Teams FAQ

Learn more about serving on a short-term team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How far in advance do I need to sign up for a global team?

A: We typically start recruiting around 3-5 months before the trip.


Q: Who can participate on a global team?

A: Global teams are open to Willow attenders of at least 12 years of age.


Q: What happens after I apply?

A: After you complete an application to the trip that you are most interested in, the team leader will contact you to schedule an interview. This is a great time to get to know one another and ask any questions you have!


Q: What type of preparation is necessary for participating on a global team?

A: All teams will have at least four pre-trip team meetings which will go through the curriculum Helping Without Hurting in Short-term Missions. It’s important that all team members attend these meetings as we commit to the physical, emotional, and spiritual preparation necessary to fully engage in the trip experience.


Q: What does the trip cost include?

A: The trip cost includes all airfare, lodging, food in-country, transportation in-country, emergency international medical insurance, and any other incidentals purchased by the ministry partner for the team (i.e., water, bug spray, etc.). The trip cost does not include any required or recommended immunizations or medications for travel, passport application/renewal fees, souvenirs, food in the airport, or transportation to the departure airport.


Q: What if I can’t pay for the entire trip cost? Can I fundraise?

A: Yes! In most cases, the entire trip cost for global teams are tax-deductible. Upon acceptance to a team, all team members are required to pay a $250 deposit. Team members may fundraise for the remaining portion of the trip cost after (1) they have paid the $250 deposit, (2) they have received the fundraising guidelines at the first pre-trip team meeting, (3) their support letter has been reviewed and approved by the team leader.


Q: What immunizations are required for participating on a team?

A: Willow Creek cannot require any immunizations. We recommend that you contact your primary care physician before traveling internationally.


Additional questions? Contact our Global Teams Manager, Lara Olson.