Volunteers: Opportunities

short-term service, long-term impact

In just one or two weeks, you can have significant impact on individual lives through a short-term mission trip. We offer trips for student, family, and adult groups in partnership with RCA missionaries and mission partners.

  • God-centered: We provide spiritual resources to help your group members engage in God's Word and process what God is doing in and through them during the mission trip.
  • Leader-focused: We know that leading a mission trip can be a daunting task, so we provide training and support for team leaders to help them feel prepared and be more effective.
  • Church-connected: We provide ideas to engage your congregation with the work of the mission team and can help your church develop an overall volunteer engagement strategy.
  • Comprehensive support: Our team will support you in every aspect of planning and coordinating your experience, including site selection, fundraising, training, spiritual resources, online tools, and more.

All Opportunities

Opportunity type:

Individual
Disaster Response

Description:

World Renew DRS volunteers conduct community-wide surveys to identify the disaster-related needs (construction, household, emotional, and financial needs) of vulnerable residents who might otherwise fall through the cracks. This information is provided to the long-term recovery group. Case managers then use the information to ensure that assistance reaches the people who need it most.

Location:

Unmet Needs Assessment
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Needs assessments can take place across North America and are generally conducted four to nine months after a disaster. They are not scheduled until a long-term recovery group requests the service.

Volunteer roles include:

  • Interviewers: Conduct 45-minute interviews with disaster survivors, either door to door at designated addresses with another volunteer or at a walk-in center.
  • Data entry: Enter the surveys into the database.

Opportunity type:

Individual
Disaster Response

Description:

World Renew Disaster Response Services volunteers muck out flooded homes, remove downed trees, tarp damaged roofs, and do other minor repairs that allows survivors to return to their homes.

Location:

Rapid Response
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer opportunities vary based on the needs of a particular community following a disaster. If you have schedule flexibility and would be interested in joining a rapid response team, please contact Volunteer Engagement Program staff and we’ll send you alerts when Rapid Response teams are needed. Training is available for interested volunteers.

Description:

Mission Aviation Repair Center works to expand the reach of the gospel in Alaska by flying people and supplies where there are no roads, supporting other missionaries and their aircraft, and training missionary-minded pilots and mechanics.

Key Scripture: “Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.”

Location:

Soldotna, Alaska
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

MARC is looking for a mission-minded individual to serve as the accountant or financial officer in Soldotna, Alaska, for at least one year. The position requires a patient, Christ-centered individual with a passion for working in a dynamic nonprofit ministry.

This volunteer would:

  • Serve as the financial officer
  • Generate financial reports
  • Manage payroll, billing, donations, etc.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Nestled along the winding Matanuska River, Eaglecrest Alaska Missions is a ministry fueled by a love for the Lord and for the people nearby. Amid the majesty and grandeur of the Alaskan mountains lies the community of Sutton. Once a flourishing gold town, today its people struggle to make ends meet. 

Location:

Sutton, Alaska
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed for a variety community enhancement projects, including painting, winterizing homes, repairing decks and fences, splitting wood, and lawn maintenance. There is also a need for groups willing to run a week-long summer day-camp VBS. Volunteers of junior-high age and up are welcome as well as multigenerational groups.

Description:

This is a unique opportunity to make a difference in the life of a family affected by disability. Joni and Friends Family Retreat is a one-week vacation experience for these families. Each volunteer is paired with a disabled child or adult to simply be a friend and participate together in program activities. As you serve, you'll have the opportunity to build relationships where you can help others find hope in Jesus. Every volunteer is fully trained before the retreat begins. Ongoing support from experienced leaders is available throughout the retreat.

Location:

Joni and Friends - multiple locations
USA

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Since its founding in 1984, Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) has sought to help youth grow spiritually, acquire life skills, and develop as leaders. BCM practices holistic, relational, and collaborative ministry to youth and their families. Serving over 400 youth every year, BCM impacts the communities of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven by investing in the next generation of community members and leaders.

Location:

East Palo Alto, California
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer groups are needed to lead a bible club outreach program in the summer. This includes leading lessons, making and serving lunch, assisting with setup, playing games with kids, and facilitating prayer time. Volunteers are also needed to work on the facilities during times when students are not present. This may include yard work, washing cars, or cleaning windows.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

Just outside Los Angeles, Hawaiian Gardens is neighbor to the “gang capital of the nation.” Addiction, neglect, abuse, and poverty are realities, as well as deep-seated gang ties and violence. People need transformation through Jesus. In this place of seeming hopelessness, The Way Out Ministries brings change in the name of Jesus by starting at the root of the problems this community faces. Your skills can help support The Way Out Ministries as it lives out its mission in this community.

Location:

Hawaiian Gardens, California
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Individuals or couples are needed from June to August to assist with an inner-city VBS program, community outreach, carpentry, maintenance, painting, and other projects. Volunteers should be flexible, active, and willing to serve in a variety of ways.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

At just 612 acres, Hawaiian Gardens, California is the smallest incorporated city in the United States. Yet the city just outside Los Angeles was the setting of the largest gang raid in American history (Operation Knockout, May 21, 2009). Although Hawaiian Gardens has made progress in recent years, gangs, drugs, addictions, homelessness, and crime are still serious problems for the people who live there. Through the work of The Way Out Ministries, many lives have been changed with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Location:

Hawaiian Gardens, California
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer teams are needed to help staff to engage in community outreach and support weekly youth ministries. Teams can also assist with carpentry, maintenance work, painting, and other special projects.  The Way Out is looking for high school, college-age and adult volunteers. Skills in Bible teaching, tutoring, and recreation are helpful, as are volunteers who can speak both Spanish and English. Some construction projects require more specialized skills.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

In September 2015, the “Valley Fire” damaged homes across 76,000 acres of land throughout Lake County, California. It was one of the worst fires in state history, and assistance is still needed to help communities recover.

Location:

Lake County, California
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Most projects are new home construction from foundation to finish. There will be a variety of work available at each site. A local construction coordinator will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

Work with the forestry service to help restore the area in and around Yosemite National Park that was damaged by wildfire in September 2013. Although it’s not rebuilding homes for families, the damage from the wildfires does affect the livelihood of many families dependent on the recreation industry.

Location:

Yosemite National Park, California
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

The work is just outside the west entrance to Yosemite National Park, along Hwy. 120. Work includes:

• Restoration of trails
• Fence reconstruction
• Installation of tree nursery
• Invasive weed removal before they have a chance to take over the burn areas.
• Preparation of family camp for summer
• Starting in late 2016, they will also be doing a lot of native tree planting.
A local coordinator will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Mile High Ministries mobilizes the community and equips leaders in Denver for God’s transformational work among the poor. They partner with many community ministries that focus on transformational housing for homeless families, legal advocacy for poor people, and training leaders for lives of service. Your team will see and experience how God is at work through these ministries as you serve.

