I am a junior in high school and I am interested in international development (in agriculture, business, etc.). I was wondering if you knew of any summer opportunities in this area with Christian organizations. I am home schooled and I am taking courses at UMass, Amherst in Resource Economics, Music and Italian. Any info you have would be awesome!
Thanks for writing. I appreciate your serious concern for other peoples and
the way you have been preparing yourself. From what I have researched, most
entities that deal with Community Development on an international scale are
looking for college students or graduates. However, I have found two organizations
that you might want to explore.
- Food for the Hungry - Hunger Corps [www.fh.org]
Under their "quick find" you'll discover a section on Short
Term Missions. They are particularly concerned about relief and development
internationally, and work in 27 of the world's poorest countries. They say
"Christians from ages 14 and up are welcome. We provide all accommodations,
training, and experienced team leaders. Christian commitment and a willingness
to serve. Servant's attitude." Their toll-free number: 877-780-4261.
- International Service Learning [www.servir.org]
This programs combines cross-cultural field experience, academic emphasis
(with college credit), and extensive travel. Their focus is Central America.
Their program opportunities include 2-3 week teams in January, May, and August.
Their website tells it all.
Of course if you come to Urbana, you'll be able to dialogue with an incredible
number of entities channeling young people into opportunities of service. You
will be able to talk to their representatives and discuss the matter of International
Development with them. I would encourage you to look for organizations that
combine a vision for development with a concern for evangelism, a balance we
Blessings on you, Jess.