Expeditions FAQ

How to Apply

To apply for an expedition, 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 $28 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 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 $200 expedition deposit which will hold your position on the expedition you’ve selected.

4. PREPARE
After recieving your deposit, 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 Expedition Orientation. The orientation will give you comprehensive details about what you will need to do to prepare to be a successful expedition member. It will also address many questions that you have about your time in your destination country. Read through this orientation packet carefully and contact us if you have any questions about the information contained in it. 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 orientation packet and 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 expedition. You will be able to track each donation and payment made towards your expedition in the Expeditions Portal.

6. CONNECT WITH YOUR TEAM
As your departure date draws near, we will connect you to a Facebook group with your expedition teammates.  This group will provide an opportunity for you to connect with your teammates so that you can get to know one another before you meet face-to-face.

7. GO!

For additional questions, please email go@overlandmissions.com or call the office at 321-452-9696.

I’ve decided that I would like to join an Overland Missions expedition. Where do I start?

Completing an application is the best place to start. Try to narrow down your 1st and 2nd expedition of choice, considering dates, length of expedition and location. Even if you don’t get that far, go ahead and complete the application process. Once we receive your online application (including $28 application fee), we aim to contact you within a week to talk with you more at length about your placement on an expedition. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee a spot for you on a particular expedition until you pay a deposit ($200, non-refundable). Once you complete the telephone interview you’ll be notified of your acceptance and we will hold your application and pre-approved status for one year.

Is travel with Overland Missions safe?

We guarantee that while on an Overland Missions expedition you will be out of your usual comfort zone and will experience any number of the following: eating something that doesn’t agree with your body (and the bathroom may be the side of the road), coming into contact with dangerous wildlife, strange rashes or bug bites, and adrenaline rushes (that could have varying effects on your body). However, though there are risks involved in this type of adventure travel (see disclaimer), understand that you will be traveling with experts in the field who have many years of experience and the latest technology at their fingertips to deal with unsafe situations, should they arise. If you are the type of person limited by fears, this type of trip may be just the thing you need to help you to realize how big our God is and that the earth truly is the Lord’s and everything in it. We believe that God has commissioned us and that with that comes His protection. This of course does not mean that everything will be easy, but we do believe that He is bigger than any other force in this world.

If there is some kind of emergency while I am away, is there any way I can be contacted?

Yes. Every expedition is outfitted with a cell or satellite phone. In the case of an emergency, instruct your friends or family to contact our US office and we will get in touch with your team leader.

Do I have to be inoculated before going on an expedition with Overland Missions even if I have obtained a religious exemption in the US?

Yes. Keep in mind that you will be dealing with third world border patrols who are not given to the ‘politically correct theme’ popular in the States. You must have the required vaccines (see Centers for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov, and speak with your doctor) along with the appropriate paperwork provided by the health care professionals who administer them. Customs will not let you enter their country without the correct paperwork (they are not concerned that you will catch a disease while in their country; they are concerned you will bring one in). Overland Missions recommends every vaccine and preventative measure recommended by the CDC; however, we only require what is mandatory for travel in the regions we take teams.

What kind of food will I eat on an Overland Missions expedition?

While in the third world you will probably find yourself eating better than you did at home. Because of the lack of refrigeration and other modern conveniences, the food is incredibly fresh. There will be available to you many fresh fruits and vegetables (some that you have never tried before) and meats and grains, which will provide a well-balanced, nutritious diet. When traveling through the larger cities or ports, you will find more of the junk food we’re accustomed to in the western world, and at times you will be served local cooking (most meals are prepared by the team) at homes or in restaurants. Be prepared to try some different things to avoid offending those we are ministering to.

What do I do when the expedition is over?

Keep in touch with alumni from your expedition. We also encourage you to keep in touch with at least one person you ministered to during an expedition for at least two years. Attend our regional events and conferences and keep in touch with Overland Missions for future opportunities. Share your experiences (we won’t have to tell you to do that). Encourage people to get involved in missions in a variety of ways (prayer, financial partnership, going on an expedition, etc.).  If you sense a call to missions as a result of your trip or your calling is confirmed during your expedition; put in your application for the Advanced Mission Training course and don’t look back.

How do I pay for my trip?

Each candidate is responsible for raising his or her own funds for the expedition. You will be responsible to raise the money for your expedition fee, your airfare and any other costs that you might have for the trip. Your Expedition Orientation (found on the Expeditions Portal) comprehensively outlines how to go about making payments for your trip and raising the necessary funds. Your expedition leaders will also be on hand to offer advice and support as you go about the support raising process.

Does Overland Missions offer any help with the fundraising aspect of the expedition?

In the Expedition Orientation (found on the Expeditions Portal) you’ll find a section dedicated to preparing you spiritually and practically to successfully fundraise for your expedition. Expect to dedicate time to preparing yourself before the expedition departs by reading the orientation thoroughly, making a solid fund raising plan and then doing it! You’ll find the journey of raising the necessary funds to go on the expedition will increase your faith and draw you closer to God and His heart before you leave. Do not allow yourself to become overwhelmed or discouraged by the thought of raising funds, your expedition leader will be there to support you but greater than that, the living God of Heaven is on your side!

Am I too old for an Overland Missions expedition?

No. Although the age of most of our candidates ranges from 18-25, we do not put any restrictions on the ages of our candidates. Candidates must be at least 18 years or older (unless accompanied by a parent, pastor or approved chaperone); however, we accept all ages because of the group dynamics involved in each expedition team. Each team member has knowledge of God through life experiences that the other members may not have. We welcome and encourage participation from all ages because every person contributes to the team with his or her wisdom and unique perspective. Our oldest candidate to date was 76.

How do I know that God is calling me to go?

Perhaps the better question is . . . How do I know that God is not calling me to go? Or . . . Is God calling me to stay home? God has issued a call to His followers to spread the Gospel throughout the earth (Mark 16:15, Matt 28:18-20). If you have a desire to bring the Gospel to those in other nations, start putting your foot forward to fulfill that call. Again, don’t let your circumstances dictate whether you’ll participate in an expedition or not. If Paul let his ship wrecks and beatings determine the will of God for his life he would have surely given up. Don’t let your success in raising money determine whether God is calling you or not. God’s call doesn’t come through circumstances. Get on your face and find out what God is saying to you. Get in the scriptures and ask the Lord to speak to you from His Word. Get the assurance of His call on the inside of you and set your face toward fulfilling the call, whatever it takes!

I have a question that isn’t mentioned here?

Please feel free to contact us with any question. Call the office at 321-452-9696 or e-mail office@overlandmissions.com. You can also write to us: PO BOX 566 Cape Canaveral, FL 32920.