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Hunter Kieley
Hunter KieleyAtlas GAP Year Student 2022-2023
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"The Atlas GAP Program is a vehicle for transformation. A vehicle staffed by godly people who raise up Christ-seeking young men and women in the ways they should go. The classes are biblically sound and phenomenal. Spanish lessons weaken the barriers between students and their Tico brothers and sisters. Weekend Missions give students a chance to put all that class learning into practice. And the growth in my class has been incredible to see. I have acquired much-beloved brothers and sisters, played a hand in giving hope to refugees, and fallen in love with a land I never before knew. As the second semester begins, I am without doubt that greater things are to come."
Sophia Steinhauer
Sophia SteinhauerAtlas GAP Year Student 2022-2023
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I have yet to find another environment where such a strong and steady foundation of the Bible creates a amazing green-house effect for growth in ones spiritual life. A close knit community, hours spent in Gods word, and adding a completely new/interesting culture and language into the mix really forces you to rely on God is ways you haven’t had to before. Arriving in Costa Rica you will be challenged in many ways. You will be living side by side other believers who may view things differently than you (which is super fun), and on the weekends serve alongside different ministries throughout Costa Rica.
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     The Atlas GAP Year is a ministry of Atlas Travel and Study Abroad and operates in partnership with MissionGo.  The Gap Year is designed to equip young adults to love and serve the Lord through gospel-centered bible and theology classes, hands-on ministry experience, language training, and cross-cultural immersion. This opportunity is for high-school graduates, ages 17-22.

September 2023 – May 2024

Tuition:12,900 (airfare not included). 

Applications are open for the 2023-2024 school year!

Meet our Staff

Andy Gordley is the director of Atlas Travel and Study Abroad. He oversees the Gap Year Program. He and Tina have 6 children and have been married for 22 years. They have lived in Costa Rica for 12 years. Andy and Tina are graduates from Lancaster Bible College.  

Andy Gordley is the director of Atlas Travel and Study Abroad. He oversees the Gap Year Program. He and Tina have 6 children and have been married for 22 years. They have lived in Costa Rica for 12 years. Andy and Tina are graduates from Lancaster Bible College.  

Evan and Nancy Esh met as Gap students in 2014 and were married in 2018. They went on to graduate from Lancaster Bible College and are now serving as Atlas’ Assistant Directors of the Gap Year Program. They have an infant son named Malachi. 

Claire Stevens serves as Atlas’ Student Life Director for the Gap Year Program. She graduated from Lee University in 2022 with a degree in TESOL. 

Claire Stevens serves as Atlas’ Student Life Director for the Gap Year Program. She graduated from Lee University in 2022 with a degree in TESOL. 

Dan Tyson serves as an intern for Atlas Travel and Study Abroad, next year he has plans to return as a Student Life Director for the GAP Year Program. Dan is currently studying online at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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