Young Adults: Step Out! Become a Global Justice Volunteer or Summer Intern

Date Posted: 3/2/2011

Applications Due March 31, 2011

Young people are needed to live out their faith through social justice by interning and volunteering around the world and in the United States this summer.


Global Ministries needs Global Justice Volunteers and Summer Interns, young adults who can work for about two months with community organizations and faith-based partners to listen, learn, practice social justice, advocate with the disenfranchised, be in solidarity, and make a positive difference with communities connected to Global Ministries, the international mission agency of The United Methodist Church.


In previous years young adults have described their short-term mission experience as "amazing," "incredibly rewarding and incredibly frustrating," "not easy but worth it," and "a wonderful, meaningful, and life-changing experience."


Taking the lead from the communities where they serve, interns and volunteers become witnesses to the call to "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God." (Micah 6:8)


Young people who embark on the journey to become an intern or volunteer are challenged to face the issues of our times, including: migration, economic justice, global health, and poverty.


The GJV and Summer Intern programs provide opportunities to learn, serve, and be exposed to these issues and new cultures. As part of Global Ministries' collective efforts to address the root causes of injustice, the interns and volunteers stand with the individuals, organizations, and communities where they serve. They become part of the social justice movement striving to build a world where all God's children live in peace, reconciliation, and harmony with God and one another.


The volunteers and interns of the General Board of Global Ministries reflect a diversity of gender, race, class, privilege, as well as varied educational and life experiences.


Summer Interns

For ten weeks, from June 13 to August 20, Summer Interns encounter social justice as they work with communities around the US. Among other possibilities, interns may connect community members to emergency assistance and job training in Alexandria, organize children’s recreation in Appalachia, work with homeless communities in Detroit, or support advocacy for housing in San Antonio.


Between the ages 18 to 25, Summer Interns are asked to have completed at least one year of college before applying.


In exchange for their two months of service, Summer Interns receive a $2,500 stipend, the cost of travel to and from their place of assignment, and room and board.


Learn more and apply to the Summer Intern Program.


If you are part of an organization that relates to Global Ministries or the Women's Division and would like to host a Summer Intern in 2011, you are invited to apply to become a partner placement site. Please find the placement site application at For more information inquire with Global Ministries’ Young Adult Mission Services office.


Global Justice Volunteers

For eight weeks over the summer, Global Justice Volunteers ( between the ages of 18 and 30 ) serve abroad with grassroots organizations alongside other young adults from around the world. The volunteers may staff an HIV and AIDS clinic in East Africa, or advocate for sustainable life in Asia. Working in teams of two to five people, volunteers support the community to which they are assigned and one another.


For 2011, two GJV teams will be sent out:

  • Young Adults Responding to the challenges posed by HIV and AIDS, East Africa (May 30 - July 23, 2011)


GJV 2011 in East Africa will continue the theme of “Young Adults Responding to Challenges Posed by HIV and AIDS.” This program will seek to empower volunteers to engage in short-term mission work and to explore the communal and individual challenges posed when living with HIV and AIDS--one of the major weapons of mass destruction among women, children, and young people in world. The theme of HIV and AIDS provides an extraordinary lens through which young people can begin to unravel the gender and economic justice elements of a contextualized issue and how it is addressed. Orientation and training will take place in Kenya, and Volunteers will be deployed in smaller groups to serve in various Kenya- and Uganda-based organizations addressing HIV and AIDS. Volunteers will analyze and compare the impact of HIV and AIDS in their own local, country, and regional contexts, integrate their learnings and experience through the GJV program, and be strengthened in their work of advocacy around HIV and AIDS.


  • Environmental and Agricultural Sustainability with the Asian Rural Institute, Japan (June 20 - mid-August 2011)

The Asian Rural Institute (ARI) is a training center for Rural Leaders. Founded in 1973 by Rev. Dr. Toshihiro Takami, the aim of the program is to invite and train local grassroots leaders to more effectively serve in their communities as they work for the poor, the hungry, and the marginalized. Global Justice Volunteers will volunteer at ARI, participating in trainings that focus on sustainable agriculture through integrated organic farming techniques, community building, and leadership. Its community-based and hands-on learning is emphasized in all areas. Working together, the ARI community grows and shares its own food. At the heart of the program is the concept of "Foodlife," a term designed to recognize and value the interdependency of life and the food that sustains all life.


Each Global Justice Volunteer is asked to cover or fundraise costs for international travel and personal purchases; limited and partial scholarships are available. The remaining funds (i.e., in-country expenses for basic room, board, and local travel) and administrative costs are provided by Mission and Evangelism and United Methodist Women of the General Board of Global Ministries, the joint sponsors of the Global Justice Volunteers Program.

Learn more about the Global Justice Volunteer Program.


How do young adults apply?

To download more information and an application to become a Gloal Justice Volunteer or Summer Intern, visit the website at:


To learn about the broad spectrum of programs available for young adults to serve through Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, including through the Global Justice Volunteer or Summer Intern programs, visit the website at: