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2018 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 will be on Friday, January 12th - Sunday, January 14th, 2018. 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 in the following ways: sending out 75 prayer letters to friends, family, and your church; working in two Community Work Days (Spring 2018 and Fall 2018), preparing 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 jared.falkanger@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.

OCO Covenant Coming Soon

Upcoming Events:

First Summer Ministry Orientation Session: Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Prayer letters due to your administrator: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Kick-Off Workshop: Friday, January 12th - Sunday, January 14th, 2018


2018 Orientation Dates: 

January 18th'

January 25th

February 1st

February 8th

February 15th

February 22nd

March 1st

March 15th

March 22nd

March 29th

April 5th

April 12th

April 19th

April 26th