Volunteers: Student Trips

Student Mission Trips:

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

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.

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 two week-long vacation Bible school programs for children every summer (contact the Volunteer Engagement team for dates). This includes leading lessons, making and serving lunch, assisting with setup, playing games with kids, and facilitating prayer time. There may be an opportunity to work on the facilities at times when students are not present, including yard work, washing cars, and cleaning windows.

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 September 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated many areas of the state of Florida. Volunteer groups of all skill levels are needed to help with the recovery.

Location:

Multiple counties, Florida
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to help with home repairs and cleaning. Work may include mucking out and gutting homes, installing sheetrock, painting, replacing flooring and trim, repairing roofs, and fixing electrical or plumbing systems. 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:

In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit eight counties with severe storms, high winds, and flooding. World Renew Disaster Response Services is working in Citrus County, where over 2,800 households registered for recovery assistance.

Location:

Citrus County, Florida
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to assist with general reconstruction, removal and replacing of sheetrock, insulation, trimming, roofing, siding, plumbing, and flooring. There is a local construction coordinator who 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
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:

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:

Each Immerse week is different, and we will work hard to tailor your Immerse week to some of the gifts, skills, and interests of your group. Groups serving with Immerse might do any of the following:

  • Provide childcare, serve a meal, or sort and distribute clothes at People’s City Mission
  • Set up apartments, clean, and paint at a transition house for moms and their children experiencing homelessness
  • Provide yardwork and cleaning to local families experiencing poverty
  • Cook a meal and help with grounds work at the Charity Autos program
  • Lead games and activities at the F Street Community Center
  • Share a meal with locals at a local Christian community house
  • Lead the neighborhood Bible club at F Street Neighborhood Church
  • Distribute food and care for children at the Foodnet and LIFEHouse food pantries
  • Help with various projects at F Street Neighborhood Church
  • Serve at a local soup kitchen
  • Hand out “blessing bags” to people experiencing homelessness in downtown Lincoln
  • Serve at a holistic ministry to teens in north Omaha
     

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:

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
Student

Description:

Mescalero Reformed Church is a community of people who desire to purposefully present the gospel of Jesus Christ to their neighbors by living out the mandate to love God and love others. Mescalero is the only town on the 463,000-acre Mescalero Apache Reservation. The church feels strongly about reaching out to the community and letting people know that they are welcome just as they are.

Key Scripture: “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you” (Romans 15:7).

Location:

Mescalero, New Mexico
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Participate in weekly church activities, such as youth group, a club for kids, Bible studies, women’s meetings, and community outreach. Help with vacation Bible school or other projects, as determined by your group’s skills and interests. In the midst of these activities, you will learn about and interact with the history and culture of the Mescalero people. 

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
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:

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 from January 14 - April 7, 2018. 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
Student
Disaster Response

Description:

In August 2017 Hurricane Harvey tore through east Texas, damaging more than 320,000 homes in the greater Houston area. The RCA is partnering with World Renew Disaster Response Services in the long-term recovery efforts throughout the 39 counties affected by this massive storm. 

Location:

Houston, Texas
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to help with home repairs and cleaning. Work may include mucking out and gutting homes, installing sheetrock, painting, replacing flooring and trim, repairing roofs, and fixing electrical or plumbing systems. 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:

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:

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
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
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:

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:

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.

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:

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:

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.

Stories about Volunteers in the RCA

“Abundantly Far More”

This year, HIS Work Camp came with extra challenges. But those challenges showed students and staff that God works beyond what they can imagine.

Mission Trips, Remixed

Students on this summer’s Project Timothy trips did more than travel overseas for a week of service projects—instead, they learned how to lead.

Serving in Costa Rica

In what was a life-changing experience for many of them, 13 members of First Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa, and Bethel Reformed Church in Lester, Iowa, traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, on a mission trip June 13-22, 2014.

Give and Take: Teaching in Japan enriches students and their volunteer teacher

For Rachel Hashimoto, long-term volunteering in Japan was a great way to learn about the country and the culture there “without having to deal with taxes,” she jokes. But it was more than that, of course—it was a chance to quietly witness to others and share Christ’s love in a country where Christianity is a minority religion.

It's About Relationships

More and more, people want to volunteer in ways that build relationships with the people they serve.

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


Cultivate is a program for 18- to 25-year-olds to partner with RCA missionaries for a summer or a full year and see how God is at work in another part of the globe.