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International Programs

Approval Process


Educators desiring to lead a group of students on an international travel experience (apart from cross-cultural courses, which are addressed beginning on p. 12) should contact the appropriate Program Coordinator to begin the request and approval process using the Educator Group Request Form located on p. 13.

The deadlines for requesting new educator-led international travel opportunities (or new partner organizations for these opportunities) are as follows:









Collaboratory site teams

School of Science,


and Health

Collaboratory Manager

Rodney Green

Fall Break

(Summer teams)
Spring Break

(J- Term teams)






Collaboratory site teams

School of Science,


and Health

Collaboratory Manager

Rodney Green

Fall Break (Summer teams)Spring Break (J-Term teams)


Performing Arts

(i.e. Concert Choir)

School of the Arts

Performing Arts Coordinator


Amanda Heim

November 1st


Service Teams

Agape Center

Director of the Agape Center

Chad Frey

October 1st (for Summer teams)

Sports service teams


Athletics Recruitment


Aaron Faro

October 1st


From time to time, non-College personnel may accompany international travel opportunities.  Any non-College personnel accompanying groups or students on international travel must abide by the requirements set forth in the Policy Regarding Non-College Personnel Accompanying International Travel at Messiah College (see p. 20).


Any non-employee accompanying Messiah students on international travel must complete the following steps at least six months prior to travel departure:

  • Complete the following forms and submit to the Office of Human Resources (Box 3015):
    • Volunteer Profile Form (Attachment H, p. 39);
    • Consent for Volunteer Reference and Background Checks (Attachment I, p. 40);
  • Messiah College will complete the necessary background checks or will accept background checks that have been completed within the past year;
  • Program Coordinators and Educator Leaders may need to make alternate plans in the event that a background check comes back with concerning results.


Questions regarding non-College personnel can be directed to Faith Minnich, Director of International Programs, or 717.796.1800 x7373.