What If You Could Travel the World for 11 Months, Serve Others with Passion, and Go Deeper with God than You Ever Imagined?
Introducing: The World Race
One year from today, you could be among 200 missionaries ages 21-35 the World Race deploys to strategic spots around the world.

Your mission for the following 11 months: share the Gospel among the unreached and live like a modern-day missionary. 

Click below to learn more about upcoming available routes by
beginning an application.
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Preparing Now to Launch

January 2020

Route 1
August Route 1
 Nicaragua to Turkey

  •  Duration: 11 Months
  •  Age Range: 21-35
  • Countries: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Serbia, Albania, Turkey.
  •  Fundraising Amount: $19,900Wow! That’s a lot. How does fundraising work?
  •  Early Bird Amount: $19,200 (must submit application before 4/15/2019)
  •  Final Application Deadline: August 15, 2019
  •  Training Camp: October 17-27, 2019
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Route 2
August Route 2
 Indonesia to Zambia

  • Duration: 11 Months
  •  Age Range: 21-35
  • Countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, India, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia.
  •  Fundraising Amount: $19,900 Wow! That’s a lot. How does fundraising work?
  •  Early Bird Amount: $19,200 (must submit application before 4/15/2019)
  •  Final Application Deadline: August 15, 2019
  •  Training Camp: October 17-27, 2019
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    August Route 3
     Australia to Morocco

    • Duration: 11 Months
    •  Age Range: 21-35
    • Countries: Australia, Indonesia, India, Nepal, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Spain, Morocco.
    •  Fundraising Amount: $20,500 Wow! That’s a lot. How does fundraising work?
    •  Early Bird Amount: $19,800 (must submit application before 4/15/2019)
    •  Final Application Deadline: August 15, 2019
    •  Training Camp: October 17-27, 2019
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    August Expedition Route
     Bolivia to Nepal

    •  Duration: 11 Months
    •  Age Range: 21-35
    • Countries: Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Spain, Montenegro, Macedonia, Greece, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Nepal.
    •  Fundraising Amount: $20,500 Wow! That’s a lot. How does fundraising work?
    •  Early Bird Amount: $19,800 (must submit application before 4/15/2019)
    •  Final Application Deadline: August 15, 2019
    •  Training Camp: January 2020
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    October 2019

    Route 1
    October Route 1
     Peru to Malaysia

    •  Duration: 11 Months
    •  Age Range: 21-35
    • Countries: Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Benin, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Nepal, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia
    •  Fundraising Amount: $19,900 Wow! That’s a lot. How does fundraising work?
    •  Final Application Deadline: June 6, 2019
    •  Training Camp: August 8-18, 2019
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    Route 3
    August Route 3
     Colombia to Romania

    • Duration: 11 Months
    •  Age Range: 21-35
    • Countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, India, Nepal, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania
    •  Fundraising Amount: $19,900Wow! That’s a lot. How does fundraising work?
    •  Final Application Deadline: June 6, 2019
    •  Training Camp: August 8-18, 2019
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    August 2019

    Route 1
    August Route 1
     Mongolia to Greece

    •  Duration: 11 Months
    •  Age Range: 21-35
    • Countries: Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece
    •  Fundraising Amount: $19,900 Wow! That’s a lot. How does fundraising work?
    •  Final Application Deadline: March 29, 2019
    •  Training Camp: June 5-15, 2019
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    Route 3
    August Route 3
     South Africa to Argentina

    • Duration: 11 Months
    •  Age Range: 21-35
    • Countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina
    •  Fundraising Amount: $19,900 Wow! That’s a lot. How does fundraising work?
    •  Final Application Deadline: March 29, 2019
    •  Training Camp: June 5-15, 2019
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    August Expedition Route
     China to Mongolia

    •  Duration: 11 Months
    •  Age Range: 21-35
    • Countries: China, Nepal, India, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia
    •  Fundraising Amount: $20,500 Wow! That’s a lot. How does fundraising work?
    •  Final Application Deadline: March 29, 2019
    •  Training Camp: June 5-15, 2019
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    June 2019
    Route 1
    October Route 1
    Guatemala to Indonesia

