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Pioneer Trek

Pioneer Trek is a program designed to curate experiential opportunities linked to three areas of travel, learning, and service:

Local, domestic, and international travel linked to mission focused work and service. 

Local, domestic, and/or international travel linked to vocational preparation and service. 

International study abroad travel linked to enriching learning experiences at other CCCU and Church of the Nazarene affiliated locations.

The curation of these opportunities provides students with a robust menu of experiences designed to lead to transformation through travel and interactions with the diverse world around us. Pioneer Trek represents a piece of the Nazarene role in the global Church, connecting people and opportunities, offering a stronger connection between Sunday and the work week, and helps us meet the Great Commission. 


Every student will receive an opportunity to participate in experiential learning for spiritual and/or academic enrichment through the Pioneer Trek program.

Short-Term and Semester Study Abroad

The experiences of a semester of study and travel overseas provide an essential dimension of a liberal arts education that can be obtained in no other way. Summer programs and study abroad semesters provide special opportunities to focus on business, education, humanities, intercultural studies, religion, psychology, sociology, science, mathematics, theatre, music, art and other disciplines. Upon graduation, many students conclude that participation in an international program was the single most significant experience of their undergraduate years. Study abroad programs are offered through third party partnerships and some through MNU professors. As a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU),  a number of off-campus learning opportunities are available through this consortium. While institutional aid is not eligible for study abroad tuition costs our Financial Aid and Bursar’s offices can walk students through the financial responsibilities of a study abroad semester. Most opportunities offered through MNU’s partnerships are eligible for federal financial aid and other grant programs.

More information on study abroad and CCCU programs is available through MNU’s Registrar’s Office. 

June 18-25

Puerto Rico

Travel with seasoned international travelers Randy and Loretta Cloud. “We have recently traveled to this beautiful island and talked to many church pastors who are anxious to receive our MNU students!” Plans are taking place for activities which could include light construction or vacation Bible school or even sports clinics. MNU student Nathan Torres,  from Puerto Rico himself, is a great resource on how to support Puerto Rico.  Contact Dr. Randy Cloud for more information at

July 13-27

Czech republic

Addison Lucchi, MNU Instructional Librarian, will lead this trip. Addison’s brother runs an agency that helps people in the Czech area learn English. In the Czech Republic, participants will help teach English and artistic skills to Czech high school students in a weeklong educational experience. Participants will also participate in storytelling-based Bible studies as a form of ministry, building relationships with Czech students while working alongside missionaries and Czech believers. Contact Addison Lucchi for more information at

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