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College Age FAQs

When do applications close?
Applications for all college missions close March 1, 2023.

Is there a difference between 3-week trips and 6-week trips?
No, there is not a huge difference between the trips, the main difference is length. Both will be growing experiences and will provide opportunities to serve and to learn about ministry in that city.
The 3-week trips are great for those who need to work during the summer but still desire to have a missions experience.
The 6-week trips are great for those who desire to get a longer exposure and deeper involvement at the site.

How do I pay for my trip?
We encourage Apex students to raise the support for the trip, however it is not required. Support raising is great preparation for your trip! There will be many moments on your trip that will be out of your control that you will need to trust God for, and support raising is great preparation for that exact act of trust. We are here to support you and answer any questions along the way. Each year we are amazed at how God provides for each student!


How are plane tickets purchased?
Each team’s flights to and from the mission site will be organized and purchased through a travel agent. The price of the plane ticket is not included in the trip cost. Often students will pay for the plane ticket out of pocket and once they’ve raised the full trip cost any amount they support raise above that goes toward reimbursing the plane ticket.


What is the application process like?
Once a student submits their application, we connect with their references, then do a phone interview with the student to get to know them better, there is a background check and an acceptance agreement to be completed before the official acceptance decision is made.


What expenses are not covered in my trip cost?

  • Passport fees
  • Cost of plane tickets (though we help you with the logistics of purchasing them)
  • Travel visas
  • Immunizations 

Can I get college credit?
While the trips do not automatically come with college credit, we are happy to work with you to get credit through your university.


Do I have to be in college to go on a trip?
No, you do not have to be a current student for any of our college age trips. They are designed for 18-24 year old’s, however we will make exceptions so reach out to us and we can talk through your unique situation.

What will my overall schedule look like?
You will meet up with your teammates (and other Apex teams too!) and go through a 2-3 day orientation altogether in Chicago. From there, the 6-week teams will go directly to their Apex sites. The 3-week teams have a couple more weeks at home before leaving for their Apex sites. At the end of your site time, you’ll take a couple days to debrief with your team on site before returning home.
Daily schedules will vary, depending on the site, ministries you’re working with and needs that arise. Your site leader will have more specifics for you as you get closer to your trip dates.


Who does Apex partner with?
Apex is the student missions organization for the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). The EFCA has a missions organization called ReachGlobal, who have over 500 missionaries in over 50 different cities around the globe. Our Apex students spend their summer with long-term ReachGlobal missionaries at ReachGlobal Sites.

What is the Covid requirement for these missions?
We will comply with US and destination country’s Covid requirements.


What is the cancelation policy?
If a student chooses to cancel a trip for any reason: 

  • The non-refundable deposit will not be held for the student.
  • Any additional funds the student has raised (minus the non-refundable deposit) will be held for the student for up to one year to use on a future Apex or ReachGlobal trip.
  • If the student choose to cancel a trip after the site has put money down to hold housing or other logistics, the student will be responsible for compensation for these expenses either out of their raised funds or out of pocket.
If Apex needs to canceled for any reason or if a site does not reach its minimum participants:
  • The student has the option of going to a different site that summer.
  • If the student declines the option of going to a different site that summer, their support will be held for that student to go on a future Apex or ReachGlobal trip.
  • If the student does not attend a ReachGlobal or Apex trip within that year of the canceled trip they are choosing to back out of a trip and the funds will be treated as though the student canceled.
If the trip is canceled due to government regulations or for reasons outside of our control:
  • All funds are able to held for a year or be reimbursed to respective donors, if given in same fiscal year

What if I have more questions?
For additional questions or information, contact us at apex@efca.org.