Apply by September 15, 2018 to lower the cost of your trip by $700!
Bonus: Apply for FREE
Use the promo code OCTOBER18 to waive your application fee! Promo code expires 11/2/17.
Become Part of the World Race...
Join Us for the June 2019 Route!
Discover how to live like a modern-day missionary. Travel to 11 countries in 11 months as you serve others with passion, experience different cultures, and go deeper with God than you've ever imagined. 
Become Part of the World Race...
Join Us for the June 2019 Route!
Discover how to live like a modern-day missionary. Travel to 11 countries in 11 months as you serve others with passion, experience different cultures, and go deeper with God than you've ever imagined. 
Individuals between the ages of 21-35 are eligible for the World Race
Here's What You'll Experience on the World Race...
Exposure to the Greatest Needs in the World
You'll no longer just read about the world's problems and feel powerless to help. You'll see poverty, hopelessness, addiction, and destitution firsthand. You'll bring awareness and action by being the tangible hands and feet of Jesus.

Stateside and International Training
A five-day training will take place at the World Race headquarters in Gainesville, Georgia in June 2019. There will be additional and significant training in the first country once you are overseas. 
11 Months of Travel and Accommodations
Explore some of the world's most remote locations while serving local ministries. The fundraising goal amount includes food, lodging, air, land, and sea travel.*
International Traveler’s Insurance
Every Racer will have a medical insurance plan through MissionSafe. This covers new accidents and sicknesses when traveling outside your home country and protects you from the cost of medical care and emergency medical services when you need them.
Training, Tools, and Skills
From state-side to on-field training, 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.

Clarity and Direction
From your identity in Christ to direction for the future, you’ll explore your purpose in Him and better define your spiritual gifts. You'll gain clarity on how to use the gifts God has given you to live out the Great Commission as a follower of Jesus.

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.

Spiritual Discipline
As you live and travel in community like the early Church did, you’ll go deeper into spiritual disciplines like worship, prayer, and fasting. As you're immersed into new cultures, you'll take what you've experienced and dive into scripture to see what God says about life.

Complimentary Admission to Project Searchlight
Project Searchlight is a 4-day post-Race alumni summit at the World Race headquarters, designed to help you process your experience and transition to a life of missions at home.
*Fundraising goal amount does not include personal spending money, travel to training/launch in Georiga, return travel home from a major U.S. city at the conclusion of the Race, and vaccinations.
Apply by September 15, 2018 to lower the cost of your trip by $700!
Where Will the June 2019 Route Take You?...
  •  Duration: 11 Months
  •  Age Range: 21-35
  •  Visit 5 Unique Regions of the World
  •  Spend 6 Months in the 10/40 Window
  •  Get Training at Your First International Location
  •  Visit a NEW World Race Country: Djibouti in East Africa
  •  Fundraising Amount: $19,900 
  •  Final Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
  •   Training Camp: June 2019
You’ll spend your first month on the World Race in Guatemala, recently nicknamed the “New Jerusalem,” as it is the most evangelical nation in the world. You’ll come alongside local believers working to bring the hope of Christ to a new generation. You'll likely spend your days building relationships with youth who are at risk of falling into gang violence. You might find yourself teaching them English or kicking a soccer ball in the lush rainforest-like terrain with volcanoes dotting the skyline.

