To serve God alongside Dove Christian Fellowship in the city of Sliven, Bulgaria
To experience world missions
To become proficient in the Bulgarian language
To develop new ministry skills
To understand the Bible better as you study key New Testament texts in Philippi and Thessaloniki
Gap Year at a Glance
September Intensive language learning
October Begin ministry in Sliven, Bulgaria
November Week of missions to Turkey
Late April Week of biblical study in Greece
This will vary according to your gifts.
Outreach to children
Develop a new group for teenagers
Develop a social media strategy for the church’s communication and outreach
Serve a Roma community in the mountains
Elements of study: Ongoing education is built into this gap year program. In addition to the study field trip to Greece, there are nine books that you will read and report on throughout the year. The topics range from Bulgarian life and culture to cross-cultural missions.
Requirements for participation: This program is available to young adults aged 18+ and who are recommended by their pastor.
Costs Costs are approximate at this stage.
Startup cost: $4,500 to $5,000, depending on team size. Includes:
Round-trip flight to Bulgaria
Health insurance for the duration of the trip
Intensive language school tuition
One-time costs to settle into life in Bulgaria (such as an apartment deposit and household items)
Travel, food and accommodation for outreach trip to Turkey
Monthly cost: $1,500 to $1,600, depending on accommodation. Includes:
Apartment rent and utilities
Ongoing language lessons
Daily living costs (such as groceries, eating out, public transportation, phone, internet, and tithe)
Travel, food and accommodation for study week in Greece
Contact Peter Bunton with any questions: or 717-627-1996