Bring your group to serve in Savannah, Georgia! With its charming historic districts, lush parks, and vibrant cultural scene, Savannah is not only a picturesque Southern city but also a place where the spirit of community and compassion thrives. However, amidst the beauty lies a pressing issue: a housing crisis that has left many families in precarious living conditions. The city's historic charm and rising property values have resulted in an affordability gap, leaving a significant portion of its population struggling to find safe and stable housing. As a result, there are ample ways for volunteers to step in and make a difference.
EM's week-long mission trips to Savannah focus on addressing this housing crisis. During their stay, groups will engage in work projects like painting and repairing homes, as well as helping with much-needed renovations. These efforts not only provide immediate relief but also contribute to the long-term stability of the community.
Will you bring your group to come and serve for a week on a Savannah mission trip? Embody the love of Christ and help create positive change in the lives of Savannah's residents, while learning what it truly means to love your neighbors, wherever they are.
Work projects are organized to support the needs and vision of the community and are designed to connect team members with the local people of Savannah, Georgia. Experience Mission staff will coordinate projects and get materials and tools ready. Your team will be responsible for providing project oversight. While we will always have plenty of work for your team, the extent of the projects may be limited based on the expertise your team brings with you.
Your team will be involved in home repair projects that reach out to those in need in the midst of an ongoing housing crisis in Savannah. We will work in neighborhoods with a diverse group of people and circumstances. Team members will have the opportunity to share their lives through service, prayer, and time spent with the families and children they come to work alongside.
Due to the unique nature of this community, the opportunity for relational ministry may take place directly at project worksites as volunteers come alongside and encourage those they come to serve.
In Savannah, teams will serve a portion of their day supporting the Salvation Army and their ministries. These include children's ministry & other social outreaches. Experience Mission may hold an organized Kids Club, depending on the specific needs of the week you serve. Teams will be notified several months before their trip if Kids Club is an opportunity during their trip. If Kids Club is included as an opportunity for your team, participation will be optional. If your team chooses to participate in Kids Club, Experience Mission will provide the curriculum for your team's use. This Kids Club curriculum will be emailed to Team Leaders in the months before your trip.
Teams participating in Kids Club will be responsible for bringing the craft supplies needed for their specific crafts and should budget appropriately. While we do our best to ensure craft materials are cost-effective, teams may feel free to augment any materials to make them more suitable to their budget. Experience Mission will supply scissors, staplers, and paper hole punches. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with local children through games like soccer or Frisbee. Tuck in a hacky sack, football, or jump rope as they will surely come in handy!
*Experience Mission works closely with local leaders to identify work projects and ministry opportunities that address authentic needs within the community. We ask that you come with a servant's heart and willingness to adapt to the unique qualities represented in each location. Opportunities can vary significantly from one week to the next. Your team may work at one location or serve at multiple locations each day. Due to the changing needs of our community partners, we cannot confirm your specific daily activities until your team arrives.
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.
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
7:15am - Breakfast
7:45am - Devotions and Quiet Time
8:15am - Group Prayer
8:30am - Teams leave for Sites
12pm - Lunch
3:30pm - Finish work for the day
4pm - Break and Clean-up
5pm - Leaders meeting
6pm - Dinner
7pm - Evening Gathering (as a whole group)
8:30pm - Team time
7am - Breakfast
7:30am - Cleanup / Packing
9am - Pictures & Good-Byes
Teams serving in Savannah will stay at a local school or church. Teams will be sleeping on the ground and should plan to bring a small mat or single-wide air mattress. Team members should plan to bring light bedding or a sleeping bag and a pillow.
There will be bathrooms at the place where you stay and at most work sites. On the occasion that there are no facilities where you are working, teams will need to take breaks midday to use a public restroom. Showers will be at the housing location or available at an alternate location.
There is drinkable running water in this part of Georgia. Teams will have access to it where they are staying and at most work sites. Teams should plan to bring refillable water bottles to stay hydrated at work sites.
There is electricity available where teams stay as well as at most work sites, but there will be no Wifi access for volunteers.
Experience Mission Field Staff will be preparing and serving your meals. Breakfast and dinner will be served buffet-style, and your team will pack their own lunches each morning. View EM's Mission Trip Food Policy
Your team's transportation to, from, and while in Savannah is NOT covered. You will need vehicles throughout the entire week to transport your team to various locations for work and ministry. PLEASE NOTE: Using a bus as your main mode of transportation while in this community is NOT an option. Our work and roads in rural West Virginia can only accommodate standard 15-passenger vans or smaller.
If you are planning to fly, plan to arrive at the airport in Savannah, Georgia (SAV).
Check out EM's current Covid Guidance
Experience Mission has specific policies regarding team registration and withdrawal. Please refer to the document below for specifics.
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.
What age group can you accommodate in Savannah, Georgia?
We can accommodate Jr. high/middle school students in this location as well as high school students, college students, and adults.
How much do Savannah, Georgia mission trips cost?
The cost of this trip in 2024 is $445/person. This includes all lodging, food, staffing, and trip-related expenses. Transportation is not included. Note that all construction projects are generally provided at no cost to families. Your fees help cover this blessing for homeowners.
What seasons do you offer mission trips in Savannah?
Mission trips to Savannah are available during the summer. Check out this list of all available spring break trips if you are looking for trips outside the summer months.
What will volunteers do on a mission trip to Savannah?
Teams coming to serve can expect to work primarily on home improvement projects with local families.
Will we work with children in Savannah?
Mission trips in Savannah do not currently include opportunities to participate in a Kids Club or other children's ministry.
What paperwork is required for this mission trip?
Each team member will need to fill out a team member registration form and liability waiver, and all adults are required to pass a background check. Your mission trip support representative will contact you if any other paperwork is required.
Where will my team stay in Savannah?
Teams will stay at a local school or church, where air mattresses and sleeping bags should be brought for added comfort.
How does transportation work during Savannah mission trips?
Arranging transportation is the responsibility of incoming groups. We recommend 15-passenger vans or smaller. We don't recommend relying on buses as a mode of transportation for this trip. Keep in mind that groups are often split into teams of 8-12 for construction projects. It works well if you are able to plan transportation accordingly.
When should I arrive?
Check-in is between 3 and 5 PM on the first day of your selected trip. Our staff will be awaiting your arrival. You can expect dinner and an orientation meeting to get you ready for the week that evening as well.
What should I pack for this trip?
A packing list will be available to you once you register for the trip. Generally, be prepared to bring along work clothes. All tools will be provided to you, but donations of additional tools are welcome!
Does EM have any Covid requirements for teams?
We ask that teams bring 1-2 masks/person and 2-4 rapid tests in the event that someone on your team becomes sick during the trip. Outside of that, we simply recommend that teams follow current CDC recommendations regarding travel, testing, and what to do if you're exposed or get sick. View EM's Current Covid Guidance
Have more questions about Experience Mission trips? Check out our general FAQs, or call our support team at 888-475-6414.
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Organized and led by EM field staff or local partners, your trip will bring encouragement and light to people in difficult circumstances, as you learn what it means to care for all people, whoever and wherever you are.
You must have a group size of at least 6 members to join this trip. Please view the Small Team trips or call our Servicing Department for more options at 888-475-6414.
For most trips, you must have a group size of at least 6 members. Please view the Small Teams tab on each Community page or call our Servicing Department for more options at 888-475-6414.