The Tucson Borderlands site offers an opportunity to experience and explore the call of the gospel in the social and political realities of the U.S./Mexico border region. Our placements serve the program needs of churches, agencies and programs and address the social and economic consequences of global and free trade policies.
Volunteers participate in the Volunteers Exploring Vocation curriculum, an 16-session process of spiritual direction and vocational discernment as well as one on one spiritual direction and regular meetings with the site coordinator. Weekly house meetings include book studies and discussion of house business and projects.
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.
Borderlinks: Volunteers serve as delegation leaders, facilitating educational immersion experiences of the border region in both the U. S. and Mexico.
Southside Presbyterian Church: Volunteers are invited to explore a wide range of social justice initiatives carried out by this multicultural, progressive congregation. Emphasis has been on assisting / organizing their Worker Justice Ministry serving documented and undocumented workers.
Tucson Community Food Bank: Volunteers work in the Food Securities Division of the Food Bank and are invited to explore their calling to community education, organic gardening, community outreach, advocacy of secure food systems and farmer’s market activities. Volunteers can serve as Garden Program Assistant.
Frontera de Cristo: Volunteers live in Agua Prieta Mexico and work extensively with Protestants, Catholics and people of good will in the United States and Mexico to provide direct humanitarian assistance to deportees returned to Mexico by the Border Patrol.
Cascabel Conservation Association: Volunteers live and work with in a diverse community of ranchers, gardeners, land redemption advocates and conservation minded rural residents in the wild and scenic San Pedro River Valley, 75 miles East of Tucson.