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AGE GROUP:
Jr. High & Up

March 5 - March 10, 2017
June 11 - August 18, 2017

COST: $345/person
(6-Day Trip)

Portland is the largest city in the state of Maine and one of the country's most important port cities. It boasts above-average income and employment levels, but for the past several years an unlikely section of the population has grown rapidly: thousands of refugees from war-torn African countries like Somalia and Sudan have been placed there to start a new life in the U.S. Because of this, Portland has become an incredibly diverse city with a culture all its own and a wide range of unique needs.

Teams that come with EM on urban mission trips to Portland serve alongside three incredible local organizations doing great things for their local community: The Root Cellar, Preble Street, and the Portland Housing Authority. The presence of volunteers not only encourages these organizations in their ongoing ministry, but also give year-round volunteers a chance to focus on the growing reach and programs of their organizations.

Mission trip team members build relationships with the local refugee community on a personal level while providing assistance in many ways, including serving meals, putting on Kids Clubs, and cleaning up neighborhoods. Bring your adult, college, family or youth mission trip team to Portland share the love of Jesus in practical ways while welcoming people from war-torn nations into our home.

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Community Profile

Portland is the largest city in the state of Maine and one of the country's most important port cities, and boasts above-average income and employment levels. But for the past several years, an unlikely section of the population has grown rapidly: Thousands of refugees from war-torn African countries like Somalia and Sudan have been placed there to start a new life in the U.S.

History

Portland, ME is a peninsula in Maine that embodies Maine's largest city. Portland was originally inhabited by Native Americans who named it, "Machigonne", which means, Great Neck. Portland was settled by the British in 1633 and was re- named "Casco". During this time Portland became a port Mecca for fishing, shipping, and trading and was again renamed to, "Falmouth."

Maine became a state in 1820 and Portland was named its capital. It served as capital to Maine for 12 years before Augusta was named the capital of Maine in 1832. In 1853 The Grand Trunk Railway was completed and Portland then became the primary seaport for Canadian exports. Portland has suffered from several fires since its inception, the worst of which happened during an Independence Day celebration in 1866. The fire destroyed over 1,800 buildings. At that time over 10,000 people were left without homes.

Portland currently thrives as a shipping port with its restored waterfront access. It is also a popular destination for tourists with a unique downtown district of eclectic shops and restaurants. In 2003, the National Historic Trust honored Portland, ME naming it as one of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations. This award has been given to 12 towns within the U.S. that offer unique natural, historic, aesthetic, recreational, & cultural experiences.

Natural Environment

Maine is known for its pine trees, hydroelectric power, spring water, and its delicious seafood (the lobster especially!) and Portland is no different. As a peninsula, Portland is surrounded by water which gives locals a prime advantage in the fishing industry.

Portland's summer temperatures range from the low fifties to the high seventies with July being its warmest month. The humidity index is generally high because of its coastal region. Maine sees an average of 3-4 inches of rain a month, and its residents see sun about 60% of the time.

Lifestyle

While Portland may be seen as an elite city, there is more than meets the eye. Due to Portland's central location, it has become known as a very transient community for many, including people without work or homes. Portland has also become home to many people fleeing from their countries because of warfare or social injustices. The large influx of refugees in the 1990's has created a culture within a culture in the neighborhoods where the refugees dwell.

The population of Portland is around 64,000 as of the Census of 2000. The average median income per family was just under $36,000 per year.

Needs

According to a 1984 survey, the youth in the Munjoy Hill area of Portland, Maine were cited as the number one problem in the community. In 1994, U.S. News & World Report rated Portland's Munjoy Hill / Bayside / Kennedy Park community as "the second largest white slum in America." Many households are headed by a single female suffering the stress of poverty. The Munjoy Hill and Kennedy Park area has been changing in the years since 1994 with the immigration of many refugees from Africa and Asia, creating new challenges and more opportunities for ministry.

Portland's young people are faced with serious issues day in and day out while struggling to become adults. Those who have grown up in the community have various degrees of need depending on the solidarity of their family and economic issues. In a single parent home with the parent working multiple jobs to make ends meet, sometimes the children are left to take on adult responsibilities without the maturity to make good decisions.

The great number of international youth that are new to our country have an overwhelming learning curve to climb regarding their new culture in order to make proper choices. The onslaught of media that depicts sexual activity and the advertisement of alcohol and other issues causes great concern to the international parents. Since the parents are equally new to American culture and often without language skills, they are many times unprepared to help them through these new struggles. Often the youth become the spoke persons for the family, undercutting the strong parental authority that exists in the majority of our international families.

