Philadelphia, USA


Our mission partner, located in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia, is a holistic ministry-- passionate about loving the whole person. One way they accomplish this is by utilizing short term teams to meet people's physical, spiritual, emotional, and social needs. Teenagers are encouraged to share the love of God through their actions and words. Our mission partner exists to meet the needs of their community through free home repair, preschool, after-school childcare, and participation with local churches to run day camps and other outreach ministries. Philadelphia is home for their ministry and they serve here year-round. 

As an urban ministry, their hope is to broaden youth's understanding of urban America and global missions, realizing that over half of the world's people live in cities. They approach these ideas from a Biblical perspective and believe they are important for the lives of teenagers everywhere. 

The community they serve, Roxborough, is a multi-cultural neighborhood that has an equally diverse representation of age, ethnicity, economic status, as well as residential and commercial buildings. At the project, you will have the opportunity to explore your understanding of God's heart for others as you physically offer hope and healing to a community in need and challenged each day in your faith as you worship and reflect. 

What will my team be doing? Serving in the neighborhood of Roxborough, Philadelphia you will offer hope and restoration to the community through physical labor such as light construction and house repair projects as well as relational outreach through Day Camp ministry in conjunction with the local church. Each night, gather together as a team for worship, teaching, and discussion.

What does my cost* include?
• Housing (except pillow, linens, towel)
• Meals 
• T-Shirt
• Pre-Trip Training Manual
• Pre, During, and Post-trip Devotionals

*Cost increases to $375 after December 1. Group must pay $75 per person deposits before December 1st to lock in $350 rate.

Airfare or travel to Philadelphia is not included in this cost, but Servant Life does offer to book all airfare reservations. Teams are also responsible for their own transportation in and around Philadelphia. If you have more questions, don't hesitate to contact us

The city of Philadelphia is most known for the history it holds in the United States. At the time of the American Revolution, Philadelphia was the largest and most important city in America. You may hear of Philadelphia for being the city where the Declaration of Indepence was signed or the Constitution written or the birthplace of the Philly Cheesesteak. Their most famous citizen was Benjamin Franklin and the First and Second Continental Congress were both held there. Home to Independence Hall, the Libery Bell, and Betsy Ross' home, Philadelphia holds many museums and places to visit or sight-see. Add to your sight-seeing list Reading Terminal Market, the longest running farmer's market in the nation.

But for all of their fame, there are other things you may not know about this historical city. In Philadelphia, or "Philly", you can find America's oldest Zoo and first hospital. They were also the first to have general computer use in 1946 (it weighed 27 lbs!) and has the largest collection of sculptor work outside of Paris. Philadelphia is a city of many nicknames including (but not limited to) Philly, City of Brotherly Love, Birthplace of America, Quaker City, and more. 

The capital of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg. Harrisburg is located about two hours from Philadelphia. 

Servant Life makes every effort to keep our teams safe during their entire experience with us. You help us by using traveler’s common sense. Staying in groups, not flaunting or bringing expensive jewelry, watches, or electronics, being aware of your surroundings, and not leaving bags unattended are all encouraged practices.

Take along all prescription medicines needed for your trip in their original prescription container.

Official Name: Philadelphia, PA

Passport/Visa Requirements: None

Population: around 1.57 million

Time Zone: Eastern (EST)

Philadelphia, PA uses the U.S. Dollar. 

Generally, Pennsylvania experiences all four seasons, with warm summers and cold winters. Summer generally brings more humid air with warm temperatures in the upper 80's. 

Teams are responsible for their own transportation in regards to getting to Philadelphia and during the week of ministry in Philadelphia.

Teams wanting to fly to Philadelphia can contact Servant Life for help booking airfare.

Travel is facilitated by many major interstates as it is a "Center City" among a cluster of other major Northeast US cities like Washington D.C. and New York City. 

Local public transportation in the Philadelphia area is provided by the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) which uses buses, rapid transit, commuter rail, trolleys, and the Philadelphia trackless trolley (trolleybus) system.

Frequently Asked Questions

Servant Life has missions opportunities in Cuba, El Salvador, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Uganda, Kenya, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, United Kingdom, East Asia, Dominican Republic, Houston, Dallas, New York City, Memphis, St. Louis, Montreal, and Toronto Canada.

Who Can Go
For groups serving in Philadelphia, it is recommended that participants be at least 12 years of age. If you have participants younger than this, please give us a call as this is something we evaluate on a case by case basis.

Trip Cost
Servant Life trips are priced at a BASE COST PLUS AIRFARE. The base cost varies per country and can be found by clicking on the link for a trip.

