Each year students from Briarcrest serve Jesus Christ by serving others on mission trips.

Each year, Briarcrest High School partners with Orphanos Foundation of Memphis in our trip to Quito, Ecuador. While in Ecuador, we work with a local school, Montebello Academy. Our students and teacher leaders serve the community through various ministry opportunities. One of the highlights of this trip is facilitating vacation bible schools to local children in a community near the site of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot is evangelization of the Huaorani people in "Operation Auca".

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How much does a trip cost?

    The cost of each trip is different. Please check the application section for cost of each trip.
  • Q: How do I pay for the cost?

    Many students will solicit funds from extended families, church members, and friends. You can also work jobs to help offset the cost as well as participate in our fund-raising opportunities.
  • Q: How will I know how much support I have raised?

    Throughout the months leading up to the trip, you will receive a printout which will contain the total funds raised as well as the names of those that have donated.
  • Q: What can I wear on the trip?

    Guidelines for dress are given in the mission trip manual. Specifically, we will adhere to the culture of those we are serving and will be respectful of their customs. Modesty is a given.
  • Q: During the trip, will I be able to communicate with my child?

    Yes! Each trip leader will have contact names and phone numbers. We also encourage our students to call home throughout the week. Oftentimes, the destinations do not allow for such communication, so you will need to ask your trip leader.
  • Q: What type of commitment is required to make this trip?

    • Fill out application and pay deposit
    • Parent (at least one) must attend the parent meeting
    • Participate in Dodge ball tournament
    • Each team member will sign up for different responsibilities preparing for the trip
    • Make 4 of the 5 team meetings during activity period
    • Participate in the packing party
    • A consistent prayer life concerning the trip
  • Q: What do I need to pack for the trip?

    Each trip has a different packing list based on the location and timing of the trip. Consult your trip leader for the specific packing list.
  • Q: What types of shots or vaccinations are required for the trip?

    We consult the Center for Disease Control which maintains an updated list. Oftentimes the organization that we are visiting will suggest specific vaccinations, about which we will keep you informed.
  • Q: What will we be doing on the trip?

    As the trip draws near, a detailed itinerary will be available through your trip leader.
  • Q: Do I need a passport?

    If you are traveling out of the country, a passport is required. The BCS Mission Manual contains the location and addresses of local passport agencies. If you do not have a passport, please apply early.
  • Q: How many suitcases can I bring with me?

    Because we will typically bring one suitcase of donated items per team member, you are allowed to bring one carry-on bag and one check-in suitcase.
  • Q: How much money should I bring?

    The trip leader will give you the recommended amount based on the location of the travel. In general, the only money necessary will be for souvenirs.
  • Q: Will my child be supervised?

    Typically we try to keep the adult-to-student ratio less than 1 to 6. Oftentimes, the organization we are visiting has a minimum ratio that we need to meet in order to participate.