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Are you carrying the full weight of recruiting, training, and planning for incoming volunteers?

Do you desire to do more in your community but lack the resources to make it happen?

Could you use the support of encouraging and reliable ministry partners?

We value your work and want to partner with you!

Each year, Experience Mission connects thousands of volunteers to local non-profit organizations and ministries across the U.S. and around the world.

We recruit, train, and support Christian volunteer teams and individuals, as well as provide on-the-ground leadership and facilitation of larger groups.

Become an EM Partner Organization and we'll do everything we can to help your vision thrive while challenging volunteers to love their neighbors and serve in healthier ways.

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3 Ways We Partner with YOU

1. Connect individual volunteers with you for 1-6 weeks

EM BRIDGE volunteers (1-3 people) stay with host families or on your campus and help with a specific project or need while they connect to the community, culture, and mission of your organization.

2. Connect volunteer teams to your mission for 6-10 days

EM Group Mission Trip teams (6-40+ people) participate in work projects and relational ministry with your organization. EM is available to help guide teams through any or all parts of the mission trip process (recruiting, servicing support, pre-trip training, and on-the-ground leadership), depending on the level of partnership you select.

3. Bring small teams to your community for 1-2 months

EM IMMERSION teams (5-15 young adults) live with host families and partner with your mission to serve in practical ways while immersing in local culture, life, and community.


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See a way we could support you differently? Let us know on your interest form!

Volunteers to help move your mission forward

Finding volunteers is hard, especially recruiting them from across the country or around the world. We do the work to find groups and individuals who will help you in the ways you need it. From large groups tackling work projects or putting on kids programs to individuals with specific skills in areas your non-profit needs help.

Less time worrying about volunteer logistics

If you've tried managing volunteers on your own, you know it can be a lot of work—but it's the kind of work we love. As an EM partner organization, we let you focus on the work right in front of you as we handle the logistics of recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers in the run-up to their trip. For group trips, we often are able to provide on-the-ground leadership to help guide larger teams through their experience serving.

Exposure to a wider network of future supporters

Connecting to volunteers from across the country or around the world exposes your mission to a wider audience of people who may connect with your work longterm. We've seen over and over how volunteers who have a meaningful experience are moved to give financially or come to serve again, well after they return home.

Opportunities for meaningful cross-cultural exchange

No one knows your community—the people, the history, the needs—quite like you. Hosting volunteers from out of town provides them an opportunity to learn about new realities they wouldn't otherwise encounter. Whether it be issues of race, justice, or merely experiencing life and faith lived out in different ways, this cross-cultural exchange is an incredibly healthy way to build bridges between communities and help each of us to see each other as our neighbor, brother, or sister.

Volunteers to help move your mission forward

Finding volunteers is hard, especially recruiting them from across the country or around the world. We do the work to find groups and individuals who will help you in the ways you need it. From large groups tackling work projects or putting on kids programs to individuals with specific skills in areas your non-profit needs help.

Less time worrying about volunteer logistics

If you've tried managing volunteers on your own, you know it can be a lot of work—but it's the kind of work we love. As an EM partner organization, we let you focus on the work right in front of you as we handle the logistics of recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers in the run-up to their trip. For group trips, we even provide on-the-ground leadership to help guide larger teams through their experience serving.

Exposure to a wider network of future supporters

Connecting to volunteers from across the country or around the world exposes your mission to a wider audience of people who may connect with your work longterm. We've seen over and over how volunteers who have a meaningful experience are moved to give financially or come to serve again, well after they return home.

Opportunities for meaningful cross-cultural exchange

No one knows your community—the people, the history, the needs—quite like you. Hosting volunteers from out of town provides them an opportunity to learn about new realities they wouldn't otherwise encounter. Whether it be issues of race, justice, or merely experiencing life and faith lived out in different ways, this cross-cultural exchange is an incredibly healthy way to build bridges between communities and help each of us to see each other as our neighbor, brother, or sister.

We’d love to connect with you!

We’d love to connect with you!

Relationships are incredibly important to us, so every partnership starts by simply getting to know each other better. Fill out our partner interest form to get started and a member of our team will connect with you about a potential partnership.

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Partnership Basics

What does EM mean by "partnership"?

We view partnership with other ministries and organizations as a way to come alongside other people with a similar heart to love and serve others in order to accomplish a common purpose or goal. The healthiest partnerships happen when each organization is able to bring something unique to the table and do more together than we would ever be able to accomplish alone.

Why does EM partner with other organizations?

There is only so much we can all do on our own. We believe we can all do more and do our work better when we come together and support each other’s strengths.The more perspectives we can bring together, the better we can engage with a heart to serve and learn in cross-cultural settings. Local, on-the-ground partners also lead to healthier service opportunities for volunteers, who get more of a holistic view of the community they are coming into.

What's the benefit of partnering with EM?

