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Mission Trips

The Best Mission Trips For High School Students: Updated Complete List

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Written by Evelyn Oliver

If you are interested in going near or far to serve and expand God’s kingdom but don’t know where to start, below is a list that can help you. These are mission trips and mission organizations that work towards giving you a chance to serve others and impact the world for Jesus as well as grow in your faith.

Where can high school students go on mission trips? High school students have many opportunities to participate in mission work both in the United States and around the world through organizations aimed at helping teens grow in their faith and impact the world for Jesus.

Below are organizations that put on mission trips for high schoolers to participate in, and experience living out their faith in new contexts.

Let’s dive into the world of mission trips.

Youth Works

Youth Works ministry takes groups of youth from middle school to college-age students locations all over the country, and occasionally out of the country to serve others and share the love of Christ.

They hope that youth of all ages will learn more about God and deepen their relationship with him through these trips. They want to give an opportunity for relationships, learning, and serving.

Birmingham, Alabama

This trip to Birmingham, Alabama is an opportunity to work with and serve children, the elderly, and the homeless, as well as working with a housing program.

You will get to work with your hands building and painting as well as teaching and playing with kids.

This trip costs around $364.00.

Available dates:

  • June 6- June 11, 2021
  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 8, 2021
  • July 11- 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 30, 2021

Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, you will get the chance to work with Rice & Beans Ministry. You will get to help meet the physical needs of the people here through delivering food and help with spiritual needs through listening and prayer.

You will also get to work with your hands while in Costa Rica, helping build and repair classrooms, churches, and homes.

This trip costs around $799.00.

Available dates:

  • June 19- June 26, 2021
  • June 26- July 3, 2021
  • July 3- July 10, 2021
  • July 10- July 17, 2021
  • July 17- July 24, 2021
  • July 24- July 31, 2021

Denver, Colorado

Serving in Denver, Colorado may look different for different groups but you will get to meet some of the ongoing spiritual and physical needs of the area.

You may get to work at a soup kitchen or clothes distribution center, as well as with kids and the elderly.

This trip costs around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • June 6- June 11, 2021
  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 30, 2021

Chicago, Illinois

In Chicago, Illinois you will get to participate in helping end the food insecurity in the area, this could be through a food pantry or garden. You may get to work with kids and the elderly as well as with some work projects.

You will get to learn about the area while you are there and experience some of Chicago.

The cost for this trip will be around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • June 6- June 11, 2021
  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 26, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 30, 2021

Quad Cities, Iowa

While you are in Quad Cities you will get the opportunity to serve others by participating in youth programs, engaging with adults with disabilities, food pantries and clothing giveaways.

You will also get to learn about and pray over Quad Cities.

The cost for this trip is around $364.00.

Available dates:

  • June 6- June 11, 2021
  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 30, 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana

In New Orleans you will get the chance to help meet many of the spiritual needs in this area by participating in children programs and engaging with adults with special needs.

You will also get to learn about New Orleans from historical sites, and meet with the local church.

This trip will cost around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • June 6- June 11, 2021
  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 30, 2021

Lynn, Massachusetts

In Lynn, Massachusetts you will get to host children’s programs while there as well as have opportunities to serve the elderly, and help struggling community members.

You will also get to explore Boston, close to Lynn, Massachusetts, and create relationships while there.

This trip costs around $364.00.

Available dates:

  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 30, 2021

Benton Harbor, Michigan

In Benton Harbor you will get to work with children and the elderly, serving them and showing them the love of Jesus. You will also get the opportunity to work with your hands repairing and painting.

In the evenings you will also get to explore the local area and create relationships.

This trip costs around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • June 6- June 11, 2021
  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 30, 2021

Leech Lake Reservation, Minnesota

On the Leech Lake Reservation, you will get to serve by hosting a children’s program as well as to conduct home-improvement projects all while experiencing the rich Ojibwe culture.

You will get to help those in the community through yard work and other projects to show the love of Christ.

This trip costs around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 30, 2021

Kansas City, Missouri

On this trip, you will get the chance to serve a wide variety of people from tutoring, to maintaining community gardens and assisting in local kitchens. You may get to serve in a number of areas, but wherever you are you will get to exemplify the love of Christ.