Location:

Denver, Colorado
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer teams are needed to support a variety of ministries throughout urban Denver. Your group will assist with the needs of a transitional housing program for families, a homeless shelter, a youth outreach program, and a preschool, among other ministries. You will learn how Mile High Ministries participates in the effort to end poverty and homelessness in the city of Denver.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Beth-El Farmworker Ministry brings the love and hope of Jesus Christ to farm workers and their families in Wimauma, a community just south of Tampa. Beth-El helps people with their day-to-day needs and assists them in becoming self-sufficient.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.—John 15:5, NIV

Location:

Wimauma, Florida
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers serve in teams, engaging with the community surrounding Beth-El. They meet workers in the field, build relationships with area families, and help repair community members’ homes.

  • People of all ages are welcome.
  • Volunteers must be able to do manual labor or host a vacation Bible school.
  • Specific tasks are assigned once group size, schedule, and ministry and community needs are determined. (May include packing food for the food pantry, assembling student backpacks, leading children and youth programs, sorting thrift store donations, interior or exterior painting, yard maintenance, and minor repairs to homes/trailers.)

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

In February 2017, severe storms and tornadoes tore through northern Illinois. The town of Ottawa was hit particularly hard. High winds and falling trees damaged homes throughout the community. 

Location:

Ottawa, Illinois
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers willing and able to do roofing are particularly needed in the short term. There also are many other kinds of repair jobs. It would be beneficial to have some people skilled in construction, along with helpers and learners. A local construction coordinator will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

 

Description:

For over a century, Grace Covenant Ministries (formerly Jackson County Ministries) has been bringing new life to the Appalachian area. Although brimming with beauty and natural resources, Appalachia suffers some of the deepest poverty in the U.S. As a ministry committed to holistic community development, GCM works to bring God’s love and restoration through home construction and renovation, vacation Bible schools, trade stores, family enrichment, and more.

Location:

Annville, Kentucky

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers of all ages are needed to help run the summer VBS program (contact for dates) and work on home rehabilitation and additions and new home construction. Home rehabilitation can include work on the foundation, porches, windows, roofs, siding, electrical issues, plumbing, flooring, etc. Other work, such as campus maintenance, will be assigned as necessary. There also may be youth and/or children’s activities in the evenings.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Venture to Christ’s Outreach for the Blind and witness a living miracle. On 900 acres of beautiful Kentucky countryside, you’ll find a summer camp that takes seriously Christ’s call to compassion-filled service.

Location:

Mt. Vernon, Kentucky
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

We can use skilled plumbers, electricians, concrete layers, drywallers, and painters. There is always fencing and landscape maintenance to do (mowing, weed-whacking, clearing trails, building dams, planting, and chainsaw work). We welcome adult, senior high, and multi-generational volunteer groups, with a minimum age of 14.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Come be a part of change for the better as you and your team hit the ground running with a building project for HOMES (Housing Oriented Ministries Established for Service).

HOMES staff and volunteers have a passion for making the dream of affordable housing a reality for low-income families living among the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.

Your group will have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ as you help with home-building projects ranging from demolition to new construction. Teams that serve with HOMES often find themselves challenged as they experience rural poverty in a new way.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. —Psalm 90:17, KJV

“I would like to thank each staff and volunteer that took part in working on my house. To me, the HOMES Program was a blessing. There’s no way to put into words my heartfelt thanks. I pray God will be with and bless each one of you. Thank you so much!” —Rehabilitation program homeowner

Location:

Whitesburg, Kentucky
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers who are junior-high-age and older are needed to work on home repair and new home construction.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

In August 2016, massive flooding damaged 90 percent of the homes in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Hundreds of families are in need of assistance with home repairs. 

Location:

Denham Springs, Louisiana
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer groups are needed to assist with general reconstruction, removal and replacement of sheetrock, insulation, trim installment, roofing, siding, electrical work, plumbing, and flooring. A local construction coordinator will assign work projects appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

The community of Dulac has been rocked and ripped apart by hurricanes in recent years.  The people of Dulac are continually working towards restoring the community, and confronting issues these storms uncovered.

Location:

Dulac, Louisiana
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Teams are needed to repair homes of people in the community, help in the thrift store, work in the library, provide a vacation Bible school for area children, or other projects. Volunteers of junior-high age and older are welcome.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

Metro Detroit is still on the mend from historic flooding that ravaged the city in the summer of 2014. Then-president Barack Obama declared it a major disaster for Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. That declaration helped to bring in assistance, but there is still a lot of long-term recovery work to be done.

Location:

Greater Detroit Area, Michigan
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Most of the work needed is reconstruction: insulation, drywall, flooring, trim, and painting. World Renew DRS is partnering with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and other organizations that have a steady presence in the community. There is a local construction coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of the volunteer group.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

Historic rainfalls, flooding, and wintry mixes created dangerous weather conditions across the state of Missouri from December 2015 through January 2016. The Department of Transportation reported 351 flood-related road closures and more than 70 water rescues. 

Location:

Springfield, Missouri
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to help repair homes from flood and water damage by sheetrocking, flooring, trimming, painting, and the like. A local construction coordinator will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Opportunity type:

Group
Disaster Response

Description:

Severe storms and flooding caused damage to many homes in and around St. Louis in December 2015 and January 2016. World Renew Disaster Response Services is helping these communities recover.

Location:

St. Louis, Missouri
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Work projects may include water-damage repairs, sheetrock, flooring, trim, or painting. A local construction coordinator will assign projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

Several hundred homes in the Hattiesburg area were damaged in a March 2016 flood. Just as the area began to recover, a tornado hit in January 2017. There are more than 1,500 homes in need of repair.

Location:

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Work could include drywall, painting, roofing, flooring, framing, etc. There may still be a need for demolition, mucking out, general water damage repair, siding repair, sheetrock finish work, painting, and replacing flooring/trim. The local construction coordinator will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

In October 2016, North Carolina suffered major flooding from Hurricane Matthew, an event that is now being referred to as “North Carolina’s Katrina.” Volunteers are needed to help with clean-up in partnership with World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS). 

Location:

North Carolina (various locations)
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Hurricane Matthew devastated several areas in the state, including Fayetteville, Lumberton, and Tarboro. The exact location for your service will depend on several factors, including what projects are ready at the time of your trip, the size of your group, and the skill levels you have with construction projects. (Thank you for your understanding and flexibility with this.) Work could include insulation, sheetrock, drywall, painting, hanging doors, installing cabinets, trim work, installing flooring, gutting out homes, or demolition. A local construction coordinator will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Opportunity type:

Individual
Disaster Response

Description:

In early October 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated many communities in North Carolina. Some areas were still under water two weeks after the hurricane. World Renew Disaster Reponse Services (DRS) volunteers are helping residents of Tarboro, North Carolina, recover. 

Location:

Tarboro, North Carolina
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

You can serve as a member of a reconstruction team to help bring hope to families impacted by this disaster. Team roles include:

  • Construction crew: Work may include minor repairs, complete new builds, all-home repair, and reconstruction work. People with home repair or reconstruction experience and people who can act as helpers are needed.
  • Cook crew: A team of three cooks plans and prepares three meals a day for 18 to 25 people, Monday through Friday. People with experience in preparing meals for groups and people willing to help in the kitchen are needed.

