5-Day Missions Experience$450pp for 5 days of training and service
New for Summer 2021: This week-long immersive experience pairs Touch the World’s signature training with hands-on service opportunities in the Pennsylvania Poconos region. Hosted at Touch the World’s training facility, The Mission Center, this hybrid experience will equip teams for effective service hear, near, and far.
July 4-9 • July 18-23
- Team lodging at The Mission Center in platform tents
- All meals throughout the 5-day experience
- Training sessions on topics of culture, worldview, poverty, communication, and mission
- Devotional, field guide, and journal for every team member
- Systems and support with team fundraising and management
- Setup and coordination of service opportunities with local ministries
Each group must provide their own transportation. Passenger vehicles will be required to transport your whole group to The Mission Center and to service locations throughout the week. Gas and tolls will not be reimbursed.
Who can participate?
The 5-day missions experience is designed for middle school and high school students (must be entering 7th grade or higher).
Touch the World requires at least 2 leaders per team, and encourages a student to leader ratio of 4:1. Please note: TTW staff will be available for support each day and will visit service sites to check in, but will not travel with your team to any ministry locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can students sign up individually or do they have to be with a group?
Currently, we are not accepting individual sign-ups. You must be part of a group.
What will the service opportunities be like?
Flexibility is key, but teams will most likely serve with the same ministry for the entire week. There might be an instance where your group needs to shift to a different project and be ready at a moment’s notice.
Projects may include:
- running a children’s day program for grade school kids
- park or trail maintenance in a local community
- sorting, organizing and folding clothes at a thrift store
- light construction such as painting, small home repair, or gardening
- volunteering at a local nursing home to facilitate daily activities and build relationships with residents
Are you able to accommodate food allergies?
Food allergies must be noted in advance on the Trip Application and Health History Form. TTW can partially accommodate those with food allergies. Those with specific diets due to allergies (e.g. gluten-free, etc.) should bring some of their own non-perishable food products to supplement what is being provided when needed. Dietary preferences, on the other hand, are just that: preferences. While participating in a missions experience, you will be encouraged to try new things and be a gracious guest by accepting food that is offered to you.
In-depth missions training prepares teams to serve in effective and culturally relevant ways, both on a short-term mission trip and in their everyday lives.
Without adequate training, teams can unintentionally cause harm to the community they’re serving. Beyond their trip, untrained participants are less likely to experience long-term change in their lives.
The question is… can you afford to not train before your missions experience?