INTERNATIONAL
MISSION TRIP

$699

HOW WE SERVE

On an island known for its welcoming people and breathtaking landscapes, your team will have the chance to partner with many wonderful people in the community of Montego Bay through construction, vacation bible school, as well as health and social initiatives.

DATES AVAILABLE

June 7 - 13

June 14 - 20

June 21 - 27

June 28 - July 3*

July 5 - 11

July 12 - 18

July 19 - 25

July 26 - August 1

August 2 - 8

* Sunday through Friday trip

THE MISSION IN
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA

Jamaican culture is mixed with an ethnically diverse society where both European and African cultures collide. In this collision, we find a kaleidoscope of beauty that makes the island a precious gem of the Caribbean. 

Here on the island, you will quickly be able to see the pillars that make up Jamaican culture. Family is very important and it’s not uncommon to see up to three generations living in one home. Next to family, Jamaican cuisine is amazing and includes staple dishes consisting of pork, chicken or fish grilled with their traditional jerk spice and local produce; yum! Also, a culture richly engrained in the arts, you will find that music, theatre and dance play a key role in island life. 

We have been blessed to become partners with Reverend Justin Nembhard (the Archdeacon of Montego Bay), the Parish Church & School of St. Francis. Alongside these partners, your team will have the chance to serve with local community members directly aiding in the rebuilding efforts of the Parish’s deteriorating trade school. This school addresses a great need in the community as its staff educates local community members to learn trades and become economically productive and self-sufficient in their community. Other opportunities to serve include working alongside the Ministry of Health by helping process and handing out basic supplies to local community members, working to keep the St. Francis school up to code through construction, and helping to lead vacation bible school programs to reach the children of Glendevon, just outside of Montego Bay. 

We invite you and your team to join Next Step Ministries in Jamaica, and be prepared to be a part of the incredible ways that God is moving in Montego Bay.

PARTNERSHIPS

SAINT JAMES PARISH

Local Church

This multi-facited partnership exists to establish a strong, loving and Christ centered outreach to the communities of Montego Bay and Glendevon. Your team will have the opportunity to help in the rebuilding of their trade school, bringing it up to safety standards. Along with this, your team will have a chance to aid in the expansion of the St. Francis Parish School, offer basic home repair to local residents, participate in health care initiatives, and help lead vacation bible school to local children.

YOUR EXPERIENCE

WORSHIP

We’ve been told our worship experience is where summer camp meets mission trip. At Next Step, your students will create unforgettable memories and friendships while worshipping and growing together in their understanding of who Jesus is. Each evening will include great bands, challenging speakers and a powerful video series created and filmed exclusively for your mission trip.

CONSTRUCTION

Have you ever gone on a mission trip and been disappointed by the work projects? You’re left wondering— isn’t there something more we could have done? At Next Step, we have partnered with local community leaders to ensure that the projects are meaningful and alleviate vital building needs. Your students will work on projects such as full home builds, home additions, drywall, siding, flooring, wheelchair ramps, and more.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Do you ever wonder if your short-term mission trip really made a difference? At Next Step, students serve alongside local community members, churches and nonprofits, as we meet the needs of the community together. With our full-time staff living in the communities we partner with, and projects being selected by the community, you will be part of a movement in responsible short-term missions.

LOGISTICS

This trip is hosted at the Verney House Resort in Montego Bay. The hotel has AC and large hotel style rooms that sleep anywhere from 4-6 people per room. There are some beds with mattresses, sheets, and towels but you will need to bring your own pillows. Every room has it’s own individual bathroom and shower. There is a large dining hall and kitchen within the property, and we will also worship in the evenings at the hotel in a spacious area.
Jamaica Transportation:  Please book your flights for arrival and departure through the Logan Airport (BOS). Our friendly Next Step staff will be waiting for you at the airport and will provide ground transportation for the entire trip. The airport is about 20mn. from our mission site in Montego Bay.
Passport
Water Bottle
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
swimsuit
Insect Repellent Toiletries
Rain Jacket
work gloves
safety glasses
work shoes
work clothes
casual clothes
SUNDAY (ARRIVAL DAY)
Meet the Next Step Ministries staff at the airport
Drive to the hotel
Unload luggage/Free Time
Dinner
Orientation and Worship
11:00 pm Lights Out
 
