Questions for Students
Where do you go?
For security reasons we can’t tell you the countries where we are located until you are committed to a team and have begun the prefield mentoring process, approximately 3 months prior to your departure. However, we can tell you that we have bases in North Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.
How much does it cost?
Since most missions organizations use a process called deputation or support raising to fund their mission effort, we train you how to do that to cover program costs. Our staff will teach you how to raise a support team and mentor you through the support raising process. Spring and fall teams will raise $7500, while the summer teams will raise $8000. These funds cover everything from airplane tickets and insurance to housing and meals. It does not include personal spending money for souvenirs, snacks, and coffee.
How many people go?
We take a maximum of 15 people at a time to each base.
Who will be overseas with us?
Cafe 1040 has full-time staff that live and work overseas. Their entire job is to mentor you. They will meet you at the airport and will be with you throughout your entire experience. We also work with multi-national missionaries, cross-cultural professors, and national believers who will spend time getting to know you and your heart for the nations.
Can I get college credit?
Yes, it is possible to receive college credit depending on the institution you are attending. If you are interested in receiving college credit, let us know and we will walk you through that process.
What does a typical day look like overseas?
You are in the classroom 40% and have field training 60% most days, although each day is different. The staff will teach you valuable overseas skills, such as language learning, history, culture, technology and then you will have the chance to use them. You will also spend time learning about people groups and how to bridge the story of Jesus in various contexts and then spend time with those people or in those places. You will have the opportunity to build friendships and have free time specifically for that purpose. You might spend some days in the desert or jungle, some days hiking in the mountains or on the coast, and every day living among an unreached people group.
Can married couples go together?
Yes, we encourage married couples who have been married for at least one year. If you are married, you will have housing together overseas.
Can my boyfriend/girlfriend go at the same time?
Dating couples can go during the same semester, however, they cannot go to the same location. In many of the cultures that you will be visiting, the practice of dating is culturally unaccepted.
When should I begin my application?
We strongly recommend that you begin your application as soon as possible for a Summer semester and at least 4-5 months early for a Spring or Fall semester.
Is there an application fee?
No, there is no fee to apply for Cafe 1040’s mentorship.
How will I know if my application has been accepted?
You will be contacted by one of our staff as soon as the screening process (personal and parent interviews) has been completed to let you know if you have been accepted to our program.
What happens after I begin my application?
After you are contacted by one of our mentors, they will spend time talking with you about your application, connecting with your parents, pastor, and other people of influence in your life, and mentoring you through the process of going overseas.
Is it safe?
Cafe 1040 operates in countries that constitutionally allow for the practice of religious freedom. They are allies of the United States and are visited by U.S. Tourists. Further, because we are an experiential and training ministry and not a missions sending organization, part of your experience will be to learn how the gospel can be taken into risky and sometimes dangerous areas. Part of your training will also include best methods for flight and evacuation in case a situation should arise.
Should you become sick or injured, you are 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.
Questions for Parents
When will I know which country my child is going to?
Once your child has completed the screening process, they will be made aware of the country name. For security reasons, we ask that once you know the country name, you only let your immediate family members know.
What happens if my child gets sick?
Should your child 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 will mentor my child overseas?
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 Cafe 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.
Will my child be safe?
Our bases are located within countries that constitutionally allow for the practice of religious freedoms. They are allies of the United States and are visited by U.S. Tourists.
While taking the gospel into closed countries is risky and sometimes dangerous, part of a student’s training will include best methods for flight evacuation in case a situation should arise.
How will my child keep in contact with me?
During the three months overseas, your child is required to contact their supporters and friends and 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 child, you will need to contact Cafe 1040, and we will notify our overseas staff that your child needs to contact you.