Compare programs 

Program

Ages

Term length

Service assignments

Orientation

Role of home congregation

Living arrangements

Mennonite Voluntary Service

Community-based service and learning rooted in the missional vision of local congregations

20+

1 or 2 years

Business services, community development, education, environmental advocacy, health services, housing/rehabilitation, legal aid, peace and justice, social services

1-week orientation

Prayer support, encouragement, financial support

Food and housing provided in intentional community

Service Adventure

Community-based service and learning experience that emphasizes faith formation and leadership development

17–20

10 months

Childcare, tutoring, after-school program assistance, senior services, church-based ministries

1-week orientation

Prayer support, encouragement, financial support

Food and housing provided in intentional community with a leader

+24

2 years

Service Adventure leader

Radical Journey

Intentional faith formation within an Anabaptist perspective in several international locations

18–26

1 year

AIDS ministry, community development, youth and children’s ministry, education, peace and justice

10 days with additional orientation in immersion location

Prayer support, encouragement, financial support, mentoring, help in integrating learnings back into the home community

Live in community with host families and other participants

DOOR: Dwell

Explore urban ministry as a vocation and engage with God's transformative work in the city

18–30

1–2 years

Church outreach, advocacy work, social services, community development, environmental work, and more

1-week orientation

Prayer support, encouragement, financial support

Food and housing provided in intentional community

DOOR: Discover

Group educational/service experience in urban centers

13+

Weekend to 1 week

Serve in community-based ministries

Orientation and pre-trip information sent to leaders;
group orientation on-site

Prayer and financial support, accountability for group’s experience

Group housing and food provided

DOOR: Discern

Urban ministry exploration of God’s transforming work in the city

18–22

1–3 months

Serve in homeless shelters, urban gardens, clothing banks; help coordinate DOOR's Discover program

1- or 2-week orientation, including first aid and CPR training

Prayer support, encouragement

Group housing and food provided

Youth Venture

Youth serve and learn on teams together with a leader, with times for reflection and fun

14–20 (16–22 for international locations)

1–3 weeks

Children’s ministries, serving meals, maintenance/repairs, church-based ministries, service to senior citizens

Orientation on site

Prayer support, encouragement

Group housing and food provided

+24

1-3 weeks

Youth Venture leader

SOOP

Sharing life’s experience through service

Adults and families

2 weeks to 3 months; some longer

Home repair, office support, school programs, quilting, church-based ministries, and more

Self-guided materials provide orientation

Prayer support, encouragement

Provided at some locations

 
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