Mission Trips & Service

The Glacial Community Y decided in 2017 to take our mission international by forming partnerships in which we could offer support, resources, and volunteer hours to help strengthen our core values here, and share those with organizations around the world. To date, we have partnerships with Esperanza Viva, a Christian youth home and orphanage in Puebla, Mexico, and with the YMCA of Valparaiso, Chile. Over the course of these first few years in these partnerships we have sent multiple teams to serve and build relationships within these organizations. And once the pandemic has lifted, we will continue to strengthen these relationships with more volunteers who will answer the call to go.


Esperanza Viva Youth Home, Puebla Mexico

Join the Glacial Community YMCA for a week that changes lives. Spend a week with us at Esperanza Viva, a youth home and orphanage located in Puebla, Mexico. This week consists of serving the staff through a designated morning work project, loving on the 90+ children who call EV home in the afternoons and evenings, two cultural experiences in Puebla, and growing deeper in your faith. Esperanza Viva operates under the ministry of Living Hope International and has been in operation since 1995. It’s a beautiful campus made up of beautiful souls who are ready to welcome you to their home. You will be forever changed.

Stay tuned for our next trip.

YMCA of Valparaiso, Chile

We partner with the Y-USA and other YMCA’s around the country to help support the mission of the Y in the beautiful city of Valparaiso, Chile. Our volunteer time in Chile consists of service projects, community outreach, teaching seminars, program development and support of their George Williams School. Trips usually last 8-10 days and include some time to see the beautiful country of Chile.

September 1-10, 2023

Trip Cost: $2,400 per person

Registration Deadline: May 1st
(Non-refundable $400 deposit due at time of registration)

Required: Valid passport for travel.

Includes: All transportation, lodging, food (while on-site), insurance, ministry expenses, team t-shirts.

March 23rd • 6:30pm

For more information and to register: Contact Bruce Osborn, Director of Spiritual Development at [email protected]



Make a difference in the lives close to home by being on mission through the YMCA and Habitat for Humanity.

Keep your missions local! Join us for one of three Wednesdays in June as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. We’ll be assisting with Habitat’s current build being done in Waukesha. No experience needed, just willing and able bodies who want to serve. Must be 18 years of age or older.

Choose from one of following:
Wednesday, June 7th, 14th, or 28th 
8:30-3:30 pm
(with an hour for lunch)

No cost to participate. Contact Bruce Osborn, Director of Spiritual Development at [email protected] for more information.

Get Involved

If you would like more information on future trips, please complete the interest form on this page. If you don’t wish to travel, but would like to support the work through a donation, there is a place to indicate that on the form.