While here you will also get the opportunity to learn about and explore the area.

The cost of this trip is around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • June 6- June 11, 2021
  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

St, Louis, Missouri

While you are in St. Louis you will get to serve the people there in a variety of ways. This will include helping the homeless population, working with the local children and the elderly.

You may also get the opportunity to play with kids and elderly in the area, or serve food and paint buildings.

This trip costs around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • June 6- June 11, 2021
  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

Blackfeet Nation, Montana

In the Blackfeet Nation in Montana, you will help run a kids program and build relationships with people in the community. You will also get the chance to serve the community by helping clean yards, painting and repairing buildings, and other simple service projects.

This trip will give you an amazing opportunity to experience and interact with the native culture.

This trip costs around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

Northern Cheyenne, Montana

On the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, you will get to host a kids club. This will include crafts, singing, and reading with kids. You will also get to participate in projects around the community like painting, yard work, and minor repairs.

While on this trip you will also get to hear about the history of the area and the Cheyenne people.

This trip costs around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

Wilmington, North Carolina

In Wilmington you will help with disaster relief which includes activities like home repairs, helping those dealing with homelessness. There are ever-changing needs but you may get to partner with many service organizations to help meet spiritual and physical needs.

This trip costs around $364.00.

Available dates:

  • June 6- June 11, 2021
  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

Adirondack Mountains, New York

On this trip to the Adirondack Mountains, you will get to help beautify this community through service projects such as gardening, painting, yard work, and other projects.

You will also get to help host a kids club and create relationships with others in the community. While on this trip you will also get to enjoy the beauty of the area.

This trip costs from around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

On this trip to Philadelphia, you will get to help combat food insecurity by planting and maintaining gardens, boxing food, and help food pantries. You will get to partner with organizations in the area to effectively help the community.

You will also get the chance while in Philadelphia to see many historic monuments and explore the area.

This trip costs around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, you will get to experience cross-cultural ministry in a country where Spanish is the primary language. You will get to participate in outreach ministry to kids and the elderly in the area while partnering with local organizations.

This trip costs around $449.00.

Available dates:

  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

Cheyenne River, South Dakota

During this trip, you will get to serve alongside organizations already serving the Lakota people. Activities will include painting, gardening, and helping clean yards.

You will also get to work with Children in the area on this trip. Throughout this trip, you will also get to learn and interact with Native culture.

This trip costs around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

Pine Ridge, South Dakota

On this trip, you will get to serve this community through many service activities including participating in the kids club. Some service projects may include painting and simple work projects, as well as cleaning.

During this trip, you will also have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the land and the Native culture.

This trip costs around $379.00

Available dates:

  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

Nashville, Tennessee

On this trip to Nashville, you will have a plethora of opportunities to serve the community. You may get to serve the elderly, sort clothes, work with a kids program, serve in a local kitchen, or even plant a garden.

You will also get the opportunity while in Nashville to see and enjoy the area.

This trip costs around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • June 6- June 11, 2021
  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

South Texas

While in south Texas you will get to work with Border Perspective to help mobilize the Church on the border of Texas. You will get to learn the complexities of immigration and border while helping support organizations working on the Border.

It will be an amazing educational experience as well as the chance to work alongside those serving long-term in south Texas.

This trip costs around $425.00.

Available dates:

  • June 6- June 11, 2021
  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021

Eastern Shore, Virginia

On this trip, you will get the opportunity to serve others through food banks and other service projects. You will also get to engage with adults with disabilities and help put on a kids club.

This will be an amazing opportunity to show others the love of Christ.

This trip costs around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

Logan, Wyoming

In Logan, Wyoming you will get to work in multiple service sites and projects throughout the week. You will also get to help with a kids club while you are there helping with Bible lessons, crafts, and games.

This trip will be an amazing opportunity to show the love of Christ to those in the community.

The cost of this trip is around $379.00.

