Expect orientation to be a time to learn to know staff and other mission workers, practice the practical skills necessary to orient yourself to a new location, and to gain tools that will be helpful for self-reflection and communication.
Orientation takes place in the Elkhart office.
Journey International is focused on the relational aspect of ministry, the balance of being and doing, so participants are asked to show up and engage in ways that are helpful to the community. Often times, our regional directors are working with our international partners on several details for your time: service placements, host families, language study arrangements, etc.
Living accommodations vary from location to location. In most locations, especially where language learning is part of the experience, participants are placed with host families. In other locations, participants live in an apartment.
It’s important in the formational process for you to have support and encouragement from others. For this reason, we ask you to form an advocacy team to help you raise support, offer care, and personal connection. Your local mentor and your regional director are also committed to walking with you on this journey.
The cost depends on the location, usually starting at $9,000. The regional director will work with you on a budget. This budget covers travel to and from the location, room and board, basic language study, and local transportation costs.
We have crafted a sample letter to help you talk about Journey International to potential supporters. We have found congregations and individuals supportive regardless of the type of service you are offering in the international location. Talk with Journey International staff if you are struggling to raise the necessary funds.
Participants will need to contact the lending institution where they received their loans to check for deferment arrangements. Journey International will gladly supply documentation that you are in this program.