Frequently asked questions about U.S. Mission trips in Wes Virginia:

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

Who makes up the short-term mission teams?

Youth groups, families, intergenerational church groups and corporate teams, from all of the country, serve during World Vision's mission season. Our mission trips attract 700-1,000 volunteers every year. The number of participants each week generally ranges from 50 to 150.

Is transportation provided during the week?

No, participants are required to provide their own transportation for the mission week. Note: not all sites are bus accessible. If your team is planning to bring a large bus or charter bus you are required to gain the approval of World Vision staff. Teams travelling by bus should rent a passenger van during the week for emergencies and access to rural project sites.

When do we get there and when do we leave?

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

Who supervises the youth/child participants?

Each mission team must have one adult volunteer (age 18 or older) for every seven minors. With a minimum two adults for each mission team. Your adult volunteers are responsible for the safety and supervision of your team at all times. World Vision will provide additional guidance and consultation as needed.

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?

Monday and Tuesday evening after dinner enjoy some free time followed the All Participants Gathering. There you will participate in a time of praise and worship, with a short mission message. The evening program helps participants learn about life in the community and what it means to be mutually transformed. Your group/family will then break away for a time to debrief and reflect on the day’s activities. Wednesday evening you will be on your own, a suggested activity would be to attend a local church service. This is a great opportunity to experience the local culture and worship alongside community members. Thursday evening, we will end the week in celebration at an old fashioned community cookout.

What do we bring?

Bring clothes, bedding or sleeping bag, towels, construction tools, your friends and more. You will receive a general packing list prior to your trip date.

Can someone from our group visit the community before the mission trip?

Yes. This is considered a self-lead experience. If you would like to come to West Virginia prior to your mission trip you are welcome to do so. This could be an opportunity to see the community, your project(s) and meet the family(s) you'll be serving. World Vision will not able to personally lead this experience for you but we can help as you make travel plans. We can assist with things like: Connecting you with the local church/org. sponsor for your projects, put you in touch with the family(s) who you will be serving, best hotel accommodations etc.

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

Our work in Appalachia is centered in Philippi, West Virginia. The closest major airports are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Columbus, Ohio. From Pittsburgh International Airport(PIT) to Philippi, WV is 121miles and approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes. From Columbus International Airport(CMH), to Philippi, WV is 213 miles and approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes. Another option may be to fly into the North Central Reginal Airport(CKB) in Bridgeport, WV. Bridgeport is located 45min from Philippi.

What type of ministry will we do?

  • Build relationships with local residents through on-site building projects, such as work on resident's homes, community centers, churches, community facilities, World Vision ministry sites.
  • Build relationships working side-by-side with children from the community in a children's outreach program. The outreach could be Summer Adventure (VBS), KidREACH (educational enrichment activities) or a sports related program.
  • Participate in a community cookout/potluck and celebration of what the community and your group have accomplished together during the week.
  • Connect with local church ministries as you serve alongside community members and/or are invited to attend a church's mid-week service.

When will we find out what project we will be doing specifically?

In April or May our Construction Manager will send you a Project Information Packet for each project you have been assigned. This packet will outline who you are working for, directions to the site and a project scope of work.

Who determines where we will be serving?

All of our projects are identified and sponsored by our network of local partner organizations and community leaders. World Vision staff then preform a project site visit where we determine what needs are present and what we can do to help. We don’t select a project because it will give our volunteers a good feeling, but because the community has identified a need -- and by working together with the community, we can help address that need.

Will our group be serving together or will we be split up?

Together. We want your team stay together during week. The number of volunteers in your group will determine how many projects you are assigned. Example: a team of 30 participants would typically be assigned 3 projects, 10 people per project site.

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