About the Ambassador Program
Are you in high school (14-18 years old) or know a high school student who's ready for more? An ambassador is one who is sent to a foreign country to represent his homeland - its government and national interests. Ambassadors are 14-18 year olds who venture overseas for 2-4 weeks every summer to represent Jesus, his kingdom and his heart for the world.
FAQ for Ambassador
|What does the cost of the trip included?|
|The cost of the trip includes airfare from Atlanta, GA to/from the project site, housing, meals, and the cost of any ministry opportunities while in country. Additional costs may include your passport, luggage and visa fees (if needed), International Health Insurance, transportation from your home to/from Atlanta, GA, etc.
|What shots do I need to get for the trip?|
We are not doctors and have no medical training so we are not qualified from a medical perspective to say you should or should not get certain shots. We suggest that you determine which shots you may need by visiting the CDC website or consulting your local travel health specialist and reviewing their recommendations based on the country(ies) you will be visiting. Some countries require a Yellow Fever Certificate to enter, so pay particular attention to that.
You may or may not choose to receive all the immunizations recommended by the CDC or your physician. It is your personal decision what immunizations you receive, but we recommend you seek a medical professional’s advice concerning that decision.
|What will I eat?|
|Be prepared for foods that may be outside of your comfort zone. You will be fed three meals a day and you are expected to eat the foods that are prepared for you, even though you may not prefer those foods. Remember “Where he leads me, I will follow. What he feeds me, I will swallow.”
|Where will I sleep?|
|At Training Camp, you will be housed in cabins with bunk beds. On the field, you may sleep on the floor, in a bed or in a hammock. Bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Trip specifics will be posted on your team blog.
|Can I take a shower?|
|Yes, but it may not be in a traditional shower. You will have access to water, but you may not be able to bath on a daily basis.
|Will I have electricity?|
|You may or may not have electricity at your location so please leave the flat irons and hairdryers at home.
|Can I bring my iPod or other electronic devices?|
|Yes, but please evaluate your reasons for going on this trip. You are on the trip to minister and develop a deeper relationship with God. iPods or other electronic devices may be a distraction to what God is trying to tell you. We ask that you may wise choices with the music on your iPod. AIM is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged electronic devices. No laptops allowed.
|Can I bring my cell phone?|
No. You will not be able to use it in a foreign country so please leave it at home.
|How much spending money do I need to bring?|
|How much money you will want depends entirely on your personal spending habits and financial situation. A moderate amount would be approximately $100/month. Remember, all your meals will be covered by AIM so extra personal money would be used for souvenirs, extra internet time (if applicable), personal items, additional snacks, etc.
|What is Training Camp?|
|Training camp takes place immediately prior to your trip. You will arrive at the Atlanta airport the first date of your trip and be transported to the AIM Training Center in Gainesville, GA for a four day Training Camp. At Training Camp, you will participate in team building activities with your mission team, focus on your personal spiritual growth and learn skills that will equip you to minister more effectively on the field. This is not a boot camp. At the conclusion of Training Camp, you will be transported to the Atlanta airport to depart for the field with your team.
|What is Debrief?|
|Debrief is a time to reflect over what God has done in your life, your team members’ lives and the lives of those you ministered to throughout the summer. Your team will have a short debrief in country then you will fly back to Atlanta for a one night stay in a local hotel. During this debrief time, you will have the opportunity to share what God has done on your trip with other teams. At the end of Debrief in Atlanta, you will fly back to your home. NOTE: Training Camp and Debrief are included in the dates of your trip.
|What kind of clothes should I bring? Shoes?|
|It is important to remember that when you are on the field ministering, you are representing God, Adventures in Missions, and local missionaries. Modesty is the key to all clothing you decide to bring with you. If you are questioning whether or not you should bring it, then leave it at home.
