Criteria for Volunteers
What’s Expected of a GJV: Policies & Guidelines
- Age requirement: 18-30 years old.
- Accept Micah's challenge "to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
- Participate fully in the experience of linking faith and justice, as both developed by the volunteer site and approved by GBGM.
- Active participation in entirety of program June 3- August 8, 2012. Including: orientation, volunteer site placement, regrouping, and follow-up.
- Adherence to program code of conduct.
- Preference will be given to young adults who have actively participated in the youth networks. Participants need not be United Methodist, as the program is ecumenical in nature.
- Commitment to live and work in grassroots communities for a predetermined term.
- Respect for and willingness to live among people of different faiths, cultures, and traditions different from their own.
- Interest in bridging global experience with one's local community.
- Seeking exposure to and learning from communities of faith around the world.
- If you leave your site for a trip not previously arranged by the GJV office, you are to clear your travel with your site supervisor and notify the New York based GJV staff person of your destination, itinerary, and contact information while traveling.
- Report Writing: Prior to the training each GJV participant will write a brief report on a Global Justice concern they will be engaging during their summer of service. This report will have two parts. The first will highlight a specified justice issue in your home country and the second part will cover the same justice issue in the country you will be serving.
- Participants will commit to: send a written version of your story/ reflections on your experience and pictures to the GJV Program office, make 5 presentations ( send in presentation materials such as: summaries, outlines, video or powerpoints); submitting a written version of your story to 4 media sources (blogs, newspapers, annual conference papers, college/university papers.); and sharing the program in one other way of your choosing.
- In the event that the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church calls for an evacuation of all non-essential staff from the country or region in which you are volunteering, you will be required to return to your home country. Any exceptions to this will be made directly by the General Secretary in cases where it is more dangerous to travel than to stay at your site.