Your second month on the Race will continue south to the thick rainforests, rugged highlands, and stunning crystal lakes of Nicaragua. Similar to Guatemala, Nicaragua has a large number of people who know the Gospel, though there is great poverty and political unrest. Racers typically focus on relationship building with abandoned children over sports, English and arts and crafts. The children are wounded but still have childlike joy and just crave the opportunity to be kids.
You’ll spend your last month in Central America in the peaceful paradise of Costa Rica – where you’ll quickly grow to love the slow, “pura vida” lifestyle. The main focus of ministry for Racers will be partnering with local churches to share the Gospel with rural communities, especially in impoverished border towns. Some Racers even get the opportunity to grab surfboards, head to the sandy beaches, and minister to the surfer community while leading camps for kids on the beach. 
After three months in Central America, you’ll travel to Morocco, a traditional Arabian country with great French influence, cobblestone streets, and iconic architecture. Long-term missionaries have to be careful about their identities, but Racers can feel free to boldly share their faith. Because of this, Racers are highly valuable to the successful work of our partners here. Racers will build relationships with locals and invite them to study God’s Word - often discussing the Koran and the Bible over a cup of mint tea in town. 
Continuing on through Africa, your next stop is Ethiopia, a nation that has never been colonized and has one of oldest cultures in the world. Many World Racers spend their time helping our partners share their faith in Jesus with at risk children while helping provide them an education. Many of our partners also work to care for senior citizens and teach youth to honor and respect them. As a Racer, you may likely find yourself spending long hours drinking coffee and listening to the incredible stories this population has to tell.
Your last stop in Africa will be a brand NEW county for the World Race – Djibouti. Most Racers will work alongside the large population of refugees from war-torn Somalia and Yemen. Our partners are some of the only aid organizations sharing the love of Christ alongside their care for these displaced people. As the first squad to visit this country, you will also have the unique and exciting task of helping pioneer this nation -- following God to find local men and women of Christ to partner with future teams.
#7 - INDIA
Next, you will make your way to India, a country like no other. Most Racers live and serve in Southern India, where the villages and cities are equally bustling with activity, blaring horns and whizzing tuk-tuks. Most of our activity in India is partnering with a local movement to plant 100,000 churches. You’ll become a part of the local culture as you travel from village to village while preaching and praying for families. Expect to be invited into someone’s home and offered a cup of chai often as people love to invite you to simply sit and talk!
#8 - NEPAL
After your time in India, you’ll travel north to the very spiritual and breathtaking, mountainous country of Nepal. Home to Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain, Nepal literally sits on top of the world. Most of our work in this country is about sharing the Gospel with marginalized people, especially those in rural areas. Whether you’re in the cities outlined by the Himalayas or trekking through the hills yourself, you’ll most likely find yourself walking long distances to share your faith over a cup of milk tea. 

Your journey will head next to Southeast Asia – first stopping in exotic and mysterious Myanmar. In recent years this nation was under violent military rule and highly isolated from the rest of the world. They opened their doors to the public less than 10 years ago and are eager to meet foreigners. Most people have not heard the Gospel and are very open to hearing more about Jesus. The work has to be subtle, but there is a great need for church planting and evangelism and short-term teams can be highly effective to our long-term partners. 
After your month in Myanmar, you’ll journey next door to Thailand -- known for its stunning beaches, friendly people and bustling outdoor food markets. You will feel welcomed here, but you’ll quickly take note of darkness that plagues this region: human trafficking. In Thailand, you might find yourself under neon flashing lights, sharing a Coke with women in between their dances in night clubs. You might find yourself having difficult conversations with the tourists partaking in the industry or spending hours covering your teammates and the streets in prayer.
Your final month on the Race wraps up in Indonesia, the biggest island nation on Earth and home to the largest Muslim population in the world. Most Racers are asked to build trust through relationships in order to share their faith, and many will have the opportunity to disciple new believers by leading Bible studies and discovery groups. This is still relatively a new country for the World Race, but whether you’re in the densely packed cities, the thick jungles, or the long rural stretches, you’ll have the opportunity to find local Christians and continue to build on the relationships we’ve already established.
Apply by September 15, 2018 to lower the cost of your trip by $700!
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Have You Been Asking Yourself, "Isn't There MORE?"
Isn't there another way to grow in your relationship with God besides reading your Bible and listening to sermons? 

You long to do something tangible that will allow you to explore who God created you to be -- and to walk alongside other Christians authentically living out their faith, which is so central to who you are.

You'd rather BE the church than just go to church. You want to GO, as Jesus commanded. 
Are you tired of just talking and dreaming about it?

