If you’re looking to take the next big step in your faith, The Edge is for you.

The trip overseas is only part of the experience. As part of an Edge trip you will also receive coaching, orientation and debriefing. Read more about each of these processes below and get quick answers to frequently asked questions.

Coaching

From the time you’re interviewed to when you fly back home, someone on our staff will coach and mentor you. Coaching calls help grow you spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. Think of it like having a personal trainer before a big event. We want to make sure you’re the healthiest you can be, and not just for this summer, but for the rest of your life.

Here’s what past Edgers had to say about the coaching experience:

Some things to expect from the coaching process:

  • An acceptance packet with books that we use throughout the process
  • A financial account to send donations for your trip (online and mail)
  • Access to a training website with detailed information from the field mentors on what to expect and prepare for on your trip
  • Full access to Edge Coaches that are available to answer any questions
  • Free security training
  • Free personality test
  • Visa application support (when necessary)
  • Bi-weekly/monthly calls focused on:
    • Support raising
    • Time management
    • Identity in Christ
    • Spiritual warfare
    • Expectations
    • Packing and logistical support
    • Sharing the gospel cross-culturally
    • Conflict management and communication

Orientation in Orlando

Before you go on your trip, you will fly to Orlando for a week-long orientation. During this orientation you get to meet your team for the first time as well as other students going on trips.

It’s a sweet time of worship, training and relationship building.

Go on your trip

These 6-10-week trips are intentionally chosen for you to:

    • Gain experience among an unreached people group
    • Extend the reach of the field ministry
    • Be mentored and discipled by the field mentor
    • Learn some language
    • Learn what it takes to plant a church among unreached peoples
    • Experience all the highs and lows of missions (getting sick, taking out the trash, etc).

    Debrief in Orlando

    Before you get thrown back in the chaos of back home, you’ll come to Orlando for four days. Here you’ll be able to decompress, get over jet lag and sicknesses and most importantly, be debriefed. You’ll have individual and team debriefings to talk about your summer. This gives you a chance to share the good, bad and ugly with someone that wants to listen the whole time and understands the context of where you were and what you were doing.

    You’ll also have training throughout the week on how to share your stories from the summer, reverse culture shock and what next steps might look like for you with Pioneers or in general.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Safety and Communication

    How do I know an Edge trip is safe?

    Your safety is a priority for Pioneers. The Edge team monitors fields closely by assembling a Security Advisory Team composed of our International Security Adviser, Edge Director and the VP of Mobilization. We monitor the news and State Department postings and rely heavily on our leadership within the country to decide if it is safe to send a short-term team. If we determine that a particular area is not safe for the Edge team, we either re-route the team to an alternate location or have them join another team in the event of cancellation.

    What happens in the event of an emergency on the field?

    We will be in contact with our field missionaries during the summer and be notified of any emergency situations. Should conditions become unsafe during the summer, the appropriate emergency protocol for that specific destination will be followed. Each field team has contingency plans in the event of an emergency. The Edge team, since they are a part of the field team for the summer, will be included in these plans. We also purchase international health insurance (including evacuation insurance) for each Edger. Once you are accepted to our program we will provide you with an emergency contact phone number available 24/7.

    How does communication happen while I am on my Edge trip?

    Communication varies from one team to another. We do ask you to prepare for limited communication with people back home during your time on the field. Many of our trips are in very remote and isolated parts of the globe where electricity and internet access may be inconsistent. Email and Skype are usually the best methods of communication. In some locations you may be able to purchase an international calling card to call home when internet is not readily available. If you have more questions about specific Edge trips, please contact us (summer@pioneers.org).

    Finances

    What does the trip cost cover?

    The advertised cost covers the following: stateside orientation, stateside debrief, round-trip international airfare, all field costs (lodging, transportation, food, sight-seeing, etc.), entry visa when necessary and international health insurance.

    What costs are not covered?

    The advertised costs does NOT cover the following: domestic travel to orientation and from debrief, passport fees, immunizations, souvenirs and other personal items.

    Are there fees related to credit-card transactions?

    Credit card companies charge a 3% fee to process credit cards, which is subtracted from the gift before it is credited to the Edger’s account. We encourage donors to mail in a check with your name and Edge account number or give online via e-check.

    Other Questions

    What does the structure of an Edge team look like?

    An Edge team consists of the team of young adults (Edgers), one young adult leader (Edge Peer Leader), and the Field Mentor (the missionary and team you will be working with on the field).

    Can I receive college credit if I go on an Edge trip?

    We handle this question on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us (summer@pioneers.org) so we can discuss it further with you.

    Have questions not answered here? Email us and we’ll get back to you!