    •  Duration: 11 Months
    •  Age Range: 21-35
    •  Countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Morocco, Ethiopia, Djibouti, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia
    •  Fundraising Amount: $19,900 Wow! That’s a lot. How does fundraising work?
    •  Final Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
    •  Training Camp: June 2019

    You Are Moments Away from Getting Access
    to EVERYTHING You Need to Travel on the World Race INCLUDING…
    Ministry Partners
    You'll live among people facing addiction, starvation, hopelessness, sickness, and hardships of many kinds while joining hands with local ministries doing something about it. You'll bring awareness by sharing it with others and taking action by being the tangible hands and feet of Jesus.

    11-Day Intensive Training
    Training Camp takes place at the World Race headquarters in Gainesville, Georgia, and helps Racers prepare for the next 11 months on field.
    11 Months of Travel and Accommodations
    Explore some of the world's most remote locations while serving local ministries. The fundraising goal amount includes food, lodging, air, land, and sea travel.*
    International Traveler’s Insurance

    Every Racer will have a medical insurance plan through MissionSafe. This covers new accidents and sicknesses when traveling outside your home country and protects you from the cost of medical care and providing emergency medical services when you need them.
    Training, Tools, and Skills

    From Training Camp to on-field trainings, debriefs, and leadership development weekends, you’ll receive hands-on teaching in cross-cultural ministry, personal development, spiritual growth, and leadership tools—as well as further development of your natural skills, abilities, gifts, and talents.

    Clarity and Direction

    From your identity in Christ to direction for the future, you’ll explore your purpose in Him and better define your spiritual gifts. You'll gain clarity on how to use the gifts God has given you to live out the Great Commission as a follower of Jesus.


    You’ll travel and live closely with a group of like-minded individuals just like you, diving deep into the Word of God and discovering together what it means to be the Church.

    Spiritual Discipline

    As you live and travel in community like the early Church did, you’ll go deeper into spiritual disciplines like worship, prayer, and fasting. As you're immersed into new cultures, you'll take what you've experienced and dive into scripture to see what God says about life.

    Complimentary Admission to Project Searchlight
    Project Searchlight is a 4-day post-Race alumni summit at the World Race headquarters, designed to help you process your experience and transition to a life of missions at home.
    *Fundraising goal amount 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.
    Featured In:
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    RELEVANT Magazine
    If only you had a way to grow in your relationship with God
    in ways other than just studying the Bible
    and listening to sermons.
    You long to do something tangible that will allow you to explore who God created you to be, to walk alongside other Christians authentically living out their faith, which is so central to who you are. 

    You’d rather BE the church than go to church. You long to go, like Jesus commanded. 

    You’re tired of just talking and dreaming about it.
    “If we never get out of our comfort zones we can’t grow into the places God has prepared for us.”
    –Seth Barnes

    Founder and President of Adventures in Missions and the World Race
    Many people think the answer to living an authentic Christian life is to be a good person.

    You may volunteer locally, sponsor a child, give to organizations or missionaries, or support those in need.

    But you know you are capable of more – there must be more God is calling you to do directly. 

    You feel like missions work could be the answer, but it’s difficult to know if you’re really called, if you could really raise the support needed to go, or if it will really do any good.

    You feel stuck in the machine – you work a 9 to 5 job to pay off your student loans and build the “American dream.” How do you disrupt your life? Is it even possible? 

    As a disciple of Christ, the single most important thing you need is the confidence to hear and follow God’s voice to the ends of the Earth.

    • How different would your life be if you felt led by the Holy Spirit?
    • If you felt freedom to be who God has called you to be...
    • If you no longer wondered if you’re doing the will of God?

    Here’s the reality: often we as Christians can miss the very essence of our own Gospel.

    It’s easy to make our faith journey about ourselves rather than God, or to mold God into our own image. 

    Sometimes we base our personal definition of right and wrong, of what grace is, on what leads to salvation and what doesn’t, on what we think it should be – rather than what God says it is. 

    Here’s what it boils down to…

    The starting point of Christian belief is that we are all broken and need a Savior.

