Travel the world, serve others with passion, and go deeper with God than you ever imagined
The World Race is an 11 month missions trip to 11 countries for people ages 21-35 who want to see the world in a real and raw way, to get radically uncomfortable, and use their gifts to love people in a big way.

Click below to start an application and qualify to launch in October 2017.

“The World Race changed my life, it has singlehandedly been the most impactful thing I've ever done. I witnessed God do incredible things around the world, and grew so much in my identity in Christ. I highly recommend the Race to anyone wanting to grow, and experience missions!” - Jordan
Tired of your everyday routine of school, work, sleep, and repeat?

  •  Do you want to grow in your relationship with God in ways other than just studying the Bible and listening to sermons? 
  •  Do you want to live totally dependent on God and not on people's expectations for your life?
  •  Do you want to actively be the hands and feet of Jesus?
  • The World Race is all about how to live like the early Church did today. The signs, miracles, and passion you read about in the Bible will become real and a way of life. You'll learn to cultivate a heart for serving among real community, and you'll develop friendships you'll depend on the rest of your life. You will grow in confidence as you learn to hear God's voice and act on what He has spoken. It’s possible, and we’re seeing it happen every day.
Since the World Race began 11 years ago, more than 4,600 people have said “yes” to the radical adventure of living out their faith.
The World Race is a program of Adventures in Missions, an established 501(c) (3) non-profit missions organization that has sent more than 110,000 people on mission trips around the world since 1989. 
Through our 27 years of short and long term programs, we have dedicated our lives to helping people from all walks of life discover the world, who Jesus is, and what Jesus has called them to: to make disciples of all nations and be His witness to the ends of the earth.
“The World Race was the toughest, yet best year of my life. I continually felt challenged and at the same time encouraged to fulfill my calling in God's Kingdom in the world.” 
- Jamie
You were made for so much more.
This October, you could be well on your way to joining the thousands who have followed their passion and answered God’s invitation to adventure, discipleship, and relationship through the World Race. 

Imagine your life a year from right now. Will you be stuck in the same routine, or will you have just come off of the adventure of a lifetime feeling connected to God’s movement on Earth, seeing His purposes and giftings coming alive in you?
When you go on the World Race, you gain: 

  •  Clarity and Direction - From your identity in Christ to direction for the future, you’ll explore your calling and spiritual gifts. 
  •  Community - You’ll travel and live closely with a group of like-minded individuals just like you, diving deep into the Word of God and discovering together what it means to be the Church.
  •  Training, Tools, and Skills - From Training Camp to on-field trainings, debriefs, and leadership development weekends, you’ll receive hands-on teaching in cross-cultural ministry, personal development, spiritual growth, and leadership tools—as well as further development of your natural skills, abilities, gifts, and talents.
  •  Spiritual Discipline - As you live and travel in community like the early Church did, you’ll go deeper into spiritual disciplines like worship, prayer, fasting, etc.
“I wouldn't trade my year on the Race for anything. God did incredible things in my heart and in my life. I felt so alive and experienced the Lord and the beautiful world He made in amazing ways.” 
- Katy
3 Things to Know About the World Race
It might sound like a dream to leave everything behind and serve others for 11 months in 11 countries. But it’s reality. It's a God-dream. Here are three tips to consider.
Tip #1
It is possible to raise support, and it’s easier than you think.
A fear of not being able to raise the funds holds some people back from applying -- sometimes for years! Don't let this be you.
Costs vary per trip, but are around $16,500-$16,900. While that seems like a lot, it’s really amazingly low when you consider the cost of living for nearly an entire year.
You don’t have to raise it all at once, or even before you go! You’ll be given a timeline of milestones to meet while fundraising in smaller portions.
The truth is fundraising builds your faith, especially when you are utterly dependent upon God providing the means for you.
When you start an application, you will be set up with an admissions advisor who will pray with you and offer a guide on how to fundraise. Even if you don’t have the support of a family church, your parents or your parents’ friends, you'll get the guidance you need. 
You will share your story. You’ll pray. And you’ll see God provide. We’ve seen it happen again and again.
Tip #2
Short term missions are effective, especially when it’s part of a long term strategy like the Race.
For the past 27 years, Adventures in Missions has launched 110,000 missionaries on the field— most of them on short term missions trips. But these aren’t hit-and-run ministry opportunities. They’re threads in a tapestry of permanent ministry among the unreached in more than 70 countries around the world.
We’ve set up a system so that our World Race teams are planting churches where ministry can live on and influence generations to come. On one World Race debrief, they planted a church in Yangon, Myanmar, by finding a local man to pastor the church and pouring into him. But there's more to be done.
Short term missions follows the model Jesus lived: He sent the disciples on multiple short mission trips, as described in Luke 9 and Matthew 10. 
Tip #3
Going on the World Race enhances your career options.
Some people are afraid that taking a year “off” puts their career on hold or hurts their career options. In fact, it has the potential of strengthening them. 
Many employers will look favorably on your experience as giving you leadership and management experience and a chance to develop serious problem-solving abilities in real world situations. 
Not only that, having traveled internationally gives you the ability to navigate cultural sensitivities —an experience other candidates or co-workers have probably never had.
You’ll be able to put the World Race on your resume—and we’ll show you how—so that future employers see it as an enhancement of your talent and skills. Or you may come back and decide to launch into full-time ministry, as many of our alumni have.

If you want to go from waiting for your life to begin to living an authentic, transformational life as you fulfill God’s call to “go,” click the apply button near the bottom of this page. 

The experience on the Race changed the trajectory of my life.