EM connects thousands of volunteers to short-term learning and service opportunities every year. Partnering with EM allows you to connect to interested volunteers who desire to serve with their time and resources and potentially support your organization further., It’s our desire to recruit volunteers to serve with you while helping people engage in a healthy way that respects and honors your community. EM has also developed a robust platform for recruiting, managing, and training incoming volunteers who will help move your work forward.

Is there any financial help that comes through partnering with EM?

Yes! Each of EM’s volunteer programs has built-in funds that cover cost for volunteers while also providing additional financial support for your work. What will be required of our organization? How much time, resources, energy? There are varying levels of participation and responsibility required depending on which programs you participate in and for how much time each year. All programs will require the help of a point-person who will help coordinate a varying amount of details on the ground for incoming EM volunteers. You may potentially organize and manage volunteer projects or learning opportunities, connect volunteers to host accommodations, and/or orient volunteers to the complex history and ongoing story of your community.

How does EM handle potential partner organizations that do very similar work/ministry to orgs already partnering with EM?

We take care to carefully consider whether or not a new partnership will negatively impact any of our current partners. If so, we choose to honor our existing partnerships and relationships. We know there are many ministries and organizations doing great things, but we prefer to develop quality partnerships with lasting impact as opposed to simply amassing more and more partnerships.

What qualifies an organization to be a potential partner with EM?

We are looking for a few basic things to potential partner organizations and ministries. 1) A track record of working and serving in their community. 2) The ability to incorporate volunteers into their work in meaningful ways for 1-8 weeks. 3) An understanding of the unique challenges and stories present in their community, and the ability to communicate those to incoming volunteers looking to both learn and serve.

What's the process of becoming an EM Partner Organization?

Start by filling out a Partner Interest Form to connect with EM staff and learn more about EM’s 3 main volunteer programs. We will connect with you about your mission and vision and how EM might be a part of it. For each program, there are specific times of the year when we determine which partnerships make the most sense for the year(s) ahead. Bridge partnerships (for hosting 1-3 volunteers) are determined throughout the year as needed.

How does my organization communicate with EM?

Relationships are really important to us! All EM partners have an open line of communication to our staff to talk through their hopes, ideas, and the health and efficacy of volunteer programs. This would be in whatever way you communicate best. Whether via phone call, email, text, video chat, or messaging app, we can make it happen!

Are all partner organizations faith-based?

We understand that there are many individuals/organizations that share our desire to address the needs in our world, yet do not share this underlying Christian perspective. It is our sincere hope that people of all faiths will work together toward the common goal of effecting positive change in our world, and we welcome the opportunity to partner with individuals/organizations of all faiths when we share a common mission and purpose. Our trips and training are all birthed out of a Christ-centered way of living and being, and volunteers are encouraged and challenged to engage through that lens, whoever they serve alongside.

Will EM work within my organization’s existing website/social media?

All EM Partners are given a Partner Profile to share their story and allow volunteers to learn more about engaging with their organization as a volunteer or donor. If you need an online home to share what you are doing and collect support or raise funds, we have you covered! If you already have a great website, the EM site will just be a great place to manage and organize incoming volunteers and expose you to a wider world of people.

How can my organization’s website/social media and EM’s website/social media support one another?

It is our hope that your Partner Profile is a page worth sharing to your network of supporters! It is a nice landing spot to tell your story, highlight upcoming volunteer opportunities, and receive donations from supporters. We would also love to feature your organization from time to time through our website and marketing efforts, to get volunteers excited about the opportunity to learn and serve alongside you.

Will EM feature my organization’s website on the EM website?

All EM Partners will have their own Partner Profile on the EM website. These profiles will be linked to from different parts of the EM website, with the hopes of sharing more about your work and mission with potential volunteers. If you would like to link out to your website from here (to accept donations on your own site, etc.), you are welcome to! We simply ask that any links to your website do not go to outside volunteering opportunities that conflict with how you are already partnering with EM.

Hosting Volunteers

What is the difference between hosting larger groups, IMMERSION program teams, and individual volunteers?

Larger groups are typically teams that come from a single organization such as a church or college. Teams may be junior high, high school, college, adult or mixed ages. The trip length is 6-7 days (5-6 nights) and the team members stay together in the same space, often a church or guest house. These teams can range from 6 participants to more than 40. You determine the size group you can comfortably accommodate.

IMMERSION trips are teams of 5-15 young adults (18-30 years old) who have applied to join the program and been put together as a team by EM. They meet during an intensive training event in the U.S. before traveling to partner communities to immerse in communities and serve in practical ways. IMMERSION trips run 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months, and teams typically spend 4-6 weeks in each community they visit.

BRIDGE volunteers are single-person or very small groups (2-3 people) who desire to fulfill specific needs in a community, often with specific skills. BRIDGE volunteers are adults (age 21 or older) who may be certified teachers, electricians, nurses, contractors, or IT technicians. Their time in your community is to help with a specific project while learning more about your work and community, getting to know you on a deeper level than members of a large group.

