World Changers Outreach Institute

Discipleship Program

The Discipleship Program is a mixture of intense study, ministry and adventure. We live as a community of believers and meet daily for worship, prayer and instruction. Throughout the 15 weeks you will be challenged and changed as you participate in the daily activities of the school and allow God to develop His nature in you.

Our program is built on five components: Classroom instruction, Spanish language study, volunteer work in the community, evangelistic outreaches and mercy ministries.

Classroom Instruction
Each week we will be discussing topics that comprise the DNA of a Christian. WCOI staff, resident missionaries and guest teachers from the U.S. will be teaching throughout the session. All classroom session are taught in English and Spanish.

  • Intimacy with God
  • Intercessory Prayer and Fasting
  • Missions
  • Relationships
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Servant Leadership
  • Bible Study Methods
  • Evangelism
  • Guidance
  • Spiritual Gifts
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • God’s Covenant

Spanish Language Study
Throughout the 15 weeks students learn Spanish either in a one-on-one setting with a trained Spanish teacher or in a small group setting. All students at WCOI will receive 60 hours of intensive language instruction at one of the finest schools in Antigua. Individual instruction is geared to your ability and current level of understanding. Additional group classes are offered throughout the 15 weeks. There are many opportunities to practice your Spanish through the daily contact with fellow Spanish speaking students and with the people of Guatemala.

Volunteer Work in the Community
There are numerous opportunities to help people and organizations that work with the poor and needy in Antigua. Each week we will be volunteering in hospitals, schools, orphanages and ministries or organizations that help meet basic needs of people. It is a challenging and rewarding experience as you give of your time and effort to impact and improve the life of another person.

Evangelistic Ministry
We will be conducting ministry in parks, prisons, schools, streets and churches in several locations. Students will be involved in dramas, puppet ministry, giving testimonies and preaching. Students are encouraged to bring ministry materials such as clowning, illusion tricks, feats of strength, etc. that can be used to communicate the gospel. As part of our outreaches, we also will be spending several days working with full-time missionaries to Guatemala. These outreaches are normally to more remote areas where the living conditions can be quite rustic.

Mercy Ministries
There are many needy people in Guatemala who are seeking help to meet some of the basic necessities of life. We will have opportunities to build homes and churches, provide food and clothing and give financial assistance to families who are struggling.

Travel Opportunities
Guatemala is the “land of eternal spring.” Its scenic beauty and diversity attracts tourists from all parts of the world. Students at WCOI will have the opportunity to visit ancient Mayan ruins, climb volcanoes, swim in the ocean, visit marketplaces and experience cultural celebrations.

Requirements to Attend WCOI

  • Must have a current passport that will not expire during the training dates. Contact your local government office to apply for a passport. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.
  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Must be willing to live in conditions that may at times be rustic.
  • Must have a desire to learn Spanish and minister to the Latin culture.
  • Must complete an application. Applications are available at the Dove office or our website forms.


Student Testimonies

"Before attending WCOI I was at a standstill in my life. I had no clue as to future plans, I only knew that I wanted to follow God. During these three months my relationship with God has grown and He has revealed to me who I am in Christ, and my purpose here on earth.

The friendships made here have been a real blessing. I will never forget this experience as it has changed my life tremendously!" RR


"In my experience with WCOI I really enjoyed learning in Bruce's classes. There were also different people that came in and taught. These people helped with different aspects of my life. I grew a lot spiritually in the three months I was with WCOI. I learned communal living. The other leaders of the school where very helpful to me as well. I really enjoyed the outreaches. We got to stay with different Guatemalan families. That was an experience I will never forget. I also got to practice my Spanish with them." AD


"My experiences in Guatemala? Wow, there is so much to say. Well, I'll start by saying that this was an incredible school. I learned so much on how to depend on God, how to really seek God, and how to be a World CHANGER!! I've really learned how to rely on God through both thick and thin. What an incredible God he is! This was a great school, and an awesome experience." GB


"When I think about Guatemala I think about 3 sections of scripture. The book of Esther, I Kings 19:11-12, and Genesis 24:12. In the book of Esther, Esther took months of preparation before she went in the the presence of the king. She made herself acceptable in the sight of the king. That was one thing God talked to me about. Desiring to be not only in his presence, but making myself acceptable unto him.

The next thing God talked to me about was his voice. In I Kings 19:11-12 Elijah heard God's voice as a still, small voice. If we aren't still and quiet before God, we will miss his voice completely.

The last thing is the story of Isaac and Rebekah in Genesis 24:12. Isaac needed a wife and God showed the servant his perfect bride for Isaac. God wants us to seek after his best for our lives.

Although I don't have anything of these 3 things even remotely close to perfect, I am working on them. These are the three things that I believe are lessons for life: to seek after God, to know his voice, and to desire and aim for only his best in our lives." RG


"I came down here to Guatemala not knowing what I wanted to do with my future. I figured it would buy me a little time to decide what I wanted to do and maybe God would give me direction while I was here. I've had many ideas, but along the way I've also encountered many other maturing and growing moments. I've found that patience is a great virtue to have…especially when you are living with a house full of people and in a Latino culture. I've also learned to love more as I should. I relate it to an orange. On the outside is a shell that is dirty and tastes horrible, but little by little God has been peeling the outer-hard areas of my heart and is making me more tender and soft, enabling me to be more gentle and more loving to the people around me. Even if there is an annoying little quirk.

The moments that really stick out in my mind here are our ministry in Central park, the dump in Guatemala City, and in the little village in Peten. I enjoyed the central park because it was an opportunity to see lives saved. The dump gave me more of a realization of the world and more compassion for the lost, even if they aren't all cooperative. The little village in Peten really gave me a taste of missionary life. We lived with the people for 3 days and roughed it to see how the people really lived. I quite enjoyed the clean air and you can get used to no running water! I'll never forget how the kids eyes were glued to every move of ours because they rarely get to see "gringos". I was happy to be a part of their very first VBS ever. I was so blessed by their hospitality in which they gave much out of the little they had. That is a lesson that most of us can learn from. Most of all, I praise God and give him all the glory for everything He's done in my life and in others here." CH

"Antigua, Guatemala is a place that will always be in my heart. The things I've experienced here in WCOI have changed my life. This past session I had the opportunity to be a leader in the school. I learned much about servant leadership and the individuality of every one of God's kids. While here I received a deeper calling for my life's work here in Guatemala. I was blessed by seeing the many people God touched through dramas, testimonies, preaching, VBS services, and construction. The people here are full of life and the joy of the Lord. It was incredible making relationships with them and working alongside and for them. I praise God for the time He allowed me to spend in Guatemala." SD

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