Missionary Advisors (ages 18-30) oversee 4-6 students of the same gender, providing one-on-one interaction with the young people similar to a camp counselor.
Their primary responsibility is the oversight and development of their small group. They provide constant supervision and frequent attendance checks to ensure the safety of each team member assigned to them.
Missionary Advisor candidates usually arrive to their mission trip registration 2 days earlier than regular missionaries, so that they can go through a training process. Their leadership skills are then vetted by Project Directors and Team Leaders and they are given additional education on travel safety and small group coaching.
Each team (usually comprised of 25-30 students) is led by two Team Leaders (age 21+), one male and one female.
Both the male and female Team Leaders work together to build a strong sense of family and positive morale among their students. Together they are responsible for providing direction and oversight at ministry sites and ensuring their missionaries are being effective. Team Leaders are responsible for developing their teams spiritually and holding them accountable to growth opportunities. They are expected to help their teens process through their trip as it progresses and cast vision on a daily basis. Team Leaders should be confident and ready to vocally direct a large group of students in the right direction.
They provide leadership support to the senior level project leaders (Project Directors) by assisting with the many logistics of the project. Country Assistants keep communication to parents alive by updating the group’s Facebook page, posting pictures while the trip is out on the field, and fielding incoming messages from parents. They keep documentation organized, run errands onsite, and serve as logistics support. Since they are involved with the behind-the-scene tasks, which are not always time consuming, they will also get the chance to join teams out on ministry.
It is our desire to have a volunteer Health Coach for each project, and sometimes for each team.
Health Coaches assist the project’s leadership by navigating through first aid needs. They monitor the students as they travel and serve on the mission field to ensure safety is always a priority. Health Coaches are required to have experience in the medical field and can be medics, nurses, doctors etc. When they are not advising the team on health issues, they have the opportunity to join in on the outreach opportunities in whatever country they’re in.
Two Project Directors, one male and one female, will oversee the entire ministry trip on most Global Expeditions projects.
They have been working with the Global Expeditions’ Headquarters throughout the year on specific trip details. They have also received training on the Global Expeditions processes, procedures, and international contact relations. They are directly involved with areas of teaching, training, discipline, accountability, scheduling, logistics, and ministry. They will hold participants accountable to the rules and safety measures outlined by Global Expeditions and help in providing a safe environment for everyone.
All Project Directors (with a few exceptions) have operated in the Team Leader role. They understand the expectations and desired results regarding the Team Leader position and are therefore able to provide accountability and direction to their trip’s Team Leaders.
All field leadership including missionary advisors, team leaders, country assistants, health coaches, and global partners, ultimately report to the Project Director and are accountable to them for their responsibilities.
Each Project Director has had significant experience with Global Expeditions and has proven themselves in their ability to communicate clearly, maintain positive relationships, carry themselves with maturity, and execute on the plans and directives of Global Expeditions.
Project Directors are hand selected by the Global Expeditions Office and serve in their leadership role by invitation only.