Available dates:

  • June 6- June 11, 2021
  • June 13- June 18, 2021
  • June 20- June 25, 2021
  • June 27- July 2, 2021
  • July 4- July 9, 2021
  • July 11- July 16, 2021
  • July 18- July 23, 2021
  • July 25- July 23, 2021

To find more mission trips (for adults, nurses, and more) check out this blog.

Adventures in Missions

Adventures in Missions caters to many different age groups and many different types of mission trips. They aim to reach the lost with the love of Jesus and to follow our call as Christians as well as disciple youth as they embark on these trips.

Adventures in Missions offers mission trips that last between two and four weeks for ages 14-18. These trips are an opportunity to serve others and share the love of Jesus who may not know it, while also growing your own relationship with others and God.

Ecuador

While in Ecuador you will get the chance to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need. You will get to interact and show the love of Christ to kids on the street and adults with special needs.

You will also get to help with projects in the area and serve food.

This trip costs around $3950.00 plus a processing fee.

Available dates

  • June 28- July 31, 2021

Eswatini

On your trip to Eswatini, you will get to help serve the community through education and feeding programs. While on the trip you will work with the staff to help others through their Care Points.

This will be an amazing opportunity to experience local and international missions.

This trip costs around $4450.00 plus a processing fee.

Available dates

  • June 28- July 31, 2021

Gainesville, Georgia

You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to be a witness for Christ, you can start in your backyard, or Gainesville, Georgia. You will get to partner with local organizations to help share the love of Christ.

You will get to live out the Great Commission close to home.

This trip costs around $1450.00 plus a processing fee.

Available dates:

  • June 28- July 31, 2021

Guatemala

In Guatemala, you will get the amazing opportunity to work alongside organizations to share the good news of the Gospel. You will get to partake in kids’ programs and help with feeding programs as well.

You will get many opportunities to serve others in nursing homes, sports activities, and park outreach.

This trip costs around $2450.00 plus a processing fee.

Available dates:

  • June 28- July 18, 2021

Nicaragua

While in Nicaragua you will get to partner with 516 NOW Ministries to help with children and youth programs. You will get to help kids share their faith and strengthen your leadership skills.

You will get to participate in outreach and share the love and hope of Christ to those in Nicaragua.

This trip costs around $2450.00 plus a processing fee.

Available dates:

  • June 28- July 18, 2021

Romania

On your trip to Romania, you will get to work alongside missionaries to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of the area. You will help provide eyeglasses for those in need and create Christ-centered relationships on the local college campus.

You will get to help the ministry in Romania with your own unique skills.

This trip costs around $3950.00 plus a processing fee.

Available dates:

  • June 28- July 31, 2021

Thailand

While in Thailand you will partner with long-term missions partners and help reach the unreached people groups in the area. You will get to encourage the local Church and help multiply the churches and believers in the area.

You will also get to take part in helping intercede for those trapped in human trafficking through prayer walks and helping local organizations.

This trip costs around $4450.00 plus a processing fee.

Available dates:

  • June 28- July 31, 2021

Teen Missions International

Teen Missions International is a ministry that helps disciple and train teens to help them grow in their faith and make an impact. They want to help younger generations to be strong in the Lord and have the wisdom and experience to share their faith and make a difference.

They offer a wide variety of trips both near and far, as well as trips with different focuses. Some intentionally help you grow in leadership, while others focus on construction, or working with kids.

Brazil

On this trip with Teen Missions International, you will get to participate in training before heading to Brazil to serve the Church. While in Brazil you will help construct a Church building for the local believers.

You will also get the opportunity to share the gospel in the open-air markets and on the streets.

This trip costs around $3290.00 plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- August 6, 2021

Taiwan

After training, you will get to head to Taichung, Taiwan where you will get amazing opportunities to serve and share the love of Christ. You will get to teach English as a second language using multiple methods and help in different capacities at different sites.

You will also get to engage with other teens in the area and help encourage them to participate in similar projects in Taiwan.

This trip costs around $4590.00 plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- July 30, 2021

Iceland

After completing the training, you will get to head to Iceland to serve others. While in Iceland you will get to help build cabins on the YWAM campus and create nature paths.

You will also get to share your testimony and the love of Christ in Churches and assisting in camps. You will also get the chance to explore the beauty and nature of Iceland.

