Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Individual Volunteers

Your life can be changed by volunteering in mission. Become an individual volunteer. The opportunities for volunteers 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 individual 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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Individual Volunteer Request Form

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

Urgent Volunteer Requests

Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti needs a project coordinator who would be responsible for reporting the progress of the rebuilding of the hospital and assisting the mission education encounter teams from the United States. 

There is an increasing number of refugees coming into the United States. They are victims of warfare or other forms of persecution, and have physical and emotional trauma.  Many have lost homes and family members. The Mission Volunteers Office has partnered with Church World Service in establishing volunteer placement sites for refugee services throughout the United States.  There are urgent needs for volunteers.

Contact Malcolm Frazier
mfrazier@umcmission.org
212-870-3659

Contact Information

Individual Volunteers Program

475 Riverside Dr., Suite 320

New York, NY 10115

Phone: 212-870-3659
Email: indvols@umcmission.org


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