Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Mission Volunteers

Your life can be changed by volunteering in mission. Become a mission volunteer. The opportunities for volunteers (U.S. residents only) are diverse, including such positions as case managers for refugees, teachers, pastors, camp directors, children and youth assistants, and health care administrators and practitioners. The length of service is a minimum of two months and can extend to two years or more. 


Individual Volunteer Bob Meredith (right) operates a well at Aqua Viva Serves in Costa Rica. Photo: courtesy Robert Meredith. 
Bob Meredith (right) operates a well at Aqua Viva Serves in Costa Rica. Photo: courtesy Robert Meredith.

Because mission volunteers are often viewed as missionaries by the host community, they should be people of faith, and preferably have some mission experience by having worked with their local church, campus ministry, or other faith community. Living in a different culture, whether nationally or internationally, presents challenges that require maturity and strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.

All volunteers must be at least eighteen years of age. They are expected to fund raise for their monthly living expenses, as well as for transportation to and from the placement site. Before being considered as an individual volunteer, interested candidates must apply and attend a training and orientation session.

 

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Partner Request Form

Interested in serving as a volunteer site? Download the Partnership Request Form.

Urgent Volunteer Requests

Amity Foundation has an urgent need for English teachers to serve as long-term volunteers in mainly rural areas across China, with a variety of locations and lengths of service available. Amity provides training and materials and helps with logistics within China. The Mission Volunteers office has worked with the Amity Foundation for many years.


Summer English Program (SEP)
– Work with rural Chinese primary and middle school English teachers to help them become more familiar with the language.
T
ime frame: July – August. Bachelor’s Degree required but no teaching experience needed.


Amity Teachers Program – Spend a year in China helping to prepare Chinese college students to become middle school teachers.
Time frame: Begin in August for one year or more. Bachelor’s Degree and formal certification in TESOL required.

Amity Young Adult Program (YAP) – Designed to give recent high school or college students the experience of living and working in China, the YAP program places young adults in Chinese middle schools to help students practice the English they are learning.
Time frame: Begin in August for one semester or one school year. No credentials or degree required.

Contact Information

Katherine Smith 
Senior Program Associate

Mission Volunteers Program

458 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia  30308

Phone: 404-460-7192
Email: mv@umcmission.org


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