    It’s universal. This is the message of the Gospel, and it’s for everyone on the planet. And as believers, it’s not a matter of if you’re called – rather, how you will respond.  

    Actively be the hands and feet of Jesus.

    Imagine leaving all that’s “normal” behind for a year to just that. Explore who you are and who God has called you to be while traveling the world and caring for the lost and the hurting. 

    To follow the actual model Jesus set for His disciples.

    Wouldn’t that be amazing?

    But as anyone who has traveled on or knows someone who has traveled on short-term missions can tell you…

    It’s not that simple.

    Short term missions and service trips by well-meaning, but misguided Westerners can often do more harm than good in local cultures.

    So many people who intend to help others, and share the Gospel, often come back home disappointed, jaded, and worse off spiritually than before they left.

    The reason this happens boils down to three biggest, but most common mistakes people who travel on missions make……

    ! What Not To Do !
    3 Biggest Mistakes Missional World Travelers Make
    Mistake 1
    Choosing an inexperienced agency.
    Some estimates says many as 4 million people a year go on mission-focused trips, but 75% of them do not meet the standard benchmarks for excellence outlined by the U.S. Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission. Those agencies are sending people ill-prepared for the field, and it calls into question how they are investing their resources.
    Mistake 2
    Waiting to feel “called” to go. 
    Every Jesus follower is called to “go and make disciples”; The World Race is just one of many vehicles to do that. So the question is not if you are called to go, the question is how? And that question is only answered through prayer. Proverbs 16:9 says a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. This means you have to step out and take steps toward what you believe God has for you. 
    Mistake 3
    Not being sure how to truly help and serve. 
    Many people travel with a genuine heart to help others. Their desire isn't born out of arrogance. But their attempts to minister can come across as misguided or fraught with misunderstandings in some cultures unless they come alongside actual local ministries who need and want help. 
    But What If You Could....
    • Travel the world with a missions organization that’s sent over 115,000 people into the mission field over the past 29 years with extensive safety and security protocols in place.
    •  Use your gifts and talents to make a tangible difference in the world. 
    •  See and explore some of the most beautiful places on earth with a community of likeminded believers.
    •  Experience a deeper relationship with God while you live as a modern-day disciple, traveling throughout the world sharing the hope and love of Jesus.
    And When You Do This, You Have:
    • Impact: You’ll stop wishing you could make a difference and witness the impact of your life dedicated in 11-month service to God. More than any other experience, you will be the change you want to see in the world. 
    •  Invaluable Life Experience: 11 months of experiences and memories will leaving you telling stories for decades.
    •  Direction: Time to think, pray, and discern who God made you to be and discover His calling on your life.
    •  Powerful Faith: You’ll go deeper in your relationship with God and develop a powerful faith as you explore and live out your identity as a child of God.
    •  Community like the Early Church: You’ll travel with up to 55 like-minded young adults with similar desires and passion as you, living as the Early Church did in Acts, developing relationships that will last a lifetime.
    •  Legacy: You’ll be part of planting churches so ministry can live on and influence generations to come.
    Here's What Partners and Parents are Saying
    “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.”
    –Adventures in Missions, Swaziland
    A World Race Partner Location
    “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.”
    –Toni B.
    World Race Parent
    “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.”
    –Kathleen W.
    World Race Parent
    Notable Racer Alumni
    Here are snapshots of what some Racers have gone on to do after the Race
    Natasha Hurt
    Founder, anti-trafficking non-profit Love Made Claim
    Joe Bunting
    Successful Writer and Entrepreneur of “The Write Practice
    Scott Kwak
    Started a hostel in Cambodia
    Sean Champ Smith
    Freelance Cinematographer for National Geographic, Viceland, and Free Burma Rangers
    Eric Hanson
    Author of The Wild of God and founder, Epic Trails video series
    Jessi Green
    Church Planter with Salt Churches
    Jeff Bray
    International Liaison at Nicamerican Missions
    Allan Boehm
    European Missions Development at The Burn 24/7
    About The World Race
    People have gone on the World Race.
    Since the World Race began 11 years ago, more than 5,000 people ages 21-35 have said “yes” to the radical adventure of living out their faith.
    People sent on missions.
