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Upcoming Semesters Opportunities

Get $350 of Merch when you commit to ANY trip.

January 2024 trips get an additional $500 off trip cost!!

Take advantage of this limited time offer to get $500 off your fundraising goal and $350 worth of sweet World Race merchandise!

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11 Month Routes

11 MONTHS AGES 21—30

9 Month Routes


1-4 Month Routes

1-4 MONTHS AGES 18—30

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August 2024
Italy | Study Abroad | Fall 2024--
AGES 17-30

Italy | Study Abroad | Fall 2024

Traveling to Italy.
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January 2025
Guatemala | Study Abroad | January 2025--
AGES 17-20

Guatemala | Study Abroad | January 2025

Traveling to Guatemala.
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January 2025
Italy | Study Abroad | January 2025--
AGES 17-20

Italy | Study Abroad | January 2025

Traveling to Italy.
Now Open
January 2025
Spain | Study Abroad | January 2025--
AGES 17-20

Spain | Study Abroad | January 2025

Traveling to Spain.
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January 2025
Central America | Semesters | January 2025--
AGES 17-30

Central America | Semesters | January 2025

Traveling to Nicaragua, and Honduras.
Now Open
January 2025
South Africa | Semesters | January 2025--
AGES 18-30

South Africa | Semesters | January 2025

Traveling to South Africa, and Eswatini.
Now Open
January 2025
Africa | Semesters | January 2025--
AGES 18-30

Africa | Semesters | January 2025

Traveling to Kenya, and Uganda.
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June 2025
Guatemala | Semesters | June 2025--
AGES 17-30

Guatemala | Semesters | June 2025

Traveling to Guatemala.
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June 2025
Indonesia | Semesters | June 2025--
AGES 17-30

Indonesia | Semesters | June 2025

Traveling to Indonesia, and Thailand.
Now Open
June 2025
Rwanda | Semesters | June 2025--
AGES 17-30

Rwanda | Semesters | June 2025

Traveling to Rwanda, and Ethiopia.

Which mission trip is the best fit for you?

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Jesus took His disciples on a three-year journey of mission trips to prepare them to carry out His mission for the rest of their lives. In the same way, our desire is to prepare you to seek first the Kingdom of God for the rest of your life.

  • Ellie-Review

    Ellie Miller

    Gap Year Racer

    ” On the Race I learned what it looked like to have consistent character through refinement by the holy spirit and the community around me. I was pushed to greater dependence on the father through living out ministry as a lifestyle, not simply a mission trip. It is a season where acts 2:42 wasn’t merely a scripture to look up to, but was lived out every single day in everything we did. A place of genuine intimacy and connection with the father that will act as a catalyst for the rest of my life and into eternity. “

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    Drew Davidson

    Gap Year Racer

    ” I loved my time on the Race! Doing World Race Gap Year opened my eyes and heart to more of who Jesus is. There were endless opportunities to see Him move through and in me over my time on the field! I became more confident in who He has called me to be and experienced a deeper hunger for Jesus. I was surrounded by such an encouraging squad and built so many beautiful relationships. I am beyond thankful for the Race and how it provided a strong foundation for my faith for the rest of my life. “

The World Race sounds pretty awesome, right? So what’s stopping you? Here are the most common concerns we hear:

I have to raise HOW MUCH MONEY?

Yeah, it sounds like a lot. We’ve led thousands of people on this journey of fundraising, and even though it’s hard work, it’s totally possible. We’ll guide you through the process! Don’t let this fear stop you from pursuing the Lord’s call on your life!

Each World Race program is priced separately according to the trip and route; you can find the price of each trip by visiting the “Trips” tab.

We encourage Racers to connect with a community of supporters for both prayer and financial support. We understand raising money can be intimidating, so we have Admissions Advisors committed to help you through the support raising process. (For more information, Fundraising 101.)