Every family has been in Portland for a different amount of time. Most have been there for at least 5 years, however, there are continually more families coming in. They are placed there through Catholic Charities and other organizations as the needs arise. The kids have assimilated very well into the American culture as their minds usually have an easier time in accepting new things. They generally speak English and are in school. The parents, however, have had a much harder time assimilating into the culture due to language barriers and financial struggles. Because of this, you will see a large gap between the parents and the kids as far as their assimilation process. Often, the kids have a hard time learning how to read because their parents cannot read or write English, so the Root Cellar has language programs because the parents aren't able to help them read.

Religion

We work with many refugees with all different backgrounds. The main population we work with are Sudanese. They either have no religious affiliation or they are Christian. The second largest group is the Somali community. The Somali community are almost all Muslim, but for the most part are open to the helping hands of those who come to serve. There are also a lot of Vietnamese and South Asian refugees we work with.

Typical Schedule

Each morning, there is time set aside for devotions and quiet time. Experience Mission has devotionals/journals that are available for purchase or teams can supply their own. This is a valuable time and we strongly encourage everyone to spend it with God journaling their thoughts and experiences as the days unfold.

Our staff will lead a time of debriefing and a short devotional in the evening (what we call "Evening Gathering") and it is always a great addition to have musical worship. Our programming does not include musical worship as we can't guarantee that our our staff will have this ability. Please let us know if you have anyone who sings or plays guitar on your trip so that we can help to coordinate the musical aspect of worship when able. If teams aren't able to help in the area of music, it may not be a part of the trip.

AVERAGE DAILE SCHEDULE

Day 1
3:00-6:00 pm Groups Arrive
5:00 - Leader's Meeting
6:00 - Dinner
7:00 - Orientation Meeting
7:45 - Team Time (a time for your group alone)
8:15 - Showers at YMCA
11:30 - Lights Out

Day 2-5
7:00 - Serving at Soup Kitchen for Some Teams
7:15 - Breakfast
7:45 - Devotions and Quiet Time
8:15 - Group Prayer
8:30 - 3:30 Ministry & Work Sites
4:00 - Possible Park Ministry
5:00 - Leaders meeting
5:30 - Dinner
6:30 - Evening gathering (as a whole group)
7:15 - Team time
8:00 - Showers at YMCA
11:00 - Lights Out

(Day 4)
Beach Day with Refugee Children
Optional Dinner Out for Teams

Day 6
7:00 - Breakfast
7:30 - Cleanup/ Packing
8:30 - Commissioning
9:00 - Pictures and Good-Byes

Lodging, Food & Transportation

Lodging

Teams going to Portland will stay in a local church building. Your team will be sleeping on the floor of this church so team members should plan to bring a small air mattress (single bed air mattresses are best as the space is limited) or a mat to sleep on. The temperatures can get cool in the evening so light bedding or a sleeping bag and a pillow are ideal.

Showers

Your team will be showering at the local YMCA in Portland. There are male and female locker rooms, however, team members should bring their bathing suits for modesty within their locker room. There will be a certain time dedicated to each evening to go and shower.

Bathrooms

There will be bathrooms at the place you stay. Most work sites will have bathrooms. On the occasion that there are no facilities where you are working, teams will need to take breaks midday to use a public restroom.

Water

There is running water. 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.

Electricity

There is electricity in that will be available where teams stay as well as at most work sites.

Security

Southeast Maine in general is a safe area. The facilities where you stay will be locked throughout the night and Experience Mission Staff members will do a sweep to make sure the facilities are secure before retiring for the evening. You do see minor petty theft in the area. We recommend teams leaving all valuables (smart phones, computers, jewelry, etc) at home. In the case that a team does bring some valuables, the best way to keep them safe is to store them in their locked vehicle during the day.

Food

Your filling, healthy, tasty meals will be prepared by local workers and EM staff members. Some meals will be eaten with your team while others will be eaten with community members and refugees.

Transportation

Your teams transportation to, from and while in Southeast Maine is NOT covered. You will need your vehicles throughout the entire week to transport your team to various locations for work and ministry. While some service opportunities are very close by, your team will need to be prepared to drive up to 45 minutes each day. Please plan and budget for this accordingly.




