Café 1040 wants to make sure that you understand that you play a vital role in the process and that we have no intention of working with your son or daughter without your blessing. We need to know that you understand and agree with what your son or daughter is doing and that you are willing to support them through this process. Because of this, we want to give you a time to interject your thoughts about your son or daughter, ask questions that you might have and answer some of ours. We will do this over a phone call with you and one of our staff. This phone call will take place once your son or daughter has submitted his or her application.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
When will I know which country they are going to?
Once your son or daughter has completed the screening process they will be made aware of the country name. We ask that once you know the country name, for security reasons, that you only let your immediate family members know.
What happens if my son or daughter gets sick?
Should a student become sick or injured, he or she is covered by an individual overseas travel insurance plan. This plan is part of the overall cost for attending the three-month program and will cover medical expenses while overseas, as well as emergency medical evacuation if necessary.
Who conducts the training?
Faculty may include Nationals from the host country, U.S. Seminary graduates, Pastors or multi-national missionaries. An elite staff of cross-cultural professionals and/or adventurers will conduct field training. All professionals are employed by Café 1040 and are NOT part of any state-run University. The classes and classrooms are privately held and are not part of a sponsor organization or educational institution.
What about safety? Isn't that part of the world hostile towards Christians?
The country that students will go to for training, although within the 10/40 Window, constitutionally allows for the practice of religious freedoms. It is an ally of the United States and is visited by U.S. Tourists.
Taking the gospel into closed countries is risky and sometimes dangerous. Part of a student's training will include best methods for flight evacuation is case a situation should arise.
Where did the name Café 1040 come from?
1040 refers to the 10/40 Window; the area between 10 degrees and 40 degrees north of the equator which represents the largest population of non-Christians in the world.
Café 1040 is a creative title given to capture the social environment common among college students. Coffee shops and cafes have grown in popularity as a "classroom outside the classroom", where people of various backgrounds can go to read, exchange ideas and establish relationships. So, Café 1040 is not a real coffee shop, but rather, a virtually based ministry designed to prepare students for the mission field by using relevant, real-world environments.
How will my son or daughter keep in contact?
During the three months overseas, the students are required to contact their supporters and friends/family four times. They will do this by sending out ministry updates of their time overseas. They will not, however, be allowed to use the phone. If a family emergency arises and you have to contact your son or daughter, you will need to contact Café 1040, and we will notify our overseas staff that your son or daughter needs to contact you.
Info about course & internship credit
Café 1040 is actively pursuing partnerships with domestic universities and colleges so that students may obtain course credit and internship credit. While it is our longterm objective to be approved for credit by an accrediting institution, for now each situation is evaluated on a case-bycase basis by each student's individual university.
If you have applied for Café 1040's three-month training program and would like to further inquire about possible course credit, we are pleased to provide informational materials to your institution and to speak to the appropriate contacts. Your student mentor will be happy to help with this.
As a preliminary step, we have provided a summary of the Course Curriculum that you will be using overseas. You can use this in several ways to begin your process:
- Read through the Course Curriculum
- Find out if your school or program offers internship or practicum opportunities
- If you cannot get internship or practicum credit for our program, use the Course Curriculum to present to your Dean or Registrar's Office for individual course credits.
Summary Hours Info
Read Course Curriculum below or Download Course Curriculum.
12-14 Week Missions Internship and Training Program
The Café 1040 experience is based on the premise that God is raising up a generation of globally minded students with an amazing passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to train and equip a part of this generation to fulfill it's calling - to take the Gospel to the unreached world. We believe that the best way to accomplish this is by taking them inside the unreached world for training.
We conduct this training over one semester in North Africa or South East Asia. While there, students will take classes in language, history and culture, technology, and Islam or Buddhism, allowing them to see and experience the culture first-hand. The classroom training is designed to amplify the practical experience the students receive during excursions into different areas of North Africa or South East Asia, which expose them to the various people groups in various regions of the country that they are studying.
The ultimate goal is to allow students to prove to themselves that they have the ability to follow God's calling… wherever it may be.
