Volunteers are placed in a variety of ministries of the Church of Christ in Thailand, a 75-year-old ecumenical Protestant Church, and in faith-based outreach efforts that serve different communities.
Servant leadership through partnership ministries is what is emphasized in this program. All placement sites offer opportunities for independent creativity and communal leadership through thoughtful service as equals with Thai co-workers and other YAVs.
Volunteers serve as full-time workers in community-based ministries. While the type of ministry opportunities may vary from year to year, the focus of each ministry is community education, support of the oppressed, intentional community and spiritual growth. Some possible placements include:
- Visitation of AIDS patients in rural areas
- Working with isolated expatriate Senior Citizens in residential communities
- Offering religious education or tutoring to students in local schools
- Developing technology solutions to patient outreach and service in rural hospitals
- Creating and supporting radio broadcast programming for isolated peoples
- Assisting local programs with the transition to an ASEAN community
- Providing activities for displaced and traumatized persons in safe houses
- Offering English language tutoring to seminary students
- Supporting local pastors with contemporary worship and youth outreach
- Providing community education programs on child protection
Volunteers share housing with one to three other PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteers in the communities where they are working. Costs, chores, meal preparation and other aspects of communal living are negotiated within the group. Volunteers may be placed in one of three different areas of Thailand, ranging from major cities to rural areas.
intentional Community Living
In addition to participating in community building with other YAVs, volunteers come together four times each year in communal retreats in various locations for a time of reflection on servant leadership, prayer, spiritual formation and community building led by a variety of local leaders and the program site coordinator.
Age: 21 to 30 at the time of service
Education: College degree or equivalent age and life experience
The Rev. Dr. Sharon L. Bryant