Your Best Summer Ever.
How often do you get the opportunity to make good money, travel the country with new friends, and serve people and communities in need? The impact we have in communities is life-changing. The friendships developed last forever (yeah, even some find love and get married). We offer competitive pay and resume-building leadership experience. So what are you waiting for?
We serve in Austin, Nashville, and Pittsburgh, to name a few.
Whichever experience you choose to serve with will allow you to experience some of the coolest cities across the country. Week of Hope locations serve mostly in metropolis cities, while Workcamp crews travel the country to multiple locations during the summer.
Begins Memorial Day and ends early-mid August.
Your summer starts by flying to beautiful Colorado, where you'll train for two immersive weeks with other college-aged students from all over the country. Following pre-season training, you and your crew will travel the country to your designated locations, serving there until around August based on your placements.
Summer Staff fulfill a major part of our mission
College-aged individuals (at least 1 year out of high school) with strong ministry and customer service experience and skills, who can work with others in a team setting.
Qualified and motivated individuals to fill a variety of roles in home repair and community service outreach programs and to be able to serve for the entire summer.
After 2 weeks of immersive pre-season training in Colorado, summer staff travel in teams to different cities across the US to set up mission trips and help with the coordination of service activities and programs during each camp week.
Speaking and leading program experiences
Community service and outreach
Food service and hospitality
Work site logistics
Basic construction and materials logistics
Customer service and facility logistics
Based in Northern Colorado, Group Mission Trip's mission is to serve others through home repair and community service experiences that transform communities and help participants, residents, and partners grow closer to Jesus. Since our inception in the early 1990s, more than 530,000 participants have served more than 16 million volunteer hours, directly affecting those who long to see the compassionate and practical love of Jesus.
Our staff are the backbone of our ministry. They come from around the country to organize the details and logistics of our mission trips. 2-3 summer staff travel from training in Colorado to mission trip locations across the USA in a Group Mission Trips vehicle, helping create a mission trip experience for up to 400 participants who come to serve a community in need at each location. And the best part... they do it all while wearing smiles and iconic red staff t-shirts. You'll meet lifelong friends, gain hands-on work experience, and most importantly, show the love and light of Jesus! When you put on your Red Shirt, you're stepping into a family and an unmatched legacy of service.
GMT is based in Northern Colorado and our mission is to serve others through home repair and community service experiences that transform communities and help participants, residents, and partners grow closer to Jesus. We began our ministry in the early 1990s and since then, more than 530,000 participants have served more than 16 million volunteer hours, directly affecting those who long to see the companionate and practical love of Jesus.
For our home repair formats, called Workcamps, we are looking for 4 positions: Office Manager, Crew Manager, Program Manager, and Materials Manager. For our community service formats, called Week of Hope, we are looking for 3 positions: Program Leader, Project Leader, and Hospitality Leader. For Week of Hope, we are also looking for musically inclined individuals that can help lead worship during our evening programs. If you have that skill, please apply for one of the three roles and if you are hired and identified as the person to help lead worship, you will make an additional $500 for the summer.
Training begins in Colorado on Memorial Day so you will travel to Colorado that day and we will start getting you prepared for the summer that evening. Your end date depends on whether you are Week of Hope or Workcamp summer staff. There are a few crews that end their summer staff assignment mid-late July, with most of the end dates being early to mid-August. If you have a conflict and need to request one of the earlier end dates, please talk with GMT about this during the interview process.
We value our summer staff and do our best to pay a fair wage. It’s also important to know that we pay for all your lodging, travel expenses (except for your travel to and from Colorado at the beginning and end of summer), and a vast majority of your meals are covered all summer. You will be responsible for paying for your own meals during travel and off duty times, depending on which camp format you are hired for. That being said, Week of Hope staff can make over $6000 for the summer and Workcamp staff can make up to $5000 for the summer.
