Thank you for your interest in applying to serve globally for two years through GoCorps!
Our application process is simple and streamlined. It’s designed to help you and us discern if now is the right time for you to go and, if so, what position is the best fit. The application process will include the following steps:
Begin the process of discernment by filling out the online application here.
Meet on Skype for a personalized coaching session to help you choose the best placement.
Invite five people to fill out a reference form on your behalf.
Complete additional interviews and assessments specific to your location and position while meeting with a GoCorps Coach and working through a process of discernment.
Meet with and get to know your potential team leader.
We’ll communicate a hiring decision and then you decide if you want to accept our offer.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. As soon as you submit an application, you will be contacted for the next step in the process. In total, the process will take an average of 8-10 weeks.
Fall cycle deadline: March 1st
Winter cycle deadline: June 1st
Application fee: $35
Are you the right fit for GoCorps? Here's some things we’re looking for in our goers:
- A growing relationship with Christ and regular involvement in a local church
- A college degree or equivalent work/education experience by GoWeek in May or September
- Skills or background in one of the thirteen GoCorps tracks
- Ability to begin full-time training and preparation after GoWeek
- An adventurous spirit ready to experience life in another culture
- A learner’s attitude and servant’s heart
Does that sound like you? If so, we hope you consider applying! If you’re not quite sure, fill out this form to talk to a mission coach and we can help you understand more about our program and determine if you’re ready.
Frequently Asked Questions
In order to apply for a GoCorps placement, you must: 1. Be between the ages of 21-30 2. Have either: A. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university OR B. Work and/or education experience that equip you for the track of service you area applying for 3. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.
GoCorps accepts applicants from all academic majors, programs, and professional backgrounds and experiences.
I am currently in a graduate program or have prior professional experience. Can I still apply to GoCorps?
Should I apply for GoCorps if I’m not 100% sure that this is what I want or am ready to do as a next step?
If you are interested in going overseas for a couple years to serve among the global and spiritual poor, then we encourage you to apply. Filling out an application is not a commitment to go. Instead, it is an affirmation that you are open and interested in seeing if serving overseas may be your next step.
The application and interview process is designed to help both you and us discern if serving overseas is a good fit for you in this next season of life. Going overseas and serving in missions is not easy and requires preparation and readiness in a variety of areas. We believe wholeheartedly that the application process with GoCorps will be a very helpful experience to you, either confirming your readiness and calling to serve globally as your next step, or helping you understand other potential next steps.
Yes. GoCorps goers raise their own financial support. Goers receive professional training on how to raise support during the GoCorps Orientation Week and coaching throughout the time they are raising the funds for their placement overseas. By following the GoCorps fundraising process, most goers have their full funding within twelve weeks!
Note: For many people, this is the main deterrent that keeps them from pursuing the type of overseas placements that we list with GoCorps. We completely understand that many of you have questions either to your ability to raise this amount of money or your desire to enter the fundraising process. It is normal to have to have the feelings you're feeling. We simply offer you two things to consider:
1. Of all of the goers we've sent in the past nine years, most have had the same feelings you're feeling, but by the end of the process, most have found that the fundraising process was an exciting, faith-building, call-confirming experience that they would not trade!
2. GoCorps places a high priority on giving all of our goers the best training, materials and coaching available to ensure that their fundraising process will be successful and quick!
Finally - we implore you not to let an aversion to fundraising be the reason why you don't pursue a placement with GoCorps. If you are excited about the idea of serving globally while making a difference and using your degree or a skill-set you have, then don't let fundraising be the reason you don't apply.
There are three steps to the application process:
1. Applicants complete an online application and recommendations. Application deadlines are March 1 for Fall Launch dates and June 1 for Winter launch dates.
2. Applicants participate in further assessment and phone/Skype interview(s). This process takes about 8-10 weeks from start to finish.
3. Applicants that are accepted and given placement assignments are required to attend GoCorps Orientation Week (GoWeek) in the last week of May for Fall launch dates or early September for Winter launch dates.
How long is the selection process or how long will it take to find out the status of my application?
The application is completely online. The application is quite comprehensive because it is designed to help determine if serving overseas through GoCorps is a good fit for you this year. You should expect the application to take you around 3-7 hours to complete. However, you can create an online log-in for our application, which enables you to save your progress and come back to it until it is completed.
Try not to get overwhelmed or stalled in the application process. Keep plugging through and work hard on each stage of the process. It's a lot of work, but we'll be with you from application to overseas. We'll help you get from here to there!
Is GoCorps affiliated with a specific denomination? Do I have to be from a specific denomination to apply?
First and foremost, all of our sending partners are evangelical Christian mission organizations that are in full agreement with our statement of faith. After this criteria, our process for selecting sending partners starts with looking for organizations that have a strong commitment to reaching the least reached and have a history and reputation of effective ministry, staff and organizational health. As we come into contact with potential partners, first we assess their specific vision and heart for recent grads and for the role of mid-termers; those that make two year commitments that may or may not stay longer. Then we talk about specific teams and locations that might be a fit for recruitment. We partner with organizations that have a strong commitment to developing the Goers and have experience and a desire to work with twenty-somethings. In the process, we go through a series of conversations to determine their readiness to receive new applicants for their mid-term options.
The selection of the specific teams and team leaders that we partner with is just as important to the selection of our organizations. We have ten key criteria that we look for, with the most important being who the team leader is, their giftedness and experience in leadership and on the field.
GoCorps is a partnership of leading missions organizations that recruits, trains and sends recent university grads of all majors to serve two year global service placements. GoCorps is a on-ramp to the nations through which recent grads in their 20s can apply and be on the field in six months. Throughout the application and acceptance process, GoCorps coaches assist applicants to determine readiness and which GoCorps’ placement is the best fit. GoCorps is designed to help 20-somethings connect with a strategic overseas placement among the least reached in a way that will use their specific degree, passions and skill-sets.
The world needs a new kind of missionary and 20-somethings are uniquely positioned to answer the call. GoCorps exists to invite a new generation to find their place in God’s global work. Our vision is for it to be the norm for 20-somethings to invest the first two years of their career in God's global work.
Absolutely. All Goers participate in GoCorps Orientation Week (GoWeek) as their first step toward going overseas after they've received their overseas placement assignment. This is where you will receive training in raising your funds and your sending team. You will also receive additional location and track specific training through your sending organization. Once on the field, each GoCorps Goer will receive ongoing training throughout their two years of service.
In some ways, GoCorps is a like a Christian alternative to the Peace Corps. GoCorps is similar to the Peace Corps in that we are recruiting young leaders to serve globally among the poor. Both agencies are committed to service, offering challenging and rewarding full-time service assignments overseas. While Peace Corps volunteers serve for two years in humanitarian positions, GoCorps Goers are placed to serve with teams of other believers for Christian service. GoCorps assignments are full-time for two years with the opportunity to renew after the two years.
In most cases, it is possible for GoCorps goers to host visitors (family and/or friends) while they are serving.
In our first ten years, GoCorps focused on overcoming six barriers that kept young adults of all majors and career interests from involvement in global missions. Currently, GoCorps is seeking to identify and address barriers that are keeping young adults of all backgrounds, including cultural, ethnic and economic, from involvement in global missions. Learn more about our efforts in equity, diversity and inclusion here - https://gocorps.org/EDI