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Christian Mission Trips

1 Week to 9 months — Your starting point to a life of love and service to others.

1 Week to 9 months — Start your life of love and service to others.

 

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1-2 Week Mission Trips

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1-6 Month IMMERSION

For Individuals, ages 18-30

Gap Year Missions

International — 9 months, 4 countries

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What happens on EM Service & Learning Trips

Listen and learn as a welcome guest

Enter a cross-cultural setting ready to enter into the history, context, struggles, and joys present in a different part of the world—and personally connect with people living there.

Serve in simple yet profound ways

Experience what it looks like to "love your neighbors as you love yourself", whoever and wherever they are. Give your time and resources to serve others and be a humble picture of God's love to those you meet.

Encourage people serving others full-time

EM trips are short term experiences, but those who go provide much more than just labor or resources. Volunteers build up local organizations and ministries, providing an infusion of life to leaders reaching out to their communities year-round.


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Live Your Mission

There are not very many opportunities in life to give 100% of our energy and focus to living out our faith by serving and learning from people different than ourselves.

EM mission trips help you start living into your calling as a follower of Jesus to “love your neighbors as yourself.” Experience new cultures and service opportunities that lead to growth, maturity, and a life-long openness to what God is doing around the world. Find your trip today!

There are not very many opportunities in life to give 100% of our energy and focus to living out our faith by serving and learning from people different than ourselves.

Serving on an EM service and learning trip gives each volunteer an opportunity to start living into your calling as a follower of Jesus to “love your neighbors as yourself.” Experience new cultures and service opportunities that lead to growth, maturity, and a life-long openness to what God is doing around the world. Find your trip today!

 

1-2 Week Mission Trips by Group Type

These 6-10 day volunteer mission trips are ideal for youth groups, college teams, and more. Find your fit here!

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Jr. High Mission Trips

Ideal trips for middle schoolers

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High School Mission Trips

For youth, ages 14-18

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Jr./Sr. High Mission Trips

Youth group mission trips

College Mission Trips

Domestic & International

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Adult Mission Trips

Summer mission trips & more

Family Mission Trips

Serve together

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Youth & Adult Mission Trips by Region

EM has ministry partners in over 25 communities, so whether you're looking for an international or domestic mission trip, we'd love to help you get there.

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U.S. Mission Trips
Urban, rural, and relief trips

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Central America Mission Trips
Serve in Belize & Costa Rica

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Caribbean Mission Trips
Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba & more

Africa Mission Trips
From 10 days to 9 months

Holy Land Mission Trips
10-day trips to Israel & Palestine

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1-9 Month International Mission Trips for Young Adults

Discover life and faith on unique Christian mission trips for college students.

Africa
Namibia, South Africa & more

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Latin America / Caribbean
Costa Rica, Haiti, Cuba & more

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Holy Land
Israel & Palestine

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Why partner with EM?

Connect to meaningful domestic or international faith-based service opportunities and join over 35,000 youth and adult volunteers who have learned to serve and love others like Jesus with Experience Mission.

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“EM provides teams with countless opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Teams partner with the community to bring hope, dignity, love, and empowerment.”

Andrea KlementGroup Trip Team Leader
Attleboro, MA
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“I went on the 3-month IMMERSION trip to South Africa and enjoyed every moment of it! God showed me how to live for the unplanned, and unknown moments that He perfectly placed in my path. If you are wanting to go on a trip that will challenge you to grow in faith and as a person, this trip will do that for you!”

Annabelle CampAfrica IMMERSION Team Member
Canton, GA

What Others Say About Experience Mission Programs

Going on an EM Mission Trip is easy!

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Find Your Trip

View all upcoming spring and summer mission trips (for groups) or IMMERSION programs (for individuals, age 18-30). Find the trip that fits you best!

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Fill Out an Interest Form

For group trips and 1-9 month IMMERSION trips, your first step is to fill out an interest form. Our staff will connect with you this week to answer your questions and help you determine if an EM trip is right for you.

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Serve and grow on a cross-cultural missions experience

Sign up for your chosen trip (from 1 week to 9 months), and learn how to love and serve like Jesus. EM provides pre-trip cross-cultural training and personal support to every volunteer and group, and your trip will be thoughtfully planned and led by Experience Mission field staff or local partners.

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Who We Are

Experience Mission connects people of all ages to learning and service opportunities across the U.S. and around the world, helping volunteers learn how to love and serve others like Jesus—sacrificially, holistically, and whole-heartedly. Learn More

Our Commitment to Fighting Racism & Injustice

Christian missions organizations like EM should be about DOING JUSTICE, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God. We feel compelled to continue this work until there is an end to racism, inequality, and unjust systems that are the opposite of the heart of Jesus.

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Experience Mission connects people of all ages to learning and service opportunities across the U.S. and around the world, helping volunteers learn how to love and serve others like Jesus—sacrificially, holistically, and whole-heartedly. Learn More

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Helpful Missions Resources

After thousands of local and international mission trips, we have encouraging stories to share and advice for future volunteers. We hope these resources make your experience serving less stressful and more meaningful.

