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 a week-long vacation Bible school program 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
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

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.)

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

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

Description:

Faith and Deeds Missions of Minnesota’s vision is to help community members by meeting physical and spiritual needs through being the hands and feet of Jesus and showing God’s love and grace. Summer groups are needed to help with projects throughout the community, from minor home repairs to sharing the gospel.

Key Scripture: James 2:14-18

Location:

Willmar, Minnesota
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Groups of students and adults are needed to assist with projects around the community. General needs include yard work, minor home repair and maintenance, and sharing the gospel through relationship-building.

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
Disaster Response

Description:

In early October of 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated many communities in North Carolina. Some areas were still under water two weeks after the hurricane. Volunteers with World Renew Disaster Response Services are helping residents in Tarboro, NC recover.

World Renew DRS is hoping to have teams serving in Tarboro from January 18 – April 11, 2020. Groups typically volunteer for one week.

Location:

Tarboro, North Carolina
United States

Volunteer opportunities:

The primary focus will be on drywall, trim, and flooring in houses and mobile homes that have flood damage. Work may also include painting, cabinet installation, outdoor projects, and electrical or plumbing. In some cases, foundations or piers may need work. A World Renew DRS facilitator will be on-site to coordinate your work projects.

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
     

Description:

CALTR – Faith in Action is an immersion experience that combines volunteer work, hands-on experiences, and conversations with community members.

Your volunteer team will help low-income New Jersey residents fix up their homes and hear from community members who work on issues like immigration, affordable housing, mental health, refugee resettlement, and prison reentry.

Through this experience, you’ll explore themes of faith, community, and action that you can carry with you into your own community.

Location:

Highland Park, New Jersey
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Come alongside the dynamic community ministries at Reformed Church of Highland Park, including four nonprofit organizations and a robust roster of church-led ministries.

As a CALTR volunteer, you might:

  • Repair and maintain housing for people who are homeless.
  • Support Reformed Church of Highland Park’s community outreach to children and families.
  • Eat at a café staffed by recently resettled refugees.
  • Learn about a low-cost community mental health program.
  • Clean up a local stream.
  • Visit people in a local detention center.
  • Set up an apartment for a new refugee family.

However you’re called upon to serve, you’ll be an integral part of God’s work in New Jersey.

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. All groups will have the opportunity to learn about the culture and life on the reservation, and issues affecting the Jicarilla Apaches.

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 (dates for 2019 are July 15-19). 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

Opportunity type:

Group
Student

Description:

North Street Mission provides an opportunity for youth and adults to learn about big-city poverty issues in a rural setting. Groups start off each day by serving with Trinity UCC’s Breakfast Program, which provides free, hot breakfast to anyone in the Wooster community, then venture out to serve alongside other community organizations. Educational segments can be arranged on a variety of issues based upon the interest of the group.

Location:

Wooster, Ohio
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer groups will begin each day by working with Trinity UCC volunteers preparing and serving our Breakfast Program. Following breakfast, teams work with one of several community organizations including MOCA House, a local mental health drop-in center; People to People Ministries, a local food pantry; Salvation Army; Boys and Girls Club; Habitat for Humanity; Community Gardens; STEPS (Substance Abuse Treatment, Education and Prevention Services); Every Women’s House, a domestic violence shelter and advocacy and education center; Friendship Meals; and the Wilderness Center. Groups are welcome Monday through Saturday throughout the year.

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

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

Description:

Iglesia Reformada Impacto, a church plant in northeastern Texas, has about 60 members and is growing rapidly. Their mission is to reach the Spanish-speaking population, bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ and training people in Reformed theology. However, their church building is not in good shape. You can help repair the building so that ministry in Pittsburg can thrive!

Location:

Pittsburg, Texas
USA

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to make repairs on the church building and help protect it from somewhat harsh weather conditions. Possible projects include roofing, flooring, bathroom repairs, painting, and general building repairs, both inside and out. Groups should include at least one skilled person who can delegate work to others. 

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:

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:

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: Under the direction and in coordination with the Mission and School Staff, volunteers may observe classes in the nursery, primary, and secondary schools and interact with the students in sports, practicing English, devotions, and visiting. 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:

Many Hands for Haiti (MH4H) wants to transform lives forever by being love in action in this broken world, especially in Haiti. The six action areas that MH4H focus on are education, leadership development, agriculture, heath care access, safe homes, and economic development. The headquarters are in Pella, Iowa, and Pignon, Haiti, is home to the MH4H campus.

Key Scripture: Romans 12:1-8:

Location:

Pignon, Haiti
Haiti

Volunteer opportunities:

MH4H works in several different areas of Haiti, and teams will have the opportunity to participate in one or more of the following projects. Serve alongside MH4H staff and local Haitians with the Safe Homes project, providing concrete floors for families. Assist with the Mil Jou program, which provides meals for children during the first 1,000 days of their lives, as well as providing meals for their families. Distribute Personal Energy Transportation (P.E.T.) carts to provide mobility for those who need it. Volunteers with specialized skills (electricians, doctors, nurses, agronomy experts) may be able to work in their field of expertise on special projects. 

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:

Location:

Manaus, Brazil
Brazil

Volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer groups can participate by leading classes and workshops at the camp and by being conversation partners with whom the students can practice their English.

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 can join mission staff and villagers in sports and children’s activities. Teams with medical and dental skills can assist health workers. Skills in photography and videography are appreciated!

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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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