What ages can participate?
The 5-day missions experience is designed for middle school (must be entering 7th grade) and high school students.
How many leaders are required?
TTW 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, visiting sites to check in, but will not travel with the team to the ministry location.
Are background checks required?
Touch the World requires that each Team Leader and any participant 18 or older provide proof of background check clearance. The cost for TTW to run your checks is up to $20 per background check, or you may provide proof of clearance from your church for all team leaders and participants 18 or older.
Is transportation provided in the trip cost?
No. Transportation is the responsibility of the group. Passenger vehicles will be required to transport your whole group to The Missions Center and to service locations throughout the week. Gas and tolls will not be reimbursed.
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 & folding clothes at a thrift store, light construction such as painting, small home repair, or gardening or volunteering at a local nursing home to facilitate daily activities and build relationships with residents.
Where will our group stay?
Teams will stay at the TTW training facility, The Mission Center in PA. Each group will be split guys and girls and stay outdoors in platform tents. Participants must bring a camp mat, sleeping bag, and pillow.
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.
What should I pack?
Bring appropriate, modest clothing. Think conservative and comfortable rather than fashionable. T-Shirts, longer shorts, or pants. Bring a pair of comfortable, sturdy shoes or boots for working and walking. Flip flops are also recommended for showers. A specific packing list will be available closer to the trip date.
Are phones and electronics allowed?
Students should leave their phones or any electronics at home, or a leader must collect and hold on to them for the duration of the missions experience. We want team members to engage fully in their training and service opportunities and not be distracted by things going on at home or keeping up with their social media. Leaders, however, are required to have a cell phone in case of emergencies.
Are there items we should bring for the local ministries we’ll be serving?
Depending on the ministries you will be partnering with, there may be items you as a group can bring. TTW will send that list (if anything) to the group leader prior to arriving.
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 resources will TTW provide the team?
TTW will provide leaders with information regarding team debrief, leadership tips, team building ideas, etc. Each team member will also be provided a devotional, field guide & participant journal.
Can students arrive late or leave early?
No. Participants are required to arrive on time and stay the duration of the 5-day experience. This allows Touch the World to plan effectively and uphold our commitments with our ministry partners.
What will we do during morning and evening sessions?
Sessions will include worship, daily scripture reflection and application as well as training on culture, worldview, poverty, communication, and mission.
What is included in the $450pp cost?
All meals and lodging, site set-up and coordination, training materials, resources including devotional, field guide, participant journal, necessary supplies for service opportunities, access to online fundraising and team management systems, plus coaching and support provided by TTW Staff.