Criteria for Sites
All volunteers sites are community groups, non-governmental organizations, or church-related bodies committed to global justice issues. Volunteer sites must meet the following criteria:
- Enter into partnership with the General Board of Global Ministries with the goal of providing exposure and learning opportunities for young adults.
- Provide a specific description of the volunteer's work; an explanation of exactly how the volunteer will relate to and be involved with the overall activities of the organization; and an outline of the particular opportunities and methods of participation available to the volunteer.
- Provide on-going orientation for the volunteer in terms of the organization itself, the overall context of the organization's work, and the broader community in which the work is done.
- Provide strong and continuous supervision for all volunteers through intentional processes of exposure, reflection, and dialogue about the volunteers' experiences.
- Arrange housing for groups of two to four volunteers within the same community. Where possible, the volunteers should be able to live together. The purpose of this is to facilitate intentional community living, experience, and reflection. Rent and other housing fees will be paid through the Global Justice Volunteers Program.
- Address the root causes of social, political, and economic problems. For example, sites might work in the areas of: human rights, conflict resolution, youth advocacy, women and children's empowerment, environmental action, economic development, health promotion, community organizing, workers' rights, and/or refugee settlement.
- Challenge the volunteers to make critical links between faith and justice.