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. 


Dupree, South Dakota
Join our Y team as we travel to the YMCA of the Seven Council Fires in Dupree, SD this September to assist in the ongoing project organized by the YMCA Alumni Association. The project is similar to a Habitat for Humanity program. Team members will be improving and transforming neighborhoods by helping construct new clusters of tiny homes. There is significant housing insecurity on the Reservation and these tiny homes will offer comfort, safety and security to Native American families. Immerse yourself in a Lakota Tribe cultural experience for this week of service

September 10-17, 2024

Trip Cost: $800 per person

Registration Deadline: February 15th
(Non-refundable $200 deposit due at time of registration)

Includes meals in the dining hall, lodging in the volunteer center bunk house, cultural activities and tours, training, final banquet, transportation to/from Dupree (YMCA van) and all on-site transport, sightseeing in Badlands National Park, Custer State Park and Crazy Horse Monument.

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

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.

October 19-26, 2024

Trip Cost: $1,800 per person

Registration Deadline: May 15th
(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.

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


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.