2017 GUP Participants

Welcome to the Office of Christian Outreach and Global Urban Perspectives. We are excited to have you! You can check this page periodically to see information about upcoming events, download forms, and reference orientation dates. If you have any questions, please stop by the OCO or email our Assistant Director, Matt Vega.


Kick-Off Workshop:

We will be leaving for Kick-Off Workshop on Friday, January 13th at 5:45 pm and returning to campus on Sunday, January 15th, late evening. Everyone will need to meet outside of the SRC with bags packed, ready to go at 4:45pm. This workshop is mandatory. The packing list for this workshop can be found below. Be sure to bring warm clothes and shoes, there is bound to be snow!

Kick-Off Workshop Packing List (PDF) 

Orientation Schedule:

During the Spring semester you will have 12 orientation sessions. Some will be as a large group, including the other OCO Summer Ministries, and some will be just GUP. Large group meetings will be held in the Phelps Room and GUP meetings will be held in the Chicago Room.


Every participant is required to take part in fundraising. The fundraisers you will participate in for the OCO include the following: sending out 75 prayer letters to friends, family, and your church; working in two Community Work Days (Spring 2017 and Fall 2017), prepare finals week fruit baskets, and baking half birthday cakes. The total program cost for an international GUP trip is around $5,000 and for a domestic trip the cost is around $3,500.

Towards this total program cost, each student is required to pay an individual contribution which is not tax-deductible. If you are traveling domestically, your total individual contribution is $900 and if you are traveling internationally your total individual contribution is $1,500.

At our first meeting in December, each participant will be required to pay a portion of their individual contribution in the form of a deposit. The deposit is $300. These funds are non refundable. Funds for the individual contributions can only be paid out of pocket by the student, their friends or family, or through Servathon (an optional fundraiser we offer). ALL INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION FUNDS ARE NOT TAX-DEDUCTIBLE and funds from other OCO fundraisers cannot go towards this cost. We use our other fundraisers to make up the difference in the cost between your individual contribution and the actual program costs. If you have any questions about this policy or our fundraising procedures please stop by the OCO and see Matt Vega, Assistant Director, or email him directly at Matthew.vega@wheaton.edu.

In April, the remainder of your individual contribution amount will be charged directly to your student account and MUST BE PAID 48 HOURS BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE.

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Upcoming Events
First Summer Ministry Orientation Session: December 8th, 2016

Prayer letters due to your administrator: January 9th, 2017

Kick-Off Workshop: Lake Geneva, WI, January 13th -15th, 2017

Orientation: Thursday nights at 6:30 PM

2017 Orientation Dates:

January 12th
January 19th
January 26th
February 2nd
February 9th
February 16th
February 23rd
March 2nd
March 16th
March 23rd
March 30th
April 6th
April 20th
April 27th

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