My Gap Year

On September 18th, God willing, I will fly to San Jose, Costa Rica for my gap year. For the first three months I will be living and working unpaid with one of Jose's closest friends, Carlos. He and his mother manage a soccer manufacturing and wholesale business in Costa Rica that sells to retailers like Walmart. There, I will gain valuable business experience that will help me prepare to study Business at Georgetown University in the Fall of 2018. It also combines 3 of my passions: soccer, Spanish and Business. Also during this time, I may volunteer with a ministry that Jose was a part of named Royal Rangers. In December, I will return home for Christmas. In the beginning of January, I will return to Costa Rica to volunteer at an overnight Christian camp in Heredia, Costa Rica called Campamento Roblealto. Here, I will serve in a variety of ways such as working in the kitchen, running camp activities and playing with the kids. Finally, I will head to Nicaragua where I will volunteer at a variety of ministries in the capital city of Managua. I hope to serve at an After School Sports Center, a center for kids with Special Needs and a home for at-risk youth. I will return home at the end March.

Your generous donations will go towards housing, food, transportation and miscellaneous living expenses for my six months out of the country. Thank you so much for taking the time to consider supporting me! Please pray that my faith will continue to mature, my Spanish proficiency will turn into fluency and for me to make lifelong friends and have great experiences.

~John Picker


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John Picker 
Palo Alto, CA
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