Serve together this Summer! Submit an Interest Form Now
Interest Form
pittsburgh mission trips

Pittsburgh, PA
Mission Trips

View Photos
pittsburgh mission trips
pittsburgh mission trips
pittsburgh mission trips
pittsburgh mission trips
pittsburgh mission trips
pittsburgh mission trips
pittsburgh mission trips
pittsburgh mission trips
pittsburgh mission trips
AGE GROUP:
Sr. High & Up
TRIP SEASON:
Summer
COST:
$420/person (6-Day Trip)

Community Overview

Pittsburgh mission trips allow team members to step into a new culture in several neighborhoods that have become the new home to East African refugees. Our local partners have deep relationships and trust with these neighbors, developing a vision for children and youth programming for this community during the summer. Teams will be able to be hands-on with leading lessons, games, and crafts alongside local adult and teen volunteers. 

As these immigrant families adjust and build a new life in the U.S., team members will be able to learn from them as well: hearing first-hand stories about their experience as refugees or getting insight from immigration experts about the challenges families face during the process of resettlement. In addition to Kids Club, team members will serve as an extension of a local Salvation Army Corps with various outreach programs. This 2-year old church is new to the neighborhood but has a passion and vision to reach their community in creative ways.

Your team will need to come with an open heart and be willing to follow cultural-sensitivity guidelines as you interact with immigrant families. The trip is open to high school students or older, although rising 9th graders may also join the trip at the leader’s recommendation. Please note that Kids Club will be Tuesday - Friday morning, so teams should plan to depart shortly after noon on the final day of the trip.

Will you join us in serving this community of refugee families on a 2022 mission trip to Pittsburgh?

​—

**Due to financial constraints related to Covid-19, we will not be able to accept credits from canceled 2020 trips for Pittsburgh mission trips.

Details & Logistics

Activities & Opportunities

Outreach Ministry

Kids Club with East African refugee kids and teens will be a key focus of this trip. Teams will need to come prepared to follow cultural-sensitivity guidelines in an effort to respect and honor local families who are getting adjusted to life in the U.S. Teams will follow the guidance of our staff and local partners when preparing and sharing lessons, creating an environment where kids and their parents can be comfortable and hear meaningful messages. In addition to Kids Club, teams will also be involved in outreach programs with the local Salvation Army, a young church that has a vision to fill the gaps and needs for their community through creative ministry.

Team members will need to complete additional Keep Safe training, which is an online training through the Salvation Army that ensures children and volunteers of all ages have a safe experience when interacting with one another. More details about this training and paperwork will be provided by EM staff approximately two months before your trip.

Work/Service Projects

During the trip, you'll spend much of your time supporting local ministry partners as they work to reach their neighborhoods. You may find yourself serving food to the homeless, working in community gardens, packing meals in a food pantry, praying for neighbors, or doing city beautification projects.

Curious about EM's Covid Guidelines? Check out EM's current guidelines for 2022 Trips

Typical Schedule

Each morning, there is time set aside for devotions and quiet time. This is a valuable time and we strongly encourage all team members to spend it with God, journaling their thoughts and experiences as the days unfold.

EM staff will provide materials for a self-guided time of debriefing and a short devotional in the evening (what we call "Evening Gathering") and it is a great time to incorporate musical worship.

AVERAGE DAILY SCHEDULE

Day 1

3-6pm - Groups Arrive
5pm - Leader's Meeting
6pm - Dinner
7pm - Orientation Meeting
8:30pm - Team Time (a time for your group alone)
11:30pm - Lights Out

Day 2-5

7:15am - Breakfast
7:45am - Devotions and Quiet Time
8:15am - Group Prayer
8:30am - Teams leave for Morning Ministry
9am - Kids Club begins 1pm - Lunch
2-4pm - Afternoon Ministry
4:30pm - Break and Clean-up
5pm - Leaders meeting
6pm - Dinner
7pm - Evening Gathering / Team time
*Possible evening ministry programs

Day 6

7am - Breakfast
7:30am - Cleanup / Packing / Pictures
9am - 1pm - Final Kids Club program

1pm - Goodbyes

Lodging, Food & Transportation

Lodging
Teams serving in Pittsburgh will stay at a local church in the neighborhood.