You will work with 18 to 25 other adults from across North America. Each team has an on-site manager who manages the day-to-day operations of the team and the worksite, as well as a construction supervisor who manages the work projects. World Renew DRS provides fully equipped tool trailers. Materials are provided by the local partnering recovery group at each location.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Immerse is a program developed by the Kingdom Enterprise Zone (KEZ) of southeast Nebraska, and is a partnership between the RCA and the Christian Reformed Church in North America. 

Location:

Lincoln, Nebraska
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers will work with multiple churches and ministries seeking to serve “the least of these” in the Lincoln and Omaha areas. Groups will spend a day at People’s City Mission, serving a meal and leading “Club Edify” for young children staying at the homeless shelter. They will spend an evening serving at Restored Hope, a Christian transition house offering sanctuary, counseling, and hope to single women and children. Volunteers will interact with neighborhood children through sports and games at a rec center and local parks, and lead an outreach program for the children at the F Street Neighborhood Church. They will also serve Northern Lighthouse, a church with a local prison ministry and recovery program, and participate in a progressive dinner, hearing life stories from Christians living in a community 

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Resting in the heart of town, on the captivating Winnebago Indian Reservation, sits Winnebago Reformed Church. The Winnebago are a culturally rich people, and members of the church have a heart for sharing the love of the Lord. For more than 100 years Winnebago Reformed Church has loved the people of its community.

Location:

Winnebago, Nebraska
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers of all ages and skill sets are welcome. They participate in building and maintenance projects at the church and in local homes. The church needs Sunday school teachers, is looking to start a junior- and senior-high outreach, and participates in a local food pantry four days a month. VBS opportunities are available as well.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Reformed Church of Highland Park is committed to compassion and justice. They support their community in a variety of ways through affordable housing, prison ministry, a thrift shop, support for human trafficking victims, disaster response, and more. They have hosted hundreds of volunteers in the last two years since Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore.

Location:

Highland Park, New Jersey
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer teams are invited to come alongside the dynamic community ministries of the Reformed Church of Highland Park. Teams may help rehab an old building to become transitional housing for the homeless, support the church’s community outreach to children and families, or help restore a home that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. You can be an integral part of how God is at work in New Jersey!

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

The Archives of the Reformed Church in America represents the enduring memory of the church. Documents, videos, sound recordings, and computer data keep a record of our life and mission as a people of God. They are the valuable permanent records of the RCA.

Location:

New Brunswick, New Jersey
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

A volunteer is needed to assist the RCA archivist with scanning, filing, and a variety of other projects. Volunteers with skills in archival work, librarians, or others who are willing to learn are welcome!

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

“Love God, love others.” This central theme will challenge you as you serve in downtown Newark, New Jersey, through the ministry of beautiful, historic North Reformed Church. North Reformed is committed to living out this theme in their neighborhood each and every day. Serve a week with this church, and you won’t just serve the people who come in for the daily meal, you’ll get to know them personally, and you will be stretched and blessed. This experience will challenge your understanding of ministry, mission, and the radical call of Christ to love others.

Location:

Newark, New Jersey
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Groups participate in the community-based ministries of North Church, including relational ministry and food and clothing programs. Groups also engage downtown Newark in walking tours designed to facilitate missional thinking. This non-traditional mission trip invites participants to get to know the people they serve and learn to see them as equals rather than simply completing a building project. Participants take this new mindset with them when they return home.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

On October 29, 2012, life changed dramatically for people living in a 120-mile stretch along the Jersey shore. It changed dramatically for residents in the coastal regions of Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Long Island, as well. Superstorm Sandy damage was concentrated in areas hit by the storm surge. Outside the storm surge area there was little to no permanent damage, and churches in this area are poised to help. Reformed Church of Highland Park has been actively involved in disaster response and recovery work for the past two years.

Location:

Union Beach, New Jersey
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer groups are needed to help with home repair and rebuilding. Jobs include demolition, drywall, painting, roofing, installing flooring, framing, plumbing, and electrical work. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done in Monmouth County, as well as in surrounding counties. A local construction coordinator will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Jicarilla Apache Reformed Church is located on the Jicarilla Apache reservation in Dulce, New Mexico. Many people in Dulce struggle with family situations that lead to behavioral problems, unhealthy life choices, and difficulty committing to God. Volunteers can come alongside this church and see lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ in this Native American community.

Location:

Dulce, New Mexico
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer teams are needed to help with AWANA camps during the month of June, leading activities, games, and Bible studies. Help is also needed for community projects, including home repairs and yard work for older residents.

Opportunity type:

Group

Description:

Situated in the poorest congressional district in the country, Mott Haven Reformed Church does not let that stop them from sharing the grace of the Lord to their community. Mott Haven is in the business of transforming the youth and young families in the South Bronx neighborhood. They are “the church in the heart of the community, with the community in the heart of the church.”

“Then they said, ‘Let us start building!’ So they committed themselves to the common good” (Nehemiah 2:18b).

Location:

Bronx, New York
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers will have opportunities to serve the church by repairing the actual church building, but also by stepping into the life and community where the church is situated in the Bronx. Volunteers are especially needed to replace the roof and floor of the entryway to make the church a safe space for people to worship in.

 

 

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

You can find peace amid the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn in the always-open doors of Old First Reformed Church. The church has a rich history dating back to the original Dutch settlers of the 1600s. Today its congregants are passionately engaged in local mission and outreach.

Their Hurricane Sandy relief kitchen made 200,000 meals for storm victims. During summers, they host a respite shelter for homeless men. Every August they offer an arts-based approach to Scripture and spirituality for children called “The Seed Is the Word.”

Location:

Brooklyn, New York
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers of all ages and skill sets are needed for the following projects/ministries:

  • Renovating the church building.
  • Hosting and cooking for homeless men at the church’s respite shelter and working with homeless panhandlers.
  • Volunteering at New York City mission organizations.
  • Assisting in August with children’s programming.
  • Any combination of the above.

Opportunity type:

Group

Description:

A historic RCA church in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, South Bushwick seeks to be a light to its community. The church building was damaged by a storm several years ago and since then the congregation is working to repair their building and to move outward into ministry in their community. Your team can partner with this church to help share the hope of Christ to their neighbors.

Location:

Brooklyn, New York
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer teams are needed to help with various repair work in the church building, including roof and window repair, electrical work, and painting. Also, teams are needed to help repair the parsonage including the electrical, plumbing, flooring, and various other projects. Groups are encouraged to have someone with experience in the areas of construction, electrical work, or plumbing, but the church does have professionals available to support teams without those specific skills.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Surrounded by the cultural milieu of Soho Village, Chinatown, and Little Italy, DeWitt Reformed Church is a community committed to caring for its people. Known as “the little church with a big heart,” DeWitt uses its Head Start and Pre-K programs, food pantry ministry, and Sunday morning services for the purposes of the Kingdom, desiring to see the community empowered and changed.