Here are a few guidelines for clothing choices:
Depending on your location and the cultural norms, we may need to adjust the dress code. In some countries it will be necessary for women to be in long skirts all the time. Some cultures view men in shorts as little boys and you will not receive the respect of an adult.
|Will we be able to wash our clothes?|
|You will be able to hand wash your clothes. Your leaders will provide you with the necessary supplies. Be prepared to wear your clothes more than one day. If you attend a two week trip, you will not need to wash your clothes during your stay.
|Will I be able to contact my parents while I am on the field?|
|Yes, but the times and methods will depend on the location of your trip and how long you are on-site in the country. Internet access is not available in every county.
|How do I apply for a passport?|
|For information on applying for a passport for the first time, visit this website or make an appointment at your local post office. Generally, it takes approximately 4 – 6 weeks from the time of application for you to receive your passport. We must have your passport information before airline tickets are purchased so please get your passport ASAP. Sometimes it may take longer than 6 weeks to receive your passport, so apply now.
|How will I find AIM at the airport?|
|Once your plane arrives and you have claimed your luggage, please meet AIM in the center Atrium on the main level of the Atlanta Airport. You will be met by staff and leaders in Adventures in Missions staff T-shirt at the giant Dinosaur skeleton. We will post a picture of the staff t-shirts on our website prior to your arrival. Upon arrival, we also ask that you contact your parents by pay phone to let them know you have arrived safely in Atlanta.
|Can I drive to AIM Training Center in Gainesville, GA?|
|You may be dropped off in Gainesville, but you may not leave your car at our Training Center for the summer. If you are dropped in Gainesville, you need to be picked up in Atlanta after Debrief. Your team will not be transported back to the AIM Training Center after your trip.
|Does AIM provide scholarships or financial assistance?|
|No, we are not able to provide any financial assistance but you can raise support to cover the costs of your trip. We require all participants to send a support letter once they are accepted to our programs. The support letter is used to help you raise financial support and build a prayer team. The reality is that God has called you to serve Him and you can be sure that God will always provide what you need to accomplish the things He calls you to do.
|How safe is the mission field? What security measures are taken?|
|Adventures in Missions stays aware of the political situations in and
around our project locations. We also partner with local ministries to
ensure the safety of our ministry locations in country. We would never send
a team if we felt it put our participants lives at risk. We do not allow
participants to go anywhere alone or without a leader while on the trip. We
strive to ensure safety on all of our trips but we cannot control all
situations. Please be in prayer for safety!
|Who are the Leaders?|
|Generally, leaders are 21 years old or older. Most have lead or participated in previous AIM trips. We perform background checks on all leaders prior to their acceptance. Some examples of past Ambassador leaders include AIM staff, prior Ambassador leaders, and Passport and World Race participants who have shown desired leadership qualities.|
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While your high school student may believe that they’re the ones setting out on this adventure, we know that you are probably taking the biggest risk of all! Sending your student on a mission trip, away from home, and possibly to the other side of the world could be more of an exercise in faith for you than for them. While they get excited about a new culture, playing with kids, exotic locations and living out the Gospel, you think about things like safety and transportation, risks in third world countries, and sickness or emergencies. And while we know you’re excited about this experience with them, we understand your need to make sure they’ll be safe and well cared for.
So first of all, let me introduce myself. I am the Program Coordinator for both our Ambassador (high school) and Passport (college) programs. I am passionate about seeing this generation reach out to the world with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. I believe that His presence has the power to bring hope where there is suffering, healing where there is brokenness, and life where there is death. I worked with high school students full-time for 6 years as a youth director before going on Adventures’ eleven-month trip called the World Race. It was there that my eyes and heart were opened to something bigger than myself and I decided to come on staff in 2009. Since that time, I’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of high school and college students on our summer and semester mission trips.
We believe in your student and the impact they can make around the world. And we believe in you and the calling God has given you to help your student navigate through this world. So, we’ve put together this resource to introduce you to Adventures and the Ambassador program, and answer some common questions you might have. You’ll find information about safety, leaders and the history of Adventures. Our admissions staff is always available to talk with you about questions or concerns, and to walk you through the next steps to get your students to the field.
Program Coordinator, Passport/Ambassador