Frequently Asked Questions

People have all kinds of questions about the World Race.  Here are a few commonly asked questions:

What qualities are you looking for in World Race participants?

We are looking for Racers with good attitudes, limited emotional baggage, and a willingness to change.  We are looking for people who are passionate about seeing God’s kingdom come to life in the world.  While ministry and travel experience are helpful, they're not a requirement for the World Race.

What is the application process for the World Race?

Applying for the World Race is not complicated or competitive. You don't need to beat out the “next guy” or the “next girl”. We simply want to be sure the World Race will be a healthy experience full of growth for you and for the people around you.

Start by going to the Routes page, selecting a race route, and clicking the Apply button. After that, just fill out the online application and pay your application fee. We prayerfully review all applications, and we look forward to learning more about you through your telephone interview.

What if the route fills up?

What happens when the route fills up while I'm in the middle of applying?

Because we offer a variety of routes for each launch season, these routes will fill up unevenly. We can only launch a limited number of Racers on each route. Although we will allow routes to exceed capacity, we do expect some people to drop before training camp.

If routes remain unbalanced, we may ask some Racers to switch routes within the same launch window prior to training camp.

Your route reservation is determined by the date you pay your $150 trip deposit.

This happens when your application is completed, you've had your interview, your acceptance has been confirmed by admissions, and your first deposit of $150 has been made.

Applying for a route does not guarantee there are or will be available spots by the time you pay your deposit. Routes will be marked "Join Waitlist" when we reach capacity but are still accepting applications in lieu of anticipated drops. If you are accepted after the route is full, you will still have a spot on a route leaving the same month.

Routes will be marked "Full" when we are no longer accepting applications.

What do we actually “do” on the Race?

Every day on the World Race looks a little different. Some days will be packed full with construction, VBS, building relationships with orphans, or praying for the sick at a hospital. Some days could be slower — shopping for groceries at the market, cooking for your team, and spending time praying for the community you walk through. 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!

How old do you have to be to go on the World Race?

You have to be between 21 and 35 years of age.

Do you accept married couples?

Absolutely! Each person will need to apply and interview separately, but the Race is an amazing way to experience God as a couple. Because new marriages are typically a time of great change and personal transformation, we do require couples to be married at least two years before launch.

How are Teams and Leaders organized and selected?

Our staff follow an intentional process to organize Racers into teams; teams are not assigned based on friendships or popularity, but based on prayerful guidance to build teams with gifts and passions that work well together. For each team, we will also select one person as the team leader. Team leaders are still peers — equals — but who we simply ask to have an extra level of responsibility.

In addition, alumni from the program who have “been there and done that“ serve as Squad Leaders for each race squad. They will travel with your squad for the first few months on the field, training team leaders and helping your squad learn the ropes of world travel.

When and what is Training Camp?

Approximately six to eight weeks before your race begins, you will join your team, leaders and the World Race training staff for a nine-day preparation camp to get you ready for your trip around the world. You get to see us, we get to see you, and you get to know each other. Cross-cultural ministry training, learning how to share your stories, and learning to live in close community and adapt to the unknown are just a few of the topics covered. Click here for a deeper look at Training Camp.

How much does it cost to participate in The World Race?

Each World Race will be priced separately according to the route of that Race; you can find the price of each trip by visiting the Routes Tab. We encourage Racers to connect with a community of supporters for both prayer and financial support. We understand that raising money can be intimidating, so we have staff members committed to help you through the support raising process. (For more information, Support Raising 101.) And we only require a portion of the money to be raised before you leave; the rest can be raised while you're on the field. If you're worried about finances, don't be. Over the years, we've learned time and time again that when God calls, he provides.

What is covered in this cost?

The funds you raise cover all team costs once the trip begins. This includes food, lodging, air, land, and sea travel. It also covers administrative, set up, coaching, debrief, and training costs prior to and at the start of your Race. In addition to the trip cost, you will also be required to raise an estimated $860 - $930 to cover the cost of your travel medical insurance plan. You can learn more about the plan here.

It does not include personal spending money, travel to training camp, travel to the start point, return travel home from a major U.S. city at the conclusion of the Race, and vaccinations.

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

The World Race is a program of the inter-denominational organization Adventures in Missions (Adventures). Adventures is an established missions organization that has been around since 1989, sending people from different churches and backgrounds all over the world on life-changing mission trips. For more about Adventures, visit

Can I defer my student loans while on The World Race?

Many participants have successfully deferred student loan repayment while participating in mission trips with Adventures in Missions. For specific information relating to your student loan, please contact your loan provider. If your loan provider requests a letter regarding your participation The World Race, please let your Mobilization Representative know, and they can help facilitate that request.

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

We do accept international applicants. However, international applicants need to be aware that due to many obstacles including increased cost and complex, varying visa requirements, we are not able to include participants from certain countries. Non-US applicants must be prepared to coordinate additional logistics, including travel to and from training camp, and visas in each destination country. In addition, 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. Please contact us for details and to determine if you are eligible to apply.

What if my parents have concerns?

This is your Race. You are an adult and we treat you that way. But we understand that parents may have questions.

We have a ministry to parents of World Racers – including a parent liaison. By helping them understand us as an organization, and by answering some of their questions, we believe we ultimately make your Race better. If your parents have questions, suggest they start by reading the Parent Guide. The contact information for Betty Means, who heads up our Parent Ministry, can be found in the Parent Guide and she is happy to talk with your parents about the Race.

What are the Fitness Requirements?

The World Race can be physically demanding. We have to ensure that racers have an adequate level of fitness before they launch overseas.

At training camp you will be required to hike three miles in fifty minutes with all of your gear in pack. Remember to pack lightly!

Men going on the World Race will be asked to take part in our “Man Hike.” This hike is 18 miles in 2 days. This is in addition to the normal fitness requirement. Our man hike is focused on discipleship and bonding in the wilderness. Women will have additional training during this time.

Expedition route: Training Camp will include hiking 30 miles in 3 days, with modified pack weight.

Still have questions?  Just click here to Contact Us and World Race alumni will get back with you as quickly as possible to help get them answered!