World Race: Semesters is a chance for college-aged students to take a semester to deepen their relationship with Christ through discipleship, serving others, and living in authentic community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will fly out together as a team from the Atlanta airport and begin your semester on mission.
Semesters trips have gone to countries all over the world, including Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda, Israel, India, Peru, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Thailand, Philippines, Tanzania, Guatemala, Mexico and more.
Semesters trips launch in January, June, July, and September and can be anywhere from 1-3 months long.
Be the first to know when new trips are available by signing up here.
Ministry looks different on every trip we offer. You can check out the trip descriptions to get an idea of what ministry might look like in each country. We believe ministry is a way of life, not just a daily assignment to complete. Some of your ministry is determined by asking the Lord what He is calling your team to specifically. You may see a need we don't even know exists—and we want you to have the freedom to meet that need!
Remember, the most impactful ministry you're a part of might be the relationship you build with your translator or the vendors at the market where you buy groceries. If you come with an open mind about what God has for you, you won't be disappointed!
It can be overwhelming to think of packing your entire life into a backpack for several months. We promise it can be done! Once you apply for a trip, you'll find a general packing list on your profile. We'll also send you additional trip specific items after you are committed to go.
You'll spend the first 3 days of your trip in Georgia to participate in Training Camp before you head to the field. During this time you'll meet your team, get to know your leaders, and learn about our values and how to live them out for the Kingdom.
You will have the opportunity to serve alongside our partner ministry hosts around the world. Whether sharing your faith, praying for the sick, playing with street children, sitting with widows, teaching English, preaching at church, painting buildings, or serving meals, you will be part of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth.
"Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give." Matthew 10:8
The Pursuit of God
Our hope is for you to become completely dependent on God. The journey away from the familiar is essential to this goal. Even if you have good world views and theology, you must learn to develop your own pursuit of God. To achieve this we believe you must journey away from the comfort of family, the security of friends, and the predictability of your everyday lives.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." Hebrews 12:1-2
Engaging the Holy Spirit
We encourage you to learn the discipline of listening prayer. Through this, you develop a two-way conversation with God and can more easily be led by the Holy Spirit. Our desire is for you to walk in the authority God has given you as sons and daughters.
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me." John 10:27
Community and Healthy Communication
Safe communities where conflict is managed in a healthy way and feedback is a norm is not common in our society. Living in a close community provides an immediate opportunity to learn humility and selflessness. You will be encouraged to give and receive honest feedback with peers and leaders. Feedback is a tool used to help you reach their fullest potential through sharing both positive and constructive observations.
"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." Ephesians 4:15
The trip’s fundraising amount includes airfare from Atlanta, GA to/from the ministry site, housing, meals, traveler's medical insurance, and the funds for any ministry opportunities while in country. Read more about the medical insurance plan through MissionSafe. The estimated cost of this plan is $3.82 per day.
Additional costs may include your passport, luggage 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.
A desire for you to succeed
Our desire is for this trip to be the best possible experience for you. Our core values exist because we want to see you reach your fullest potential. The leaders we place on the field are committed to investing in you. As staff, we read all of your blogs, pray for your teams regularly, rejoice in your victories and mourn in your losses. While we may only spend a short time with you, we truly want to see greatness in you.
We are committed to keeping you and your family informed in case of an emergency. Should you become seriously sick or involved an accident, your emergency contacts will be notified as soon as possible. In the case of an emergency in country (such as a natural disaster), the team leader will update staff at our headquarters in Gainesville, GA, and we will communicate information to you and your family promptly.
Should your family need to get in touch with you overseas in case of an emergency at home, they can reach us at 770-983-1060.
Emergency Travel Arrangements
On rare occasions, you may need to return home early. Reasons include but are not limited to: illnesses on the field that needs to be treated at home, an emergency at home requiring your return, or your inability or unwillingness to engage with the team or ministry on the field. (Please note, MissionSafe must be involved in all medical related travel needs.) Whether an early return is voluntary or not, we will work with you to arrange travel plans and rebook flights as necessary.