“It was my senior year in college and I was looking for a missions trip that I could do over the summer before moving into the professional arena. I knew that there was more to the Christian life than what I had already experienced and I wanted to challenge myself to experience God through other cultures, viewpoints and to have a better world view of what the Kingdom of God truly is. 
“I didn't want to read stories anymore—I wanted to experience it firsthand. That's when I came across the World Race and knew it was what I was supposed to do.
“The experience on the Race changed the trajectory of my life and understanding of what it truly means to have a personal relationship with Christ and to challenge myself to take steps of faith.” 
- Jeff 

Is the World Race for you?
The World Race is for people ages 21-35 who:
  •  Are passionate about seeing God’s Kingdom lived out on earth
  •  Love adventure and exploring new cultures
  •  Are teachable and open to learning new things
  •  Have ministry and travel experience (not required)
  •   Are healthy and can hike 3 miles in 50 minutes with a pack and gear
3 Easy Steps to Get Started
Start your application.
Click the APPLY NOW button below and complete your profile (it will take 30 seconds).
Complete your application overview.
This questionnaire portion of the application should only take about 40 minutes to complete. There are no wrong answers!
Pay your application fee.
Pay your application fee, then schedule a 30-45 phone interview with your admissions advisor. You'll hear back within 2-3 days of your acceptance.
Are you ready to get outside your comfort zone?
October 2017 Routes
Chile to Uganda
Route 1
  • Age Range: 21-35
  • Application Deadline: July 15, 2017
  • Countries: Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay/Argentina, Cambodia, Thailand, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda
  • Training Camp: August 20-30, 2017
    (in Gainesville, GA)
  • Cost: $16,900 
  • (additional fees including insurance apply)
Bosnia/Serbia to Panama
Route 2
  • Age Range: 21-35
  • Application Deadline: July 15, 2017
  • Countries: Bosnia/Serbia, Albania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama
  • Training Camp: August 20-30, 2017
    (in Gainesville, GA)
  • Cost: $16,500
  • (additional fees including insurance apply)
Guatemala to Philippines 
Route 3
  • Age Range: 21-35
  • Application Deadline: July 15, 2017
  • Countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Philippines
  • Training Camp: August 20-30, 2017
    (in Gainesville, GA)
  • Cost: $16,900
  • (additional fees including insurance apply)
Bonus: Apply for Free
If you apply within the next 24 hours, use the promo code WRLIVE
to waive your application fee (a $39 value)!
Promo code expires 6/29/17.
Plus, when you sign up, you’ll get immediate access to a Personal Admissions Advisor, who will walk you through the whole process, pray with you, encourage you and give you fundraising ideas. You’re never alone in the process, and you will always have people to help you navigate through.
What if I apply and decide it’s not for me?  
We wholeheartedly believe you will not regret applying for the World Race. But if for some reason your plans change, you are in no way obligated to go. At any point prior to leaving for the Race and even while on the field, you can choose to leave.
Your application comes risk-free. By completing a profile or application, you are not committing to go on the Race yet—although we hope you will! However, by completing these steps, you’ll gain better understanding along the way if the Race is for you.

Frequently Asked Questions
How old do you have to be to go on the World Race?

World Race Gap Year: 18-20
World Race: 21-35
World Race Expedition: 23-35

Age range is based on the launch window. For example, a Gap Year Racer launching in September 2017 must turn 18 by September 1, 2017.
Do you accept married couples?
Absolutely! Each person will need to apply and interview separately, but the Race is an amazing way to experience God as a couple. Because new marriages are typically a time of great change and personal transformation, we do require couples to be married at least two years before Launch.
What if the route I want fills up?
We can only launch a limited number of Racers on each Route and squads often fill up unevenly. 
If Routes remain unbalanced, we may ask some Racers to switch routes within the same Launch window prior to Training Camp.
What is training camp?
Approximately six to eight weeks before your Race begins, you will join your team, leaders, and the World Race training staff for an 11 day preparation camp. You’ll get evangelism and cross-cultural ministry training, as well as training on how to thrive on the mission field.
What does a day on the Race look like?
Every day on the World Race looks a little different. Some days will be packed full with construction, VBS, evangelism outreach, building relationships with orphans, or praying for the sick at a hospital. Some days could be slower — shopping for groceries at the market, cooking for your team, and spending time praying for the community you walk through. Regardless of the pace or the activity, every day will be focused on being a part of God's Kingdom work. 
How safe is the World Race?
We have a risk management team that monitors politics, health, weather, and other risks in the regions we serve in—including the U.S. State Department travel warnings. With our program, you are covered by a strong travel insurance policy and the insurance company works closely with us to ensure you will receive the care you need. 
We have external consultants who assist us in designing and managing our training and field implementation for safety protocols. Our internal risk management team creates contingency plans as needed so we are ready to move teams quickly if the need arises. We also have an extensive network of ministry partners and ministry connections worldwide who provide us with “eyes on the ground” as we assess situations.

What is covered in the cost?
The funds you raise cover all team costs once the trip begins. This includes food, lodging, air, land, and sea travel. It also covers administrative, set up, coaching, debrief, and training costs prior to and at the start of your Race. 
It does not include personal spending money, travel to training camp, travel to the start point, return travel home from a major U.S. city at the conclusion of the Race, and vaccinations.

Can I afford it?
We understand raising money can be intimidating, which is why we pair you with an admissions advisor who will guide you through the support-raising process. We have a plan, a process, and tools to help you fundraise. 

We will equip you with practical tools to help you set and achieve your goals. And we only require a portion of the money to be raised before you leave; the rest can be raised while you're on the field. If you're worried about finances, don't be. Over the years, we've learned time and time again that when God calls, He provides.
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