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Become a student missionary

Spending a year of your life as a student missionary is a major commitment. The application process takes time—at least three months from the time an application is submitted. It also involves training—interviewing returned SMs, a training retreat, a class about cross-cultural missions, and more. The process takes time, but the process is there to make sure everyone is prepared for their mission experience. Download the Student Missions Handbook for an overview of the process >

1. Schedule an appointment with the Student Missions Office to get started
(509) 527-2633

2. Start your application

Email to start the application process.

2018 application deadlines

December 15Finished applications receive a $300 incentive
March 21Unfinished applications require an additional $300 processing fee
June 4Final deadline

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a call?

A call is another name for a student missionary appointment. A call is a commitment to a job and a location of service. It may be teaching, orphanage caretaking, ministering, being a dean, youth pastoring, or filling a need wherever you are.

What does "taskforce" mean?

“Taskforce” refers to mission calls within the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.

How do I choose a call?

This process begins by praying for guidance. Working with the SM of ce staff to break the process into smaller steps also makes the process more manageable. Stop by the chaplain’s office and we can discuss the exciting task of deciding where in the world you can go!

Where can I find calls?

Explore Many calls have stipends and are supported by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Browse the available calls and be sure to check often; they are always adding new calls.

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Can I do something other than teaching?

Most calls outside the U.S. are teaching, either elementary, high school, or tutoring various ages. These calls offer structure and usually a living stipend. But these aren’t the only positions available. There are also positions for assistant pastors, orphanage caregivers, English tutors, assistant deans, teacher aides, maintenance workers, librarians, of ce assistants, and hospital assistants. Specific calls can be created personally but only for students who get their application done well in advance.

Where are the common locations for student missionaries?

Probably one of the greatest needs is the Central Pacific islands (Palau, Pohnpei, Majuro, and more). There are 120 openings here alone so this is one of the greatest needs and offers some of the most rewarding positions. Other current common locations are Thailand, Poland, Malawi, Cambodia, Ukraine, and Ecuador.

What does it cost to be a student missionary?

There are three types of calls: taskforce, General Conference calls, and independent calls. Taskforce calls need $500. General Conference calls, where insurance and living stipend are provided, need $3,500. Independent calls need $5,500 to cover living expenses and insurance.

What is the best way to fundraise?

The most successful fundraising method is sending approved SM letters to friends, family, and acquaintances. We recommend sending at least 70 letters. This process usually takes two to five months to raise the full amount. There are many other ways to fundraise as well.

What happens to my school loans?

When you complete the SM application and are approved for a call, you are registered for the experiential program as a WWU student; therefore, loans are deferred the same as any other student. Graduates do not qualify for this, but there are other ways they can hold their loans. Students must attend WWU the quarter preceding their service to qualify.

What about a passport?

If you are going anywhere except the 50 states, you will need a passport. If you need to apply for a passport, allow several months for processing.

Many students already have current passports. However, we ask for a scanned copy of your passport so we can check to be certain is valid for your trip. Please note that U.S. citizens must have a passport that will not expire for at least six months after their return.

What about immunizations?

First we advise you to check with your health professional or WWU Campus Health and Wellness office. Upon being accepted to a call, it is important to check and make sure you have all the immunizations for your location! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website is a great place to check for recommended and required immunizations.

How does WWU support me while I'm gone?

Along with sending regular packages, emails, and support, we manage the business details involving  flights, finances, and registering for experiential credit so you don’t have to. We’ve even gone as far as flying a parent to a student in crisis for needed support while you’re out.

What is Missions Club?


Missions Club is the on-campus club that supports current student missionaries and organizes community projects to build support for missionaries around the world. Contact Kyler Morgan or Nate Zimmerly for more information. 

Last update on August 6, 2018