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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Urbana 18!  We rely on the generosity of volunteers like you to perform crucial tasks to help make the conference run smoothly.

Formerly referred to as a Steward, Full-Time Volunteers agree to arrive in St. Louis by 4pm on Wednesday, December 26 and be available December 27-31 to perform conference specific tasks. Breakfast will be available at participating hotels and Dinner will be provided. Full-time volunteers will be responsible their for travel, lunches, housing, and $100 for registration.

Formerly referred to as a Daily Servant, Part-Time Volunteers can sign up for specific shifts and assignments. For their service, Part-Time Volunteers will be given a day pass to attend one day as a participant.

As a volunteer for Urbana 18, you may work with minors and/or vulnerable persons (adults whose physical, mental, or emotional condition makes them dependent upon others). InterVarsity is committed to safeguarding the well-being of minors and vulnerable persons and asks that all volunteers respond to the questions below.

If you replied “Yes” to any question above, you may be precluded from participating in an event involving minors and/or vulnerable adults.  InterVarsity reserves the right to determine, at its discretion, what action should be taken. Your completion of these questions indicates your agreement to this provision.  If any of your responses or information provided on this form are untruthful or inaccurate, InterVarsity may determine that you are no longer qualified to be associated with the ministry in any capacity.  You agree that, if you become involved in criminal proceedings or other circumstances that would cause your answers to any of the supplemental questions to change, you will immediately provide a complete description of the circumstances to the Legal Department of InterVarsity. Note that if completing a background check online is applicable; this will require additional consent from you.

18 Reasons Why You Need to Go!

Are you an international student? Do you come from a third culture background?

God is on a mission to make all things new and restore them to his good purposes.

Carrie had just gotten involved with InterVarsity only a few months before Urbana 12. While washing dishes, she heard God telling her to go to Urbana. She had no idea what that meant. She then saw a Facebook post with a video about Urbana. She had goosebumps and was teary-eyed at this point. However, she had no idea how to pay for it. She told her friends and family about being called to Urbana and had the funds within three days. At Urbana, she was reminded of a calling God placed on her heart at the age of eight to become a missionary. She was sobbing and fell to the ground. Since then, she has became a student leader in InterVarsity, went on the Bolivia GP, and came on staff.


We talk about the geographic, cultural, and social insulation surrounding those of us in the United States. Listen to us educators attempt to break free of the cocoon that keeps us from knowing, loving, and listening to our global neighbors. We introduce topics designed to help us think outside the bubble of the United States. Addressing those places where we are unfamiliar or out of step with the rest of the world. 

By Fred Chen

I was regularly challenged to consider what role I might play in God’s global plan. However, the roles that I heard about seemed limited to those of a pastor, or a missionary, or something in alleviating poverty. Those are all clearly important roles, but for some reason those roles just never appealed to me and I felt guilty about it.