Austin, Texas: Welcome and Immigration
Dates and Information
Week 1: June 19-24 (25): Please call or email.
Week 2: July 10-15 (16): 40 spots currently available
Week 3: July 17-22 (23): Please call or email.
Weeks begin on Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm and conclude on Friday or Saturday mornings at 9:30 am.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, an unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. As followers of Jesus, what is our role in a world where nearly one person every two seconds is forcibly displaced as a result of disaster, conflict or persecution?
Welcome and Immigration weeks are centered around a justice-focused biblical curriculum emphasizing hospitality. Groups participating in Welcome and Immigration weeks work with a mixture of direct service and refugee support organizations. Welcome and Immigration weeks are heavily education focused. Groups talk with community leaders and work with faith-based organizations that advocate on behalf of immigrants. Groups have time together each evening for a justice-based Bible study and discussion, and will participate in a mock legislative hearing on immigrant related issues. Groups that participate in refugee and immigration weeks need to have a strong youth leader and congregation that will follow through with conversations, support, and actions following the mission trip week.
Groups may opt to travel to San Antonio and the border community of Eagle Pass during the week. This option requires adding an additional day to the week, concluding the week on Saturday morning.
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Cost is $400 for 5 nights or $445 per participant for 6 nights with the travel option and includes:
- All meals, Monday morning through the final morning of your week. (Heavy snack served on Sunday evening.)
- Lodging in a college dorm in Austin and in a local church if you choose to travel.
- A dedicated Site-Coordinator and two extensively-trained young adult staff to facilitate your week.
- Fully planned service and educational experiences.
- Honorariums for speakers, costs for activities, entrance fees, donations to service partners.
- A t-shirt and a lunch bag for each participant.
- Printed discussion guides for small groups.
- Online consultation with Reach Beyond Mission planning staff in the spring.
- Online training for your adult leaders two weeks prior to your trip.
Note that your group is responsible for transportation during the week.
Reach Beyond Mission is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit, funded by participant fees, grants, and donations.