Location:

Manhattan, New York
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers will work with the Head start and Pre-K programs as teacher's assistants, as well as assist with work in the food pantry ministry on Monday and Thursday, 10am 12noon. Groups may be asked to aid in church maintenance as needed.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Irene, Schoharie Reformed Church will not be beaten down! Despite severe damage to their church building, this church body is up to something. In an area where church is seen as a social club, and most of the population is not part of a faith community, this church is determined to bring the hope of Christ into the community it loves through an annual children's summer camp.

Location:

Schoharie, New York
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers who love children and love God are needed to help run summer day camp at Schoharie Reformed Church. Volunteers with enthusiasm and musical skills are a plus. Individual volunteers of high school age and up are welcome, along with families and intergenerational groups.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

As the largest non-profit on Staten Island, Project Hospitality is an interfaith organization committed to caring for people who are marginalized. People from all walks of life are blessed by Project Hospitality’s shelters, programs, and caring staff.

Location:

Staten Island, New York
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

As a volunteer intern you can work on Staten Island with people who are homeless, hungry, and in need. You will have opportunities to help with the various ministries of Project Hospitality and assist with volunteers and mission work groups. Volunteers serve for one year from July to July. RCA application is due by May 1.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

As the largest non-profit on Staten Island, Project Hospitality is an interfaith organization committed to caring for people who are marginalized. People from all walks of life are blessed by Project Hospitality’s shelters, programs, and caring staff.

Location:

Staten Island, New York
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Groups of senior high students and older are invited to come and interact with patrons of the many ministries. Teams will work with people who are homeless, hungry, and poor, with the primary work stationed in a soup kitchen and food pantry. Volunteer opportunities also include helping in a family shelter, working in a drop-in center for people who are homeless, and serving at other sites. There is a possibility of working with other churches and organizations in the area through Faith in Action. An open mind and humble spirit are helpful in nurturing these interactions. Educational seminars about HIV/AIDS and homelessness are conducted. An experienced member of Project Hospitality provides general information and facilitates discussion. Project Hospitality clients are brought in to share their personal stories and struggles, and questions are encouraged.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Goodness Grows is a faith-based non-profit organization that has grown out of a commitment to work creatively with community groups, congregations, workplaces, and individuals to help families grow their way out of hunger and poverty. 

Location:

Youngstown, Ohio
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Groups of all ages and individual summer internships

Description:

In the charming rural town of Noxen, you’ll find scenic fields and warm, open hearts. The close of the local tannery brought the close of many shops and businesses in the town, which was once a prosperous community. However, the United Methodist Community Development Corporation of Noxen and Kunkle is passionate about its ministry to the Noxen area. It lovingly provides resources for people in the form of a public library, food pantry, clothes closet, and summer day camps.

Location:

Noxen, Pennsylvania
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers of all ages are welcomed. (Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent.) Volunteers build handicap ramps, paint houses and fencing, install vinyl siding, repair roofs, do yard work, etc. They help host a day camp for one week in the summer.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

Severe storms and flooding in October 2015 led to more than 11 dam breaks, 175 water rescues, and more than 800 people living in temporary housing shelters in South Carolina. More than 80,000 South Carolina households have requested assistance with recovery from our mission partner World Renew Disaster Response Services.

Location:

Charleston, South Carolina
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Work could include mucking out homes, mold treatment, construction, carpentry, roofing, electrical work, plumbing, drywall installation and finishing, flooring installation, and painting. A local construction coordinator will assign work projects based on the size and skill level of the volunteer group. The projects will be organized in partnership with South Carolina organizations that coordinate across the state.

Volunteer groups could work in any of the following counties: Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, West Columbia, and Williamsburg.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

Storms and flooding hit many parts of South Carolina in October 2015, and a year later Hurricane Matthew caused additional damage. The rebuilding process is ongoing.

Location:

Manning, South Carolina
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed between September 23 and November 4, 2017. Groups typically serve for one week, but you may volunteer for a longer or shorter period of time as your schedule allows. The primary work focus will be on drywall, trim, and flooring in houses and mobile homes with flood damage. In some cases, foundations or piers may need work. There will be a World Renew DRS facilitator on site who will coordinate your work projects.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

As you enter the Badlands, gently rolling plains invite you into life at the Rosebud Lakota Indian Reservation. As part of the greater Sioux nation, this culturally vibrant reservation is one of the three poorest places in United States, with an unemployment rate of 85 percent. The Rosebud Episcopal Mission is committed to coming alongside and caring for Lakota people, respecting their culture while ministering to them in the name of the Lord.

Location:

Misson, South Dakota
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers must be senior-high age or older. They will participate in Habitat for Humanity home building, maintenance, and repair and run vacation Bible school programs. Skilled volunteers are especially needed (electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and adults with construction experience). The type of work you will do depends on your group and their skills and desires. The school-year of kids on the reservation is only 120 days long (as compared to a norm of 180), so teams may help lead a Bible camp or day camp. Building relationships is the focus of all of the volunteer service.

Opportunity type:

Group

Description:

Center of Hope is an urban ministry that addresses spiritual and material needs by providing prayer, access to computers and phones, faith community nursing, winter clothing, baby supplies for new mothers, bikes to ride to work at minimal prices (more than 750 bikes each year), as well as a full bike shop for guests. The center welcomes people to adult Bible studies, sports nights for teens and young adults, and a summer Bible camp for children. Pastoral staff engages in street ministry, offers support through a drop-in center, and visits with those in prison.

Location:

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Can include:

  • Sorting and pricing winter clothing and bikes.
  • Immersion/outreach experiences among people volunteers probably do not normally interact with.
  • Interaction and discussions with the center’s diverse staff and volunteers (one staff member is Native American, and the center does a lot of ministry with Native Americans).
  • Opportunities through other ministries in Sioux Falls.

Opportunity type:

Group

Description:

Overlooking the wonder of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Florence Crittenton Agency’s expansive wooded campus is a place of peace. Experience compassion at a whole new level when you serve there. Located in lively Knoxville, the agency is a non-profit ministry focused on serving community members in crisis. Services include a residential treatment facility for adolescents and a program for people struggling with addictions. The staff show love to their clients through their work in prevention, treatment, and advocacy.

Location:

Knoxville, Tennessee
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Teams of college-age and adult volunteers do property maintenance, light clerical work, and food service. The site’s greatest need is help with property maintenance. Seasonal work and serving in the “rewards store” is also helpful.

Opportunity type:

Individual
Disaster Response

Description:

In May 2015, Hurricane Patricia hit Rio Grande Valley, Texas, with heavy rainfall and flash flooding, causing household damages and power outages. 

Location:

Rio Grande Valley, Texas
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Reconstruction teams began working in Rio Grande Valley in September 2016. World Renew DRS has entered into a long-term partnership with this community, committing to sending consecutive teams of volunteers to provide reconstruction services to homeowners who need help restoring their damaged homes.

You can serve as a member of a reconstruction team to help bring hope to families impacted by this disaster. Team roles include:

  • Construction crew: Work ranges from minor repairs to complete new builds. Those with home repair or reconstruction experience and those who are willing to help are needed.
  • Cook crew: A team of three cooks plans and prepares three meals a day for 18 to 25 people from Monday through Friday.

You will work with 18 to 25 other adults from across North America. Each team has an on-site manager who oversees the day-to-day operations of the team and the site, as well as a construction supervisor who manages the work projects. World Renew DRS provides fully equipped tool trailers. Materials are provided by the local partnering recovery group at each location.

Opportunity type:

Individual
Disaster Response

Description:

San Marcos, Texas, suffered severe flooding in May and October 2015. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) completed two needs assessments in this community and has been invited to open a reconstruction site. 

Location:

San Marcos, Texas
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

You can serve as a member of a reconstruction team to help bring hope to families impacted by this disaster. Team roles include:

  • Construction crew: Work ranges from minor repairs to complete new builds. Those with home repair or reconstruction experience and those who are willing to help are needed.
  • Cook crew: A team of three cooks plans and prepares three meals a day for 18 to 25 people, Monday through Friday.

You will work with 18 to 25 other adults from across North America. Each team has an on-site manager who manages the day-to-day operations of the team and the site, as well as a construction supervisor who manages the work projects. World Renew DRS provides fully equipped tool trailers. Materials are provided by the local partnering recovery group at each location.

 

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

In September 2017, major hurricanes Irma and Maria barreled through the Caribbean, both making landfall in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Location:

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to help with cleanup and construction, including removal of debris, cleaning, putting up tarps, and organizing and distributing supplies. The community would also welcome musicians, teachers, and anyone with a heart for kids to help provide positive programming for neighborhood children. Volunteers to help prepare and serve food would be appreciated as well. 

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

The Carlton Complex was a group of four wildfires in the summer of 2014, started by a lightning storm in the Methow River Valley of Okanogan County, in the state of Washington. The four fires eventually merged into one giant fire that burned through 300 homes in and around the towns of Pateros and Malott, as well as in more rural areas. The Carlton Complex was recorded as the largest wildfire in Washington’s history.

Location:

Okanogan, Washington
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Work may include home and/or fence repair. There is a local coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

After flooding across West Virginia in June 2016, more than 8,000 homeowners indicated the need for assistance. Many of their homes had major damage or were completely destroyed. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) is partnering with a state agency to identify the most vulnerable homeowners and the counties with the greatest need for volunteer assistance.

Location:

West Virginia
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Twelve counties need help repairing homes. Work may include roof and ceiling repair, drywall installation and finishing, flooring installation, and painting. No experience is necessary to participate in this work. The local World Renew coordinator will provide guidance on work projects and match the skills of your group with appropriate work. Supplies, tools, and materials are provided. Volunteers may bring their own work gloves.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

At the foot of Peters Mountain, amid rolling green hills, you’ll find Psalm 23 Camp—a retreat from the world of electronics and chaos. At the heart of this camp lies a God-given fervor for service and farming, as staff teach volunteer teams what humble service is about and introduce them to life on the farm.

Location:

Gap Mills, West Virginia
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers with willing hearts are welcome to serve in home repair based on the outcome of a skills inventory sheet. Construction and carpentry skills are a plus.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Experience the heart of Appalachia. From its awesome mountains to its lush valleys and sparkling rivers, Appalachia is a place of great beauty. However, people live in great poverty and need in the midst of this beauty. World Vision seeks to help level the economic and social playing field in this under-resourced region, to see neighbors helping neighbors, and to experience lives and communities being transformed.

Location:

Philippi, West Virginia
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer teams are invited to support these communities and repair and improve homes, making them safe and warm. Teams will have opportunities to minister to children, serve local organizations, and bring hope to families in need. Construction projects are based on your team’s ability.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

ACROSS is an interdenominational, evangelical, Christian training organization.

Location:

Yei, Sudan
Sudan

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to help with IT and maintenance support.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

New Horizons Foundation (NHF) is a nonprofit organization located in Lupeni, Romania, in the Southern Carpathian Alps, promoting experiential education models that advance life skills for youth. 

Location:

Lupeni, Romania
Romania

Volunteer opportunities:

VIAȚA volunteer: North American and other international interns come to learn and serve at VIAȚA Camp among a team of Romanian leaders from mid-June to mid-August of every year. 

Social work practicum: Social work students have been involved here in Lupeni since 2008 through the study abroad program, and now are able to receive practicum hours. Interns take on significant responsibilities and provide an important contribution to the foundation.

M.Div. intern: Currently, we accept M.Div. and M.A. students in the summer for internships up to 425 hours. Your supervisors will be Jeff and Chelsea Lampen, ordained ministers of Word and sacrament in the RCA. They have the ability to oversee internships through the RCA, CRC, ELCA, PC (USA), and UCC denominations.  

Other internships: Are you a student studying sociology, anthropology, psychology, religion, community development, intercultural studies, international studies, environmental education, or another major who needs an internship? NHF would love to think outside the box to help you meet your internship requirements. 

Key scriptures: Mark 12:29-31 and Galatians 6:2

Volunteer quote: "My first full week as a Tabăra VIAȚA leader was truly an unforgettable one. To be nominated as the liderul săptămânii (leader of the week) is such an honor. The team of Romanian leaders quickly became like a family to me after just a few days, and I am extremely thankful for the bond we formed. Although we all come from different places around the world with different pasts, we all share one thing in common: to help the kids of VIAȚA learn moral values.”

Description:

The RCA Peace Project is focused on walking alongside Christians in Israel/Palestine. One of the Peace Project partners is the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). This organization seeks to support local and international efforts to end the Israeli occupation and bring a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a just peace, based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.

Location:

Israel/Palestine
Palestine & Israel

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers will spend three months living in one of several EAPPI placements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. As a volunteer, you will walk alongside those who are living life under occupation. You will report human rights abuses, help protect communities, and keep international agencies informed about the situation on the ground. You will also commit yourself to advocating for change and promoting a just peace in the Holy Land when you return home. 

Opportunity type:

Group

Description:

Located outside Bethlehem in the West Bank, Tent of Nations helps build bridges of peace between Israelis and Palestinians by preaching nonviolence and living out what it means to refuse to be enemies. They bring cultures together from around the world to develop understanding and promote mutual respect.

Learn more:

Location:

Nahalin, Bethlehem, West Bank
Palestine & Israel

Volunteer opportunities:

Tent of Nations is seeking 4-25 short-term volunteers between March 15 and November 15, and four long-term volunteers to serve year-round.

When volunteering at the Tent of Nations, use your gifts and talents by working on their animal farm, assisting with construction needs, lending a helping hand in the gift shop or cafeteria, or helping out with the farming and harvesting (in season). Harvesting opportunities include almonds, grapes, figs, olives, and more. There are many volunteer opportunities on site—please connect with the Volunteer Engagement office for a more detailed list and explanation of work.