MONDAY – THURSDAY (WORK DAYS)
7:00 am – Wake Up
7:15 am – Eat Breakfast & Lunch Preparation
8:00 am – Morning Devotional
8:15 am – Depart for Worksite & Begin Working
12:00 pm – Lunch & Devotion
1:00 pm – Resume Working
3:30 pm – Clean Up/Return
4:00 pm – Free time/Showers/Leader Meeting
6:00pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Worship
8:30 – Church Time/Small Groups/Free Time
11:00 pm – Lights Out
 
FRIDAY (COMMUNITY / FUN DAY)
8:00 am – Wake Up 
8:15 am – Eat Breakfast & Lunch Preparation
9:00 am – Morning Devotion
9:15 am – Community/ Fun Day Activity! 
4:00 pm  – Shower Time/Free Time/Leader Meeting
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Worship
8:30 pm – Church Time/Small Groups/Free time
11:00 pm – Lights Out

FAQS

When should I register for my mission trip?

Registration opens in July and will be available through early spring. To get your preferred dates, locations, and spaces, it is recommended to secure your spots sometime before October.

What is the min or max number of people per group?

For summer mission trips you must have a minimum of five participants to be eligible for a group. If you have less than five participants on your team, please contact our office. The maximum number of people will depend on location capacity and availability.

What is the adult to student ratio requirement for a trip?

Next Step Ministries asks each group to bring 1 adult for every 6 students.

Are background checks required?

Yes. Each church group is responsible for conducting background checks on each participant 18 years of age or older.

When will we find out what our work projects will be?

Your group will learn about the work projects on the first night of your trip! Our staff will contact you 1-2 weeks prior to the trip to share updates and provide an adjusted tool list.

How are the trips staffed?

A Next Step Partnership Coordinator facilitates community partnerships, lines up projects, leads the summer staff, and coordinates other logistics such as lodging and accommodations. The trip itself will be facilitated by 8-12 energetic, mission-minded, and highly trained college interns. The site staff will include a construction team, worship team, speaker, meal coordinators, and administrative leaders to guide you through the week.

What if the trip I’m interested in is already full?

Each location has a different max capacity, so please contact our office to learn more about spaces available. In the event we are fully booked for the trip you are interested in, we can put you on a wait list or help find alternative trip options. To avoid these delays, we recommend registering for your trip as soon as you can!

What is the payment schedule?

Yes. Students are our top priority and safety is always our primary concern. Thankfully, because of our long-term commitment and involvement within the community we have developed many close relationships with the locals. The community is familiar with Next Step and we’ve worked hard to humbly earn their trust and respect. Because of these close friendships we are the first to know if something out of the ordinary comes up or is unsafe. 

Is Next Step affiliated with a denomination?

No, we do not affiliate with a particular denomination. Next Step Ministries is an interdenominational organization and we partner with hundreds of churches from all different denominations on our mission trips. Please see our Statement of Faith to learn more about what we believe. In simple terms, we stick to the basics of the Gospel. Our foundation for ministry is to provide opportunities for students to connect and grow in a personal relationship with Christ.

How are the work projects selected?

Next Step Ministries works alongside community leaders, non-profit organizations, and the local church in order to set up work projects. Full-time Next Step Staff called Partnership Coordinators live and serve within the community year round and are well connected. Next Step collaborates with the community to plan the projects you will be working on in advance.

Will our group be paired up with other groups on our mission trip?

You will most likely be attending a trip with 2-4 other youth groups. All groups will share sleeping quarters and we will have meals and worship together as a large group. Many of our mission site locations can accommodate for 80-100 volunteers each week. For work projects, we love to mix students, but also understand many groups prefer to stick together. Please let us know your preference and we will plan accordingly!

Is the mission trip safe?

Yes. Next Step Ministries exists to give middle school, high school, and college students an opportunity to explore their faith, experience God, and extend service to others on a mission trip. Students are our top priority and safety is always our primary concern. Thankfully, because of our long-term commitment and involvement within the community, we have developed many close relationships with local families and organizations. The community is familiar with Next Step and we’ve worked hard to humbly earn their trust and respect. Because of these close friendships we are the first to know if something out of the ordinary comes up or is unsafe.

WANT MORE INFORMATION?

Day or night, Next Step Ministries is happy to hear from you. Whether you have a question, comment or concern, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. As an additional resource, feel free to download this brochure for all your mission trip information in one place.

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