Spend your summer on an adventure far from home. Imagine yourself loving on orphans in the Philippines, discipling the displaced in Swaziland or ministering to Amazonian villagers from a boat in Peru. Whatever you decide, it will be a summer that you will never forget. Join other high-school students (ages 14-18) for a mission trip to the most exotic places on earth. Trips vary from two weeks to four weeks. What are your next steps to join us this summer?
Start an application.
Pay your $39 application fee.
Complete your online interview.
Follow-up call to let you know your acceptance status.
$100 deposit to secure your spot.
Talk with a fundraising coach to help with fundraising and documents!!
Start the adventure of a lifetime!!
About the Ambassador Program
Are you in high school (14-18 years old) or know a high school student who's ready for more? An ambassador is one who is sent to a foreign country to represent his homeland - its government and national interests. Ambassadors are 14-18 year olds who venture overseas for 2-4 weeks every summer to represent Jesus, his kingdom and his heart for the world.
The cost of the trip includes airfare from Atlanta, GA to/from the project site, housing, meals, and the cost of any ministry opportunities while in country. In addition to the trip cost, you will be required to raise funds to cover the cost of a required medical insurance plan through MissionSafe. The estimated cost of this plan is $3.82 per day for trips less than six months.
Additional costs may include your passport, luggage and visa fees (if needed), transportation from your home to/from Atlanta, GA, etc.
You'll find more information about support raising on your profile once you apply.
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.
Be prepared for foods that may be outside of your comfort zone. You will be fed three meals a day and you are expected to eat the foods that are prepared for you, even though you may not prefer those foods. Remember “Where he leads me, I will follow. What he feeds me, I will swallow.”
At Training Camp, you will be housed in cabins with bunk beds. On the field, you may sleep in a tent, on the floor, in a bed, or in a hammock. Bring a sleeping bag and a pillow. Trip specifics will be posted on your team blog.
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. We ask that you may wise choices with the music on your iPod. Adventures is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged electronic devices. No laptops allowed.
How much money you will want depends entirely on your personal spending habits and financial situation. A moderate amount would be approximately $100/month. Remember, all your meals will be covered by Adventures so extra personal money would be used for souvenirs, extra internet time (if applicable), personal items, additional snacks, etc.
Debrief is a time to reflect over what God has done in your life, your team members’ lives and the lives of those you ministered to throughout the summer. Your team will have a short debrief in country then you will fly back to Atlanta for a one night stay in a local hotel. During this debrief time, you will have the opportunity to share what God has done on your trip with other teams. At the end of Debrief in Atlanta, you will fly back to your home. NOTE: Training Camp and Debrief are included in the dates of your trip.
It is important to remember that when you are on the field ministering, you are representing God, Adventures in Missions, and local missionaries. Modesty is the key to all clothing you decide to bring with you. If you are questioning whether or not you should bring it, then leave it at home.
Here are a few guidelines for clothing choices:
Bring something modest to sleep in.
No short, tight, or clingy clothing is permitted. Wear one size larger in tops to ensure your shirt is not too tight.
No sleeveless shirts or tank tops are permitted for girls or guys.
If you cannot raise your arms above your head or touch your toes without showing your stomach or lower back, leave it at home.
Shorts must come to the top of the knee. Capris and Goucho pants are great options!
Skirts and dresses should be below or close to the knee. Depending on location, skirts should be to the ankle.
Bring a one-piece swim suit and think modest. Guys, normal swim trunks should be fine. Girls, be prepared to wear shorts and a shirt over your swimsuit.
Men need long pants in most cultural situations.
Make sure clothes are not stained and/or torn. You do not have to wear your best clothing but make yourself presentable. It may be offensive to the locals if you look sloppy.
Bring clothes for church services. Boys should bring khakis pants and a collared shirt. Girls should bring skirts below the knee and loose blouses.
Bring closed toes shoes for ministry opportunities. You may bring flip-flops, Chacos or other shoes for recreation time.
Depending on your location and the cultural norms, we may need to adjust the dress code. In some countries it will be necessary for women to be in long skirts all the time. Some cultures view men in shorts as little boys and you will not receive the respect of an adult.
Any tattoos or piercings may need to be covered at times if it offensive to the cultures or ministries. Your leaders will let you know this when you get in country. You may be asked to cover the tattoo or take the piercings out while involved in ministry.
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.
Once your plane arrives and you have claimed your luggage, please meet Adventures in the center Atrium on the main level of the Atlanta Airport. You will be met at the Atlanta Airport by Adventures staff wearing the Adventures in Missions staff T-shirt at the Clock Tower. Upon arrival, we also ask that you contact your parents to let them know you have arrived safely.
You may be dropped off in Gainesville, but you may not leave your car at our office for the summer. If you are dropped in Gainesville, you need to be picked up in Atlanta after debrief. Your team will not be transported back to Gainesville after your trip.
No, we are not able to provide any financial assistance but you can raise support to cover the costs of your trip. We require all participants to send a support letter once they are accepted to our programs. The support letter is used to help you raise financial support and build a prayer team. The reality is that God has called you to serve Him and you can be sure that God will always provide what you need to accomplish the things He calls you to do.
Adventures in Missions 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. We 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 safety!
