Summer Projects is a time for prayer and mission. We ask that you do not begin any new romantic relationships during the time you are serving at Summer Projects; if you are currently in a relationship, we ask that you make conscious efforts to be present to your brothers and sisters at Summer Projects. Practically speaking, we ask that you simply respect the boundaries of other opposite-gender participants. Spending too much time with another participant will distract both of you from Summer Projects. If you find yourself spending an inordinate amount of time (in person, via phone, by text, etc.) with a single person of the opposite gender, you may consider giving each other a little more space and time with other students.
NOTE: None of these
actions are, in themselves, bad or sinful! They can lead to confusion,
attachment and heartbreak, which could make it difficult for you to give your
summer entirely to God. While it may seem silly, avoiding these types of
behaviors can help you guard your heart and those of your brothers and sisters.
If you’re already in a relationship prior to Summer Projects, we simply ask
that you don’t allow your relationship to interfere with the Summer Projects
group and/or logistical dynamics.
HOW DO I APPLY?
The application is easy. Simply click the “Apply Now” button on the home
page of this website. This will direct you to the FOCUS Missions application
page (which Summer Projects uses to capture and process applications). When
asked which program you’d like to apply for, simply click “Summer Projects” in
the drop-down menu. As you continue with the application, you may disregard any
questions that seem to pertain to international mission trips.
ANY TIPS FOR THE APPLICATION?
The best thing you can do to increase your chances of acceptance is to
apply early! Summer Projects is a competitive program, so the earlier you apply,
the better! Outside of this, we are looking for students who are (1) excited
about the faith and (2) humble enough to allow themselves to be formed by the
Most of our locations will allow you to request another student as your
roommate for the summer. If you don’t know any other FOCUS students, you may
wish to find one using social media (most locations create a Facebook group).
Once you choose your roommate(s), you should make your request by sending an
email to the human resources office at your location, stating your name,
arrival date and who you would like to request as a roommate. All roommate
requests must be mutual, so the other party(ies) must also make a request.
Roommate and housing requests are considered but never guaranteed.
SHOULD I TAKE A CAR THIS SUMMER?
You will not need to have a car at any point this summer. FOCUS will
provide transportation to all official Summer Projects activities. That
said, a vehicle could come in handy. You will have a fair amount of free
time this summer, during which you may choose to drive to any of the local
points of interest. So, though it isn’t required, having a car may include
some perks, and you will be provided a place to park.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANY MONEY?
All food and lodging will be covered throughout the entirety of the
summer. You will not be required to spend any money for any Summer
Projects programmed events. You may wish to bring some funds for
extra-curricular fun and incidental costs, but these expenses should be minimal.
Each participant at Summer Projects will be offered a
fundraising coach to cover the cost of the program. This coach will help
students through a time-tested fundraising strategy.
A lot of people wonder about taking time off and vacation during
the summer. Is this possible? Yes, but we encourage you to do it sparingly, and
we discourage you from leaving for more than a week at any point in the summer.
Further, every time you are gone you run the risk of missing important talks,
events and general programming. You are responsible for arranging your own