NBA playoff series, and right after a ridiculously over-hyped boxing spectacle.  Let’s be honest, our teachers deserve far more media attention than any of these public figures that end up clogging the airwaves of our TVs and Facebook feeds.

At Joshua Expeditions, teachers are at the center of what we do.  Teachers are the ones who fearlessly join their students on Joshua Expeditions tours around the world.  It is by their example that students learn that “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof”.  We believe that student travel can change the world, but we also recognize that this can never happen without the leadership from our partnering teachers.

As a small token of our respect and appreciation, we are giving away 12 $25 Starbucks Gift Cards at the end of Teacher Appreciation Week.

This year, we will be giving away 10 of the gift cards to teachers, and 2 of the gift cards to non-teachers.  We want to celebrate the incredible lessons that teachers have taught us, the ways that they have impacted our lives, and the educational and spiritual impact they have had on us.

To enter, simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page, and answer one of two questions:

  1. FOR TEACHERS: What is the biggest lesson you have learned from teaching?
  2. FOR NON-TEACHERS: What is the biggest lesson you have learned from one of your teachers?

The Responses That We Received Were Amazing

If you are in need of some serious inspiration, wisdom, or reassurance that teachers are the best, then check out our collection of entries, here.  We loved hearing from teachers about what they have learned in their career.  There were a few over-arching themes to the answers we received.  Many teachers expressed the need to love each child individually, and expressed their belief that every student has the capability of being a “diamond in the rough”.  We were also glad to see that many teachers expressed that their faith in God is strengthened by teaching, and seeing students mature in their faith.


“Let’s be honest…every week should be Teacher Apprecation Week! #teacherappreciationweek”



Winners of the Giveaway

Look for an email from Joshua Expeditions with details on your $25 Starbucks Card!

  1. Laurie Beard
  2. Alicia Porter
  3. Amberly Robertson
  4. Tyler Amidon
  5. Scott Towns
  6. Donna Barrios
  7. Dave Crawford
  8. Marcela Keefe
  9. Debra Clark
  10. Rob McDonald
  11. Heather Campbell
  12. Mika Edwards

**Special Announcement**

We were so moved by all of the entries to this contest.  The responses were heartfelt, poetic, and full of wisdom.  Since we believe that ALL teachers deserve to be honored, we are actually going to award every single person who entered this Giveaway a $10 Starbucks Card.  YES.  Every. Single.  Person.  It’s the least that we can do to honor the teachers that we have the privilege of working with throughout the year.  From everyone at Joshua Expeditions…thank you for all that you do!

Some of our Favorite Entries: 

Diamonds in the Rough

A Word Fitly Spoken

The Owner of an Ice Cream Store

We Are All Broken and Need Grace


Senior Trip Ideas

Senior Trip Ideas At Joshua Expeditions we believe that Senior Trips are one of the most amazing things that you can give your students.  After all the hard work, all the test taking, all the extracurricular activities, their time at school has come to an end.  The beautiful thing is that Seniors are also so full of hope and expectation, because the next chapter in their life is just beginning.

Senior Trips can be a great way to give your matriculating students an experience to broaden their horizons, as they are on the precipice of journeying into the world at large.  If you don’t know where to start when looking for Senior Trips that really change lives, we’ve put together a list of Senior Trip Ideas for you.  Travel is a powerful thing, and we believe that a great trip can not only broaden a student’s global perspective, it can also lead them closer to Christ. Read More

When a Cancelled Flight Leads to Changed Lives

The last major eruption by the Turrialba Volcano was in 1866.  As one of Costa Rica’s largest volcanoes, it attracts visitors year round.  In fact, brave visitors used to be able to hike down into the main crater, but in 1996 small rumblings started to increase and time spent at the summit was limited to 15 minutes due to increased gaseous activity.

This past March 12th and 13th the Turrialba Volcano woke from it’s slumber, and started spewing flumes of ash into the air.  The three eruptions that happened over those two days are regarded as the most significant activity in the last century.  As a result of the significant amount of ash in the air, the San Jose Airport was completely closed, with over 100 flights being cancelled.

