Frequently Asked Questions


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

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.

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 Apply 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.

We have created a waitlist procedure in order to maintain a balance of participants on squads for each launch date. The application button has different statuses, and this is what they mean:

  • Get Started This is an open route: there are still slots available!
  • Almost Full This route is nearing initial capacity and close to waitlist status.
  • Join Waitlist This route is at initial capacity, but we realize people drop off between now and launch. If someone drops between now and training camp, those on the waiting list will be added to the route. If there are no slots remaining, you will be asked to choose a different route prior to training camp. By applying via waitlist, you are guaranteed a spot to launch at this time, but not necessarily on this route. Otherwise, you can choose to apply on a different open route.
  • Route Full Route is completely full, taking no more applicants.

Slots on each route are determined by the date which racers pay their deposits and commit to a trip. Applying for a route does not guarantee that there are or will be available spots by the time you pay a deposit.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

The funds that you raise cover all team costs once the trip begins. This includes food, lodging, and air, land & sea travel. It also covers administrative, setup, coaching, debrief, and training costs prior to and at the start of the Race.

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

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 Adventures.org.

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.

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.

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.

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

FOR ALL:

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

FOR GUYS:

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!