Airfare Information
Servant Life will book all airfare through our travel agency. Everyone on your team must travel together. We book group airline tickets and cannot accommodate special requests for different individual flights. Due to commitments to our missionaries to have groups there on set dates, trip dates are not flexible. Once a ticket has been purchased in your name, it must be paid for regardless of circumstances. All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Servant Life works with missionary partners in each country/ city. Your team will be helping our missionary partner with various needs, and exact details may vary from trip to trip. Specific details for each missions experience can be found by clicking on the trip's link.

Once You Register
Shortly after you register, you will receive an email from the Servant Life team with forms your group needs to fill out. These forms, along with a deposit of $75 per person, are due by November 1. If you register after November 1, the forms and a deposit of $75 per person are due within 30 days of registering. A registration is not complete until we have received your deposit. Registrations cannot be held beyond 30 days if the deposit has not been received.

Parent FAQs

Will my child serve alone or as part of a team?

Your child will be part of a Servant Life team, which can be made up of groups and/or individual participants. If your child is registering alone, he or she will join the team at a domestic or international airport, and stay and work with them for the remainder of the trip.

What kind of supervision will my child have?

Servant Life teams are led by our in-country or city ministry partners. This partner serves as the host and leader for the team from the time they land in-country at the airport until they depart at the end of the mission experience.

How safe are these trips?

Servant Life makes every effort to keep your child safe during their entire experience with us. We visit every location before sending a group, and work with partners in the country who are familiar with the area we will be staying in and working in. We research and plan the safest places for your student to eat, stay, work and play.

Who will the teams work with?

All teams work with established Servant Life ministry partners. These are either missionaries or ministry leaders who have a history of service in the country and programs that fit with the mission of Servant Life. To read more about our ministry partners, click here.

Who do I call in case of emergency while my child is traveling?

All Servant Life participants will be given a list with emergency contact information and numbers. This list includes the contact information for Servant Life, as well as our ministry partner serving on the field with your child. If an emergency arises where you need to reach your child, please contact Servant Life first, and we will work closely with you to reach your child.

Will my child be able to call home and email while on the field?

Access to phone calls and email may be limited, and varies from location to location. As your child's trip approaches, more information will be given on phone and internet availability for that specific trip. In the event of an emergency, Servant Life will contact parents immediately. So remember that no news is good news!

We have a frequent flyer program. Can we use those miles to cover my child's ticket?

Possibly. We cannot guarantee which airline each team will use, as we are watching for competitive pricing and schedules. Please contact Servant Life if you are interested in learning more about using frequent flyer miles on a mission trip.

When should my child apply for a passport?

Your child should apply for a passport immediately after registering for a Servant Life mission trip. Passports can take up to 8 weeks to arrive. Costs related to obtaining a passport are the responsibility of the participant.

Will my child receive any training?

Servant Life will send a preparation manual filled with detailed information regarding your child's mission trip. Hands-on training will take place with the ministry partner once the team arrives at their destination.

What is not covered in my child's trip cost?

The only expenses not covered in your child's trip cost are meals in airports on travel days, any souvenirs or snacks that your child may wish to purchase while in the city. 

Are there scholarships available for my child?

Servant Life does not offer scholarships. If needed, we encourage participants to raise support through fundraising efforts such as church partnership and personal support letters.

For information regarding Servant Life's financial guidelines, please Click here.

Financial Guide

Servant Life is committed to providing a quality mission experience at the lowest possible price. Our goal is not to entertain, but rather to bring the teachings of Scripture to life.

The cost of the mission experience includes in-country costs, such as:
• In-country transportation
• Housing
• Meals
• Sponsoring local students to attend camp
• T-Shirt
• Pre-Trip Training Manual

Costs not covered in base cost of the trip include:
• Airfare
• Immunization Shots
• Snacks
• Souvenirs
• Personal expenses while traveling, including meals in airports
• Any additional costs associated with the trip before you arrive and after you leave

Financial Guidelines

Deposits of $75 per person are due November 1. If you register after November 1, a deposit of $75 per person is due within 30 days of registration.

Deposits are non-refundable.

Servant Life will secure all airline transportation through our travel agent to insure teams arrive together. Once your group is in place, let us know as soon as possible so we can secure your tickets at the lowest possible rate.

You are responsible for the payment of any purchased tickets. Once a ticket is purchased, payment for that ticket must be in our office within 5 business days.

All tickets must be secured and paid in full 60 days before departure. Payments for airfare must be made via check. We cannot accept credit card payments for airfare purchases.

Summer Missions Payments:
The first payment, which is half of the base cost, is due March 1.

The second payment, which is the balance of the trip cost, is due in the Servant Life office no later than 35 days before departure. If your final balance is not received by 35 days out, a $100 late fee may be applied.

PLEASE NOTE: All checks and money orders must be made out to SERVANT LIFE. Please mail all payments and donations to PO Box 36307, Birmingham, AL 35236.

* Dates and locations are subject to change