World Race: Gap Year is More than a Mission Trip.

You're invited to a life-changing journey to help you grow with God, love others, and make a difference in the world.

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We get it, making this kind of a decision is a big deal! We encourage you to talk to God about it. He wants to be involved, and all you have to do is invite Him in. As you pray about taking a gap year, check out what a recent study revealed:

  • 90% of students who took a gap year returned to college the following year.
  • 60% said a year out of the classroom helped them decide their major and realize their future career.
  • Gap year students reported feeling much more satisfied once in their careers.
  • Studies show taking an intentional year off from school can propel students into making the most of their college experience or whatever they decide is next.

Taking a gap year is part of the path, not diverting from it. But we’ve been where you are - wondering if taking a year off is the right next step. We recommend taking this quiz to see if taking a Christian gap year is a fit for you.



The Great Commission exhorts us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” At the World Race, we activate hundreds of Racers yearly to discover how to practically live out this call - both on the mission field and at home.



As a Gap Year Racer, you will serve in 3 Continents for 9 months total, while living out of a backpack. You’ll be immersed in new cultures, and experience how to serve God, live in Biblical community, and make a difference in the world. You’re also encouraged to explore His beautiful creation and visit incredible man-made wonders!



Jesus discipled his followers, and we want to follow His model. Through mentors, coaches, and fellow Racers, we disciple you while you serve and disciple others. After the 9 months are over, you will be better equipped to make a lasting impact in your local community and will also be connected to our Global Kingdom Network.

gap year testimonial

"My favorite part of my race is what God did in my heart, He burst out of the small box I had put Him in and showed me how big He is and showed me His loving, compassionate, bold, just, and merciful character."
— Katie Knoblauch, Gap Year Alumni

gap year testimonial

"Over the last 9 months God has taken me to incredible places. I've been able to see and experience brokenness. I've noticed that heaven is all around us, not necessarily just in the beauty of His creation, but also the people."
— Diego Galvão, Gap Year Alumni


Looking for what’s next? Check this out!

It’s easy to dream. It’s harder to follow through. Are you ready to make a difference?


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Will you share the love of Jesus with a world that’s desperate to know Him?

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