Frequently Asked Questions
Support Letter Samples: Please download the sample letter that corresponds to your Service Project (ISP, USP, or SOS) to your computer, personalize, and send as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval. Go to page 4 of the GREEN Support Raising Packet for step by step Support Letter Approval & Mailing Instructions.
- Support Letter Draft is Due December 8, 2015 by noon
- Support Letters must be mailed out by December 18, 2015 at 4pm
Application Forms: The following forms may be downloaded and saved to your computer by right clicking on the links below. Forms may be emailed to whomever needs to fill them out as attachments and returned to email@example.com. You may also print them from your computer and send them via the post. References and Parent Forms are due on October 10th.
When are applications due? All applications for ISP, USP, and SOS are due Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 11:59pm.
I am a returner, and I'm interested in student leadership. How can I express my interest? There will be a check box on this year's application to express interest in student leadership. To be consider for a student leadership position, you must be a junior or senior and have served on an ISP team. Complete your application for student leadership ASAP as we will be doing these interviews before 10/10.
Do I have to complete my entire online application in one sitting? No, you may complete one section at a time and save your content during multiple log-on sessions; however, you must complete the entire application before submitting it to the Mobilization Office.
Where can I get my passport pictures taken? In the Office of Spiritual Life in Lancer Plaza. Please call 951-343-4818 to schedule an appointment. Passport photos can be paid for in cash only and are $10 for our participants and $15 for non-participants.
If I already have my passport, do I still need to turn in passport photos? No, you do not need to submit additional photos. Please note that you may need to turn in passport photos for a visa after you have been placed on a team.
How do I apply for my passport? Go the US State Department's website. (This link will take you to the Passport Application page.) This process takes about 4 weeks from the time you mail off your passport application until you actually receive your passport, so please do NOT delay in starting the process. While you SHOULD apply for your passport by October 10th, if you have not submitted your passport application by the end of the year, your ISP participation will undergo further review. Please note: You need to be sure to apply for a passport BOOK and not a passport CARD.
How do I renew my passport? Go to the US State Department's website. (This link will take you to the Passport Renewal page.) If your passport has already expired or will expire within 6 months of your travel dates this summer (i.e. by the end of NEXT year), you need to renew your passport.
If I do not receive my passport by October 10th, will you still accept my application? Yes, we will still accept your application. We understand that it takes many weeks from the day you submit your passport application to receive it by mail. The important thing is that you begin the process NOW. Whenever possible, we ask that you submit a copy of the receipt that you received at the passport office when you applied as proof that you have begun the process. Then turn in a scanned color copy of your passport once you receive your passport by mail. A color copy of your passport MUST be on file in the MOB Office by Monday, February 15, 2016 or participation in ISP will be terminated.
Where do I get the Reference Form and Parent / Guardian Advice Form that must be submitted along with my application? Forms are available to download at the top of this page.
If I email a form to someone, do I need to sign the release form? In the event that you send the reference form to someone electronically, you may include your electronic signature.
I am 21-years-old or older; do I have to complete the Parent / Guardian Advice form? Yes. Actually, for legal purposes, even those 18 and older are not required to have a "permission" slip; however, this is not a permission slip. This Advice Form simply helps make sure we are following the Biblical principle of "honoring your mother and father." If you are in a unique situation where you are not able to have a parent or guardian complete this form, please email us.
How will I know that you have received my Reference Forms, Parent Advice Form, and passport copy? If you go to www.calbaptist.edu/go and log-in to view your submitted application, you will see a box titled "Application Status" to the right of your completed application. A check mark will appear in the box next to each step in the application process once you have completed that step. Note: Please allow at least 3 business days for processing.
I have concerns about going. Should I still apply? There are, absolutely, good reasons to not serve on an ISP, USP or SOS team; however, what many students consider dead ends we look at as stop signs. Your concerns are valid, but they should cause you to pause, consider the decision and move forward in one way or another. A concern, be it about raising support, being scared of cultural differences, fear of traveling or anything else should not be a complete reason to not apply. Still have questions? Check out this handout. It may speak to some of your concerns.
I have completed and submitted my online application; how do I sign up for my interview? Interview sign ups will be available online after October 10th. Please note: You will not be permitted to sign up for an interview until you have paid your $20 Interview fee and submitted your completed application. This means that your two reference forms and your parent/guardian advice form MUST be turned in to our office BEFORE you sign up.
When are interviews being conducted? Interviews will be conducted starting October 10th through the end of October.
What do I need to bring to my interview? Primarily, an open and honest heart. Also, please log in into our website and check your application status. Any missing items should be brought to your interview.
When will I know if I have been accepted? You will receive an invitation to our MOB Acceptance party before Thanksgiving.
If accepted, when will I find out what team I am on? Our first required meeting is the Team Reveal on Thursday, December 3rd. During this meeting, you will meet your team leader and teammates. You will also find out where you will be serving this summer. If you absolutely cannot attend this meeting (because of class or work), you need to contact our office in advance to notify us that you will not be there and plan to attend the make-up meeting on Friday, December 4th at 10:00 am or 11:00 am in the Office of Spiritual Life.
Is spring training mandatory? Yes. You must attend your weekly team meeting from 6-9pm on either Monday or Wednesday night. Furthermore, all participants must attend the 48-hour Intensive Training Weekend on February 5-7 (Friday-Sunday). If you are unable to attend, your participation will be subject to further review. More information about our attendance policy will be given at the Team Reveal.
May I get academic credit for serving on a team? Yes, you may opt to take ISP for credit. 10-day USP teams are NOT eligible for academic credit. You must enroll in CST 491 and pay the tuition in addition to the funds required for ISP.
How much do I need to raise to serve on a team? All 3-week ISP teams take place during the summer and cost $3,500. All 10-day USP teams also take place during the summer and cost $2,000.
What do my required funds cover? Your fee covers all of your on-the-field expenses (lodging, food, transportation, ministry supplies), airline ticket, visa, overseas insurance, and training materials. You are personally responsible to pay for your passport and immunizations (since they are good even after your term of service is completed). While on the field, each participant is only required to pay for his or her souvenirs, sight-seeing, and snacks.
When does my money have to be in? To ensure that participants are on track to meet their fundraising goal, the following deadlines have been put into place:
- October 10th - $20 Interview Fee due*
- December 1st - $80 Team Placement Fee due*
- January 14th - $100 Training Fee due*
- February 11th - 40% of funds raised
- March 17th - 70% of funds raised
- May 1st - 100% of funds raised
* Fees are applied toward the total amount each participant is required to raise.
If a participant does not meet a financial deadline for any reason, he or she will be required to meet with a Mobilization staff member to discuss whether or not he or she will be permitted to continue participation in USP, ISP, or SOS.
If I discontinue participation in USP, ISP, or SOS for any reason, will I get my money back? No. All fees and contributions are non-refundable. After the cost of non-refundable travel arrangements and other expenses have been deducted from the total amount a participant has raised, the rest of his or her funds will be equally divided between members of his or her team who still have a balance remaining.
Last Updated 12/04/2015