Philippines | Teen Missions Trip

June 24 – August 11

Philippines at Teen Missions Base

Riding Water Buffalo at Teen Missions Philippines Base

“Mabuhay! ”Welcome to the Philippines, a nation of more than 7000 islands nestled in the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Journey to one of Teen Missions favorite destinations where swaying coconut palms dot the hills and colorful jeepneys cruise busy streets. Evangelism opportunities are abundant on this mission trip as you share Christ using music, dramas, puppets and personal testimonies in the local villages and in nearby Butuan. Lasting friendships will be forged with the Filipino staff and students as you work together to complete construction of new dorms for the retreat center.


Teen Missions in the Philippines BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center is located on the hilltops overlooking Malpoc and the ocean beyond.


On weekends you may visit the beach, or buy souvenirs including rattan mats and baskets, wood carvings, paintings and traditional Filipino clothing. After your time at the base, you return to Hong Kong for two days, where you can shop for some of Asia’s best buys and barter in the markets for anything from Chinese food delicacies to the latest electronics and clothing. While here you will ride the Star Ferry across Hong Kong Harbor and ride the tram to the top of Victoria’s Peak which offers a panoramic view of Hong Kong.


Housing will be in dorms. Showers are available. Laundry will be done using buckets.


Philippines Puppet Evangelism

Philippines Puppet Evangelism

After Commissioning, you fly from the Orlando International Airport to Los Angeles and board a flight that takes you across the Pacific Ocean and the International Date Line to Hong Kong, China. A connecting flight takes you across the South China Sea to Cebu, the “Queen City of the South”. You then board a ship and cross the Bohol Sea to Nasipit. A short trip by Teen Missions truck will take your team past playing children, rice paddies and water buffalo to the Teen Missions in the Philippines BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center.

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Contributions Equal To: $4290 U.S. plus Registration Fee


The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel QUEZON was elected president and was tasked with preparing the country for independence after a 10-year transition. In 1942 the islands fell under Japanese occupation during World War II, and US forces and Filipinos fought together during 1944-45 to regain control. On 4 July 1946 the Republic of the Philippines attained its independence. The 7000+ Philippine Islands are located in the  Southeastern Asia archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam. Philippine land area is slightly larger than Arizona while the population is more than 97 million people. The Philippines is over 80% Roman Catholic. The main languages are Tagolog in the north (Luzon) and Cebuano in the Southern islands including Mindanao.


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  1. oh, sorry. for the gloves i meant, do we bring them ourselves or are they issued?

  2. are scrubs allowed as construction pants? and in the General Fact Sheet thing it says gloves are issued, but gloves are on the work packing list. which one is it?

    • As stated in the literature, scrubs are not allowed. Gloves will be issued, but you might want to bring another pair.

  3. thnx i found it!

  4. Where can I find the “work team” packing list? Was it sent to me in the mail? Or is it on the website?

  5. Are faded jeans aloud as work pants??????

    • Yes, faded jeans may be work pants. Also, your tee-shirts can have things on them, but it cannot be offensive, etc.

  6. Hi there,
    I just wanted to ask that everyone on my team and that all my leaders will please pray for me. I have been accepted to go on the team this summer and I’ve been working really hard to raise the funds but they just aren’t coming. Please pray that I’ll get the funds I need, I really feel God is calling me to go here this summer. Thanks everyone and I hope that I’ll get to see all of you in 3 short weeks.
    God Bless <3
    Until Boot Camp… Jessika

  7. Mercedies Bennett

    Is it too late to go on a missions trip over there?? Because I have been wanting to go on one for a while now!

    • You can apply online. You will need to include $55 registration fee and 1/2 of the project expense. We will have to see if we can still get seats on the airlines.

  8. I just wanted to know if this team is a work team or an evangelism team?

  9. Is the construction work vigorous? you see… I’m not very good knowing what to do (my father says i have no initiative), i always have to ask and apparently it gets a tad bit annoying. i love acting and would really enjoy the people part, but the construction is not really my thing… is there another trip like this that is more centered around teaching the people?

    • The construction can be vigorous, but we will not ask you to do anything that you are not capable of doing. From what you write, this may be good for you. You will be out of your “comfort zone” and will have to depend on the Lord more than yourself. Yes, there are other teams with less construction (i.e. Hong Kong, etc.). But you need to really pray and make sure your motives are in line with what the Lord wants you to do.

  10. okay thanks!

  11. in case i can’t find you my pic is of me (im blonde) looking sideways into the distance with a stormyish sky behind me.
    and anyone can/should add me if possible
    thanks <3
    and ill look for all of you

  12. hey my construction dvd was a blank dvd lol. sooo should i send it back? or could you just send me a new one?

  13. Will this trip be up for next year? I really really really want to go, but im busy this summer and dont think i’d have enough time to raise money either.

  14. Yeah, if u guys can’t find me my profile pic is of me holding a camera taking a pic of myself in a mirror, so u can’t really see my face

  15. Okay, so I tried both Jessika Adam and Larissa Clark on FB. But it turns out that there are multiple people with the same name! 🙂 My name is Morgan Hansen, my profile picture is of short houses with the sun shinning in the right side of the picture.

  16. I’d love to be friends with you guys on FB! Jessika, I tried looking you up but couldn’t find you though so do u maybe want to try to look me up? I really want to get to know you guys before boot camp too 🙂

  17. May I also do this? I am signed up to go as well and would love to get to know some of my team-mates before Boot Camp!

