90% of students who took a gap year returned to college the following year.
Studies show taking an intentional year off from school can propel students into making the most of their college experience or whatever they decide is next.
60% said a year out of the classroom helped them decide their major and realize their future career.
Gap year students reported feeling much more satisfied once in their careers.
At the World Race, we activate hundreds of Gap Year Racers yearly to discover how to practically live out this call - both on a mission trip and at home. Our Gap Year program serves alongside a long-term missionary partner in each country. We do this to accomplish work that goes beyond a mission trip and contributes to local ongoing ministry efforts and sustainability.
As a Gap Year Racer, you will serve in 3 Continents for 9 months total, while living out of a backpack. You’ll be immersed in new cultures, experience how to serve God, live in Biblical community, and make a difference in the world. You’re also encouraged to explore His beautiful creation and visit incredible man-made wonders!
Jesus took His disciples on a three-year mission trip to prepare them to carry out His ministry for the rest of their lives. In the same way, Gap Year prepares you to seek first the Kingdom of God for the rest of your life. Through mentors, coaches, and fellow Gap Year Racers, we disciple you while you serve and disciple others. You will also be connected to our Global Kingdom Network.
Apply for one of our World Race Gap Year mission trips. The application process only takes 30 minutes. A member of our team will follow up with you and help answer any questions you have along the way.
Create a team to support your gap year mission trip. Our admissions advisors have fundraised for their own mission trips. With their experience and advice from experts, they will help you through the process of fundraising for your mission trip.
World Race: Gap Year Boot Camp will give you a taste of what we're all about -- leadership, discipleship, teamwork, and seeing God's Kingdom come to Earth. You'll experience worship like you've never experienced before, meet leaders who are excited to pour into you, and begin to bond with your squadmates as the body of Christ. It will be fun. It will be hard. You will be challenged to step outside your comfort zone. This is where the adventure begins!
You're at a pivotal point in your journey. You want to discover who God created you to be and how that should impact the choices you're about to make for the rest of your life. You're not alone.
That's why we created our Christian mission trip programs. Since 1989, Adventures in Missions has sent over 115,000 people on mission trips all over the world. This includes the World Race, which has helped thousands of people set the trajectory of their lives, and begin to discover the calling God has for them.
Gap Year Alumni
Gap Year Alumni
My favorite part of my race is what God did in my heart, He burst out of the small box I had put Him in and showed me how big He is and showed me His loving, compassionate, bold, just, and merciful character.
Over the last 9 months God has taken me to incredible places. I've been able to see and experience brokenness. I've noticed that heaven is all around us, not necessarily just in the beauty of His creation, but also the people.