Can my organization host Group Mission Trips, IMMERSION teams, and individual volunteers (BRIDGE trips) throughout the year?

Absolutely! EM works with all partner organizations to develop the best plan together for when and how to host volunteers from different EM programs. Posting trip opportunities, however, does not guarantee that volunteers will sign up. When we talk with you about opportunities, we’ll also share our best advice for what times of year to post specific opportunities.

How many volunteers/groups can we expect if we partner with EM?

Through your online MyMission profile, you can choose which programs you want to host, which dates, what ages, and what projects. You could host a few each year or several. EM cannot guarantee a specific number of signups, but we will always try to give you an accurate picture of what you might expect year-to-year.

What times of year should I expect volunteers as a partner organization?

Depending on which program you want to host you may see the bulk of the volunteers during the months of May-August, this would hold true for large group teams.

IMMERSION teams are currently scheduled January-February, March-April, May-June, July-August, August-November. BRIDGE volunteers can come any time of the year, depending on what dates you choose.

What training do incoming EM volunteers receive?

Experience Mission has a robust training program. We have developed a curriculum that utilizes video, text, storytelling, and journaling. This curriculum is free and readily accessible to all volunteers. Our IMMERSION participants and field staff participate in intensive training that takes place over several days, followed up by a debrief time at the end of their time. Volunteer groups are given training materials to go through as a group beforehand and encouraged to go through specific content throughout their trip.

How involved is EM in the actual trips/volunteer experiences?

EM promotes all trips on the website, by email, and through social media. We have personal contact with all Team Leaders, IMMERSION participants, BRIDGE participants, and Interns. During the trips, we touch base weekly with staff/partners on the ground. It is our hope that all EM volunteer experiences incorporate a time of learning and connection to the community that exposes them to the complexities and challenges that exist where they are serving. We can help you determine what this looks like if you need help!

Can my organization start/stop participation at any time?

Absolutely! We have made it very easy for you to post new opportunities or close dates according to your personal schedule. You will have continual access to the website where you can make updates at any time. We only ask that you honor the schedule for trips that already have registered volunteers (or consult with EM if those volunteer opportunities are no longer possible).

What happens if there is an emergency situation while we are hosting volunteers? Is there an EM emergency contact?

Each Partner Organization will have a direct contact person at Experience Mission for regular communication. In emergencies, EM has an emergency line that is available 24/7. EM staff will always connect with you should an urgent need arise.

About EM

Who is Experience Mission?

Volunteers: EM connects people of all ages and backgrounds to go and participate in service and learning experiences that provide an opportunity to come alongside and serve those living in often-overlooked communities while building bridges across cultural, racial, and socio-economic divides.

Leaders: We provide growth and leadership opportunities for young adults who are passionate about living out their faith, concerned with justice and reconciliation, and who desire to understand what it means to "live their mission" in the world.

Partners: EM builds up and empowers people around the world by coming alongside local visions, working together to discover and provide much-needed opportunities to grow and thrive, and committing to local program leadership. This is often accomplished by activating the generosity of volunteers and supporters around the globe.

What is the mission of Experience Mission?

In an ever-changing world, we want to love God and love our neighbors. We believe God is at work in all people and cultures. We desire to be creative connectors across diverse and historical divides, participating in God's work of reconciliation, justice, affirmation, and hope. Learn more about OUR MISSION

How do partner organizations fit into EM’s mission?

Partnerships are central to EM’s mission. It is our belief that our partners are the experts in their community’s needs, local history, and culture. We desire to be a conduit allowing individuals who want to serve and learn to connect with partners who are similarly eager to share life and work with others.

Do partner organizations have to do things the same way?

The short answer is No! We have sample daily and weekly schedules as well as examples of how a variety of partners have organized their trips. Each program has unique attributes that we will talk through with you, but how you set up the day-to-day rhythm of each trip is up to you.

How long has EM been around? What is EM’s history?

EM was founded in 2003. If you want to read the story of how we got started and our heart for serving others, check out THE EM STORY.

What countries/states does EM partner with?

As a U.S.-based organization, a large number of our Partners are in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Central America. In the U.S. we have partnered in 19 different states across the country and in Puerto Rico. Internationally we have partnered with communities in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, the Holy Land, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Haiti, Honduras, Kosovo, and Scotland. But wherever you are, we would love to connect with you about potentially partnering with you and helping move your mission forward!

How does EM do so much with such a small staff?

We would not be able to do anything without great partners! All of our opportunities to learn and serve are built around connecting volunteers to great partner organizations who work alongside EM to integrate groups and individuals into what they are already doing on the ground. Our U.S. staff is lean, and we all wear a lot of hats to keep our programs running and in front of people. This has made us a close-knit team who loves and cares about each other, and we hope we are able to extend that to you as well.

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