Spring Break Mission Trip with Mission To Japan in Orlando, Florida
For college students who live in the Orlando area including UCF students, see Beach Retreats (this retreat coincides with UCF's spring break dates)
For college students outside of Orlando, we invite you to plan a trip to Orlando (see dates below) to help Mission To Japan share the gospel with Japanese college students visiting from Japan during their spring break. The Japanese college students are coming to Orlando to experience American life and culture, to improve their English, and to do some fun sightseeing, while staying with a host family in Orlando, Florida.
Mission To Japan is looking for godly, mature and outgoing Christian college students to befriend our Japanese college student guests, by joining them for sightseeing and fun activities in Orlando, as well as helping them with their English. Through your friendship, you'll have the opportunity to engage with our Japanese students about your faith and answer questions they might have about Christianity. Most of the Japanese students are not Christians but are learning about Christianity through a special introductory Bible study (done in Japanese) while in Orlando, and through interaction with their Christian host families. Only 1% of the Japanese population are Christian but most Japanese have little to no knowledge of Christianity. Most of the Japanese students stay in Orlando with a host family for the whole month of March. This is a great opportunity for American Christian students to share their faith with foreign students from Japan who are curious about what Americans believe. Through this cultural and mission opportunity, American students will gain an appreciation for another culture and the variety of God's creation, and will catch more of a vision for missions. Student volunteers will also make some great new friends among both the Japanese and American student volunteers.
While in Orlando you'll be able to join the Japanese students for their English classes (mornings) and afternoon activities such as canoeing, bowling, rock climbing (activities will depend on the schedule for that week), and you'll get to go to at least one theme park such as Universal Studios or Disney.
You'll stay at one of our Christian host families' homes, where they'll provide you with a guest room and some meals.
1. You'll need to fill out an application and provide some references who will vouch for your character, maturity, and spiritual walk.
2. You'll need a dependable car and be willing to help with transportation. For example, you might need to pick up a Japanese student from his/her host family's home to bring to the church where we'll meet. You'll need to drive your car to and from Orlando (arriving on Saturday or Sunday and departing on the following Saturday).
3. Only a few American students can be accepted for each set of dates (see below).
The cost of the spring break week is $400, but you'll be given a stipend of $200 to help you with gas and food during the week. The cost will include activities, (including the theme park that is scheduled), lodging, and some meals provided by your host family. The stipend should cover the rest of your costs. We can guide you on how to raise all of your funds. Mission To Japan is a 501(c)3 tax exempt and non-profit organization, meaning donors can claim a tax break from contributions.
Dates (choose according to your school's spring break):
2/26 (or 2/27) ~ 3/5/2022
3/12 (or 3/13) ~ 3/19/2022
3/19 (or 3/20) ~ 3/26/2022
Typical Schedule Monday ~ Friday:
9:30 ~ 12:30 am Arrive at church and help with Bible class and English classes
12:30 ~ 1:30 pm Lunch with students
1:30 pm Depart for an afternoon activity such as canoeing, bowling, rock climbing, or shopping
6:00 ~ 8:00 pm Have dinner and fellowship with a host family and their Japanese student or with your host family.
On Fridays, we'll go to a theme park all day (from about 9:30 am ~ 10:30 pm) such as Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom, or Hollywood Studios.
Please contact us for more details, questions and/or for an application.