Our partnership with highly respected language schools ensures that our students receive the best available dialectic language training from quality, local instructors using a time proven program. The first three weeks of class introduce students to the local dialect and give them the skills to interact with the people among whom they live. After the first three weeks of intensive study, students will be placed in a local home for a "Home-Stay," where they will live for a week isolated from English speaking people for intense language immersion. On their return from the Home-Stay, they will continue in their classroom study of reading, writing, speaking, and listening to the language. Students will practice their new language on a daily basis, and in a wide variety of cultural settings. Upon completion, students will have a strong ability to greet, give and receive blessings, ask and give directions, order meals and be gracious guests in any national's home.
Language Class Modules: 69 classroom hours
- Exploring the Language – 6 class periods [9 hours]
- Home-Stay – 6 days, 5 nights
- Basic Language 1 – 40 class periods [60 hours]
Understanding Islam or Buddhism
In this course, students will learn about the beliefs and practices of Islam or Buddhism, and the effect of these growing religions on world culture. A significant part of the learning process will be living inside the culture and experiencing the impact of these religions on the daily lives of the people. Introduction to the Holy Books will be side-by-side with Bible teaching, giving special emphasis on common Old Testament prophets.
Understanding Islam or Buddhism Class Modules: 12 classroom hours/9 lab hours
- Understanding Islam/Buddhism – 8 class periods [12 hours]
- Mosque or Temple Visits – 2 lab periods [6 hours]
- Field Trip to Holy Site [3 hours]
History and Culture
More than text book learning! Students will learn the history of the local people and understand the historical context and mindset of the modern Arab or Asian. From the time of Abraham to today, students will learn while living in the historic lands they are studying. This course covers the life of significant Islamic and Buddhist figures, the history of their holy books, and the cultural and religious context for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It also exposes the students to the rich history of the Arab or Asian people and the land they live in. Outside of the classroom, students will experience the living history of their country by traveling throughout the host nation, and interacting with the contemporary culture.
History and Culture Class Modules: 34 classroom hours
- History and Culture – 17 class periods [34 hours]
- 4 Excursions to various topographies and people groups
This course is designed as a three-part training environment to enhance spiritual growth and develop relational and leadership skills among the students. In the Spiritual Growth module, students will grow in their relationship with Christ and develop ministry skills by learning and exercising the disciplines of a Christian walk. The Relational Development module will develop strong relational skills within the team and remove obstacles to effective ministry created by interpersonal difficulties. The Leadership and Teamwork module will enable the students to identify team member skills and talents and utilize these resources to maximum advantage. Leadership skills will be developed in all phases of the overseas experience as students are placed in various team leader and team member roles.
Leadership Development Modules: 21 classroom hours/9 lab hours
- Spiritual Development – 6 class periods [9 hours]
- Relational Development – 4 class periods [6 hours]
- Leadership and Teamwork – 4 classes [6 hours]
- Leadership Practical Application – 3 lab excursions [9 hours]
- Weekly Group Bible Study
- Daily Quiet Time and Team Prayer Time
This course is designed to provide the students with the practical skills required to use technology advantageously in the overseas environment. Focus will be on effective web and phone security, computer networking, and communicating with their stateside team. The students will learn through hands-on training, photo and video composition and editing, and will write periodic web-updates to share their overseas experience with friends and family. The many facets of the host nation will become the students' palate for an amazing online scrapbook.
Field Technology Modules: 15 classroom hours/15 lab hours
- Technology Workshop – 10 class periods [15 hours]
- Photo Composition
- Video Composition
- Video Editing
- Writing Effective Updates – 5 lab periods [15 hours]
- Weekly Open Computer Lab – 10 lab periods [15 hours]
This course is composed of four modules designed to equip the students for field operations within the various topographies of their host country. The students will learn route planning and navigation, travel methodologies, and basic survival skills such as water purification, locating food, and field sanitation. In the Emergency Actions module, the students will gain a solid working knowledge of appropriate actions in emergency situations. This training helps to remove the fear barriers that often hinder team effectiveness and mission accomplishment, and is specifically tailored to provide a safety margin for the various excursions that the students will encounter during their overseas experience. The students will acquire a basic skill set that will enable them to live and work in uncertain surroundings while maintaining the security of themselves and others.