Sleeping
Teams will be sleeping on the floor and should plan on bringing mats or air mattresses as well as a sleeping bag or light bedding and a pillow.

Bathrooms and Showers
Teams will have access to bathrooms at the local church and ministry sites but will need to shower at a nearby YMCA.

Water
Teams will have access to water at the church and at their work and outreach sites. Everyone should plan to bring refillable water bottles to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Electricity & WiFi
There is electricity available to teams at the church where they will be staying, as well as at most work and outreach locations. WiFi is available at the local church as well as at local coffee shops in the area. However, we encourage team members to set their phones aside and fully engage in ministry. It may not be appropriate to use your phone or take photos at certain ministry sites.

Security
The church where teams will be staying in city is a secure facility. Doors are locked at night with an alarm system in place. However, team members are discouraged from bringing valuables. The neighborhoods where teams are serving during the day have visible needs and a rough reputation. Teams will not be permitted to go to certain locations at night, but ministry will take place during the day and with the supervision of local staff who know the community well. Please come prepared to step out of your comfort zone and demonstrate maturity while serving.

Food
A wonderful team of local cooks, alongside your Experience Mission Summer Staff, will be preparing and serving your meals. Breakfast and dinner will be served buffet-style, and your team will pack your lunches. Team members should plan to bring their own reusable plate, bowl, cup, and silverware for meals or the team should purchase bulk paper products ahead of time.

Air Travel
Teams should plan to fly into the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), which is approximately 30 minutes from the housing location.

Transportation
Your team's transportation to, from, and while in Pittsburgh is not covered by the cost of your trip. You will need your vehicles throughout the entire week to transport your team to various locations for work and ministry.

NOTE: Using a school bus as your main mode of transportation while in this community is NOT an ideal option. 15-passenger vans or smaller vehicles are your best choice for transportation in Pittsburgh.

Health & Safety

EM's Health & Safety Plan

Staff Certification
All EM Summer Staff are certified in First Aid and CPR.

Medical Kits
Medical kits that include first-aid supplies for general accidents and ailments are provided for each site. In domestic locations, we ask that teams supply their own medications like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, and Imodium as they deem necessary. In international locations, we will also carry a Trauma Kit or First Responder Kit. In these remote locations, we will have medications like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, and Imodium on hand. We make these available to adult team leaders for their sole discretionary use with their team members. EM Staff will not dispense any medications.

Emergency Response Plan
Based on the severity of each emergency, EM has a plan for appropriate response.

- If a team member becomes seriously ill, they will be taken to a local doctor to receive appropriate medical attention and medications. If they are a minor, their Team Leader along with our staff will accompany them to the clinic. If needed, their parents will be contacted. Their recovery will be carefully monitored by our staff.

- If there is an accident that requires a doctor, but is not life-threatening and does not have the potential to cause permanent damage, Experience Mission staff will locate the Team Leader, contact parents or guardians (providing the injured is a minor), and provide safe but quick transportation to a local clinic.

- In the event that an accident occurs which is life-threatening or has the potential for permanent damage, emergency medical care will be secured and arraignments will be made if necessary, to transport the injured person to the United States as quickly as possible providing they are serving in one of our International locations. In our domestic locations, local 911 services will be contacted immediately. The family will be contacted immediately to assist in guidance for appropriate response.

All medical care is the sole responsibility of the team member. Experience Mission requires every team member to be covered by domestic medical insurance and recommends that team members traveling abroad carry additional international travel insurance to cover any medical needs their domestic medical insurance may not cover.

Immunizations
As with all mission trips, it is essential that volunteers are up to date on all childhood immunizations. Each volunteer must also have a tetanus shot.

Curious about EM's Covid Guidelines? Check out EM's current guidelines for 2022 Trips

Registration & Payment

Experience Mission has specific policies regarding team registration and withdrawal. Please refer to the document below for specifics.

View EM's Mission Trip Registration Policy

INDIVIDUALS

All volunteers on a week-long EM mission trip must be part of a team of at least six (6) people, with at least one team member age 21 or older to serve as the Team Leader. Not part of a group? All young adults ages 18-30 are eligible to apply for EM's IMMERSION program.

Pittsburgh Trip FAQs

What age group can you accommodate in Pittsburgh?
Mission trips to Pittsburgh, PA, are open to high school-age students and older.