“If we never get out of our comfort zones, we can’t grow into the places God has prepared for us.”
–Seth Barnes

Founder and President of Adventures in Missions and the World Race
Many people think the answer to living an authentic life as a Christian is to be a good person. 
You may volunteer locally, sponsor a child, give to organizations or missionaries, or support those in need.

But there must be more God is calling you to do directly. 

You feel like missions work could be the answer, but it’s difficult to know if you’re really called, if you could really raise the support needed to go, or if it will really do any good.

You feel stuck in the machine – with the expectation to work a 9 to 5 job, pay off your student loans and build the “American dream.” You’re not sure how or if it’s possible to escape it. Plus, the idea of leaving your friends, family, and the comforts of home seems scary. 

As a disciple of Jesus, the single most important thing you need is the confidence to hear and follow God’s voice – to the ends of the Earth.
Ask yourself...
  •  How different would your life be if you felt led by the Holy Spirit?
  •  If you felt freedom to be who God has called you to be?
  •  If you no longer wondered if you’re doing the will of God or if what you’re doing matters in light of eternity?
Here’s the reality: Often, we as Christians can miss what the Gospel is about.

It’s easy to make our faith journey about ourselves rather than God… or to mold God into our own image. Sometimes, we base our personal definition of right and wrong, of what grace is, on what leads to salvation and what doesn’t, on what we think it should be, rather than what God says.  

Here's what it boils down to...
The starting point of Christian belief is that we are all broken and need a Savior.

It’s universal… This is the message of the Gospel, and it’s for everyone on the planet. And as believers, it’s not a matter of if you’re called but in what way you will respond. 

To actively be the hands and feet of Jesus…

Imagine leaving all that’s “normal” behind for an entire year to do just that. To explore who you are and who God has called you to be while traveling the world caring for the lost and the hurting. To follow the actual model Jesus set for His disciples ….

Wouldn't that be amazing?
But as anyone who has traveled on, or known someone who has traveled on, short-term missions can tell you... It’s not that simple.

Short-term missions and service trips by well-meaning but misguided Westerners can often do more harm than good in local cultures.