If you’re worried about finances, don’t be. Over the years, we’ve learned time and time again when God calls, He provides. Still concerned? Check out this video for our top 5 favorite ways to fundraise:

I’ve heard mission trips and evangelism can be harmful to the communities.

Yeah, we’ve heard that too! And sometimes, it can be true. We’re committed to doing mission trips well. In truth, both the long-term missionary and the short-term mission team bring a gift to the throne of our Lord. Long-term missionaries bring direction. Short-term missionaries bring velocity. Often our long-term partners are greatly encouraged by the infusion of life and resources into their ministry that short-term teams bring. It is the person with a long-term commitment to a community who plants a church and disciples its members. The relationships and vision they provide are essential. They are like the rudder on the ship, providing direction, steering the course. Short-term missionaries can be the wind in the sails which give velocity and thrust to the enterprise. They bring with them resources, a prayer base, and tremendous enthusiasm.

Check out this two-part series on the case for short term missions:

Part 1
Part 2

What is the application process for the World Race?

There is an online application process for all our World Race programs. Once you’ve submitted an application and paid the $49 fee, you can select your trip and route preference and schedule a phone interview. We prayerfully review applications and look forward to learning more about you during the phone interview.

By completing this interview, you are not committing to participate in a World Race program. However, as you complete these steps, it will help you decide if the Race is for you.

If accepted, you will secure your spot with a deposit, which also serves as your first donation.

After committing to a route, you’ll be connected with an Admissions Advisor. All of our Advisors on staff are alumni Racers, and their job is to help you with the planning, fundraising, and logistical information you need to prepare to go.

Can a non-US citizen apply for the World Race?

Yes! We do accept international applicants. However, due to the many obstacles including increased cost and complex, varying visa requirements, non-US applicants must coordinate additional logistics, including travel to and from Training Camp, and visas for each destination country.

All trip fees and charges must be paid in US dollars and tax deductions are only available for US residents. Non-US applicants must be fluent in English. Contact us for more details and to determine if you are eligible to apply.

What do we actually “do” on the Race?

Each day on the World Race looks a little different. Some days will be packed full with construction, VBS, evangelism Semesters, relationship building, or praying for the sick. Some days could be slower — shopping for groceries at the market or spending time in prayer for the community and ministry.

Check out the World Race vlog. In this 13 episode vlog, we follow a World Race squad around the world. See first hand what it’s like to be on the World Race.

Regardless of the pace or the activity, every day will be focused on being a part of God’s Kingdom work. Just Contact Us and we’d be happy to share our stories about life on the Race!

Is the World Race affiliated with any particular denomination or organization?

The World Race is a program of the interdenominational mission organization Adventures in Missions (Also known as Adventures).

Our staff and leaders come from a wide range of Christian churches and denominations. Read our statement of beliefs for a deeper look at what we believe.

With the different backgrounds of our staff, our Racers, and the ministry partners we serve alongside, you will most likely experience worship styles, Bible teachings, and Christian community different than you’ve previously experienced. We encourage you to dig into Scripture and have ongoing conversations about these things. We love this picture of the body of Christ coming together, united in purpose to bring Jesus to the nations.

How safe is the World Race?

We recognize travel brings risk. We have worked hard to put extensive safety protocols in place. But, all Racers need to consider things happen that we can’t predict. People get sick and accidents happen. It is likely you will meet people suffering from a variety of diseases.

To address the issues we face, we have an experienced risk management team. They monitor political, health, weather, and other risks in the regions where we serve. This information includes the U.S. State Department travel warnings. All Racers have a travel insurance policy. The insurance company works closely with us to ensure you will receive the care you need. For more information about the insurance policy, click here.

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.

World Race: Gap Year and World Race: Semesters operates with lower risk margins than the World Race trips. Expedition routes have a higher risk margin due to their work in closed countries and more remote locations.

For more information, please see our Safety and Communication Protocols Video, prepared by our external risk management team for parents and loved ones.