How much do Pittsburgh mission trips cost?
The cost for this trip in 2022 is $420/person. This includes lodging, food, staffing, and all trip-related expenses.

What seasons do you offer Pittsburgh mission trips?
As a new community partner for Experience Mission, trips to Pittsburgh in 2022 are limited to a few weeks in mid-summer.

Do you offer spring break trips in Pittsburgh?
We do not currently offer spring trips to this community. Call 888-475-6414 to inquire about custom options or check out all our spring break mission trip communities.

What will I do on an Pittsburgh mission trip?
Teams in Pittsburgh will engage with refugee communities, helping to put on kids programs and serving in a variety of ways, while learning from local people about their stories and culture.

Will we work with children in Pittsburgh?
Yes! Children's ministry is likely to be a big part of 2022 mission trips in Pittsburgh. EM Kids Club is an integral part of the ministry on many EM trips. If it will be part of your mission trip, your EM support contact will provide you with the resources needed to prepare your team.

Where will my team stay in Pittsburgh?
Teams will be sleeping on the floor in rooms at a local church. Plan to bring sleeping mats or air mattresses. Meals will also be at this location, while showers will be available at a location off-site at specific times during the week.

Are meals provided for Pittsburgh mission trips?
Yes! Meals will be provided by local cooks and Experience Mission staff for the duration of your trip. Our mission trip food policy outlines the details of what we can accommodate for dietary restrictions and more.

How does transportation work during Pittsburgh mission trips?
You will arrange your own transportation in Pittsburgh. We recommend 15-passenger vans and smaller. We don't recommend relying on buses as a mode of transportation for this trip.

What time can I arrive in Pittsburgh?
Check-in is between 3pm and 5pm on the first day of your selected trip. Our staff will be awaiting your arrival. Dinner is provided, followed by an orientation meeting to get you ready for the week.

What should I pack for an Pittsburgh trip?
A suggested packing list will be available once you register for your trip. Generally, you'll only need clothing, personal items, and bedding! We'll have all the necessary materials for projects and outreach opportunities on-site.

Does EM offer any other urban mission trips?
Yes! In 2022, EM will also have opportunities to bring groups to serve in Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, PA

Have more questions about Experience Mission trips? Check out our general FAQs, or call our support team at 888-475-6414.

Upcoming Trip Dates: Pittsburgh, PA

We’d love to connect with you!

Dont hit a snag in your mission trip planning! Fill out an interest form or call (888) 475-6414 (Tue-Thu, 9am-5pm ET) to ask questions and learn more about upcoming EM mission trips.

Fill Out An Interest Form Call (888) 475-6414

Recent Blogs & Stories

Best Domestic Mission Trips for 2022
The best thing we can do is make plans to love and serve others, trusting that God will work in whatever situations this year has to throw at us. But it still may make sense for many groups to plan for mission trips a little closer to home in 2022.
Read More
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.
Read More
View All

Make your Mission Trip a reality!

1

Fill out a Group Interest Form for the trip you're most interested in

2

We'll help you find and plan the best trip for your group!

Fill Out an Interest Form

3

Serve together on a life-changing Mission Trip

Need to know more?

Read our Mission Trip FAQ and Registration Policy. If you have additional questions or don't see the dates you're looking for, contact us or inquire about a specific trip.

Make your Mission Trip
a reality!

1

Fill out a Group Interest Form for the trip you're most interest in

2

We'll help you find and plan the best trip for your group!

3

Serve together on a life-changing Mission Trip

Need to know more?

Read our Mission Trip FAQ and Registration Policy. If you have additional questions or don't see the dates you're looking for, contact us or inquire about a specific trip.

Browse All Mission Trip Communities
SERVE
1-2 Week Mission Trips
1-9 Month IMMERSION
Gap Year Programs
EM Missions Internship
Fill Out an Interest Form
DONATE
Trip Volunteers
EM Summer Staff
Where Needed Most
The EM Store
CONNECT
Contact Us
Meet the EM Staff
Job Opportunities
Sign In to MyMission
MORE
About Experience Mission
Our Missions Approach
Statement of Faith
Cross-Cultural Training
EM Blog
(888)-475-6414
×