World Race: Gap Year is a unique discipleship journey with a focus on missional living. Racers serve in three different regions of the world and grow closer to God while living in Christ-centred community to discover their calling to impact the Kingdom of God.
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A new opportunity for 2019 Gap Year Routes - participants can now apply to qualify for college course credit through Truett McConnell University. We are excited to offer nine college credits through three online courses that reflect existing Gap Year teachings and core values. Access application and full details here.Full Details
Truly life-changing ...we grew immensely.
[It was] adventure, dying to self, messing up, redemption, laughter, tears, heartache, joy, and love.
One of the greatest pieces of my spiritual journey yet
God used The World Race to bring about an abundance of transformation and freedom to my life.
The worldly exposure my daughter gained has truly made her a more compassionate person. I loved that it helped her find her calling in sharing the gospel through videography.
We were very impressed with the level of planning and risk management that goes into the WR. It was an outstanding experience for both our Racer and us too. The whole process is very intentional.
It's so encouraging what the World Race does in terms of life transformation to the Racers and our communities that they reach out to. It's not affecting the Racers only, but the partners and communities.
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, World Race: Semesters, and Global U.Sign up for an upcoming Open House
The application includes creating a profile and completing a questionnaire. It should take a little under an hour to complete.
After you complete and submit your application you will get the opportunity to schedule a phone interview with our team.
Once you are accepted, a $200 deposit will confirm your spot on the trip.
Once you are committed, you’ll be paired with an Admissions Advisor who will help you with planning, fundraising ideas and all the logistical information you need to prepare.
Four-six weeks before your Race begins, you will spend 10 days at our campus in Georgia. This time will include missional and cultural training, discipleship, worship, and bonding with your teammates before you leave.
After several days of additional training in Atlanta, you will fly out together as a squad and begin your ministry on the World Race.
By participating in the World Race, I commit to the following expectations and understand that I will be held accountable to them by my leadership team:
It's important to bring God to the center of your life while making big decisions. Taking an intentional year off from school can actually propel you into making the most of your college experience, or whatever you may decide to do.
We've seen the fruit of students making wise decisions and doing great things, in college and afterwards, because they took a season to seek after God's heart while serving His people.
World Race: Gap Year gives you a chance to discover what passions, gifts, and talents God has given you to pursue for the Kingdom of God.
The World Race currently serves in dozens of countries, spanning from the tip of South America to the vast wild of Mongolia, and focuses on three main areas: mission, discipleship, and adventure. The World Race is different because its the only mission program that allows you to go to more countries than the average gap year program covering 3 continents in 9 months. And you'll learn by doing.
Jesus taught His disciples by having them pray for the sick, evangelize, and numerous other things they didn't study for. They were just normal people, who stepped out in boldness, allowing God to use them for extraordinary things.
Every day on the World Race: Gap Year 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. Much depends on our ministry partners needs in each country, and specifically during your team's month with them! Regardless of the pace or the activity, every day will be focused on being a part of God's Kingdom work.
We are looking for Racers with good attitudes and a willingness to grow. We are looking for people who are passionate about seeing Gods Kingdom come to life in the world. While ministry and travel experience are helpful, they're not a requirement for World Race: Gap Year. In fact, any lack of ministry experience, or your experiences / struggles do not disqualify you from becoming a Racer.
World Race: Gap Year encompasses ages 18 to 20. Age range is based on the launch window. For example, a Racer launching in September 2019 must turn 18 by September 1, 2019.
If you are over age 20 and want to go on the World Race, visit this page for details.
We understand raising money can be intimidating, which is why we pair you with an admissions advisor who will guide you through the support raising process. 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.
Only 4.6% of participants who start the Race have raised 100% of their funds by training camp, 20.8% typically raise their funds by the launch.
You will need to meet the following deadlines for your trip:
The trip fundraising amount now includes an estimated $800 to cover the cost of a required MissionSafe medical insurance plan, and $300 to cover your entrance to Project Searchlight, a month 10 debrief for your squad. It focuses on re-entry and will take place at our headquarters one month after you return home.
When you look at the trip’s fundraising amount, the amount needed for the World Race averages to less than $62 a day – and you’ll be fundraising that money! The average cost of living in the U.S. is $65 a day.
We have a plan, a process, and tools to help you fundraise. We take every Racer through our fundraising process built around relationship-building. We give each Racer a fundraising coach who will equip you with practical tools to help you set and achieve your fundraising goals.
Because we offer a variety of routes for each launch window, 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 $200 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 $200 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.