Tucson Borderlands Young Adult Volunteer Site
Serving both in Tucson and directly on the U.S.-Mexico border, Tucson Borderlands YAVs are steeped in the cultural exchange between these two countries. While enjoying tacos and biking to work, YAVs practice listening for God’s call in their lives and living out that call in holistic ways. YAVs in the Borderlands walk with people who are working for justice in their own communities. Together, we witness how the systems of our world – things like racism, poverty, militarization, globalization, migration, and border security – have a very real impact on the daily lives of real people.
How do I apply?
Intentional Community Living
YAVs in Tucson live together in a rented house, sharing resources and exploring what it means to build intentional community. Fridays are designated community days and YAVs work together to decide what community activities will be part of their life together. Weekly house meetings include book studies and discussion of house business and projects. YAVs go on retreat together four times a year to connect more deeply with each other and spend time in reflection.
Vocational discernment is a big part of community life at the Tucson Borderlands site. YAVs participate as a group in a 16-session experiential course of discernment practices and tools, facilitated by the site coordinator. Through this work together, YAVs practice different ways of thinking about and doing discernment, and supporting each other through the times when there are more questions than answers. Volunteers are also each paired with a discernment partner from the local community who meets with them once a month for prayer and reflection.
YAVs who work with partner agency Frontera de Cristo live and work in Agua Prieta, Mexico. Intentional community is a little different for Frontera YAVs, who focus more on connecting with the local Iglesia Presbiteriana and Agua Prieta community. Frontera YAVs participate in community vocational discernment and retreats with Tucson-based YAVs.
Tucson volunteers live together in a rented house in central Tucson and practice simplicity and sustainability through using bicycles as their primary form of transportation.
Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) is a service and leadership development program through the World Mission division of the PC(USA). Young adults serve for one year in the U.S. or internationally, in areas such as fair trade or environmental issues, and have the opportunity to experience Christianity in a new culture. YAVs are between ages 19 and 30. Check out the YAV program blog here.
Education: no requirement
Other: Spanish proficiency is a requirement for placement at BorderLinks and Frontera de Cristo. If riding a bike is not possible for folks, other accommodations will be made.