Generally, leaders are 21 years old or older. Most have lead or participated in previous Adventures trips. We perform background checks on all leaders prior to their acceptance. A target of 6 students to 1 leader is what we desire for our ambassador trips. Some examples of past Ambassador leaders include Adventures staff, prior Ambassador leaders, and Passport and World Race participants who have shown desired leadership qualities.
You are welcome to bring your cell phone to take pictures, use as alarm clock, etc. However, we do not permit students to keep their SIM cards during the trip. You will have designated times throughout the trip to access a phone and/or the internet (depending on your location), and your trip leaders will have phone access for emergencies, so there is no reason for you to need calling or texting abilities. Your SIM card will be collected at the start of your trip and returned to you before you go home.
While your high school student may believe that they’re the ones setting out on this adventure, we know that you are probably taking the biggest risk of all! Sending your student on a mission trip, away from home, and possibly to the other side of the world could be more of an exercise in faith for you than for them. While they get excited about a new culture, playing with kids, exotic locations and living out the Gospel, you think about things like safety and transportation, risks in third world countries, and sickness or emergencies. And while we know you’re excited about this experience with them, we understand your need to make sure they’ll be safe and well cared for.
We believe in your student and the impact they can make around the world. And we believe in you and the calling God has given you to help your student navigate through this world. So, we’ve put together this resource to introduce you to Adventures and the Ambassador program, and answer some common questions you might have. You’ll find information about safety, leaders and the history of Adventures. Our admissions staff is always available to talk with you about questions or concerns, and to walk you through the next steps to get your students to the field.
This past summer, my oldest daughter spent a month in Swaziland with the Adventures in Missions Ambassador program. At age 15, she had been to plenty of sleepovers and weeklong camps. She had even been on one mission trip to Africa, but it was with me. This was her first time ever to leave the country without us and to be gone for so long.
By nature, I am an overprotective, worrywart parent. I send a cell phone with my 14-year-old daughter when she goes bike riding in our neighborhood and am famous for telling everyone to wear their seatbelts and lock their doors. You would think that after having seven kids I wouldn't be this way, but I am.
But a couple of years ago, God started showing me some things about myself and my kids. One of the things He showed me was that I needed to trust my kids to Him and His plans for their life. Ultimately, He is the one in control of their days, not me. Yes, I can be a careful parent, but I can't protect them from all the dangers in the world. To try to keep every single bad thing from happening to them would be to rob them of the joys, thrills, and yes, even the potentially dangerous thrills of this life. And I could also rob them of fulfilling the dreams that God is placing in them.
He got me to the point of desiring more than anything, that my children be in love with Him and willing to follow His path for their life, no matter the cost, no matter the sacrifice.
It also meant me learning to trust that He will provide for them financially. He is showing me that if He wants them to go, then He will make the way for it to happen.
I need to let HIM be the provider and the protector and quit trying to do His job. He can do it so much better than I can.
And it makes for happier kids, I can tell you that.
My oldest daughter has always been a great girl - responsible, honest, trustworthy, loyal. But as with most American teenagers, our culture was having its impact and she was pulling further and further away from us. It was reflected in her attitude and how she wanted to spend her time. More often than not, there was tension between us instead of peace. Also between her and her siblings there was a lot of bickering.
Her one month with Adventures in Missions changed all of that.
The Ambassador program is more than just a trip. And it is more than just doing for other people. It is also a month-long, life-changing, intense, discipleship time. The leaders on the Ambassador trips are strong, mature Christians who take very, very good care of the team as well as being inspiring role models. During my daughter's time, she learned to pray and be content and get along with a lot of people (some very different than she) in a Christ-like manner. She learned to be satisfied with less, to not complain, to accept "no" with a gracious and "at peace" spirit. She came back loving God, those in need, and her family in a bigger and deeper way.
I tell people that she is still the same young woman, just the cleaned up version. It is as though during her time with Adventures, God scrubbed off all the yucky, nasty extra stuff that wasn't the real her and left her as He created her to be --- truly, truly beautiful.
I honestly cannot be more pleased with the Ambassador program. They are people who are passionate about helping our children become all that God wants them to be and they do it in a very efficient and helpful manner. They are open to the leading of the Holy Spirit while at the same time they are organized and practical. They also are very good about communicating as much as possible from the field because they realize that the folks back home need to hear not only the God-stuff, but to know that their teenager is safe and well.
Adventures is definitely a missions organization that I trust my kids with.
In fact, we're sending our second daughter to Romania with them this summer and our oldest son, who is now still too young, is already dreaming of adventuring with them next year.
Be strong and courageous. This parenting isn't for sissies, but God is a mighty help and Adventures in Missions is one of His most effective tools I've found in my years of being a mom.
Elysa Harvey MacLellan
Ambassador Leadership Opportunities
Thank you so much for your interest in leading this generation of High School students. We are thrilled you want to journey with us!
Integrity, spiritual maturity and passion for high schoolers
Attend a 5 day Spring Training Camp for leaders in Gainesville, GA
Previous leadership/missions experience
Beginning in 2017, all Ambassador leaders will be required to be CPR/First Aid Certified
All leaders will fill out an application, submit references, and go through a phone interview. Once accepted, in addition to the spring training camp, you will be required to attend an Adventures Leadership Training a few days prior to the launch of the trip you are leading.