Upcoming Portland, Maine Trip Dates

EM requires a minimum of six (6) participants to run a summer trip and 15 participants paying full price to run an off-season trip.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonGroup TypeCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20173/5 - 3/10$345CollegeSoutheast MaineClosed$345
6/11 - 6/16$345Multi-AgeSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
6/18 - 6/23$345Sr. HighSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
6/25 - 6/30$345Multi-AgeSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/2 - 7/7$345Jr./Sr. HighSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/9 - 7/14$345Jr./Sr. HighSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/16 - 7/21$345Sr. HighSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/23 - 7/28$345ALLSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/30 - 8/4$345Sr. HighSoutheast MaineClosed$345
8/6 - 8/11$345Sr. HighSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
8/13 - 8/18$345ALLSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345

EM requires a minimum of six (6) participants to run a summer trip and 15 participants paying full price to run an off-season trip.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20177/23 - 7/28$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
8/13 - 8/18$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345

EM requires a minimum of six (6) participants to run a summer trip and 15 participants paying full price to run an off-season trip.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20176/18 - 6/23$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/16 - 7/21$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/23 - 7/28$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/30 - 8/4$345Southeast MaineClosed$345
8/6 - 8/11$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
8/13 - 8/18$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345

EM requires a minimum of six (6) participants to run a summer trip and 15 participants paying full price to run an off-season trip.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20177/2 - 7/7$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/9 - 7/14$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/23 - 7/28$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
8/13 - 8/18$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345

EM requires a minimum of six (6) participants to run a summer trip and 15 participants paying full price to run an off-season trip.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20173/5 - 3/10$345Southeast MaineClosed$345
7/23 - 7/28$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
8/13 - 8/18$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345

EM requires a minimum of six (6) participants to run a summer trip and 15 participants paying full price to run an off-season trip.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20177/23 - 7/28$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
8/13 - 8/18$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345

EM requires a minimum of six (6) participants to run a summer trip and 15 participants paying full price to run an off-season trip.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20176/11 - 6/16$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
6/25 - 6/30$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/23 - 7/28$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
8/13 - 8/18$345Southeast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345

Don't see dates that work for you? Please call our Servicing Department for more options at 888-475-6414.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonGroup TypeCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20173/5 - 3/10$345CollegeSoutheast MaineClosed$345
6/11 - 6/16$345Multi-AgeSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
6/18 - 6/23$345Sr. HighSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
6/25 - 6/30$345Multi-AgeSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/2 - 7/7$345Jr./Sr. HighSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/9 - 7/14$345Jr./Sr. HighSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/16 - 7/21$345Sr. HighSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345
7/30 - 8/4$345Sr. HighSoutheast MaineClosed$345
8/6 - 8/11$345Sr. HighSoutheast MaineGrab SpaceRegister Now$345

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Registration & Payment

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

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Experience Mission FAQ

Is Experience Mission affiliated with a denomination?
Experience Mission is an interdenominational organization and is not directly affiliated with any specific denomination. Participants from all denominations are welcome on our mission trips; please see our statement of faith and core values in the About section of our website for more information about our beliefs.

Will we be working with other groups?
If your team does not fill the trip to its full capacity, there is a good possibility that you will be working with other teams. Teams should plan to eat together, have evening program together and share sleeping quarters and bathroom facilities.

Typically teams are not combined on the worksites however sometimes we find it necessary to mix teams due to the size or scope of the project. If teams are mixed at the worksite an adult from each team will be a part of that mix to provide oversight for their team members.

If the occasion arises where the additional team desiring to come on the selected trip is comprised of ages other than the original team that registered, that original team will be notified.

How many people do we need to run a trip?
Every community requires a different minimum team size in order for a trip to run. Please refer to each community for this number that is listed above the trip dates. If you meet that minimum team size you can select any dates listed for your trip. For International communities, if your team size falls below the minimum team size you can join any trips listed under the “Small Teams” tab. It is important to note that all people must come on a team size of at least six (6) people.

Can I create a custom trip?
If you would like schedule a custom week exclusively for your team, please contact our office at 888-475-6414 so that we can discuss your options.

Who provides supervision of minors?
Experience Mission staff will be on location to take care of logistics and to facilitate your trip. Experience Mission staff is not responsible for supervision of the minors on your team. Your team is responsible to come to your mission location with appropriate adult supervision to lead your students on the work sites & to provide supervision to them at the housing facilities, including meal times & in sleeping arrangements.

Can I come as an individual?
At this time we do not have the ability to bring individuals on our week long mission trips. All members of a mission trip must be part of a team of at least six (6) people.

The main option Experience Mission has for individuals is our 1, 3 & 6 Month IMMERSION Trips - Open to individuals ages 18-30. Check them out at www.experiencemission.org/immersion. If you would like to know more about these trips be sure to fill out an interest form and someone from our IMMERSION team will contact you!

