AMT FAQ

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for Advanced Mission Training, here is what you need to do.

1. APPLY ONLINE
Click here to be taken to our secure online application form. Submit your information and pay the $50 application fee. You’ll need to include contact information for your pastor so that we can send them a pastoral reference form to fill out about you.

2. INTERVIEW
Once we receive your AMT application, your application fee, and the pastoral reference form, we will contact you to schedule a telephone interview. In most cases, your acceptance will be determined at the conclusion of the telephone interview.

3. SEND DEPOSIT
Once your application has been approved, you’ll be instructed to send in the $500 AMT deposit which will hold your position in the class that you’ve selected.

4. PREPARE
After acceptance, you’ll be issued with a login to our Expeditions Portal. In the portal you’ll be able to track your preparation and fundraising progress, upload a copy of your passport and download your AMT Orientation. The orientation will give you comprehensive details about what you will need to do to prepare to be a successful AMT student. It will also address many questions that you have about your time in Zambia. Read through the orientation carefully and contact us if you have any questions about the information contained in it. The AMT Orientation will include information on getting the immigration visa for your stay in Zambia at the airport when you arrive. In the portal, you will also be assigned tasks to complete that will enable you to stay on track as you prepare for departure.

5. FUNDRAISE
The AMT Orientation and the Expeditions Portal contain information about the schedule of payments that you will be following as well as tips and suggestions for raising funds for your course. You will be able to track each donation and payment made towards your AMT course in the Expeditions Portal.

6. CONNECT
As your departure date draw near, we will connect you to a Facebook group with your AMT classmates. This group will provide an opportunity for you to get connected with your classmates and get to know one another before you meet in Zambia.

7. READ
Before you depart for Zambia you will receive the majority of your course textbooks which you will take with you.

8. GO!

For additional questions please e-mail amt@overlandmissions.com or call the office at 321-452-9696.

How do students raise finances for the AMT minimum donation? How does Overland Missions help with fundraising?

The AMT orientation (found on the Expeditions Portal after your acceptance) gives comprehensive advice and ideas about how to go about fundraising. The most successful method of fundraising for your AMT course will be to meet people face to face and invite them to partner with you personally, and to write letters when face-to-face meetings are not possible. The orientation packet will prepare you to fundraise the most successfully. Overland Missions staff will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have along the way concerning raising your funds. The final donation must be received 60 days before AMT begins.

My spouse and I feel called to serve as missionaries. Are couples and families admitted to AMT?

Yes. We certainly encourage couples and small families to engage in AMT. Married couples function very well on the field and you will find many couples and families involved in AMT and within Overland Missions’ staff. We also offer a special couples rate for AMT.

How do I keep in contact with family and friends back home? Can my family contact me in case of a family emergency?

Students will be able to communicate online several times per week. A laptop computer with wireless capability is highly recommended. Your immediate family members will be given contact information for our US office and an emergency contact number that can be reached 24 hours a day.

What will a typical day look like during AMT?

A typical day starts at 7:00am and rotates between physical training and devotional time, followed by breakfast at 8:00am and corporate worship at 8:30am. Class times run from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:30pm – 3:45pm, with lunch served at 12:30pm. Classroom setting locations will vary between the classroom on the edge of the gorge, the warehouse, or a field location. Approximately 50% of the courses are taught in the classroom and 50% have hands-on instruction. Each student is assigned to a work team and each team will have duties to perform each day. Free time and internet times will be after dinner until lights go out at 10:30pm.

What are the greatest challenges of AMT?

AMT will challenge you in different ways: spiritually, academically, physically, culturally and emotionally. It is hard to project what the greatest challenge is for everyone, but a good attitude will be crucial to make your time enjoyable. For most students, living in Zambia is an adjustment in lifestyle and culture. Life moves slower in Africa than in the western world and the pace of the course is affected by this at times. Come with an open mind to live in a new culture, be ready to serve on different levels, be flexible and be prepared to work hard. We assure you that you will be a different person by the time that you leave and you will have had a great time along the journey.

What kind kind of food will I be eating while I’m in Zambia?

You will eat three meals per day and the food is a mix between local Zambian and western style dishes. The local staple is nshima, a ground corn meal that is cooked and served with different relishes made from local vegetables. The local food prepared will be different than you are used to; however, it is tasty and nutritious and you are expected to eat it without complaint. Dinners will be typical western meals: rice, pasta, chicken, beef and vegetables. As a student, you will be broken up into kitchen teams to help with meal preparation. Drinking water on the base is pumped from a fresh water well and is safe to drink.

What is village ministry like?

Village ministry will provide you with some of your most memorable experiences of AMT. You will travel from the Rapid 14 base by 4×4 truck down dusty roads into the African bush. Your goal will be to bring the Gospel to rural villagers who rarely receive visitors of any kind. You will camp in tents, prepare your own food, do daily ministry and experience the warmth of the Zambian people. Be prepared to serve local pastors and build relationships with the villagers. These are very faith-building times and you will see villagers born again, healed, delivered from demonic oppression and encouraged with the Word of God. You will look at the people and the villages with great potential after these times of ministry.

What opportunities are there to serve with Overland Missions after AMT?

AMT is the first step to working or interning with one of our divisions. There are various opportunities to serve after you have graduated. You can apply to intern with: Sector Management, Expeditions, The LIFE Project, AMT, Rural Pastors Network, Water Projects, the Rapid 14 base in Zambia or Overland Missions’ world headquarters in the USA. Each student will be individually interviewed and considered for a position of their choice. It is possible to stay in Zambia and begin an internship after AMT, but this would be discussed with your AMT leaders before you leave for Zambia.

How does Overland Missions prepare me for AMT before I arrive?

Overland Missions provides a pre-departure orientation packet that details information on the AMT courses, the country of Zambia, a packing list, and medical and safety information. Upon arrival in Zambia you will receive a full orientation for AMT. This will cover detailed information on topics such as ministry, culture, team expectations, medical, safety, transportation and more. At the end of AMT, your instructors will debrief the class and discuss further opportunities to serve with Overland Missions.

Are there any age limitations for AMT?

The minimum age requirement is 18 years old, but we typically look for men and women to be in their 20’s. We welcome applicants of all ages. Physical limitations may be the only considerations for your acceptance. All applicants should be in good physical condition.

Are donations to Overland Missions tax-deductible?

Yes. Donations to Overland Missions are tax-deductible.