IMPACTING THE WORLD

One Excursion at a Time…

About Us

Leadership Excursions was created to globally duplicate the mission of its partner, Endurance Leadership, which is a nonprofit that strives to inspire people to think beyond themselves and to make a difference in local communities and around the world.

Leadership Excursions exists to create world impact and transformational experiences through trips that incorporate the following ingredients: challenge, social impact, service, training, equipping leaders, adventure, and personal reflection and growth. We are most passionate about making a deep and enduring contribution to the people and communities in which we serve. Whether this means running kid’s camps in Tamale, Ghana while digging wells for villages desperately in need of water, organizing language and character camps for some of the far-reaching provinces in China, investing in Italian teenagers who have become discouraged from watching corrupt government leadership, or serving orphans and building homes in Latin America, we strive to leave a lasting imprint on humanity. All Leadership Excursion trips are sponsored by Endurance Leadership, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please consider taking an unforgettable, life-changing trip with us!

Raise Funds for Your Trip

Many volunteers have great success asking for financial partners to assist in their trip expenses while serving abroad. We can provide you with a fundraising letter template that you can send to family, friends, and local businesses to support your trip with a tax-deductible donation. Businesses and individual partners can contribute by mail or online. Keep in mind that many organizations also have matching-gift programs. Be creative and organize a spaghetti dinner and silent auction in your local area, or use social media outlets to let people know the life-changing adventure you are about to embark on!

Incentive

Become a trip leader! For every 10 participants that you get to sign up, you as the 11th participant do the trip for FREE (this deal covers all trip costs, excluding airfare)! Let us know if you would like to be a trip leader.

Pay For Your Trip or Donate Towards Someone Else's Trip

Would you like to pay for your trip or help someone out by financially contributing towards their trip? Click on the Donate/Payment tab above for more information.


MEET OUR TEAM

The Faces Behind it All

 
Sandra Hidalgo Cravens Excursion Director

Sandra Hidalgo Cravens
Excursion Director

Sandra is the Director of Leadership Excursions. She received her M.A. in Public Administration/International Management from George Mason University and her B.A. in Communications/Spanish from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is married to Will Cravens, mother to Capri and baby Skye and stepmother to 4 great children. Sandra is passionate about equipping communities, as well as training individuals in leading trips that will make a global impact.

William M Cravens IV E.L. Founder

William M Cravens IV
E.L. Founder

Will is the Founder and Director of Endurance Leadership ministries and has been in full-time ministry for over 22 years. Will is passionate about working in international communities, as well as living out an active, contagious faith that models Jesus' earthly ministry. Will is presently helping lead the charitable work with Endurance Leadership as he and his wife continue to focus their work in the continents of Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

 
 
Rick Beckwith Board Member

Rick Beckwith
Board Member

Rick Beckwith has served on the staff of Young Life since 1982. He has worked in Europe training Young Life leaders and also became the the director of strategic growth for the eastern US. He served as the National Director of WyldLife, followed by two years as the VP of Field Initiatives for Young Life. Rick is now the Young Life Senior Regional Director for Washington DC. Rick earned his B.A. from Denison University and M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Jay W Colston III Board Member

Jay W Colston III
Board Member

Jay W Colston III joined Beitzell and Co., a Washington DC wine and spirits wholesaler, in 1984 as the fourth generation of the Colston family. In 1988 the Colston family purchased Virginia Imports Ltd, then a 10-year-old company that formed out of a local beer distributorship in 1978. Virginia Imports, Ltd. expanded its territory in 1990 to include the 26 northernmost counties of Virginia. Jay Colston became president of Virginia Imports, Ltd. in 1991 - present.

JOHN TOMICK Board Member

JOHN TOMICK
Board Member

John Tomick works with the Department of Defense under the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He develops independent cost estimates and advises Department leadership on major defense acquisition programs.  Prior to his service as a civilian, John served 20 years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force in various war planning and analysis roles.  He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.S. in Operations Research from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Statistics and Operations Research from Penn State. 

Dave Houston Board Member

Dave Houston
Board Member

Dave Houston is the CEO of Metro Radio. In 2002 he was one of the founders of a start-up media company called Metro Radio, and has directed the company’s operations ever since. Prior to his work with Metro Radio, he was an Area Director with the Ministry of Young Life. He served Young Life on Long Island NY, Richmond VA, and in Northern VA from 1992-2002. He served on the board of directors at Dominion Christian School pioneering the school’s expansion from 2002 – 2011. Dave holds a degree in Psychology and Communications from George Mason University.

NICOLE KUZMA BOARD MEMBER

NICOLE KUZMA
BOARD MEMBER

 

Nicole Kuzma graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. During this time, she served as a Young Life leader.  She then taught 4th grade in the public school system. Nicole has held different women's ministry leadership positions in several churches as she and her family moved with the military. She has had the privilege to serve on several "short term" missions trip including Mexico and Peru with Leadership Excursions. Presently, she serves on the prayer team for her church and leads a neighborhood study to support mother's on their journey to freedom.