What adult to student ratio do you recommend?
To ensure that your students have the best possible trip, it is highly important for them to have the right amount of leadership.

For Senior High teams, the recommended minimum student to adult ratio is 7:1. That's Seven students to each adult leader. You can have more leaders if you desire to.

For Junior High teams, the required minimum student to adult ratio is 5:1. That's Five students to each adult leader. You can have more leaders if you desire to.

We can be flexible if you don't have this exact amount. As the team leader you are responsible for the supervision and leadership for your group and we trust your judgment to provide this.

Is childrens' ministry a part of every trip?
Children's ministry largely depends on which community you are going to. Many of our rural locations offer children's ministry as an option for team participation. In most of our urban communities, Kids Club is an integral part of the program and is not optional. There are a few communities where Kids Club is not available. For specific information about Kids Club in the community you are serving in, refer to the "trip details" for your location.

Due to the varying schedules of local children throughout the school year, EM will not offer Kids Club during the off season months of September - May.

Is transportation included?
Domestic trips & Tecate, Mexico - Your teams transportation to, from and while in your community is not covered. You will need your vehicles throughout the entire week to transport your team to various locations for work and ministry. Using a school bus as your sole means of transportations in these locations is not recommended.

International Trips - Upon arrival to your international location, all transportation is included. Team members are responsible to cover the booking and cost of their round trip airfare to the destination airport.

Can I arrive a day early or stay a day late?
Due to the large volume of teams coming to serve during the summer months and the need to prepare on a regular basis for each team, we ask that teams limit their time to the dates of their trip. If you would like to stay an additional day in the area for sightseeing or other various activities, the arrangement of lodging & food is up to you.

Who will lead my trip?
An Experience Mission staff team of 1-3 people will be in the community to lead your team. These staff members are normally present in the community throughout most of the summer and work alongside EM's Community Partners there to ensure that trips run as smoothly as possible.

EM Staff take care of vital details like making sure your team has projects and materials, making sure food is prepared, housing and bathrooms are ready and any other logistical details that may arise.

Are there any additional expenses for my team?
All basic necessities such as food, housing, major work project materials and Kids Club curriculum are included in your trip fee. All in-country transportation is covered in our international locations with the exception of Tecate, Mexico. In Tecate and in all other domestic locations, you will need to provide your own transportation.

Additional expenses would be:

Kids Club - If your team is participating in Kids Club, your team will be responsible to bring snacks and the craft supplies needed for the specific crafts designated to your team and should budget appropriately.

Tools - Depending on your selected community location, you may be asked to bring minor tools like hammers and paint brushes, paint rollers and paint pans, trowels, putty knives, nail aprons, tape measures. These are listed in your packing list under "Tools."

Gas - In all of our domestic community locations as well as Tecate, Mexico, Teams are expected provide their own transportation. Teams will need to drive their team to and from the work sites and Kids Club locations throughout the week as well as any additional extracurricular locations and should budget extra money for gas. Please note that in rural locations such as our Appalachia and our Navajo communities, things are very spread out and extra gas may be required.

Entry & Exit Fees - Team traveling internationally may be required to pay an exit fee when leaving the country. These fees can vary but generally range between $25-$45 per person.

What time should I plan to arrive and depart?
Domestic Locations - If you are traveling to one of our domestic community locations your team should plan to arrive between 3:00pm and 5:00pm on the first day of your selected trip. Your trip officially starts with dinner and is normally followed by an orientation meeting. Departure is after breakfast on the last day of the trip.

International Locations - International arrival/departure times are specific to each community. If you are traveling to one of our international communities, you will find arrival/departure times in the “Mission Trip Details” link on the right hand side of the community page. If you have difficulty finding flights that fit into this time frame, please contact our office before booking your flight to make special arrangements.

Can I bring my kids?
Special permission must be given by Experience Mission for children outside of the specified age range of the trip (Junior High, High School, Adult etc.) In the case that a child does come, they must be accompanied by their parent and their parent must take full responsibility of the child. Children 10 and under will have price breaks on a case by case basis.

Do you accommodate food allergies?
Experience Mission would like people with dietary restrictions to feel comfortable participating in our week long mission trips*. While we cannot completely accommodate all dietary limitations, we are able to provide basic items or make minor adjustments to the meals to help support these unique needs. We do recommend however, that team members with dietary limitations bring additional foods to supplement their daily meals. For a full Food Policy go to https://experiencemission.org/foodpolicy.