    The World Race is a program of Adventures in Missions, an established 501(c) (3) non-profit missions organization that has sent more than 115,000 people on mission trips around the world since 1989.
    1,163 ministry partners in 79 countries.
    Adventures has 1,163 ministry partners in 79 countries. Host evaluations boast a 97% satisfaction rate. There are 446 approved partners ready to receive upcoming teams. 
    What The Racers Have to Say
    These Racers share how God began rewriting their story
    through the World Race:
    World Race Alumna:
    Kate Campbell
    Kate was looking for a springboard toward a life in missions. She didn't expect her picture of God to expand and grow so much. 
    World Race Alumnus:
    Wayne Mask
    Wayne was looking to grow closer to God. He didn't realize he would learn his self worth is rooted in Christ himself and not in his abilities or strength. 
    World Race Alumna:
    Rashidat Odeyemi
    Rashidat was looking for direction and big dreams to pursue. She didn't realize God would equip her to start a missional business. 
    The World Race Process
    Adventures in Missions has spent 11 years developing a process to develop modern-day missionaries after the model Jesus set. This program combines spiritual development, hands-on ministry,
    and world travel in an 11-month experience unlike any other.
    Step 1: Apply
    • Start your application by clicking APPLY NOW button below and complete your profile (it will take 30 seconds).
    •  Complete your application overview. This questionnaire portion of the application should only take about 40 minutes to complete. There are no wrong answers!
    •  Schedule your interview, this is a 30-40 minute phone conversation with an admissions advisor. You’ll hear back within a week or two regarding your acceptance. 
    •  By completing a profile or application, you are not committing to go on the Race yet—although we hope you will! However, by completing these steps, you’ll gain better understanding along the way if the Race is for you.
    Step 2: Acceptance
    • After acceptance, you’ll gain access to an admissions advisor who will help you with planning, fundraising ideas and all the logistical information you need to prepare.
    •  You’ll also pay a ($200) deposit to secure your spot. We’ll begin to share with you a plan for fundraising. The goal to raise the full amount varies by trip but is usually by the end of month 4. (A fear of not being able to raise the funds holds some people back from applying -- sometimes for years! Don't let this be you.)
    •  You’ll begin to prepare emotionally, physically and spiritually for your upcoming trip as well as begin to share your story on a blogging platform we provide.
    Step 3: Preparation
    • You will join your team, leaders and training staff for an 11-day preparation camp approximately 6 to 8 weeks before your race begins. 
    •  You’ll receive evangelism and cross-cultural ministry training, learn how to share your stories, and how to live in close community while you adapt to the unknown. 
    •  You will most likely experience worship styles, Bible teachings, and community different than you’ve previously experienced. We’ll encourage you to dig into Scripture and have conversations about these.
    •  You’ll also meet your Squad and be placed into teams at Training Camp. 
    •  Finally, you return home to prepare and fundraise until launch.  
    Step 4: Launch
    •  Your squad will join up in a U.S. airport and fly together to your first country. 
    •  Final training will take place in your first country. Your leadership team will lead you in a few days of more training to best prepare your for the year ahead. 
    •  You'll Start Ministry!Every day while on the Race will look a little different. Some days will be packed, other days could be slower. Every day will be focused on being a part of God's kingdom work. 
    •  The World Race has built-in adventure days into each week, when you get to experience the local culture or sightsee. 
    •  Debriefs happen 5x times a year to look back to learn from and celebrate what God has done through ministry. 
    Begin Today by Starting an Application
    World Race Extras
    Along With Everything Else, Your Experience on the Race Includes:
    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.

    Following Jesus is not the easy path. We’ll help you step into the Kingdom life.

    Through the years and as thousands have gone on this journey, we have identified some key factors that will help set you up for success.

    Adventures offers a full-fledged ministry to World Race parents.
    In addition to providing a platform to answer your parents’ questions, we support and encourage the parent journey by connecting you to Adventures in Missions, to each other, and to the work of God around the world. (They'll even get an invitation to join you a few days on the field for a "Vision" trip.)
    Our safety package includes several safety and risk management teams — both internal and external — who constantly monitor and manage risks in the regions that we minister and creates contingency plans.