Best Christian Gap Year Programs of 2023 & 2024 EM's Gap Year IMMERSION program will help you discover more about who God is, his heart for people across the globe, and your place and calling in this world.

Best Mission Trips: 16 Short Term Mission Opportunities Join Experience Mission in 2023 on a faith-based serve and learning trip for youth and adult groups! Serve and grow together on one of these 16 short-term mission opportunities.

Best Domestic Mission Trips for 2023 Find the best fit for your group to learn and serve together in 2023! Explore serving in domestic communities that are just a drive away but often worlds apart. Where will your group seek to serve and grow this year?

3 Ways to Use EM's Cross Cultural Training Sessions How to use EM's 5 free 90-minute cross-cultural training sessions (with a group or by yourself) this summer.

Looking Outward in the Age of Self Interest If there's a idea making its way through our culture these days, it's that life is all about me. But it's possible to break out of this pattern of thinking.

5 Reasons to Re Engage Mission Trips in 2022 In the wake of Covid-19, we've left so many important things behind. It's time to intentionally seek out the good and life-changing elements of mission trips we've been missing.

Our Commitment to Fighting Racism and Injustice In seeking to DO JUSTICE, love mercy, and walk humbly with God, we feel compelled to continue this work until there is an end to racism, inequality, and unjust systems that are the opposite of the heart of Jesus.

The Best Mission Work You Can Do This Year Mission work centers around following the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and intentionally loving and serving others. Your mission could take you across the globe, but it's also just as likely to call you to serve others across the street.

How to Go on a Mission Trip You are well on your way to serving on a mission trip! Check out our the simple 3-step process to serving on a mission trip with Experience Mission.

Why Serve with a Missionary Organization? Selecting the right partner missionary organization can be a great first step in making sure you serve in a way that brings life to all involved.

How to Know If a Mission Trip is Right for You There are only 3 things you need in order to serve on a mission trip, and they are accessible to everyone.

What Mission Trips Mean to Us The members of our staff are all passionate about missions, but many do not have the opportunity to talk about it with those considering trips. Hear from some of the EM family what mission trips mean to them.

What I'm Grateful For This Thanksgiving Missions can't happen in the conventional way we think of it, but it can still happen right where we are.

13 Books to Help You Love Your Neighbor (and grow in your faith!) If you are looking for ways to grow in your faith and understanding of God and serving others, check out these recommendations.

What to Know about Christian Travel 3 big ideas to consider as you decide whether or not to embark on a mission trip or a different Christian travel experience.

Why Go on a Mission Trip? It may be surprising that we think everyone should ask this question, but the honest truth is serving others on missionary trips in an unhealthy way can do more harm than good.

Is Missions about Social Justice or Evangelism? When I look at the life of Jesus, his example seems clear. He didn't just care about people's spiritual condition, but he cared about their social and physical needs as well.

How to Select a Partner Organization for Church Mission Trips Selecting the right partner missions organization can be a great first step in making sure you serve in a way that brings life to all involved, while also removing the burden of putting it all together yourself.

How to Take a Christian Gap Year While gap years can take many forms, this "Year on Pause" is a chance to pursue your passions, discover your unique gifts, and hopefully, mature and grow in your faith.

Best Mission Trips in Latin America Latin America is full of beauty, culture, and people who are bursting with love for others. Where should you start?

5 Virtual Mission Trip Fundraising Ideas We want to be a resource for all mission trip teams and individual participants as we all navigate this unknown situation together.

20 Ways to Fundraise for Your Mission Trip During a Pandemic 20 great fundraising ideas that help mission trip volunteers be creative and fundraise effectively within the limitations of stay at home orders or bans on large gatherings.

Resources for Fighting Racism and Injustice Books and films that introduce topics of racism and injustice, tell important stories and invite you to engage in the work of sacrificially loving your neighbors. Every single one.

10 Best High School Mission Trips During this time of life, mission trips can be an incredibly impactful way to challenge students and help them engage deeply with service at a local and global level — and that’s worth pursuing.

Top Mission Trips to Take Post Grad If you are post-grad and think it’s too late to travel, it’s not! Take three months to explore the world, and see the heart of God in new and exciting places. It may be scary to take the leap of faith, but I guarantee you will never regret it.

5 Steps to Serving Others Well As followers of Christ, we know that we are called to serve others, but how does this translate in our complicated cultural context?

‘These People’ Have Names Most of the time I view my life with me at the center. And if we’re not careful, we can take this perspective with us into missions, accidentally overlooking the very people we desire to know and serve.

5 Myths About Taking a Gap Year More and more young adults are committing to spend a year abroad, but there are still a lot of unhelpful myths surrounding the choice to do a Gap Year.

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EM’s Summer Ministry Internship!

An incredible opportunity for young adults looking for hands-on experience in ministry, missions, and non-profit work. View Internship Details

EM’s Summer Ministry Internship!

An incredible opportunity for young adults looking for hands-on experience in ministry, missions, and non-profit work. View Details

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