2014 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 Summer Ministries Coordinator, Kimberly Black.


Kick-Off Workshop:

We will be leaving for Kick-Off Workshop on Friday, January 17th at 5:45 pm and returning to campus on Sunday, January 19th, 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. The Chicago Room is located on the second floor, one flight up from the dining hall, in the Todd M. Beamer Student Center. Below is the orientation schedule from last year so that you can get a taste for what will be covered this year. Our updated schedule will be posted B Quad.

Orientation Schedule 2010-2011 (PDF) 


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, prepare finals 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 $725 and if you are traveling internationally your total individual contribution is $1,325.

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. Each person's deposit amount is $325. 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 Kimberly Black or email her directly at Kimberly.Black@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.

Upcoming Events

First Summer Ministry Orientation Session:
December 12th, 2013

Prayer letters due to your administrator:
January 12th, 2014

Prayer Letter Addresses due to your administrator:
January 12th, 2014

Kick-Off Workshop: Lake Geneva Wisconsin:
January 17th-19th, 2014

2012 Orientation Dates:
January 11th
January 18th
January 25th
February 1st
February 8th
February 22nd
February 29th
March 14th
March 21st
March 28th
April 4th
April 11th
April 18th
April 25th

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