    With our program, you are covered by a strong travel insurance policy and the insurance company works closely with us to ensure you will receive the care you need.
    Your experience on the World Race begins right away -- no matter where you are.
    You’ll gain access to free live coaching calls by our admission advisors and squad mentors and leaders. These calls will include inspiration, prayer, insight, and focus as you begin journeying together toward launch.


    Once you have finished your race, you're automatically invited to our private, official alumni Facebook group with over 3,300 members.

    World Racers share a common understanding about living a missional lifestyle, and the Facebook group is a great way to stay connected to Alumni throughout the world as you continue to stay involved in missions after your Race. It's a fun, active place to keep up with World Race Alum.

    What Other Racers Are Saying
    The World Race is rated 4.8 stars out of 5 on Facebook by Racers who share their reviews:
    “Truly life-changing year abroad...we grew immensely.”
     –Brian Corder

    Former World Racer
    “A year full of adventure, dying to self, messing up, redemption, laughter, tears, heartache, joy, and love.”
    –Julia Bird

    Former World Racer
    “One of the greatest pieces of my spiritual journey yet”
    –Kate Campbell

    Former World Racer
    “Toughest, yet best year of my life”
    –Jamie Lee Villante

    Former World Racer
    “God used The World Race to bring about an abundance of transformation and freedom to my life.”
    –Ryan Bentch

    Former World Racer
    World Race at a Glance
    To sum it all up…. 

    The World Race is the only 11-month discipleship program that initiates adults ages 21-35 into a lifestyle of following Jesus by living as the early disciples did. 

    For less than the average daily cost it takes to live in the U.S.,* you can raise support to devote an entire year to growing in Christ, serving others and intercultural experiences.
    *The average daily cost to live in the Southeastern U.S. is $65/day. The funds raised to go on the Race equals less than $55/day. http://livingwage.mit.edu
    Change of Plans? No Problem
    We get it. Sometimes plans change. 
    Here’s the reality of applying to the Race: No one is going to force you to get on a plane, and you are not obligated to go. If you decide not to go after you apply, you're always welcome to reapply if God leads you back to the World Race! This won't affect your eligibility for any of our trips in the future.

    Unfortunately, because of federal rules and regulations, the money donated toward your trip cannot be returned, and must be used for the World Race in order for us to retain our non-profit status. That money will be added to the general fund, allowing more racers to go on the Race.

    However, we recently added the option of deferring your application to a later date. By proactively communicating with us, we can have our finance team look into your options to move your funds to a future launch window. 

    FAQ About The World Race
    What makes The World Race different?
    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 it’s the only missions program that allows you to go to 11 countries in 11 months and 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 guys, who stepped out in boldness, allowing God to use them for extraordinary things.

    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. Much depends on our ministry partner’s 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. 

    Do I have what it takes?
    We are looking for Racers with good attitudes and a willingness to grow. 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. In fact, any lack of ministry experience, or your experiences / struggles do not disqualify you from becoming a World Racer. 

    How old do you have to be to go?
    World Race encompasses ages 21 to 35. World Race Expedition requires Racers to be 21-35 as these Routes are more challenging and have special considerations. Age range is based on the launch window. For example, a Racer launching in August 2018 must turn 21 by August 1, 2018.

    World Race Gap Year is for ages 18-20 and takes college-aged students on a journey to 3 continents in 9 months. 

    Can I afford it?
    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.

    Here’s a closer look at the numbers:
    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:
    4 weeks prior
    to training camp
    3 weeks prior
    to launch
    end of 2 months
    on the field
    end of 4 months
    on the field
    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 12 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.
    What if the route I want fills up?
    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.

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

    If you have these questions and still aren’t satisfied, could we ask you a question?
    Will you regret not pursuing this opportunity?
    Only you can answer that.

    Here’s what we know: We’ll be here to guide you through every step.
    You will never be alone on this journey. 

    You Are Just Moments Away from Taking a Step of Faith
    that Can Change Your Life and the Lives of Others...
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