World Race:

Live on mission around the world

AGE RANGE: 21 - 35


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Step 1: Apply

You’ll create a profile and complete a questionnaire application and then schedule a phone interview with our team so we can get to know you better. After that, we’ll let you know when you’ve been accepted! (A $200 deposit will confirm your spot.)

Step 2: Fundraise

Once you’ve confirmed your spot, we will pair you with an Admissions Advisor who will help you with planning, fundraising ideas, and all the logistical information you need to prepare.

Step 3: Train

Four-six weeks before your Race begins, you will spend 10 days at our campus in Georgia. This time will include missional and cultural training, discipleship, worship, and bonding with your teammates before you leave.

Step 4: Launch

After several days of additional training in Atlanta, you will fly out together as a squad and begin your ministry on the World Race.

How do I know if it's really God speaking?


Check out what other Racers are saying:

Brian Corder's review
Brian Corder Former World Racer

Truly life-changing ...we grew immensely.

Julia Bird's review
Julia Bird Former World Racer

[It was] adventure, dying to self, messing up, redemption, laughter, tears, heartache, joy, and love.

Kate Campbell's review
Kate Campbell Former World Racer

One of the greatest pieces of my spiritual journey yet

Ryan Bentch's review
Ryan Bentch Former World Racer

God used The World Race to bring about an abundance of transformation and freedom to my life.

Toni's review
Toni B World Race Parent

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.

Kathleen's review
Kathleen W 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.

Adventures In Missions, Swaziland's review
Adventures In Missions, Swaziland A World Race Partner Location

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.

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World Race Alumni Testimonial: Wayne Mask
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World Race: Gap Year Alumni Testimonial - Emma Moody
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World Race Alumni Testimonial: Kate Campbell
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A Day on World Race: Gap Year with Will Holt in Guatemala
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World Race Alumni Testimonial: Rashidat Odeyemi
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A Day on the World Race with Brandon Boyd
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Sharing your Faith on the World Race in Cambodia
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A Day in the Lives of World Racers in Bulgaria & Nepal
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A Day on World Race: Gap Year with Jess Dillow
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Do you have what it takes to be a World Racer?

World Race Commitment

Pursuing the Kingdom of God through intimacy, community and mission.

Intimacy - choosing to trust

  • Identity rooted in Christ - (Galatians 2:20) You are committed to becoming more like Jesus. You will run your race with a “yes” in your spirits. We are looking for people who are ready to deal with their past and move forward. We want to see you walking into the fullness and fruitfulness God has for you.
  • Faith grounded in Scripture - (2 Timothy 3:16-17) You are committed to dive into Scripture through avenues like Bible Studies that we will provide for you, to learn and grow into deeper connection with God.
  • Relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - (Hebrews 4:16, James 4:8) You are committed to humbly approach God, drawing near to Him as He draws near to you. This will require abandoning areas that you have clung to in the past for comfort and allowing Him to lead you through brokenness and into dependence on Him.

Community - choosing humility

  • Spiritual Gifts Activated - (1 Cor. 12: 4-6) You are committed to activate your teammates and squadmates in the gifts they have been given, humbly celebrating the differences you see around you, while also stepping into the gifts you have been given.
  • Feedback - (Hebrews 10:24-25) You are committed to encourage and challenge the people around you to look more like Jesus on a daily basis.
  • Unity - (John 13:35) You are committed to chose to love your brothers and sisters in all things. You will form relationships that are emotionally safe and vulnerable.

Mission - choosing intentionality

  • Spread the Good News - (Matthew 4:17-23) You are committed to spreading the kingdom of God through various ministry opportunities including sharing God’s story through your World Race blog weekly.
  • Make Disciples - (Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 2:2) You are committed to making disciples of all nations, that is to show others to live and love like Jesus as you do the same. This includes learning and understanding culture and sharing in a way that people are able to understand and follow you as you follow Christ. We expect you to disciple others according to 2 Timothy 2:2, helping each other to grow in faith while speaking truth in love.
  • Love all - (Luke 4:18-20, Matt 22:37-40) You are committed to seeing and treating all people as beloved. You will partner with the Father to reverse oppression in its various forms through sacrificial love.

*All Racers are expected to submit to each program’s 101 Policy and Rule Guidelines

Explore ALL World Race programs!

An Open House is the chance for you and your family to join us at the World Race Headquarters in Gainesville, Ga for either full day or half day experiences. You will hear from our leadership, meet the staff and alumni, and learn all about the World Race, World Race: Gap Year, World Race: Semesters, and Global U.

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What is The World Race?

The World Race is a program for ages 21-35 that travels to 11 countries in 11 months while focusing on three main areas: mission, discipleship, and adventure.

The World Race currently serves in and partners with ministries in dozens of countries, spanning from the tip of South America to the vast wild of Mongolia.

How does it work?

Upcoming routes are announced one year prior to the departure date, giving time for preparation, which after application and acceptance includes fundraising and spiritual and emotional development. The earlier you apply, the better chance you have getting your desired Route and the more time you have to prepare.

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. In this sense, 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 construction, VBS, 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 January 2020 must turn 21 by January 1, 2020.

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.

World Race: Semesters is for ages 18-22 and has trips ranging from 1-3 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:

4 weeks prior
to training camp
3 weeks prior
to launch
end of 2 months
on the field
end of 4 months
on the field

The trip fundraising amount now includes an estimated $800 to cover the cost of a required MissionSafe medical insurance plan, and $300 to cover your entrance to Project Searchlight, a month 10 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 trip’s fundraising amount, the amount needed for the World Race averages to less than $62 a day – and you’ll be fundraising that money! The average cost of living in the U.S. is $65 a day.

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 the route I want fills up?

Because we offer a variety of routes for each launch window, these routes will fill up unevenly. 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 routes remain unbalanced, we may ask some Racers to switch routes within the same launch window prior to training camp.

What if the route I want fills up while I'm in the middle of applying?

Your route reservation is determined by the date you pay your $200 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 $200 has been made.

Applying for a route does not guarantee there are or will be available spots by the time you pay your deposit.

Routes will be marked "Join Waitlist" when we reach capacity but are still accepting applications in lieu of anticipated drops. If you are accepted after the route is full, you will still have a spot on a route leaving the same month.
Routes will be marked "Full" when we are no longer accepting applications.

If you have these questions and still arenÂ’t satisfied, could we ask you a question?

Will you regret not pursuing this opportunity?

Only you can answer that.

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

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