This trip costs around $3990.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- August 6, 2021

Philippines

On this trip, you will get to strengthen your leadership skills in both Florida and the Philippines. You will get to develop your leadership skills as well as help renovate buildings in the Philippines and have the opportunity to work with the local church in outreach projects and community evangelism.

This trip costs around $4990.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 6- July 30, 2021

Poland

While in Poland, you will be serving the local believers by helping continue construction on Siloah Evangelical Faith Church. You will also the chance on this trip to share your faith and the love of Christ.

This trip will be a great opportunity to exemplify Christ’s love for the Church and those in the community. You will also have the opportunity on this trip to enjoy the beauty of Poland and see historical sites.

This trip costs around $3990.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- July 30, 2021

Zimbabwe and South Africa

After training, you will head to South Africa helping with painting and repairs, as well as working with children and teens in Sunday school.

There will be many opportunities for you to share the gospel and the love of Christ through activities such as dramas, puppet shows, and singing.

This trip costs around $4590.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- July 30, 2021

Madagascar

During these weeks in Madagascar, you will get the chance to ride with the national Circuit riders to share the gospel through their Sunday school ministry.

You will get both motorcycle training and lessons in Bible stories and Sunday school tools to use in Madagascar to share the good news of the gospel.

This trip costs around $4890.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- August 6, 2021

Trinidad

While in Trinidad & Tobago you and your team will get to partner with Child Evangelism Fellowship as you run a camp for kids in multiple locations. These camps will include elements such as Scripture-telling, games, crafts, and songs.

This camp will help introduce kids to the gospel from many locations and backgrounds. You will also get to participate in work projects at your host site.

This trip costs around $2790.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- August 6, 2021

Fiji

While on this trip to Fiji you will get to help the location you will be staying at by building a fence as well as painting and minor repair projects. You will also have the opportunity as you visit schools and orphanages to share the love and hope of Jesus.

This trip costs around $4790.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- August 6, 2021

Malawi

During this trip to Malawi, you will be building a brick security wall. While you are in Malawi you will also get to interact with Bible students and staff.

You may also have the opportunity to visit and minister to the orphan Rescue Unit where you will get to share dramas and puppet shows as well as play games.

This trip costs around $4790.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- August 6, 2021

Honduras

While you are in Honduras you will have amazing opportunities to serve others and exemplify the love of Christ. You will get to travel through much of Honduras sharing the love of Christ using puppet shows, dramas, and more, as well as visiting schools and evangelizing.

This trip costs around $2890.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- July 30, 2021

Rwanda

You will get an amazing opportunity while in Rwanda to build the first primary school in the Rukumberi village. You will get many opportunities to talk and create relationships with those in the village.

It will be an amazing opportunity to share the love of Jesus with these people.

This trip costs around $3990.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- August 6, 2021

Zambia

On this trip to Zambia, you will be helping with the construction of dormitories for Teen Missions International. You will also get to engage with children and adults in the area and share the gospel through Bible story-telling, music, drama, and sharing one-on-one.

This trip costs around $4890.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- August 6, 2021

India

While in India you will get to serve the people of the community in many ways. They have many medical needs and you will be able to help by renovating medical buildings.

You will also get to interact and play with children. On this trip, you will also get to engage with students and children during an after school program.

This trip costs around $4390.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- August 6, 2021

Tanzania

During this incredible trip to Tanzania, you will get to hold a foot-washing clinic in which you will get to wash feet and fit children with new socks and shoes.

You will also get to hike around Mount Kilimanjaro seeing the beautiful sites and sharing the love of Jesus with those who live in the area.

This trip costs around $4190.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- July 30, 2021

Ecuador

During your time in Ecuador, you will be helping construct a Church. You will be helping construct the beams and lay the foundation. There will be other jobs and opportunities available to help the construction of the Church and demonstrate the love of Jesus.

This trip costs around $2990.00, plus a registration fee.

Available dates:

  • June 12- July 30, 2021

While you are looking for a trip to join make sure to pray over your decision. Each trip will offer different aspects that may help you grow in your walk with Christ, in addition to showing the love of Jesus to others and helping make a difference.

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