We are so thankful for an incredible team of passionate Student Missions Directors and student leaders on NAD Adventist university campuses who help recruit, process, and support hundreds of Student Missionary volunteers each year. This section is a collection of resources specifically for our Student Missions Directors and their teams.
You may find the following resources helpful to download, or you may request physical copies from our office.
- Long-Term Missions Manual
- What-Ifs for Student Missions Coordinators
- Re-Entry Retreat Facilitator's Manual
- A Guide to Short-Term Mission Service
Here are the basic steps you will need to know to help guide your long-term SMs through the process:
For more detailed information, you may download this PowerPoint presentation:
- SM chooses a call (this can be ongoing in the process)
- SM completes online application on AVS website
- SM completes background check
- SM completes forms
- Screening interview with SM
- SM completes online Passport to Mission or on-campus mission training course
- Coordinator approves SM
- NAD/GC approval process - watch your email
- Fundraising, visa, ticket, insurance
- Support SM in preparations as needed
- Support SM in-service as needed
- Support returned SMs
This checklist can be helpful to make sure each SM has completed the application process. you may have other steps to add for your program, but this covers the AVS requirements. It also includes tips and explanations about each form (second page).
AVS Application Forms
These are the basic forms needed to apply.
*Only needed in rare cases when mission site does not cover cost of insurance.**This can be completed electronically from the online application.Married CouplesMarried couples who are both serving as SMs will both go through the regular application process separately, but will list each other as "spouse" on the online application and forms when indicated.If one spouse applies to serve as an SM and the other will accompany but not serve officially, the accompanying spouse will be considered a "dependent spouse" and will need to complete the Spouse Forms which will be attached to the SM's online application.
- Resume (template)
- Beneficiary Information
- Release of Liability
- Release of Liability (Self-Funded)*
- Confidential Reference**
- Health Clearance
All long-term Student Missionaries are required to complete the background check and child protection training through Verified Volunteers. Please see information on Apply SM page to help guide your SMs through that process.
Your SMs will be covered by either Out-of-Country insurance package or Task Force insurance by Adventist Risk Management. Usually the calling organization (mission site) is responsible for the cost, but some ask the SM to be responsible. In this case, the insurance bill will be sent to your university. For these "Self-Funded" calls, we will try to ask you to confirm that your program is willing to accept the bill for the SM.
More more information on what to do if your SM needs medical help or has a travel emergency, including lost or stolen personal items, please see the Medical Emergencies page or contact Andrea Keele or Ernest Hernandez.