Known for its beautiful beaches and historic lighthouses, eastern North Carolina is called the Coastal Plain Region. Once inhabited by Native Americans, the area was one of the first places that the British tried to form a settlement. During colonial times, eastern North Carolina was an economic and political powerhouse. In 1903, the Wright Brothers made the area famous with their adventures at Kitty Hawk. More recently, the area is known for the maritime industry, tourism, and military bases.
Your Wonder Voyage to eastern North Carolina immerses you in the history of both the Native inhabitants and some of the earliest European settlers to the area. Opportunities to learn and to serve abound in this region that has been affected by the winds, the tides, and the times. Come explore the Carolinas and be transformed by its beautiful resilience.
- Attend a worship service in a church founded in the 1750’s.
- Contemplate the lives of the people buried in a 300 year old cemetery.
- Immerse in the history of the Native and European inhabitants of the region.
- Enjoy a kayak adventure where the river meets the sea.
- Visit the dunes where the first airplane took flight.
- Serve the needs of migrant farm workers.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
- Day 1 – Recharge
Welcome to the North Carolina Coast! With miles of beaches, barrier islands and countless lighthouses, this region of the country is the perfect place to find rest and renewal. Our week explores the area’s intricate past, from Native American legends and the settlers that landed here centuries ago to the local farmers who bring life to the land. Buckle up for an unforgettable week of adventure, service and wonder.
- Day 2 – Relate
In order to serve others well we must develop empathy. Love builds as we understand the struggle that others go through. We begin the day in service with an organization dedicated to housing displaced families. In the afternoon we walk through the many historic sites in Wilmington that were part of the Civil Rights movement. Drawing on empathy again to learn from this difficult time in our history.
- Day 3 – Recycle
This is our one and only planet. Today, as we investigate the ecosystems of the coastline, we focus our attention to preserving and protecting our vital resources. We meet with a local conservation group whose mission is to improve and preserve water quality. As we learn about the ecological challenges of modern life, it is a perfect time to consider the duty we have to care for the planet.
- Day 4 – Rebuild
A challenge of age is loss of independence. The elderly often cannot stay in their homes due to an inability to keep them maintained and safe. Today we come to understand what it means to help people preserve independence and dignity. We serve with an organization focused on low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in need of assistance. As we help them rebuild, we live out our Baptismal Covenant to “maintain the dignity of every human being.”
- Day 5 – Recreate & Reflect
As our time in North Carolina wanes, we slow our pace to match the rhythm of the ocean. The beautiful shorelines of the Atlantic coast, along with quaint, Victorian-era villages is a soothing way to bring our week to a close. A celebration dinner brings conversation and fellowship before we end our evening in reflection and prayer for the week of mission and pilgrimage.
- Day 6 – Return
Though part of the journey is ending, a separate story now begins. As you return home with stories of wonder, we pray that the ways you experienced and practiced compassion and community travel with you wherever you go.
Legacy in North Carolina Coast
- *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.