Year Four Reach
Application Process for REACH:
- Complete all sections of the REACH application by April 1st for Costa Rica and May 1st for Constance Lake. Applications will be processed in order of date received and will be taken as soon as REACH registration opens in early November each year. As space is limited in each program, there is an advantage to applying early.
- Each REACH applicant will be screened for suitability including contacting the references listed. Each applicant will then be notified if they have successfully made it to the interview stage. We will begin the interview process in December and will continue to interview applicants until the program is filled.
- Upon meeting all the requirements, successful candidates will be informed within 2 weeks after the interview at which time a non-refundable deposit of $200 is required. For those accepted to the Costa Rica program, a second non-refundable deposit of $600 is due April 1st in order to book flights.
- For REACH Costa Rica, a mandatory orientation weekend will take place in the spring to inform participants about cultural expectations, planning for the camps and how to raise prayer support.
Must have completed grade 11. Please see the 2021 YDLP Information Guide for more information.
- Completion of CREW or ROOTs is not a requirement.
- For REACH Costa Rica: Spanish Language is an asset but not required.
- Participation in REACH is not a requirement to work as staff at IAWAH. You may work as staff for part of the summer or not at all and still participate in either of these programs.
(This program has been temporarily suspended for summer 2021 due to COVID-19)
REACH is a program designed to expose and challenge participants in their understanding of Christian leadership in a cross-cultural context. For 2020 IAWAH is offering two opportunities: Costa Rica and Constance Lake First Nation. Both programs focus on gaining a sociological and theological understanding of our responsibility as Christ followers in helping to alleviate poverty.
In Costa Rica, the group will join the leadership team of Camp La Cumbre, as we prepare and assist in running a camp for youth from some of the most challenging communities of San José. During our second week, we will take on a physical challenge through an incredible hike from continental divide to the beautiful rain forest of the Pacific coast, finishing with a well-deserved break at the beach. We complete our time in San José, learning how God is working in that city through visiting and participating in various strategic ministries to students and the most vulnerable.
In Northern Ontario, our Constance Lake First Nation experience is a three week program where we first spend time living in the community to learn from the elders, community members and the chief. We will be serving where needed as determined by the community, which could involve participating in youth programs and preparing to service the children of the community by leading a day camp alongside community leaders. We will spend time visiting historically significant places in the region, and finish with some canoeing and hiking in and around Lake Superior national park – another significant area to the First Nation people of the region .
It is important that our young people understand the challenges that our nation faces with its First Nations people, to rid ourselves of negative stereotypes and understand what part we can play in healing broken relationships. IAWAH will be building upon a long-standing relationship that Bethel Church Kingston has with Constance Lake and is entering upon a personal invitation of the Band’s Chief. Previous canoe tripping experience is not required.
Be prepared for a learning experience like no other!