I used to wonder “How do I live a life of purpose?” Can you relate?
The World Race was a catalytic year that changed the trajectory of my life forever. I developed a deeper relationship with God, built lasting friendships, and received firsthand experience on how to make a difference in the world. Today, my team and I have the privilege of leading hundreds of people on Semesters (one of the fastest-growing programs in our organization!) We’ll be your guides as you discover God’s plans are bigger than you ever dreamed. During your trip, our trained leadership team will share how to read the Bible and apply it as you serve and build relationships and live in an authentic Biblical community.
The Semesters Trip 3 Journey Empowers You to:
1. Grow with God
Witness God moving through the ministries and people you serve. Rely on His strength to fuel your days and His voice to lead the way.
2. Find Community
Discover how to be the church, and love each other while living and serving together in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru.
3. Make a Difference
In each country you will come alongside our ministry partners to serve the community you will live in. All three ministry partners are well established in their cities and have a wide net of opportunities to serve their community. You will really enjoy learning from these incredible partners as they are really committed to investing in the growth of Racers.
FOCUS:Homeless Ministry, Drug Rehabilitation Ministry, Kids Ministry
Your first stop on your Semesters journey will be in Medellin, a vibrant city with a dark history of drug trafficking and violence. Here you will serve alongside our ministry partner, Ciudad Refugio, who is bringing hope and restoration to the people of this city. Surrounded by the beautiful Andes mountains, you’ll have opportunities to share the Gospel with people recovering from drug addiction, join in outreaches for people experiencing homelessness, assist with feeding programs, and lead children’s ministry.
FOCUS:Youth Ministry, Feeding Program, Teaching English, Special Needs Ministry
This small country in South America is bursting with culture, hospitality, and adventure. During your three months in Ecuador, you will live in the capital city Quito surrounded by the green peaks of the Andes mountains. Serve with our ministry partner Inca Link, which is making an impact for God’s kingdom through a network of ministries around the city. One of these ministries is providing a safe house for rescued victims of trafficking, while another is hosting a feeding program that serves Venezuelan refugees. Your team could be serving at a home for adults with special needs, or teaching English at a local high school and sharing the Gospel. No matter what you do, the people of Ecuador will inspire you.
FOCUS:Special Needs Ministry, Local Church Outreach
Your last stop on your Semesters trip will be Peru’s capital, Lima, where you will serve with our ministry partner YWAM Lima as they reach the city. Join them as they serve adults with special needs, support local churches, and share the Gospel with university students. You might help with an English class or preach in a local church, surrounded by the busy pace of city life.
Spend your semester on mission in South America. You’ll kick off in Colombia and help bring hope and restoration to the most vulnerable people in the city. Next you’ll head to Ecuador and serve with our ministry partners making an impact for God’s kingdom through a network of ministries around Quito. End your semester in Peru where you will serve adults with special needs, support local churches, and share the Gospel with university students.
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!
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
You will spend the first few days of your trip at our campus in Georgia, training, worshiping and bonding with your teammates before you leave.
Step 4: Launch
You will fly out with your team from the Atlanta airport and begin your semester on mission.
How We Support You
A large part of this journey is growing in your walk with Christ. We desire to model the way Jesus discipled his followers. Mentors, coaches, and fellow Racers will disciple you, while you serve, love, and disciple others.
You’ll spend the first few days of your trip at a training camp here at World Race headquarters in North Georgia.
You’ll get to experience raw Christian community as you travel, serve, and encourage each other. Once you officially join the Race, you will be invited to a private Facebook group to begin getting to know your squad.
We’ll provide coaching, video tutorials, scripts, and ideas for fundraising plus a free fundraising course and a blog so you can tell your story and accept donations. We also have structured deadlines to help you reach your goal.
Our commitment to risk management includes internal and external teams who constantly monitor and manage risk and create contingency plans as needed.
Our amazing Parent Ministry provides resources and communication so your parents feel supported and informed while you’re on the field.
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, Semesters by World Race, and Global U.