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Steps to Prepare for Going

If you are interested in being a part of a Global Outreach (GO) trip, we encourage you to begin the following steps now. If you have any questions about GO Trips or the following process, please come to the GO Office in the Geiger Center 101 or contact

***IMPORTANT UPDATE: Some forms of state-issued ID may no longer be acceptable for domestic travel, which may mean some in-country GO trip participants will require a passport. By following this link, check if your driver's license complies with the REAL ID Act.

1. Application & Reference

The first step is to complete an application. To do so, click here. Please allow 30-45 minutes to fill out the application as it will not save if you exit the page.

Along with the application, you will be asked to submit the names and emails of an OBU professor/staff member and a church staff member. This information will aid us in sending a reference form to those individuals. We must receive the reference forms before you can continue in the application process.

2. Interview

Once you have completed the application, you will receive an email to go to the Global Outreach Center in Montgomery Hall to sign up for an interview. Your interview will be conducted with two Global Outreach or Student Ministry staff and will last no more than 30 minutes.

3. Approval

Upon completion of your interview, the Global Outreach Staff will review your application and contact you to let you know if you have been accepted for a GO trip. At that time, you will need to come by the Global Outreach Center to pick up a packet of forms. These forms will need to be completed by the contract meeting.

4. Contract Meeting

The contract meeting is a mandatory requirement in the process. At this meeting, you must bring the completed packet of forms you picked up from the Global Outreach Center. You are also required to bring:

Note: If you do not plan to see your parents before the contract meeting, direct them to this page so they can fill out the parent consent form and send it to you through mail before the contract meeting. Parents, please read our 'Letter to Parents.'

5. Fundraising

Once you have been accepted as a Global Outreach team member, you will then send out 50 letters to friends and family using the Sample Support Letter as a guide. Your team may also work together to do a separate fundraiser. For example, some teams sell t-shirts, bracelets, coffee, etc. Be creative!

If you do not have the expected amount in your account halfway through the semester, you will be asked to send out 25 additional letters. Don't forget to talk to your church about a scholarship or love offering. Also, a couple of scholarship opportunities are available through the Global Outreach Center.

6. Orientation & Training

All Global Outreach team members are required to attend one full semester of orientation prior to their GO Trip. Orientations are offered Monday evenings from 5-7 p.m. as well as Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 p.m. There will also be two mandatory weekend events in the semester. The full schedule will be available upon being approved to participate in a GO Trip.