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 4 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 South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho.
3. Make a Difference
In each country you will come alongside our ministry partners to serve the community you will live in. You will focus a lot of your time building relationships with children and churches in rural communities.
FOCUS:Evangelism, Community Service Projects, Kid’s Ministry
Witness the Lord bringing about restoration, healing, and racial reconciliation during your time in South Africa. Our local ministry partners provide Gospel-centered community development and education to under-resourced communities. You will be trained and activated by local leaders as you go out to do community projects and evangelism. You might also build relationships with local students while you teach them about the love of Jesus. While many come to South Africa for the adventure, you’ll walk away with a rich appreciation for this country’s diversity and sense of community.
FOCUS:Children’s Ministry, Orphan Care, Community Development
During your Semesters trip, you will partner with the Adventures in Missions Swaziland base, which is bringing new hope in this country where thousands of children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. At Carepoints around the country, local Swazi staff are providing these children with food, clean water, education, healthcare, and discipleship. Our base staff will equip you to holistically care for these children and teach them about Jesus. Watch God transform your life as He continues to transform this country.
FOCUS:Evangelism, Discipleship, Church Ministry, Children’s Ministry
In Lesotho, you will find deeper connection with yourself, God, and the local people. Surrounded by a mountainous countryside, the simple pace of rural life will captivate you here. During your final month of your Semesters trip, you will build meaningful relationships with faithful African believers and walk out a Kingdom lifestyle - sometimes literally - as you hike through the hillsides of this nation.
Spend your semester on mission in Southern Africa. You’ll kick off in South Africa and help provide Gospel-centered community development and education to under-resourced communities. Next you’ll serve in Swaziland at a system on Carepoints helping provide children with food, clean water, education, healthcare, and discipleship. End your semester serving in Lesotho where you will build meaningful relationships with faithful African believers and walk out a Kingdom lifestyle - sometimes literally - as you hike through the many hillsides of this nation.
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.