  18. Hey Larissa,
    since you’ve signed up to go this summer will you add me on FB so that i can get to know you a little better before we go. Once you’ve added me i can give you some names of other kids on our team as well so you can all get to know each other

  19. I’m signed up and I can’t wait!

  20. I’m going to keep praying about it, but I really think I’m going to sign up 🙂

  21. This sounds like an amazing opportunity! Is it too late to sign up?

  22. Kay thanks for the heads up

  23. I have a question about once we arrive in the Philippines. What time do you think we will have to wake up..approximately? Cause if were going to be waking up at like 5 I’m gonna need to mentally prepare myself before we ;D

    • Start preparing…It depends on daylight hours and the schedule, but wake-up is usually around 5:30 (which is wake-up at Boot Camp).

  24. Hello, I was on the teen missions team to Australia 2009 and I felt like there was not much evangelism there. How can I KNOW that I will not be going to the Phillippines just to build(although that is a great way to show God’s love) but to evangelize one on one with the people there? Can somebody help? Thank you! 🙂

    • I am sorry that you did not feel there was much evangelism opportunities in Australia. But being able to minister in public schools is a BIG opportunity. There should be a lot of evangelistic opportunities in the Philippines. We cannot “promise” anything specific. However, you will probably team up with the students in doing some of their ministry. In addition, anytime there is a group of Americans/Canadians, that will be a BIG draw, especially for the children in the area.

  25. I missed boot camp

  26. Camera suggestions: You may wish to bring a less expensive digital camera, in case something happens to it. Disposable batteries are good, get the 7x times longer ones, they really do last a long time! (that means less weight in your luggage), remember to bring a big enough memory card, I have also seen solar rechargers used.

  27. Thanks for the info, I think just to be on the safe side ill get a camera that takes batteries. On a different note, if anyone has signed up for the Philipenes teen and been accepted, could you add me on FaceBook? I really want to get to know all my team members before I go. My Facebook name is Jessika Twitch, or just type is [email protected] in the search box. Thanks!

  28. umm… i really want to do this but my family doesnt have enough money and i dont know how to sign up if they did so i dont know what to do… can someone help please?

    • You can register as long as you have the $30 registration fee. We will send you prayer cards and letters to help you raise your support. You will send those to people in your church, friends and family. It is amazing to see how God will provide your EVERY need is that is what He has for you to do this summer!

  29. the dangerous place are Mindanao & Manila.
    pls don’t go to mindanao.
    we are still praying to invade that place by the Holy Spirit.
    Better pray for the place before you go , just an advice

  30. FYI: bohol is one of the safest place, I am a pilipino. the dangerous place are Manila (lots of lots of theaves even the taxi , etc…, Cebu is the nicest place, I lived in Manila some times I go to Cebu.
    Guys becareful when you come to our country. But the place were you are going it’s a good place and safe.
    we used 220V if you are planning to bring your electronic equipments, and pls bring mosquito repellant very important lots of lots of mosquitos here in philippines.
    God bless you & be with always. I will include your teams in my prayer.

  31. i have a question about the Philippines itself…my camera’s battery charges through a wall plug in, will there be a place in which i can plug in the charger to charge my camera or do i have to buy a new one that uses throw away batteries??

    • We cannot guarantee that you will be able to plug it in. So, you will either need to buy a couple of batteries that will fit the camera or get another one that takes disposible batteries.

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  33. it says that there will be showers available, but is there plumbing? not that it matters, i’m just curious.

  34. I was considering Papua, Indonesia but it’s not an option on the “2010 Mission Trips” page. Does this mean it’s not happening even though it was in the brochure I got in the mail?

  35. Can I get an email or brochure or something about this trip? This looks like an amazing opportunity. Is it too late to sign up?

  36. How many people are signed up for this team besides me?????

  37. 1) How many people is the max for this journey?
    2) What will the availability of contact home be like?

    • We are putting up to 25 team members on each team. You will be allowed to call home from the airport before you leave the States and once you return to the States. Contact overseas is limited to letters. However, if there is an emergency at home, they can call the office and the office will get in touch with your leaders in the Philippines. If there is an emergency there, the leaders will call your parents and contact the office also.

  38. Would I need to bring spending money? Like for food or souvenirs and all, or is that part of the $4290?

    • You would need to bring spending money. Your food is covered. However, if you want something “extra” (snacks, McDonalds, Starbucks-when available, etc.), you will need to pay for that yourself. Also, you will want to buy souvenirs.

  39. this team looks like so much fun. my best friend,a good friend from school and i have signed up to go, were so EXCITED!!!

  40. I want to register but your registration link isn’t working.

  41. Hey if you have the opportunity to go(meaning freedom to chose) you should because the Lord WILL provide…

  42. Please comment on the safety right now. I hear about massacres and kidnapping on Mindanao right now

    • Please know that TMI will not knowingly send any team into an “unsafe” area. We will switch the team—even at the last minute if things are not stable in a country. One year, there was rioting in Nairobi and we were switched on the day we flew! However, just because things are going on now does not mean that it will be the same in a couple of months. We have a base and staff over in the Philippines and they will keep us informed.

  43. Hey Beth is right…God gave me every penny I needed when I went 5 years ago. It’s a big thing to trust God with, but he’s a pretty big God. He can handle it:)

  44. why are they so expensive!!! i really want to go and help people and learn about culture. and my dad use to live in the refugee camps in palawan.
    darn.. if i had my own money i would go. but i feel bad about using my parents money lol.

    • The majority of the cost is airfare and transportation. You don’t have to use your parents money to go. We supply prayer cards and prayer letters to help you raise your support. You send those out to your friends and relatives. Also, your church may be willing to help you raise the support. If this is what the Lord wants you to do, He will supply your every need!

  45. this looks fun! i wanna go! but i live in IA…

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