What happens when a Joshua Expeditions group is scheduled to depart Costa Rica on the day the airport is shut down due to an unprecedented volcanic eruption?

Lives are changed.


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The Reality of Travel Emergencies and How We Respond

paris attacks

Unless you were living under a rock, you surely heard about the attacks that happened in Paris on January 7th when two Islamic militants forced their way into Charlie Hebdo headquarters and killed 11 people.

While the search for the terrorists, and the subsequent international response, kept most people glued to CNN, we had other things on our mind. Read More

Our Christmas Present

At the beginning of this December we asked our friends and travelers to tell us how they were giving back this Christmas season, and we also included the offer to nominate an organization or ministry that means something to you.  At Joshua Expeditions, our “Christmas Present” this year is to donate $1000 to one of those organizations.

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Our Christmas Present

Be sure to nominate your local organizations for our Christmas give away.  We love hearing from our travelers about how they are giving back in their home towns.  You can nominate organizations through Facebook, by leaving a comment on this post, or by emailing us.



Spreading Biblical Joy


At the heart of what Joshua Expeditions does throughout the world is the idea of spreading biblical JOY.  Oftentimes when we think about the world at large, especially in light of darker world events that seem to have a monopoly on our news and media coverage, we think that the world is hopeless, lost, and distraught.  What we have found though, is that regardless of where our student groups travel, where Jesus is, Joy is found.  These are the experiences that we pray for with our trips, and the cultural understanding that we hope our student travelers return home with.  We believe that God is good, that Jesus came to give us life abundant, and we are proud to be able to partner with ministries around the world who are spreading the Joy of Christ in practical ways.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

That verse from Romans 15:13 is our prayer for every interaction we have on our trips.  From Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Belize, to Romania, Italy, France, and Spain, and even our ministries here at home in rural Appalachia, LA, and New York; we are confident that God can use the simple gestures of joy and hope to allow the Holy Spirit to work in people’s lives.

We hope you’ll join us in prayer during this season of preparation as we work towards another big travel season in the spring.  As we work out airline contracts, schedules, meals, and vendor details join us in praying for opportunities to spread Biblical Joy.


Preparing for the Europe Travel Season

Visiting Our European Missionaries and Vendors

Recently our European Coordinator, Jon Dooley, and our former European Coordinator now Senior Class Trips Specialist, Mario Mammina, headed across the Atlantic to begin preparations and networking for the upcoming travel season. An important part of what Joshua Expeditions offers is our extensive network of vendors, ministries, and local guides, and even though Jon and Mario are in contact with our European friends all year long, it’s nice to be able to talk in person a few times a year.

So, today we’ll hear from Jon and Mario about this trip, who they were talking to, what kinds of things they are looking forward to this season, and where their personal favorite destinations are.

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Ministry in Homestead Florida

Ministry Opportunities in Homestead, Florida

Joshua Expeditions has been taking short-term mission trips to Homestead, Florida for many years.  The warm weather, the clear water, and the missions opportunities make it a great trip for any occasion.  We are particularly fond of the children that we have the opportunity to serve every year in the Children’s Centers in the area.  Homestead is at the northern beginning to the famed U.S. Route 1 that takes sun-hungry travelers all the way to the Florida Keys.  The weather here is warm almost year-round, and the scenery is beautiful.  Because of the warm weather, and perfect growing conditions, Homestead is surrounded by agriculture.  The children that we serve in Homestead are the children of migrant farm workers who spend their afternoons in these balmy fields.


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At the Children’s Centers, JE groups have the opportunity to share God’s love through games, crafts, and music.  The children eagerly look forward to JE groups arriving, and are always sad to see them go.  One of the best parts about returning to the same Center’s year after year is that we have the opportunity to see these children grow up, and express their love for Christ.


Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

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Serving children is always a reminder of the character of a God who said that “the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these”.  Their joy, enthusiasm, and inexplicable trust is overwhelming.  Every year we learn something new from these kids, and return home with our faith strengthened.

If you are looking for a meaningful student mission trip close to home this year, check out our South Florida Mission Trip.  You won’t regret it.

p.s. we can also add some fun activities like snorkeling, or this crazy airboat ride that takes off through the alligator infested everglades!


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