So many people who intend to help others, share the Gospel and see the world come back home disappointed, jaded and worse off spiritually than before they left.
This happens because of three biggest and most common mistakes made by people who travel on missions…
What NOT to Do  
3 Biggest Mistakes Missional World Travelers Make
Mistake 1
Choosing an inexperienced agency.
Some estimates say as many as 4 million people a year go on mission-focused trips, but 75% of them do not meet the standard benchmarks for excellence outlined by the U.S. Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission. Those agencies are sending people ill-prepared for the field, and it calls into question how they are investing their resources.
Mistake 2
Waiting to feel “called” to go. 
Every Jesus follower is called to “go and make disciples.” The World Race is just one of many vehicles to do that. So the question is not if you are called to go, the question is how? And that question is only answered through prayer. Proverbs 16:9 says a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. This means you have to step out and take steps toward what you believe God has for you. 
Mistake 3
Not being sure how to truly help and serve. 
Many people travel with a genuine heart to help others. Their desire isn't born out of arrogance. But their attempts to minister can come across as misguided or fraught with misunderstandings in some cultures unless they come alongside actual local ministries who need and want help. 
But What If You Could...
  •  Travel the world with a missions organization that’s sent over 115,000 people into the mission field over the past 28 years with extensive safety and security protocols in place.
  •  Use your gifts and talents to make a tangible difference in the world. 
  •  See and explore some of the most beautiful places on earth with a community of like-minded believers.
  •  Experience a deeper relationship with God while you live as a modern-day disciple, traveling throughout the world sharing the hope and love of Jesus.
And When You Do This, You Have:
  •  Impact: You’ll stop wishing you could make a difference and witness the impact of your life dedicated in an 11-month service to God. More than any other experience, you will be the change you want to see in the world. 
  •  Invaluable Life Experience: 11 months of experiences and memories will leave you telling stories for decades.
  •  Direction: Time to think, pray, and discern who God made you to be and discover His calling on your life.
  •  Powerful Faith: You’ll go deeper in your relationship with God and develop a powerful faith as you explore and live out your identity as a child of God.
  •  Community like the Early Church: You’ll travel with up to dozens of like-minded young adults with similar desires and passion as you, living as the Early Church did in Acts, developing relationships that will last a lifetime.
  •  Legacy: You’ll be part of planting churches so ministry can live on and influence generations to come.
Here's What Partners and Parents Are Saying
“It's so encouraging what the World Race does in terms of life transformation to the Racers and our communities that they reach out to. It's not affecting the Racers only, but the partners and communities.”
–Adventures in Missions, Swaziland
A World Race Partner Location
“The worldly exposure my daughter gained has truly made her a more compassionate person. I loved that it helped her find her calling in sharing the gospel through videography.”
–Toni B.
World Race Parent
“We were very impressed with the level of planning and risk management that goes into the WR. It was an outstanding experience for both our Racer and us, too. The whole process is very intentional.”
–Kathleen W.
World Race Parent
Notable Racer Alumni
Here are snapshots of what some Racers have gone on to do after the Race.
Natasha Hurt
Founder, anti-trafficking non-profit Love Made Claim
Joe Bunting
Successful Writer and Entrepreneur of “The Write Practice
Scott Kwak
Started Adventures in Missions' first Business as Missions hostel in Cambodia.
Sean Champ Smith
Freelance Cinematographer for National Geographic, Viceland, and Free Burma Rangers
Eric Hanson
Author of The Wild of God and founder of the Epic Trails video series
Jessi Green
Church Planter with Salt Churches
Jeff Bray
International Liaison at Nicamerican Missions
Allan Boehm
European Missions Development at Burn 24/7
About The World Race
People have gone on the World Race.
Since the World Race began 11 years ago, more than 4,600 people ages 21-35 have said “yes” to the radical adventure of living out their faith.
People sent on missions.
The World Race is a program of Adventures in Missions, an established 501(c) (3) non-profit missions organization that has sent more than 115,000 people on mission trips around the world since 1989.
1,163 ministry partners in 79 countries.
Adventures has 1,163 ministry partners in 79 countries. Host evaluations boast a 97% satisfaction rate. There are 446 approved partners ready to receive upcoming teams. 
June 2019 Route Destinations
Catch a glimpse of the 11 destinations the June 2019 Route will be visiting.

Feel free to click on a destination to see a close-up of that country.

With this interactive Google map, you can also:

  •  See photos of each country
  •  Get a close look at your future route destinations
  •  Learn about the countries you will be serving
Changed Lives
The World Race is transformative and can result in any number of "Aha!"
experiences for travelers. Here are several ways Racers describe their journeys:
Evan's Story
Evan Dias never thought his application to the World Race would be accepted. “In the application, I had to check off all these boxes of things that I've struggled with. It was all a yes. Alcohol, yes. Tobacco, yes. Drug use, yes. Sexual activity, yes.” But God used the World Race to give Evan a fresh start.

He gave his life back to Christ and experienced freedom like never before. “My story is redemption,” he says.

Dan's Story
Dan Snyder’s identity was wrapped up in his role as a police officer on the Denver SWAT team.