Volunteers will work a five-day work week, consisting of eight-hour work days. Your day will start with a shared breakfast with other volunteers. Most of the daytime work will be spent on the farm, with breaks for tea and lunch. The work day comes to a close around 4:00 or 5:00 p.m.

During the nights, volunteers are encouraged to spend time with other volunteers around a campfire, playing games and swapping stories. Volunteers are also encouraged to share their musical talents. If you have an instrument, bring it along!

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

La Casa del Maestro works to equip and empower Quechua youth in southern Peru. These young people learn how to navigate the modern world, provide for themselves, and contribute to society in order to bring sustainable, generational change. 

Location:

Cusco, Peru
Peru

Volunteer opportunities:

The main focus for volunteers is on discipleship, mentoring, and relationship building. If you specialize in a particular trade or area of study and can teach it, Casa Del Maestro would like to imagine with you what that could look like.

Opportunity type:

Group

Description:

Location:

Oman
Oman

Volunteer opportunities:

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement office.

Adult and college-age groups.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

The east coast of Nicaragua is the poorest area of an already poor country. Here, Dr. Bernardeth Kelly-Bent and Pastor Adrián Bobb provide public health and medical services as well as spiritual and pastoral education. They founded Tabitha’s House Bluefields, a nonprofit organization that operates a feeding program for children in impoverished neighborhoods, providing lunch, healthcare, and family support to about 160 children. In addition, they have opened a house for girls and another for boys who have been orphaned or abused.

Location:

Bluefields, Nicaragua
Nicaragua

Volunteer opportunities:

The Bobb-Kellys invite groups to support their ministry in the areas of construction and maintenance, teaching, and medical work. There are many ways to get involved, based on the skills a group brings. Volunteers will learn about the culture and lifestyle in Bluefields and build relationships with local people, including children and youth who participate in the ministry's programs.

Opportunity type:

Group

Description:

Consejo de Iglesias Evangélicas Pro-Alianza Denominacional (Nicaraguan Council of Protestant Churches)

CEPAD, a partner organization of the RCA, is a dynamic, community-focused organization that partners with 40-50 communities at a time over the span of five years. It works with each community on agriculture development, leadership training, and faith-based education. In each community the designated project is developed for long-term success by determining the needs and existing resources, and using those things to drive CEPAD’s work and goals.

Location:

Managua or rural Nicaragua
Nicaragua

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer groups will work side-by-side with community members and engage in mutual mission relationships.

A typical program includes:

  • Listening to presentations on the history of Nicaragua and the current political-economic situation
  • A tour of Managua
  • Learning about (and possibly observing) the development work of CEPAD and other organizations
  • Visiting the countryside where team participants share meals and life with local families
  • Working side-by-side with community members
  • Enjoying a “tour day” to visit some of Nicaragua’s sites of natural beauty, historic interests, and shopping

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

The RCA currently has two mission coworker families with children at Sahel Academy. Sahel Academy has more than 180 students from 23 nations, including some English-speaking non-believers from Niamey’s international community.

 

Location:

Niamey, Niger
Niger

Volunteer opportunities:

Every year Sahel Academy has openings for K-12 instructors and for teachers’ aides for the younger grades (K-2). Sahel also strives to provide instruction in Bible, French, vocational training, art, dance, music (including piano and band instruments), Spanish (or another elective language), and other electives. Those who have experience teaching English as a second language or working with special-needs students are especially needed. This is a single- or multi-year commitment. All commitments span the academic year, which runs from August to the first week of June.

Check here for a list of current job openings at Sahel Academy.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

Founded in 1986, Sahel Academy is a K-12, English-language, internationally accredited Christian school that primarily exists to meet the educational needs of missionary families serving in West Africa. The RCA currently has two mission coworker families with six children at Sahel Academy. Sahel Academy now includes more than 180 students from 23 nations, including some English-speaking non-believers from Niamey’s international community.

Volunteer quote:

Location:

Niamey, Niger
Niger

Volunteer opportunities:

Sahel Academy operates a limited boarding program for children ages 12 and older whose parents are serving in remote mission posts or in parts of West Africa where English-language education is not available. House parents and supervisors are needed to create a home-like atmosphere for these students and to provide them with emotional support and encouragement during the school year. These positions can be single- or multi-year commitments. 

See a list of current job openings at Sahel Academy.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

Founded in 1986, Sahel Academy is a K-12, English-language, internationally accredited Christian school that primarily exists to meet the educational needs of missionary families serving in West Africa. The RCA currently has two mission coworker families with six children at Sahel Academy. Sahel Academy now includes more than 180 students from 23 nations; including some English-speaking non-believers from Niamey’s international community.

Volunteer quote:

Location:

Niamey, Niger
Niger

Volunteer opportunities:

Sahel Academy seeks volunteers with administrative or maintenance skills to manage and maintain its K-12 school and campus. Professional administrators (principals, business managers, human resources managers, etc.), office staff (clerical, administrative aides), and maintenance staff are always needed. Sahel Academy can also use builders to supervise the construction of staff housing and other buildings. This can be a multi-year commitment or a shorter commitment to replace staff who are away on furlough or medical leave. 

See a list of current job openings at Sahel Academy.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Martha and Jaime Amaro became Christians when they heard the gospel from a missionary. Now doing mission work themselves, the Amaros help the Presbyterian Church in Mexico by providing training workshops for the Children and Worship program. They have a vision to see the Children and Worship program in use throughout Mexico within three years. The Amaros also do translating work; they have been translating "Growing in the Faith" discipleship materials into Spanish, which are used to train church leaders.

Location:

Oaxaca, Mexico
Mexico

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer groups will build relationships with Mexican youth, participate in outreach evangelism, lead and join in singing groups, and assist with the maintenance of churches and camps. Volunteers are welcome year-round, but there is an opportunity to assist in running a Spanish-speaking, week-long program with local churches during the months of July and August.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

In Cambodia, Christians comprise about two to three percent of the population. What is exciting about this small statistic is that most of them are first-generation Christians, who are making strong, personal choices to be markedly different in their primarily Buddhist nation. 

Location:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Cambodia

Volunteer opportunities:

The English program at PPBS is dedicated to helping students improve their English skills. Being able to understand and speak English is beneficial for students who want to further their theological and biblical studies, since most theological resources are available in English. As a volunteer English teacher, you would assist in ESL training and serve for a minimum of five to ten months (one semester to one year of volunteering).

A volunteer teacher is also needed to teach English intensive classes for two to three weeks in summer 2017.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Come see how God is at work with the Pokot people in Kenya through the Church and Community Mobilization Process, which helps church leaders and their congregations work together with the community to bring about positive changes for the whole community. The process brings hope, self-esteem, and transformation to churches and communities, and is based on more than 20 years of experience working throughout Africa and Asia.

Location:

Alale, Kenya
Kenya

Volunteer opportunities:

There are many opportunities for people with backgrounds in medicine, education, agriculture, evangelism, or leadership development.

Medicine: Medical students may observe work in the clinic, where tropical medicine and other types of care are practiced.