New summer staff will be asked to fill out the online application, including information for 3 personal and professional references. Then applicants will receive a questionnaire that asks for more information like skill levels in certain categories so that we can get to know you better. Once that is received and your references are completed, a phone interview will be scheduled with the GMT supervisor. Finally, there is one final interview done by Zoom with two representatives of GMT. If at that time GMT feels like you are a good fit and representation for Group Mission Trips and for summer staff, you will be offered a position.
There is not a set deadline. Most applications are received in the fall prior to the mission trip season and there is a set number of spots available for each position. As summer staff are hired, positions can fill quickly. We encourage those that are interested to apply as soon as possible to secure their desired position. Many positions last year filled by February
The suspense! We will assign you to a crew around April and that is when we will let you know what your end date will be. However, you won’t know where you are going or who will be on your crew until you get to Colorado for training. We wait for several reasons. We want to make sure that everyone that is hired seems to fit into their position and once we see everyone together, we can see how you mesh together. It’s hard to capture all that from a phone conversation or from Zoom! So, a few days after arriving in Colorado, you will find out where you are serving all summer and who will be serving with you. It’s an exciting reveal!
Nope! You will be assigned to your location(s) based upon your skills, experiences, and the needs of Group Mission Trips. Week of Hope staff serve in one city for 6-7 weeks, while Workcamp staff travel to 2-3 camp locations over the course of the summer. You'll find out where you'll be serving during the first week of summer staff training.
Absolutely! Our mandatory training is a two-week long high-energy, meaningful, practical, focused information frenzy! Training begins in late May and concludes when all summer staff leave for their camp locations.
Training is held in Northern Colorado at a local school or church. We use the classrooms for position specific training sessions and for sleeping rooms, the gym/auditorium space for all staff meetings and group events, and the cafeteria for eating. Just like our mission trips! We will have showers available either onsite or offsite and most meals will be provided. There is a lot to learn so the days are intense and tiring at times, but we try to incorporate fun and team-building activities into the schedule. It’s awesome to see summer staff form relationships with their peers and has been a highlight of the full summer experience. We use a combination of staff and peer trainers to make sure you are trained and ready to lead our mission trips all summer! And of course, we try to give you some free time to experience the beauty of Northern Colorado.
For training, see the previous question. For summer, Week of Hope summer staff will be assigned one location for the entire summer. You will make that church and community your home for the summer, once training is over. You will get a room in the church, separated by gender, and with a good air mattress, you will make that your room for the summer. When traveling to and from your assigned location, you will have either hotel accommodations or alternate lodging with GMT contacts, all paid by GMT. For Workcamp summer staff, you will travel from Colorado to your first camp location. Hotels and/or alternate lodging will be available to you during travel and setup. Once in the community where your camp is located, you will move into a school/church where the camp is held and you will be provided a room to share with other staff, separated by gender. A good air mattress and perhaps some ear plugs for those that snore might be good to pack! That facility will be your home away from home for the week, until camp is over. Then you will head out on the road to your next camp location, where you will stay in either hotels or alternate lodging following your route. At the end of summer, all summer staff will be provided lodging back in Colorado at a local church until you head back home. The awesome part of summer staff is that all these lodging accommodations are paid for by GMT!
Yes! We ask that you have a First Aid/CPR certification done prior to your arrival in Colorado. The certifications are good for 2 years so if you already completed the course and it’s valid through your end date, you are good to go! We will just ask for you to send us a copy of your certification. If you have not completed this training, there are courses offered online or in your community that are pretty easy and affordable
It’s crazy to see the transformation in summer staff from the end of May to the beginning of August! Our summer staff dive into this experience and will be stretched to new levels of responsibility and spiritual growth. Some of the skills where we see growth, just to name a few: delegation, customer service, flexibility, responsibility, time management, organizational skills, leadership, communication, decision making, problem solving, confidence, and dependability. Most importantly, the growth in our summer staff’s lives and their love for Jesus is what makes this experience so amazing. How many jobs will a person have that pays them to help those in need, travel to new places, and see God change lives?
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