Is your student ready for a life-changing experience? This summer, MAVEN is hosting our first-ever “open enrollment” Immersive Experience for students across the U.S. We’ll lead your student through pre-trip training, where they’ll grow deeper in their knowledge of God’s Word and the Gospel, and then the MAVEN team will guide them through a week-long Biblical Immersive experience where they’ll serve and engage lovingly with the Mormon people in Utah.

This Immersive experience is for students entering the 9th grade through college.

July 14-20 2024

$ 795 per student
  • Immersive Experience Training Package including required videos and reading
  • Trained MAVEN Field Guides to lead your student(s) through the experience
  • Adult MAVEN chaperones to help lead the group
  • Meals for the entire trip

Curtis & Maggie Hendrick
Field Guides

Curtis and Maggie have been married for 12 years and live in Southern California with their 4 young children. Curtis works in Healthcare IT and uses his technological talents to help maintain MAVEN’s website. Maggie received her Masters degree in Christian Apologetics and Evangelism and writes for Women In Apologetics (WIA). Curtis and Maggie currently serve as weekly Bible study leaders at their home church, the Village Church, in Irvine, California.

The Hendricks have served as volunteer staff members with MAVEN for the past 4 years. Maggie handles the itinerary planning for MAVEN’s Biblical Immersive Experiences and they both have helped lead and chaperone MAVEN’s trips. In fact, Maggie attended an Immersive Experience 18 years ago as a teenager and knows first hand how life-changing these trips are.

Ryan Pauly
Director of Immersive Experiences

Ryan has been working with middle school and high school students for over a decade as a missionary in the Dominican Republic, a high school Bible teacher, and a speaker. He attended his first Immersive Experience in 2016, was hired as a MAVEN Field Guide in 2017 and in 2023, took over as the Director of Immersive Experiences. 

Ryan holds a B.A. in theology and youth leadership from Vanguard University, an M.A. in Christian apologetics from Talbot School of Theology and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in cultural engagement at Talbot. Ryan and his wife Emily have two sons, Lennox and Maverick, and live in Southern California. He enjoys watching hockey, roasting coffee, and playing with his boys.

  • Trip costs: $795 per student
  • Transportation to the Salt Lake City airport or MAVEN ministry house in in Saratoga Springs, Utah
  • All items on the “What to Bring” list provided by MAVEN
  • Completion of all pre-trip training

This Immersive experience is for students entering the 9th grade through college.


You have two options to get your student to Salt Lake City: air or ground. If you choose to fly, you should plan to arrive by 2 pm on July 14th and depart no earlier than 1 pm noon on the 20th. The MAVEN team will be at the airport to pick up and drop off students. The first departing airport drop will be at 11 am, and the last airport drop will be at 4 pm on the 20th. If you choose to drive your student, you may drop them off at our host home south of Salt Lake City by 2 pm on July 14th and pick them up by 1 pm on the 20th.

No, unfortunately, parents or guardians are not allowed to join the trip with their students. The purpose of the trip is to provide a unique and independent experience for the students to grow deeper in their knowledge of God’s Word and the Gospel, and to serve and engage with the LDS people in Utah.

No, the trip is being led by the MAVEN team who have years of experience in leading successful trips for students. They have all the necessary qualifications and experience to provide the best possible experience for your student.

We encourage you to have your students leave phones at home, but if they must bring one it must stay turned OFF during the majority of the trip. If you do let them bring one, there will be designated times to call parents. We know from years past that cell phones can be a HUGE distraction from God’s work on this trip.

He or she will not have a phone generally available, but we will have an emergency contact and will contact you with any issues. If you do allow your student to bring a phone, we will have a short period designated each day to contact parents.

We understand that emergencies can happen, and we will be available by phone throughout the trip to address any urgent needs. You will be provided with the contact details for the MAVEN team, and they will be able to assist you in getting in touch with your student.

No, unfortunately, the trip is designed to be a week-long experience, and students are required to attend for the full duration of the trip. This is to ensure that they have enough time to fully engage and benefit from the activities and interactions with the LDS people in Utah.

For additional questions and to speak with a MAVEN staffer, please email us at Thanks!


Are you ready to deepen your faith, gain a new perspective, and engage in meaningful conversation? Join other students from across the U.S. for a transformative week-long Biblical Immersive Experience in Utah, where you will receive pre-trip training and guidance from the MAVEN team, and then serve and engage lovingly with the LDS people. This is an opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone, learn from others, and grow in your understanding of God's Word and the Gospel. Don't miss out on this unique and unforgettable experience.

Register for the 2023 Open Enrollment Biblical Immersive Experience