Group's Lifetree Adventures FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Domestic Trip Questions

The safety, security, and well-being of every participant is our number-one priority. Our team has years of experience ensuring that extra precautions are given to make every aspect of the mission trip as safe as possible. We visit each location in person several times before your Adventure, and we check each worksite for safety before you arrive.

You need to bring one adult volunteer (age 21 or older) for every 5 students (age 20 years or younger) you register. If you have both genders registered, you need to have at least one adult volunteer of each gender.

Anyone with a heart to serve others and a desire to grow closer to God is welcome to join us on a Lifetree Adventure. Our domestic mission trips are designed with teenagers and youth groups in mind, and each trip has a minimum age allowed depending on the type of projects happening at that location.

The Group team provides care to nearly all the details of your trip, including lodging, meals, project coordination and building materials/supplies during the mission experience, discipleship programming and materials, on-site support crew, and a T-shirt for every participant. The fee doesn’t include transportation or meals to and from the trip location or during your time off.

For our domestic mission trips, we use a clean, comfortable high school or middle school as our home base for the week. We sleep, eat, and do all our programming at the school. You’ll want to bring an air mattress and bedding.

You will provide your own transportation to and from your mission trip. The vehicles and drivers you bring will be used to provide daily transportation to and from the project sites.

Many of our trips give you the option to focus on home repair or relational ministry. Actively engaging in the local culture is important to us. So, you might yodel, dance, cook, craft, clog, powwow, or sing. Your mission adventure concierge will have specific details for each location.

  • What types of work does “home repair” entail?

    Depending upon the location, need, and your skill or desire for work, you might be assigned to a variety of projects. Work ranges from challenging at Monument Valley to moderately challenging at Red Lake to moderate at Owego, Mescalero, and Lame Deer. Raytown and Monson offer moderate to simple home-repair projects as well as relational ministry opportunities.

  • What if I don’t have any construction skills?

    Don’t worry—what really matters is your desire to work. No matter how challenging the project, if you really want to put in the effort, skilled Local Project Advisors and on-staff Troubleshooters will be available to ensure your success!

  • What does “relational ministry” entail?

    Relational ministry could entail a variety of opportunities to interact with and meet the needs of local people. From assisting elderly residents to serving at a food bank to building trails, your work will be a valuable opportunity to connect one-on-one with people who need your help.

Very much so! Group’s Lifetree Adventures is unique in that we partner directly with local tribal leaders and agencies. We’ve enjoyed decades of solid relationships based on trust and respect. People on the reservations now count on us to come—and every resident will have specifically applied for your help.

Far from new! We are the original youth mission trip created by Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado. Now we call our mission trips for youth and adults Lifetree Adventures. For over 40 years we’ve provided worry-free mission trips with highly experienced staff, thoroughly prepared service opportunities, and rich spiritual growth experiences created by Group’s experts. Our team is led by Thom and Joani Schultz and includes several seasoned veterans with decades of experience in mission trip planning and programming. We’ve also added some innovative new updates to the mission trip experience! Our travelers rely on the stability and security of a large established organization.

Your Adventure Concierge is available to answer all mission trip-related questions and is waiting to hear from you. Call 800-385-4545 ext. 4166 or chat online.

International Trip Questions

Anyone with a heart to serve others and a desire to grow closer to God is welcome to join us on a Lifetree Adventure. We welcome a blend of individuals and groups. Our domestic mission trips are designed with youth groups in mind, but many of our international trips are ideal for youth groups, too. International Lifetree Adventures are ideal for any group from your church, an individual with a heart for Christian service, or any configuration of families. We’ve had parent/child travelers looking to share an experience before high school graduation, women’s groups, a group of families from a congregation, men’s groups, and individuals seeking a new adventure. Truly any variety of ages, groups, and backgrounds are welcome. Your mission adventure concierge can give you more details, and help you discover which trip is best for you and/or your group.

The Lifetree Adventures team provides care to nearly all the details of your trip, including lodging, meals, project coordination and supplies during the mission experience, discipleship programming and materials, on-site support crew, and a T-shirt for every participant. The fee does not include transportation or meals to and from the trip location or during your time off.

No. Airfare is not included in your registration. Your Adventure Concierge is happy to provide tips on traveling to your mission site.

For international mission trips, a passport is required. Your passport's expiration date shall not be within 6 months of your trip start date. The country you are traveling to may require a visa. You would need to acquire it at least 60 days prior to trip start date.

We’ll provide reputable, safe, and clean lodging facilities.

The safety, security, and well-being of every participant is our number-one priority. Our team has years of experience ensuring that extra precautions are given to make every aspect of the mission trip as safe as possible.

Our trips vary from construction, relational ministry, outreach, and teaching English. Also, opportunities to actively engage in the local culture is important to us. Your Adventure Concierge will have specific details for each location.

  • What type of work does "construction" entail?

    Your registration fee helped to provide the construction materials and tools. A variety of skill levels can be used during construction projects--from skilled to unskilled.

  • What type of work does "relational ministry" entail?

    On these service sites, you’ll invest time in relating with local people. These sites are designed for you to meet and engage with a variety of people: kids, families, teenagers, and/or senior adults.

  • What type of work does "outreach" entail?

    During outreach times of a Lifetree Adventure, you will help the local church reach out to children, youth, and adults.

  • What type of work does "teach English" entail?

    On these types of trips your English skills and knowledge will be used through games, songs, and crafts to teach the local people English.

Yes. We will meet you at the designated airport and transport you to every scheduled location.

Your Adventure Concierge is available to answer all mission trip-related questions and is waiting to hear from you. Call 800-385-4545 ext. 4166 or chat online.

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