What we look for in a Young Adult Volunteer
- Volunteers should exhibit crosscultural sensitivity and a creativity and willingness to work with diverse communities.
- A basic understanding of the historical and contemporary religious, political and cultural realities of their site is expected.
- Volunteers should be mature, adaptable and independent. The ability to deal with uncertainty, ambiguity and contradiction is a plus, as are patience, persistence, initiative, good listening skills, a sense of humor and a desire to simply “be” with people and with God. Volunteers should demonstrate flexibility that will be needed to respond to unique situations and circumstances.
- Volunteers should have the ability to articulate their faith. Some sites, due to the nature of the cultural understanding of Christianity, ask for volunteers who are able to express their faith publicly.
- Some sites will require certain language skills or the willingness to learn a new language. In other cases, additional language skills are helpful, but not necessary.
Can a YAV be an ordained minister?
Ashley--a YAV does not need to be a member of a PC(USA) church, but does need to be a member of a worshiping community. This can include a campus ministry, or another worshiping community which is not necessarily a church.
Does a YAV have to be PC-USA?
Deborah--A YAV does need to have a GED or high school diploma. Most international sites also require a college degree.
Does a YAV have to have a GED or high school diploma?