They are Richard Easley Jr., 17, Tess Dorsey, 16, and Payton Easley, 15.
Richard and Payton are the sons of Richard and Becky Easley of Waynesboro and Tess Dorsey is the daughter of Shannon and Bonnie Dorsey of Cascade.
The three traveled with Maranatha Volunteers International, a nonprofit Christian organization headquartered in Roseville, Calif. The organization helps sponsor youth groups to build structures such as schools, churches, clinics, orphanages, homes and hospitals.
They flew to Quito, Ecuador, where they joined other youth groups. They then went to Ambato, Ecuador. More than 200 volunteers, including teens and staff, split into groups of about 30 each and went to different work sites.
Richard Easley was slated to help remodel a school building, including the task of block laying.
Dorsey was to lay block during the construction of a new school and also help out with medical needs in the area.
Payton Easley was to go to an El Pisque site putting in new bathrooms, doing plumbing and electrical work in remodeling another school.
Some of the groups were scheduled to construct an educational and evangelical center in Ambato and several one-day churches in various places. They are called oneday churches because the buildings themselves are constructed in only one day.
The project from July 16 to July 29 is called the Ultimate Workout, exclusively for teen volunteers, ages 14-18, who have completed the ninth grade but not yet in college, and want to experience a real adventure serving others.
The project is unlike any other, taking teens out of their comfort zone as they learn to serve, to lead and experience God in new ways.
Ultimate Workout celebrates 23 years this year.
Adult staff members facilitate the project.
Participants who raise and pay their own expenses stay with their new family groups in campgrounds or existing buildings close to their respective building projects.
Each group has several staff members who are passionate about development opportunities for young people. There is one staff member for every three or four teens.
Since it started in 1969, Maranatha has sent out more than 65,000 volunteers to 78 countries. They are actively constructing buildings in 20 countries, using about 3,000 volunteers a year, half of which are under the age of 20.
Their motto is to spread the gospel throughout the world as it builds people through the construction of urgently needed buildings.
The three area youths and their families attend the Waynesboro Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 State Hill Road. The church helped them raise the funds they needed to go on the trip.