Education: Volunteers may help provide in-service training to the staff of the primary and girls’ secondary school, helping staff integrate faith and education, or they may train nursery school volunteer teachers and aides. At Bishop Birech College, volunteers may teach a week-long intensive, offer a short sermon in chapel, or teach students music or computer skills.

Agriculture development: Volunteers with successful organic farming experience are extremely helpful. Organic fruit farmers who can teach preservation practices are also needed.

Evangelism and leadership development: RCA pastors, Sunday school teachers, church leaders, and youth may share in the work of evangelism, preaching, teaching, discipleship, and youth activities with Alale pastors and church leaders. Volunteers can go on an evangelism trip or help with vacation Bible school.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

Serve as a teacher of English as a Second Language at a school in Japan and you will never be the same. It's a great way to live in another culture, teach English, and learn about Christians in another part of the world.

Location:

Japan: various locations
Japan

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Three to seven positions teaching English in a Christian Japanese high school are available each year, with two-year contracts.
  • Work in a ministry of encouragement alongside teachers and church leaders.
  • Build relationships with the community by being open and flexible with respect to the culture around you.
  • Live and worship with the community during your term of service.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

The Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) brings the gospel to the deaf community in Jamaica. CCCD teaches deaf children in rural areas of Jamaica a language and provides them with education, mentoring, and care. Its three communities scattered across the island give deaf children safe spaces to learn, live, and thrive.

Location:

Kingston, Montego Bay, and Knockpatrick, Jamaica
Jamaica

Volunteer opportunities:

Spend a week (Saturday to Saturday) ministering at one of the schools for the deaf and in the surrounding community. The week can be customized to match the skills your team possesses, the ministry activities you are interested in, and the needs of the area. Activities may include relational ministry, construction and maintenance, outreach, agriculture, caring for livestock, vocational training, and church planting. 

Reservations may be made ten months in advance of your desired trip departure date.

Description:

The Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) brings the gospel to the community of people in Jamaica who are deaf. 

Location:

Kingston, Montego Bay, and Knockpatrick, Jamaica
Jamaica

Volunteer opportunities:

Support the campus manager, principal, assistant principal, and managing director for six months to one year. Responsibilities include leading, coordinating, and assisting with visiting ministry teams; facilities and grounds maintenance; and ministry development.

Essential job functions

  • Communicate with teams and Knockpatrick personnel to facilitate team activities, transportation, and hospitality.
  • Plan and manage ministry and work opportunities, including ordering and inventory control.
  • Evaluate and report on each team to Jamaican and U.S. offices.
  • Perform general maintenance, construction, and repairs of facilities and grounds as needed.
  • Organize and maintain tools, supplies, and equipment.
  • Develop ministry activities for teams in conjunction with the campus manager.

Other job functions

  • Assist the campus manager with regular duties and special projects.
  • Assist in classroom and after-school activities and projects.
  • Assist with vocational programs and projects as needed.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Audio Scripture Ministries works with national organizations around the world to produce and distribute audio recordings of God’s Word in a variety of languages. In India alone, more than 1,600 languages are spoken. Audio Scriptures give people access to the Bible in their own language, even when written translations aren’t available or the people are not literate.

Location:

Bangalore, India
India

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers will learn about the ministry of audio Bibles and their impact in India. Responsibilities may include assembling and distributing Scripture players among nonliterate groups and children’s homes, or collecting and documenting stories of transformation. Volunteers are encouraged to engage with intercultural discovery and healthy adaption.

Volunteer quote:

“I went to India to change the world. The world changed me. [Audio Scripture Ministries] isn’t looking for a hand up. The staff is too busy with God’s work. They invited me to join their mission, their team, their family. JP’s lesson to us was that this trip is about who we are, not what we do. Eight years later, those words impact me.” —Ben Kester

“India is a place of extremes: extreme sounds, extreme colors, and extreme smells are a few examples of this. After spending two weeks there with the Sundararajan family, I also know of a few more extremes: extreme love, extreme kindness, extreme grace, and extreme faith in God. My time in India has increased my faith by showing me firsthand how the beautiful heart of God reaches to extreme places like a hotel lobby where an audio Bible is given to a man who has been waiting for five long years to receive one, or to a kind and gentle blind woman wearing torn and dusty clothes who walked many miles to receive God’s word. My eyes have been opened to a world bigger and more precious than I could have imagined, and I will forever be connected to the people of India.” —Desire Jansen

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

The Reformed Church in America cooperates with the Church of South India in mission. This diocese is involved with evangelism and education in their ministry to the community. This is a wonderful opportunity to join how God is at work in India!

Location:

Kerala, India
India

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to teach English to college students, helping to tutor them and engage in conversational English. You will have opportunities to be involved on campus and in seminars with the church staff.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

Roma (Gypsy) people make up the largest ethnic minority in Central and Eastern Europe. Many are very poor and isolated, mostly illiterate, and almost universally unemployed. Dick and Carolyn Otterness work with the Hungarian Reformed Church to implement a national Roma mission strategy. Together they support church leaders and Roma congregations and work at building bridges between the church and secular society.

Location:

Budapest, Hungary
Hungary

Volunteer opportunities:

Young adult volunteers (age 22 to 32) are invited to serve for 11 months in Europe in a community of other volunteers. You will have the opportunity to work for justice and witness to your faith in Christ among the Roma people of Central and Eastern Europe.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

High mountains, coffee trees, bananas, sugar cane fields, African palms and tropical fruit characterize the country of Honduras in the heart of Central America. The RCA partners with the Evangelical Moravian Church in Honduras, which has played a vital role in shaping the Christian church in Honduras.

Location:

Ahuas, Honduras
Honduras

Volunteer opportunities:

Medical volunteers (both general and specialty medicine) are needed to support the work of this 20-bed hospital. Volunteers will reach Ahuas by outboard motorboat or small plane. Primary care physicians, specialists (e.g., surgeons, gynecologists, dentists, ophthalmologists, and chiropractors), nurses, medical students, pre-med students, and nursing students are all needed. Volunteers with experience in construction, maintenance, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and painting work are also needed to supplement the work of local staff.

“To come alongside the ‘least of these’ is a no-brainer, based on the instruction of Jesus in Matthew 25. He’s called us to live and love like he does. But for seven people from New Era, Michigan (and now everyone they know as they bring the stories home!), the knowing just got real. The vision and mission of the clinic was so clear—to bring both compassion and excellence in meeting the physical need for health care in Ahuas to all the surrounding villages, thereby opening the door to share the good news of Jesus, in word and deed.”

–Susan from New Era Reformed Church in New Era, Michigan

 

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

High mountains, coffee trees, bananas, sugar cane fields, African palms, and tropical fruit characterize the country of Honduras in the heart of Central America. The RCA partners with the Evangelical Moravian Church in Honduras, which has played a vital role in shaping the Christian church in Honduras.

