OVERSEAS VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Mahanaim, in collaboration with International Youth Fellowship, offers all of its students the opportunity to serve as volunteers overseas. Students may choose to participate in either short term or long term trips, or both. Short term trips typically take place during Winter or Summer breaks and last one to two weeks, whereas the long term trip lasts from six months to a year. While students may participate in short term programs during any year within their program, they may only take advantage of a long-term service opportunity during their third and fourth years. Both Theology and Music students will be given a broad range of options on where to go and in what capacities they can serve. Mahanaim has sister institutions across the globe including South Korea and the Dominican Republic, and is in the process of establishing schools in Vietnam, Paraguay, China, Kenya, and Benin. No matter where you choose to go or how long you stay, your service will give hope and joy to the people you serve.
Good News Corps Overseas Volunteer Program
Students who participate in this long-term trip must receive approval from their department head and the Office of Academic Affairs. They must also take a one-semester leave of absence from their program. They will then discuss their preferred country of service with IYF administration and program coordinators who will work with the student to determine which country would best benefit from their service. Students are responsible for covering their own travel costs (i.e. airfare, travel documents, vaccinations), but will be provided with room, board, transportation, and basic necessities by IYF and Mahanaim, abroad. As volunteers, students will perform a wide range of services included mission work, continuing education, cultural exchange programs, youth outreach, performing arts, environmental preservation, and basic construction/building renovation. Specific projects vary by country.
English Camp Mission Trip
English Camp is an annual, short-term volunteering initiative organized and run in tandem with IYF. IYF recruits and trains high school and college students across the United States to serve as instructors in English, dance, music, CPR, hygiene, and martial arts. Volunteers must attend the mandatory workshop prior to dispatch, where they will learn the proper mindset of an IYF volunteer, meet fellow instructors, and prepare teaching materials for their lesson plans. Once dispatched, the volunteers are split into teams and teach in different schools ranging from primary to postsecondary institutions. English Camp teams teach from 50 to over 500 students per campus, dividing them into classroom-size groups and leading them through a six-hour rotation schedule of morning and afternoon classes. While English Camp exposes attendees to a dynamic and comprehensive curriculum in English, it also gives hope and confidence in overcoming barriers and difficulties such as language, academics, and intercultural communication. Theology students may be asked to teach the Gospel class, which is attended by all students as a part of their English Camp schedule. Music students both perform for attendees and teach an introductory course on classical music.
English Camp in Mexico
IYF has hosted English Camp in Mexico every January since 2011. Each winter, IYF partners and collaborates with numerous institutions and municipal departments in the city of Monterrey, located in the northern state of Nuevo Leon. English Camp is hosted in schools around the region for three to four days. Approximately four hundred volunteers from all over the U.S. convene in Dallas, Texas for a four-day training workshop prior to dispatch. In recent years, IYF has also been invited to run English Camps in orphanages, juvenile correctional facilities, and state prisons, all to very positive reception and feedback from our volunteers.
English Camp in Haiti
IYF English Camp in Haiti began in 2012. Every June for 10-12 days, English Camp is hosted in partnership with the Municipality of Delmas, a satellite city of the capitol Port-au-Prince. American volunteers convene at workshops in either Los Angeles or New York before traveling in Haiti. Approximately 200 volunteers participate each year. Like Mexico, volunteers are split into teams and teach in schools across the city. IYF has recently hosted English Camp at the National Police Academy for 1500 police cadets, as well as at a juvenile correctional facility.
For more information or to discuss applying for the Overseas Volunteer Experience, please either speak to your advisor at the Office of Academic Affairs or visit www.iyfusa.org.