Adult Mission Trips For Individuals & Groups

Encounter Program
 
Short-term missions isn't just for youth! Challenge your small group or go as an individual and spend four days to two weeks - in or outside of the U.S. - serving the least of these. In addition to ministering to others, you'll debrief, worship and fellowship with each other. Looking for family only trips? Check out Family Group Mission Trips.
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About the Adult Mission Trips For Individuals & Groups Program


Short-term missions isn't just about serving nor is it only for youth. During the course of a 5- to 15-day trip, experience God in different, new ways. Go with other men and women from your church or join another group; you'll learn more of God's character in communion with his people -- those you serve and those with whom your serve. Encounter God more deeply than you would expect in a brief period of time and return radically transformed.

FAQ for Adult Mission Trips For Individuals & Groups


What does the cost of the trip include?
The cost of your trip covers your food, lodging, Adventures t-shirt, journal, ministry expenses, and other associated costs.

Do I provide my own transportation?
For projects in the U.S., you are responsible for your round trip airfare/transportation to the project location and transportation on the project. For overseas trips, you are responsible for your round trip travel/transportation to the city that corresponds to your location. Adventures will provide ground transportation upon your arrival.

What is the minimum number of participants required to operate a trip?
Generally, we require a minimum of 20 participants to operate a project. The 20 participants can be made up of groups and individuals.

What is the minimum age for participants on a family trip?
Participants must be at least 6 years old for US and Mexico projects and 14 years old for overseas trips and American Indian locations. All participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Is there a discount for children on family trips?
We offer a 30 percent discount for children under the age of 12 that are accompanied by a paying parent. This discount is available on our adult and family trips only. You may only receive one discount per each paying parent on the trip. After the child’s deposit ($75.00 domestic and $150 international trips) has been paid/applied, the 30% discount will be subtracted from the remaining balance.

What shots do I need to get for the trip?
We are not doctors and have no medical training so we are not qualified from a medical perspective to say you should or should not get certain shots. We suggest that you determine which shots you may need by visiting the CDC website or consulting your local travel health specialist and reviewing their recommendations based on the country(ies) you will be visiting. Some countries require a Yellow Fever Certificate to enter, so pay particular attention to that.

You may or may not choose to receive all the immunizations recommended by the CDC or your physician. It is your personal decision what immunizations you receive, but we recommend you seek a medical professional's advice concerning that decision.

When should I purchase my airfare?
Do not purchase your airfare until you are directed to do so by your Admissions Representative. If a trip cancels due to lack of interest, Adventures will refund all money paid to Adventures but is not responsible for airfare and will not refund it.

How will I find my Adventures Project Leader at the airport?
Your Project Leader will be wearing an Adventures t-shirt, similar to the one you will receive prior to your departure date. You will be sent additional information from your Project Leader directing you to a central meeting location.

Where will I sleep?
On the field, you will probably sleep on the floor. Bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and air mattress (if applicable). Males and Females will be separated for lodging. You will receive more information regarding your housing arrangements prior to your trip.

Can I take a shower?
Yes, but it may not be in a traditional shower. You will have access to clean water.

Can I bring my cell phone, iPod or other electronic devices?
Yes, but please evaluate your reasons for going on this trip. You are on the trip to minister and develop a deeper relationship with God. iPods or other electronic devices may be a distraction to what God is trying to tell you. Your cell phone may or may not have reception in overseas locations. Adventures is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged electronic devices.

How much spending money do I need to bring?
How much spending money you bring depends entirely on your personal spending habits and financial situation. Remember, all your meals will be covered by Adventures. So, extra personal money would be entirely at your discretion.

What is the Dress Code for my trip?
Remember when you're on the field in ministry, you represent God, Adventures and local missionaries. Modesty is the key in guiding decisions of what clothes to pack; a good rule of thumb: when in doubt, don't bring it. A general packing list and dress code can be found in your online Profile. Depending on your location’s cultural norms, we may need to adjust the dress code. If this is necessary for your location, you will be sent a packing list applicable to your ministry location.