 

Location:

Ahuas, Honduras
Honduras

Volunteer opportunities:

Medical volunteers (both general and specialty medicine) are needed to support the work of this 20-bed hospital. Volunteers will reach Ahuas by outboard motorboat or small plane. Primary care physicians, specialists (e.g., surgeons, gynecologists, dentists, ophthalmologists, and chiropractors), nurses, medical students, pre-med students, and nursing students are all needed. Volunteers with experience in construction, maintenance, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and painting work are also needed to supplement the work of local staff.

"To come alongside the ‘least of these’ is a no-brainer, based on the instruction of Jesus in Matthew 25. He’s called us to live and love like he does. But for seven people from New Era, Michigan (and now everyone they know as they bring the stories home!), the knowing just got real. The vision and mission of the clinic was so clear—to bring both compassion and excellence in meeting the physical need for health care in Ahuas to all the surrounding villages, thereby opening the door to share the good news of Jesus, in word and deed."

–Susan from New Era Reformed Church in New Era, Michigan

 

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

Time for God helps to connect volunteers from around the world with opportunities to love and serve in local Christian communities for a year. They gather people who want to make a difference and will equip you to serve together.

Location:

Great Britain
Great Britain

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers serve throughout Great Britain in a variety of settings and situations, such as developing youth ministry programs, supporting work with homeless shelters, providing childcare, supporting local church ministries, and working with community organizations. Volunteers should be between the ages of 18 and 25. Service begins in August or September. A two-week orientation is provided in July.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

Bingham Academy is located in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. With nearly five million people, Addis Ababa is the largest city in the Horn of Africa. Bingham Academy students are children of missionary families as well as children from the community. Consider serving as a volunteer teacher with this incredible ministry! 

Location:

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ethiopia

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to serve as teachers for an international mission school. See their website for information about current openings.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

Onesimos Nesib Seminary is a regional seminary of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church of Mekane Yesus that is committed to preparing leaders for ministry and church service. All courses are in English.

Location:

Aira, Ethiopia
Ethiopia

Volunteer opportunities:

Trained Christian educators, pastors, and professors are needed to teach intensive courses (of one to two weeks or three to four weeks) and semester courses in Old Testament, New Testament, pastoral care and counseling, theology, worship, ethics, etc. The academic year is from September 15 to the third week of June, with breaks for Christmas (three weeks) and Easter (two weeks). Fall is the best time for volunteer intensives.

Up to three people may volunteer at a time.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

The Aira Midwifery and Nursing School is a rural nursing school of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church of Mekane Yesus. Located about 500 kilometers (311 miles) west of Addis Ababa, it equips nurses for medical service in remote, poverty-stricken, and underserved areas. Recently, the school shifted its primary focus to training midwives.

Location:

Aira, Ethiopia
Ethiopia

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to teach prenatal and maternal care, environmental health, tropical medicine, developmental pediatrics, infectious disease, biology, chemistry, genetics, human anatomy, physiology, etc., as well as practical nursing skills. It is essential that a volunteer has a specialty that will help and bring added value to the indigenous staff. In addition to specialized opportunities, there is a need for medical volunteers who can teach medical English. 

Up to five people may volunteer at a time; two to three volunteers at a time is ideal.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

The Amity Foundation is a volunteer organization in China that seeks to promote education, social service, health, community development and civil society building across China.

Location:

China
China

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to serve as teachers at the college and trade school level. TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) course is provided. Volunteers teach Chinese students and have opportunities to worship with Chinese Christians. Volunteers serve for a two-year teaching term beginning in late July.

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Christ Community Church is a missional church located in and ministering to people of the inner city in Welland, Ontario. In a neighbourhood where people wrestle with addictions and mental health challenges are extreme, people also struggle to make ends meet.  Christ Community Church is a constant presence, offering hope, acceptance, and warmth. 

Key scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9 

Location:

Welland, Ontario
Canada

Volunteer opportunities:

Come alongside Christ Community Church to repair and improve their building so that their ministry can continue to flourish. Current projects that need help are repairing walls, painting the gymnasium, and upgrading light fixtures to high efficiency standards. Volunteers will need to be comfortable working on scaffolding. 

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

Experience life and culture in Brazil as your team boards a medical mission boat and travels to villages along the Amazon River. You will experience the Presbyterian Church of Manaus bringing medical care and the hope of Jesus Christ to people along the river. You’ll immerse yourself in the culture of the Brazilian Amazon as you participate alongside people in the villages in activities including VBS, music, and sports.

Location:

Manaus, Brazil
Brazil

Volunteer opportunities:

Teams will have a learning experience as they join villagers in sports and children’s activities. Teams with medical and dental skills will assist health workers; some teams will take photos of villagers and make a presentation for them to view at the end of the day.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

Al Raja School is a K-12 school in Bahrain with about 630 students, almost all of whom are Muslim Bahraini, though there is a small number of Christian Arab students. Offering dual English and Arabic instruction, the school aims to provide the youth of Bahrain with an education that will help them grow into strong and sensitive members of their families, their communities, and the world in which they live. Al Raja School carries out this mission by focusing on three key areas: excellence in education, development of the whole person, and equality.  

Location:

Manama, Bahrain
Bahrain

Volunteer opportunities:

One to four teachers are needed for main subject areas, including science, math, physical education, and English.

Opportunity type:

Individual

Description:

Help individuals and groups who are World Renew‒Bangladesh partner staff gain confidence in using English. The volunteer will report to the World Renew‒Bangladesh country consultant. World Renew is an agency of the Christian Reformed Church and an RCA mission partner.

Location:

Dhaka and Netrokona, Bangladesh
Bangladesh

Volunteer opportunities:

Serve for two or three months and support the partner staff for World RenewBangladesh by facilitating individual and group language learning sessions (80%). You will also learn about the country’s and community’s culture, practice Bangla, and build relationships in the local community (10%); complete weekly or monthly reports and write newsletters and blogs in order to keep in touch with supporters (5%); and complete a World Renew three-day orientation and attend meetings as needed (5%).

Volunteers: Group Trips

Working with local, long-term ministries, your mission team can help meet needs, build relationships, and share the hope of Christ. Mission trips are available for teams of all ages.

Volunteers: Individual Trips

Opportunities are available for students and adults to serve as an individual or a couple for a few weeks or up to two years alongside RCA missionaries and mission partners.

Volunteers: Student Trips

Opportunities are available for youth groups, intergenerational groups (including younger children), and individual students to serve alongside RCA missionaries and mission partners.

Disaster Response

Disaster response work is not just about rebuilding homes; it's about rebuilding hope. When a disaster strikes, you can volunteer to provide much-needed support to a community in the months and years that follow.

Volunteers: Plan Your Trip

RCA Volunteer Engagement supports congregations and equips volunteers for service with RCA missionaries and mission partners.

Volunteer Support

Donate now. Your gift will help make it possible for an individual to serve through RCA Volunteer Engagement.

Next Generation Missional Engagement Fund

The Next Generation Missional Engagement Fund helps make it possible for children, youth, and young adults to engage in Christ’s kingdom mission around the world.

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Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email volunteer@rca.org or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement

Molly Towne

Volunteer Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant


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