Volunteers: Opportunities

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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.

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.

Stories about Volunteers in the RCA

Where Are We Going Next Year?

Three years after a flood in Detroit, disaster response volunteers help a homeowner cope with black mold.

Extending Hospitality

When a crucial need arose in Fellowship Reformed Church’s community, one member rallied her church to meet it.

Expanding Horizons

For Carissa Buurstra, it was the adventure of a lifetime. For her father, pastor Todd Buurstra, it was a chance to do mission while expanding the horizons of young people in his congregation.

New Leaders for a Trusted Model

As Bruce and Laurie Hawley retire, hybrid disaster response sites build on their work.

Art for Peace

In the West Bank, an arts camp offers kids the chance for joy—and, just maybe, peace.

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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


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.