Be prepared to cover up tattoos or remove piercings if the host cultures/ministries find them offensive. If this is necessary, your leaders will let you know this when you get in country.

How do I apply for a passport?
For information on applying for a passport for the first time, visit this website or make an appointment at your local post office. Generally, it takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks from the time of application for you to receive your passport. We must have your passport information before airline tickets are purchased so please get your passport ASAP. Sometimes it may take longer than 6 weeks to receive your passport, so apply now.

Who are the Project Leaders?
Generally, leaders are adults who have lead or participated in previous Adventures trips. We perform background checks on all leaders prior to their acceptance and they participant in a Project Leader Training program. During your trip, your Project Leader will coordinate daily ministry schedules, monitor and address safety issues, and facilitate nightly debrief sessions. You will have contact with your Project Leader roughly 14 days prior to your trip.

How safe is the mission field? What security measures are taken?
Adventures stays aware of the political situations in and around our project locations. We also partner with local ministries to ensure the safety of our ministry locations in country. Adventures would never send a team if we felt it put our participants lives at risk. We do not allow participants to go anywhere alone or without a leader while on the trip. We strive to ensure safety on all of our trips but we cannot control all situations. Please be in prayer for your team's safety while on the mission field.

When is my money due?
A $75.00 per person for domestic trips and $150 per person for international trips is required to secure each participant's space on the mission project. The remaining trip balance will be due in two equal installments. The first payment is due approximately 75 days prior to your trip start date and the second payment is due approximately 45 days prior to your trip start date. Please refer to our Financial Policy in your online Profile for specific any additional financial deadlines and policies.


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Welcome to the Encounter Leadership Recruiting Page!



The Adventures Encounter program offers a variety of opportunities for individuals, families and groups to step out of their routine and into a life transformed while serving the needs of strangers. Participants move beyond the familiar comforts of home into remote foreign villages to care for and comfort the lonely and listen to the stories for a people who have never known a loving God.

Our desire is that God would use Adventures to raise up a generation of radically committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

Encounter Leadership Development aims to train well-qualified leaders to hear God's voice, facilitate quality ministry interactions, project professionalism, and provide the best logistical and spiritual leadership possible in each of our field locations. Each year, our volunteer Project Leaders serve in more than 40 locations around the world. They work with Adult Trips, Family Trips, Youth Trips, Ambassador Trips, Disaster Relief Trips, Adventures Treks and Custom Trip Requests.

Want to join our top-notch leadership team and help participants take the Gospel to the lost, hopeless and hurting around the world?

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Project Leaders serve as point people, directing both the spiritual and logistical aspects of a mission project. They work in teams to facilitate groups of 15-50 participants or under the leadership of a Project Director to help even larger groups.

Qualifications
  • Age 21+
  • Integrity and spiritual maturity
  • High-level organizational, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Previous leadership experience
  • Previous missions experience on an Adventures In Missions trip
  • Attendance at annual Candidate Camp in Gainesville, GA


  • Application Process
  • Fill out the Project Leader Application
  • Submit TWO References (One should be from a Pastor, small group leader or spiritual mentor).
  • Complete a Phone Interview
  • Attend Candidate Camp
  • Receive Certification as an Encounter Project Leader


  • Crew Leaders are trip participants who have the additional responsibility of cultivating relationships with a group of 5-7 same-gender participants. They also assist PLs with various tasks, including facilitating small group discussions, leading prayers and handling daily chores. CLs raise 100% of their support.

    Qualifications
  • Age 18+
  • Commitment to Serve the Team
  • Interest in Growing as a Leader


  • Application Process
  • Select and Adventures Encounter Trip
  • Submit a Participant Application
  • Submit ONE Spiritual Reference
  • Complete a Phone Interview
  • Receive Certification as a Crew Leader
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