Australia, that unique and very big island full of koalas, the Great Barrier Reef, and the one of a kind beauty of the Outback. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to go to Australia? Especially when considering the colorful diversity of its people who tend to be individualists (more like Americans than the British, who are their cousins), direct, and outspoken…Did we mention that debriefing is in New Zealand? Perhaps it’s time to brush up on your Elvish!
While food in Australia will not be the most exotic (come on…are you really that interested in eating something like balut, which is a duck egg that has been incubated until the fetus is all feathery and beaky, then boiled alive)? Food is going to be recognizable, delicious, and often cooked up on the barbie (Australian for barbecue). Maybe you’ll even get a taste of barbequed kangaroo, followed by delicious pavlova, the Aussies famed dessert that’s topped with fresh kiwi fruit! Bottom line, you’re going to eat well…and without feathers getting stuck in your teeth!Close
You and the team will be partnering together with local churches to reach out to the local youth. So be sure to bring a bag, because you’ll most likely sleep in the churches that you’ll be working with. And showers? No worries, mate. The Aussies like to be a clean as you do!Close
Did I mention the fact that Australia is a very big island (really big)? No? Well, it is!! Australia has animals that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, like koalas, wallabies, and platypus’. And when’s the last time a kangaroo went bouncing down your street? Ok, while you won’t see a “roo” bounding down the street, you can see all of the above animals at different locations throughout Australia. Oh…did I forget to mention that Sydney is located very near some of Australia’s famed beaches like Bondi and Manly? If you like the beach, it’s the place you want to be! And although it will be winter there, the beaches are still open, beautiful, and perfect for all beach bums!Close
Although it's a former British colony, just like the United States, and English is the tongue of the land, the culture will throw you for a spin and you'll revel in its differences and peculiarities. If you join the Australia team, you’re going to immerse yourself in the relaxed pace of life that the Australians thoroughly enjoy. Thanks to trains, buses, and ferries, you'll be able to view the beautiful city of Sydney and its famed harbor. And on top of that you also get to experience the natural beauty of New Zealand during your time of debriefing! You'll hike across a city (Auckland) that was formed by over 50 volcanoes, and explore the land where much of The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia were filmed!Close
You’ll be working alongside local churches and Aussie believers, reaching out to many of the marginalized people groups within the country. Did you know that in certain areas of Sydney, up to 40% of the population was born in countries outside of Australia? This is an incredible ministry challenge and opportunity for you and the whole team.Close
There's no doubt that spending weeks with Royal Servants "down under" in Australia is going to be an adventure you will never forget. In the same way, God is going to use this trip to grow and stretch you like never before. Over the course of the summer you'll spend hours and hours reading and studying God's Word by yourself, in small groups and with the whole team. You'll also likely find yourself praying and ministering to others like never before. And, you'll most likely find that you enjoy doing those things like never before!
But don't just take our word for it, listen to what students from last year's Australia team have to say:
"The thing I appreciated most about my summer in Australia wasn't the beautiful country, the sightseeing, or even the ministry. It was the immense personal growth that I experienced." - Jonny
"On the Australia mission trip, I learned so much about myself, and deepened my faith beyond what I ever thought imaginable. - Kate
"Without a doubt, I had an amazing summer in Australia. Words cannot express what an impact it had on my life and the lives of our team!" - Matt
"Saying that God changed my life last summer would be an understatement!" - Paige
"My mission trip to Australia this past summer with Royal Servants was such an incredible experience! I had the privilege of building great relationships with those on my team, participating in evangelism as ministry, seeing parts of Australia, and all the while growing so much closer to God. I am thankful that my relationship with the Lord has a much stronger foundation." - KelseyClose