The Trip That Changed These ASEA Leaders’ Lives

When ASEA’s team of volunteers set off to Ecuador last year to help CHOICE Humanitarian build a vocational school for a struggling community, they didn’t realize how impactful the experience would actually be. The trip wasn’t glamourous or relaxing, but it was life-changing.

Last year’s attendees of the Advancing Life expedition to Ecuador invite you to participate in this memorable experience this summer.

Shawn Burke hauling a wheel barrow with the Advancing Life Foundation

“This was the most powerful thing my wife and I have done together, EVER. The sacrifices we both made to volunteer in Ecuador, on so many levels, outweigh anything we could have imagined. I came back from Ecuador a new husband, a new dad, a new man, and a new person with a new love for ASEA and the executives who run ASEA,” Shawn Burke said.

In just a few months, we’re going back to the Intag region to continue working on the school that will serve more than a thousand families. Join us!

Here are just a few things to expect during your expedition with the Advancing Life Foundation.

You’ll make lifelong connections.

“We were there to work and give ourselves to the people of the Cotacachi region. What we got was far more than we can put into words. The people from the local villages that we worked side by side with were happy, unbelievably grateful, and truly beautiful in spirit, life, and hospitality.”

– Bo Buck

You’ll make a difference.

Cindy Buck paints nails during the Advancing Life Expedition

“ASEA is about making a living while making a difference. In Ecuador, we made a difference beyond the molecules—we made a difference in making education possible in that part of the world so that young people can learn trades and practice their trades in their community as opposed to leaving for the city, looking for opportunity.”

– Cindy Buck

You’ll become a better person.

“The things I learned about myself, my wife, and the people in Ecuador have molded me into the person I always wanted to be. The work is not done. My wife and I plan to go on the expedition in July 2018 to finish the work we started, not just on the vocational school, but on ourselves.”

– Shawn Burke

Villagers will welcome into their community with open arms.

Children in Ecuador
You’ll spend five days in the village working on the school and getting to know the community you’re serving. The groups in June and July will mostly be working on the first classroom building of the school. Participants will enjoy two-and-a-half days of sight seeing the lush environment before coming home.

You’ll want to come back.

“We were so touched and impressed by the people that we met, experienced fellowship with and learned some about the simplicities of life with, that we are returning to Ecuador this summer on the June Expedition with our 25-year-old daughter.”

– Bo Buck

2018 Expeditions

There are two expeditions planned for 2018, happening 22 – 30 June and 13 – 21 July. Both expeditions still have openings.


This opportunity is $1495 USD (airfare not included). A $300 USD deposit due on sign up, and final payment is due 60 days before the expedition.


Time is running out to be part of this one-of-a-kind adventure. Use the links below to register!

June 2018

July 2018

This is the service opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
See you there!