Frequently asked questions about World Vision's Appalachia Mission Trips:

Who makes up the short-term mission teams?

Youth groups and family groups serve for a week during World Vision's summer mission season in the U.S. Each summer attracts 800 to 1,500 people from churches representing a variety of denominations from across the country. The number of participants in a week generally ranges from 40 to 120. Groups also have the opportunity to serve for a long weekend or for a Saturday in the fall or spring.

Who supervises the youth group participants?

Each youth group must have one adult volunteer (age 21 or older) for every five minors. Your adult volunteers are responsible for the safety and supervision of your team at all times. World Vision will provide additional guidance and consultation for your work project(s).

How much does it cost?

For youth groups, a weeklong mission trip costs $350 per participant, along with a per-group donation for building supplies. For family groups, the cost is $370 per participant age 11 and older, $260 for children age 5 to 10 years. Each mission trip includes housing, meals, T-shirt, programming and a whole lot of fun! We ask all groups to pay a building material fee, which goes directly to the material costs of your repairs.

Where do we stay?

Housing is secured for your group by World Vision staff. Your team could be housed at a college dormitory, 4-H or Youth camp, church, community center, or public school.

What do we do at night?

Most evenings your youth group or family group will participate in a time of praise and worship followed by a fun, challenging, and thought-provoking program. The evening program helps participants learn about life in the community and what it means to be mutually transformed. One evening will be spent in fellowship and worship at a local church, while another will be spent at an old-fashioned community cookout. Group members will have time each evening to meet and share reflections on their day's experience.

What do we bring?

Bring clothes, bedding or sleeping bag, towels, construction tools, your friends and more. Review a personal packing list.

When do we get there and when do we leave?

Our weeklong mission projects begin on Sundays. Please arrive between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. You'll be packed and on your way home by 10 a.m. on Friday.

Will we have any free time?

Yes. You will have some free time each day.

Who is World Vision?

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, World Vision serves alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Why should a leader attend the youth group and family group leader visitation for Appalachia
mission trips?

The pre-trip visitation will equip group leaders to prepare their participants for a meaningful and potentially life-changing experience in Appalachia. Leaders will get a better feel for their work project(s), learn more about the Appalachian people with whom they will be working alongside, and meet the community leadership that drives our project selection process. Leaders also will meet the World Vision staff who will be walking them through the mission trip experience. See The World Vision Difference for more information.

What's the best way to travel to the Appalachia mission site by air?

Our mission work in Appalachia is centered in Philippi, West Virginia. The closest major airports are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Columbus, Ohio. From Pittsburgh International Airport to Philippi, the travel time by car (via Interstate 79 South and U.S. 119 South) is approximately two hours and 10 minutes for the 121-mile drive. From Columbus International Airport, the 213-mile drive to Philippi (via U.S. 33 East and U.S. 50 East) will take approximately three hours and 40 minutes.

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