After feeling God calling him to the Race, he discovered he could use his natural giftings of wanting to help people and to make a difference while placing his identity in Christ. “Standing in front of a mirror in Tanzania it hit me, like this life is not about me, it's about serving others and loving God.”
What the Racers Have to Say
These Racers share how God began rewriting their stories through the World Race:
Tamica Sloan: From the ordinary to the extraordinary
Josh Woodmansee: Discovered a passion as a leader
Ashley Harris: Delivered
from rejection
The World Race Process
Adventures in Missions has spent 11 years developing a process to develop modern-day missionaries after the model Jesus set. This program combines spiritual development, hands-on ministry, and world travel in an 11-month experience unlike any other.
  •  Start your application by clicking the START MY APPLICATION 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 ($39), then schedule a 30-45 phone interview with an admissions advisor. You’ll hear back within a week or two regarding your acceptance. 
  •  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.
  •   You’ll receive evangelism and cross-cultural ministry training, learn how to share your stories, and how to live in close community while you adapt to the unknown.
  •  You will most likely experience worship styles, Bible teachings, and community different than you’ve previously experienced. We’ll encourage you to dig into Scripture and have conversations about these.
  •  You’ll also meet your Squad, we will invite you into a private Facebook group with your whole squad to start getting to know each other. 
  •  You will fundraise and receive training and assistance, invite people to partner with you on your 11-month journey. 
  •  After acceptance, you’ll gain access to an admissions advisor who will help you with planning, fundraising ideas and all the logistical information you need to prepare.
  •  You’ll also pay a $150 deposit to secure your spot. We’ll begin to share with you a plan for fundraising. The goal to raise the full amount varies by trip but is usually by the end of month 4. (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.)
  •  You’ll begin to prepare emotionally, physically and spiritually for your upcoming trip as well as begin to share your story on a blogging platform we provide.

  •  Your squad will join up in Atlanta, Georgia for training, worship, and prep before launching! 
  •  Parents will be invited for a special parent launch where they can meet other parents and ask questions to staff. 
  •  You’ll launch! Full training will take place in month one. After that, every day on the Race will look a little different. Every day will be focused on being a part of God's Kingdom work. 
  •  The World Race has built-in adventure days into each week, when you get to experience the local culture or sightsee. 
  •  Debriefs happen 5x times a year to look back to learn from and celebrate what God has done through ministry. 
Begin Today by Starting an Application
World Race Extras
Along With Everything Else, Your Experience on the Race Includes:
We have a plan, a process, and tools to help you fundraise.

We take every Racer through our fundraising process focused on relationship building. We give each Racer a fundraising coach who will equip you with practical tools to help you set and achieve your fundraising goals.

Following Jesus is not the easy path. We’ll help you step into the Kingdom life.

Through the years and as thousands have gone on this journey, we have identified some key factors that will help set you up for success.

Adventures offers a full-fledged ministry to World Race parents.
In addition to providing a platform to answer your parents’ questions, we support and encourage the parent journey by connecting you to Adventures in Missions, to each other, and to the work of God around the world. (They'll even get an invitation to join you a few days on the field for a "Vision" trip.)
Our safety package includes several safety and risk management teams — both internal and external — who constantly monitor and manage risks in the regions that we minister and create contingency plans.

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.
Your experience on the World Race begins right away -- no matter where you are.
You’ll gain access to free live coaching calls by our admission advisors and squad mentors and leaders. These calls will include inspiration, prayer, insight, and focus as you begin journeying together toward launch.

Get admission to our private alumni Facebook group with over 3,300 members.

This is the official group for all World Race Alumni. Join the Alumni network and stay connected to Alumni throughout the world. Share your story, stay involved in missions, and catch up with your squadmates and all other Racers.

Apply by September 15, 2018 to lower the cost of your trip by $700!
What Other Racers Are Saying
The World Race is rated 4.8 stars out of 5 on Facebook by Racers who share their reviews:
“Truly life-changing year abroad...we grew immensely.”
 –Brian Corder

Former World Racer
“A year full of adventure, dying to self, messing up, redemption, laughter, tears, heartache, joy, and love.”
–Julia Bird

Former World Racer
“One of the greatest pieces of my spiritual journey yet”
–Kate Campbell

Former World Racer
“Toughest, yet best year of my life”
–Jamie Lee Villante

Former World Racer
“God used The World Race to bring about an abundance of transformation and freedom to my life.”
–Ryan Bentch

Former World Racer
Change of Plans? No Problem.
We get it. Sometimes plans change. 
Here’s the reality of applying to the Race: No one is going to force you to get on a plane, and you are not obligated to go. If you decide not to go after you apply, you're always welcome to reapply if God leads you back to the World Race! This won't affect your eligibility for any of our trips in the future.

