“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” -Acts 1:8
Jesus was clear that we are called to go to the ends of the earth in order to share the good news of the Kingdom of God.  At Vanguard, we have several outreach efforts each year that focus on doing just this.  Through Global Outreach, our hope is that as you feel called to go, we can support you to step out in faith in that.  We have various levels of global outreach ranging from short one-week trips to spending a summer or even a whole year serving alongside missionaries around the world. 

Winter Break Break:

  • South Carolina: This year, VU will take a team of 15 to John Island, South Carolina to partner with Habitat for Humanity.  The week will be spent working on a home build for a deserving family and alongside other great volunteers. 
    Dates: January 4-11 (If not in Orange County, need to be in town by January 3)
    Cost: $1400 (Covers travel, lodging, food, and all ministry costs)

Spring Break:

  • Hands Across the Border (HATB): Each year, a group of students travels to Mexico, spending their Spring break in various acts of ministry.  This year, we will be returning to Ensenada, Mexico.  We have various student teams that focus on one area all week:  VBS, women’s shelter, adult rehab facility, orphanage and a construction team. 
    March 14-21, 2015, $500
  • San Francisco Outreach (SFO):  Another annual trip, is SFO where students spend their break focused on inner city ministry in the heart of San Francisco.  Focusing on homelessness, human trafficking and addiction, this team partners with a variety of ministries throughout the week. 
    March 14-21, 2015, $500
  • Westside Plunge:  Working with MIKA Community Development Corporation, students will have the opportunity to dive into the amazing ministry taking place in Costa Mesa.  Students will be in homestays and volunteer with youth and adult programs throughout the week. 
    March 14-21, 2015, Cost: TBD

Summer Break:

Check back on October 14th for the release of where Vanguard will be going Sumemr 2015.

Summer of Service (SOS):

For the last several years, Global Outreach has had the privilege of challenging students to take part in more than the traditional 2-3 week trip. The SOS program offers ministry opportunities that are the perfect next step for those who have been on a Vanguard short term mission trip.   If you desire to serve the Lord for an entire summer, we encourage you to come talk to us and see where God may lead you.

MK Connection:

One of the special things about Vanguard is the number of Missionary Kids (MKs) that come here for their formal education.  While this can be exciting for our campus, we realize the unique challenges associated with that.  If you are an MK, we would love to connect you to the ongoing activities and events that we have scheduled this year just for you.


If you want to apply to be a part of one of the trips above, please complete the Student Application.   Upon receipt, you’ll be scheduled for an interview and recieve the next steps.

For further information, like us on Facebook or contact the Global Outreach office at globaloutreach@vanguard.edu.