Field Skill Modules: 30 classroom hours/15 lab hours
The richest part of the Café 1040 experience will be provided to the students by the host nation itself, as the students live and study in total cultural immersion. This course is designed to orient the students to cultural differences, and to give them a deeper understanding of the practices and customs of the people in an experiential setting. Students will be taught to develop an understanding of where we get our values from, what our values are, the cultural values others live by, the misunderstandings they cause, as well as issues associated with reading and misreading nonverbal communication. This module is based around dialogues, case studies, and video case study.
Cross-Cultural Living Modules: 15 classroom hours
- Daily Living – 4 class periods [6 hours
- Cultural Interaction – 4 class periods [6 hours]
This course includes fitness training to enable the students to conduct long hikes and other strenuous physical activity in the city, mountains, jungles, coastal areas, and desert. The Fitness Training module will enable the students to design their own fitness programs that do not require a gym or fitness center, and will encourage the students to enter a lifestyle of health and fitness that will provide lifelong benefits.
Fitness Training Module: 30 lab hours/ 6 classroom hours
- Fitness Training – 4 class periods [6 hours]
- Daily Fitness Training Period [30 lab hours]
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College Credit FAQs
What type of course credit or internship credit can I get throug my school?
There are three types of credit that you could apply for at your school: as an internship, practicum, or field experience; as independent study hours towards your major; or applied towards electives or basic courses from various departments.
What are the steps I need to take to get course credit or internship credit?
- Print or save a copy of the course descriptions for evaluation.
- If you attend a private school, you will need to speak to your advising professor or dean. If you attend a public university, you will need to speak to the Registars office about who is responsible for granting credit hours at your school.
- Working with your advisor, dean, or registrar, determine the amount and kind of credit hours that you have left towards your degree. This will help determine what type of credit you should apply to receive.
- Finally, provide your advisor, dean or registrar with a copy of the Course Curriculum for evaluation.
Not every college or university will grant credit for participation in our overseas program.
Does it matter what my major is?
Not entirely. Some majors will have an easier time gaining credit than others, but there is always room for options. For example, Intercultural Studies, Theology or Missions majors may find that they are easily able to see practical application towards their fields. However Business majors, Technology or Video majors, Sports and Recreation majors and Communication majors could also find that their degrees fit well with the content of our program. Even if you are a Math major or a Music major there may be options for you!
What if I am already a junior or senior and have taken most of the classes that I need?
Most juniors or seniors may still need an internship (or your degree may allow one, even though it is not required). This is usually the best option for seniors. If you are a junior, and you still have some language, physical education, leadership, communication, or technology courses to complete, sometimes these can be fulfilled through Café 1040.
Who do I need to talk to at my school about college credit?
If you are at a private college or university, usually the dean of your department or your advising professor can help you. If you are at a large public university, you will probably need to start with your departmental advisor, but will eventually need to seek credit through the Registrar's office.
How much credit will I receive?
The amount of credit that you can receive depends on many factors. Most internships offer between 3-12 hours of credit, this will be dependent on your school's requirements. By obtaining permission to use Café 1040 as an independent study option for individual courses, you might obtain as many classes as your professors will approve. For example, if five separate professors approved five separate class options (physical education, language, photography, interpersonal communication, and History of Islam), you could potentially gain credits for each course through independent study.
What work will I have to complete to get credit?
Your individual professors will determine the work that you will need to complete in addition to the requirements of Café 1040's program. For internships or practicums, often you will need to complete a paper or turn in a weekly mentoring evaluation. Café 1040 is happy to make sure that our program works within your requirements. For specific courses that you complete through independent study, keep in mind that there are some restrictions to what we can allow. We cannot allow you to take any books overseas which might not be allowed by that country's government (Missions or Evangelism textbooks, for example). Also, you will have limited time and limited access to the internet in order to complete tests or to study while you are overseas. There is some time - just not a lot!
Who can help me at Café 1040 if I have more questions?
Please contact us if you have any more questions or need some help!