Unfortunately, because of federal rules and regulations, the money donated toward your trip cannot be returned, and must be used for the World Race in order for us to retain our non-profit status. That money will be added to the general fund, allowing more racers to go on the Race.

However, we recently added the option of deferring your application to a later date. By proactively communicating with us, we can have our finance team look into your options to move your funds to a future launch window. 

FAQ About The World Race
What makes the World Race different?
The World Race currently serves in dozens of countries, spanning from the tip of South America to the vast wild of Mongolia, and focuses on three main areas: mission, discipleship, and adventure. The World Race is different because it’s the only missions program that allows you to go to 11 countries in 11 months and learn by doing.

Jesus taught His disciples by having them pray for the sick, evangelize, and numerous other things they didn’t study for. They were just normal guys who stepped out in boldness, allowing God to use them for extraordinary things. The World Race is an opportunity to live out both the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) and the Greatest Commandment (Matt. 22:36-40).

What do we actually “do” on the Race?
Every day on the World Race looks a little different. Some days will be packed full with sharing the Gospel, construction, Vacation Bible School, 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. Much depends on our ministry partner’s needs in each country, and specifically during your team's month with them! Regardless of the pace or the activity, every day will be focused on being a part of God's kingdom work. 

Do I have what it takes?
While ministry and travel experience are helpful, they're not a requirement for the World Race. In fact, any lack of ministry experience, or your experiences / struggles do not disqualify you from becoming a World Racer. There are, however, a set of characteristics that World Racers are expected to have, including being a follower of Jesus and having a commitment to spread the Gospel, an open mind and good attitude, physical fitness and more. Read through each one here as you complete your application.

How old do you have to be to go?
World Race encompasses ages 21 to 35. Age range is based on the launch window. For example, a Racer launching in June 2019 must turn 21 by June 1, 2019.

World Race: Gap Year is for ages 18-20 and takes college-aged students on a journey to 3 continents in 9 months. Click here to learn more.

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. 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.

Here’s a closer look at the numbers:
Only 4.6% of participants who start the Race have raised 100% of their funds by training camp, 20.8% typically raise their funds by the launch. 

You will need to meet the following deadlines for your trip:
7 weeks prior
to launch
3 weeks prior
to launch
end of 2 months
on the field
end of 4 months
on the field
The trip cost now includes an estimated $930 to cover the cost of a required MissionSafe medical insurance plan, and $200 to cover the cost of Project Searchlight, a month 12 debrief for your squad. It focuses on re-entry and will take place at our headquarters one month after you return home.

When you look at the average cost of the trip, the cost of going on the Race is less than $55 a day. The average cost of living in the U.S. is $65 a day – and you’ll be fundraising that money! 

We have a plan, a process, and tools to help you fundraise. We take every Racer through our fundraising process built around relationship-building. We give each Racer a fundraising coach who will equip you with practical tools to help you set and achieve your fundraising goals.

What if this Route fills up?
We can only launch a limited number of Racers on each Route. Although we will allow Routes to exceed capacity, we do expect some people to drop before training camp. 
If you would like to go on the June 2019 Route, make sure to get your application in as soon as you can. After your interview and acceptance, a $150 deposit secures your spot on this Route.

What if this Route fills up while I'm in the middle of applying?
Your Route reservation is determined by the date you pay your $150 trip deposit. 
This happens when your application is completed, you've had your interview, your acceptance has been confirmed by admissions, and your first deposit of $150 has been made.
Applying for this Route does not guarantee there are or will be available spots by the time you pay your deposit.
The June 2019 Route will be marked "Join Waitlist" when we reach capacity but are still accepting applications in lieu of anticipated drops. The Route will be marked "Full" when we are no longer accepting applications.

There's only one more question left to answer...
Will you regret not pursuing this opportunity?
Only you can decide that.

Here’s what we know: We’ll be here to guide you through every step.
You will never be alone on this journey. 

You Are Just Moments Away from Taking a Step of Faith
That Can Change Your Life...
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