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.

Closing Worship Prayer

Get in the spirit of volunteering by reading this prayer from a recent Individual Volunteer training session.

Contact Information

Individual Volunteers Program

475 Riverside Dr., Suite 320

New York, NY 10115

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