Each summer The Navigators offer intensive summer growth and discipleship programs called Summer Training Programs all across the country. At the Gulf Coast Summer Program students live, work, and learn with other college students for six weeks in St. Petersburg, FL. Each student works a full time job during the day and participates in Bible studies, discipleship groups, ministry training, fellowship, leadership development, and other activities during the week. These opportunities for fellowship, one-on-one mentoring, and consistent time in the Word create an ideal environment for students to grow in character, their relationship with God and develop key life, ministry and leadership skills. Summer Training Programs are operated by a team of experienced full-time Navigator Staff.
The cost to attend Gulf Coast Summer is $2,600, which includes housing, a weekly stipend for food, training materials, and other program related costs. Students can pay in installments during the summer, giving them the opportunity to use their summer jobs to subsidize the cost of the program. Students are also welcome to raise support, for either part of or the entire cost of the program, through the gifts of family, friends, and local churches (all donations are tax deductible).
The Navigators have partnered with businesses in St. Petersburg that need reliable summer workers. Students work in a wide variety of jobs. These jobs allow students to develop authentic friendships with their co-workers, make money, and demonstrate a good work ethic. These businesses are eager to have Navigator students return every summer because they are dedicated and eager employees.
Student team members work 35-40 hours per week, while team leaders work 15-20 hours. During the typical week, students work 4-5 days, depending on the length of the shift. Students are also welcome to explore internship opportunities or work in a field that relates to their major / area of study. Students are welcome to explore job opportunities in Tampa or St. Petersburg.
The program is hosted at Eckerd College, a private university located on the gulf coast of St. Petersburg, Florida. Students live on campus in an upperclassman dorm complex, which sits right by the water. Each team of four will share a suite with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a common area, and a balcony. Each room has two twin beds. And the kitchen is equipped with a stove, microwave, fridge and freezer.