*This applies only for our week long mission trips. If you are looking to attend a longer IMMERSION trip please inquire with the Immersion team regarding your terms food restrictions.

What is the Evening Gathering?
The Evening Gathering is a time set aside in the evening for worship, prayer, and a short devotional discussion led by our staff. While musical worship is something we like to be incorporated in this time, Experience Mission does not provide this component. We ask teams to bring guitars and plan to lead worship when able. The Evening Gathering normally lasts between 30-60 minutes. Following this, there will be additional time for individual teams to meet together to share, debrief, have fun and deal with team issues. We make this time a priority for you to spend with your team.

Due to staffing limitations Evening Gathering will not be offered during our off-season months of September - May. You are free to lead your team in a time of worship and devotions of your choosing in place of Evening Gathering.

Evening Gathering will be offered in most communities during the summer months of June, July and August.

Do I need someone over the age of 21 on my team?
A. All minors under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by someone over the age of 21. Participants between the ages of 18-20 may go without someone over the age of 21.

Health & Safety

EM's Health & Safety plan provides the following:

Staff certification: All 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 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. In our domestic and international locations, we ask that teams supply their own medications like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl and Imodium as they deem necessary.

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.


Registering for a Mission Trip

Grabbing Space

"Grab Space" to temporarily reserve spots for 30 days. This is for all teams in the process of planning your mission trip who may not quite be ready to take the step of registering your team.

DOES THIS SECURE YOUR SPACES? No. Spaces are not secured until you have registered your team. Trips are fill on a "first come, first served" basis and registering teams receive full priority over all teams with current or previously grabbed spaces. Grabbing space merely lets us know of your interest in a specific trip so we can provide you with all the information you need to plan your mission trip.

NOTE: There is no financial obligation involved in Grabbing Space.

Registering

Register your team to secure space for you mission trip. This locks in your trip dates in a specific community, and requires a trip deposit based on projected number of team members.

TEAM SIZE: There are many details involved in putting together a mission team and it can be difficult to project your final team size at the beginning of this process. So, if you're not sure of your final team size, we suggest you make a conservative participant estimate when you register. As your team develops, you can increase your team size by calling us, provided space is still available.

NOTE: Decreasing your team size after registering will involve a financial penalty. For specific details, view our Registration & Payment Policy.

Group Types

Trips listed in the above chart with the Group Type of "ALL" are currently available to groups of all ages/types.

NOTE: The type of group accepted during those weeks may change based on the type of group that initially registers for that week.

Individuals

All members of a week-long 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." If you are an individual, recruit a team of six to go with you and then register for your specific trip!

All young adults ages 18-30 are eligible to apply for our 1, 3 & 6-Month IMMERSION program. If you would like to know more about these trips be sure to fill out an IMMERSION interest form and someone from our IMMERSION team will contact you!

Need to know more?

If you have additional questions or don't see the dates you're looking for listed above, please call use at the EM Service Center at 888-475-6414 or Fill Out an Interest Form.

Registering for a Mission Trip

Grabbing Space

"Grab Space" to temporarily reserve spots for 30 days. This is for all teams in the process of planning your mission trip who may not quite be ready to take the step of registering your team.

DOES THIS SECURE YOUR SPACES? No. Spaces are not secured until you have registered your team. Trips are fill on a "first come, first served" basis and registering teams receive full priority over all teams with current or previously grabbed spaces. Grabbing space merely lets us know of your interest in a specific trip so we can provide you with all the information you need to plan your mission trip.

NOTE: There is no financial obligation involved in Grabbing Space.

Registering

Register your team to secure space for you mission trip. This locks in your trip dates in a specific community, and requires a trip deposit based on projected number of team members.

TEAM SIZE: There are many details involved in putting together a mission team and it can be difficult to project your final team size at the beginning of this process. So, if you're not sure of your final team size, we suggest you make a conservative participant estimate when you register. As your team develops, you can increase your team size by calling us, provided space is still available.

NOTE: Decreasing your team size after registering will involve a financial penalty. For specific details, view our Registration & Payment Policy.

Group Types

Trips listed in the above chart with the Group Type of "ALL" are currently available to groups of all ages/types.

NOTE: The type of group accepted during those weeks may change based on the type of group that initially registers for that week.

Individuals

All members of a week-long 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." If you are an individual, find a team of 6 to go with you and then register for your specific trip!

All young adults ages 18-30 are also eligible to apply for our IMMERSION program.

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