Frequently Asked Questions

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What is MBI (Mission Builders International)?

MBI is a service-oriented ministry branch of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) dedicated to “lifting up the arms” of long-term, frontline missionaries through the help of volunteers just like you.

What is Youth With A Mission (YWAM)?

Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known. Read more about it here.

How did MBI (Mission Builders International) start?

MBI started as a grassroots movement of professionals and general laborers volunteering to help build a YWAM campus in Kona, Hawaii, in 1978. It has since grown into a coordinated international effort to match the skills of short-term volunteers with the needs of Youth With A Mission ministries around the globe.

What do volunteers do?

YWAM campuses around the world need volunteer help in every facet of ministry life. Skilled professionals who volunteer may assist with such things as strategic planning, training leaders or teaching agricultural or business principles. More often, however, volunteers assist with more routine tasks such as auto maintenance and repair, construction, childcare, office work, kitchen and food services, sewing, painting, hospitality, grounds upkeep, general maintenance and much more.

Who can go?

Anyone who has a heart to serve is eligible to volunteer as a mission builder!  MBI places individuals, teams, singles, couples and families (those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian). We also recruit volunteers from around the world.

Where can I go?

Youth With A Mission has over 1200 operating locations worldwide. Volunteers choose the region of the world in which they would like to serve, and we help them find a placement in that region. Note: You must be able to travel to the nation you choose on a tourist visa without any special letters of invitation, as short-term volunteers don’t qualify for other types of visas.

How much does it cost?

Each volunteer is responsible to raise the necessary funds to travel to the ministry location they choose and pay for whatever expenses are incurred during their stay. Note: All who work with MBI (Mission Builders International) are volunteers, from those who work full time in the office to those who go on field assignments. As with all ministries of Youth With A Mission, there are no paid staff positions with MBI.

How do I get started?

We’d love to help you get where you’d like to go and serve. When you’re ready,  feel free to Contact Us . Be sure to explore all the possibilities on our website and follow us on our YWAM Mission Builders International Facebook page. More questions? Email us at or call 1.406.844.2683.

What Should I Take?

Click here for a printable list:  Travel Checklist – MBI