World Renew

Name of Organization: World Renew (formerly Christian Reformed World Relief Committee)

Address of Organization: 3475 Mainway, Burlington, ON LRR 3Y8.

Website: Website

Contact Person: Iona Buisman

Phone: 905-336-2920

Email: Iona Buisman

Work of organization: World Renew is the relief and development arm of the Christian Reformed Church. World Renew reaches out in God's name to people, both in North America and around the world, who are struggling with poverty, hunger, disaster, and injustice to help them find lasting ways to improve their lives. World Renew does this work in over 30 of the world's poorest countries. World Renew's overall mission is to engage God's people in redeeming resources and developing gifts in collaborative acts of love, mercy, justice and compassion.

There are three major aspects to our ministry.
1)Community Development: In this aspect of our ministry World Renew partners with more than 150 churches and local indigenous community organizations to train local people to be leaders in their own communities. Together, Word Renew and its partners help people work together to overcome illiteracy, hunger, malnutrition, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, child mortality, injustice, and other issues affecting them.

2) Disaster Response and Relief: In this aspect of our ministry when disasters strike, World Renew responds to the urgent needs that arise. In North America, this often includes clearing debris, assessing needs, training local leaders, and repairing and rebuilding damaged homes. This is done with a local interfaith organization created by the community to address the disaster. Internationally, it includes providing and distributing emergency food, water, shelter, and other supplies. It also often involves reconstruction of homes and livelihoods. When possible, we try to connect our relief work to long term community development programs. This helps to mitigate the communities' ability to respond to a future disaster.

3)Justice Education: In this aspect of our ministry, World Renew works with communities on issues of Peace and Reconciliation, Gender Equity, Environmental Issues, and issues of Land Rights. Our experience has taught us that addressing issues of injustice can lead help in creating sustainability in our work.

4) Working with People in North America and Around the World: The last aspect of our ministry involves connecting people in different ways to ministry. This helps them to deepen their understanding of how we are all connected to global issues. More importantly, it helps them to use the gifts and talents God has given them to act and advocate on behalf of those in need.

Kinds of Internships:
1) Community Development Training Volunteer Internship - Nigeria - 10 Months
2) Advocacy Volunteer Internship - Philippines - 3 to 6 Months
3) Seminary Teacher Volunteer Assistant - Malawi - 3 to 6 Months
4) Church Partnership Volunteer Coordinator - Philippines - 6 to 12 Months

Desirable skills:
1) At least three years of university credit in the area of focus
2) Willingness to learn about community development
3) For Terms of 3 Months or Less: At least 2 weeks or more of time spent in an international setting.
4) For Terms of More Than 3 Months: At least 4 weeks or more of time spent in an international setting.
5) Ability to adjust and work effectively in ambiguous settings.
6) Able to pass a background check
7) Some experience working or living in cross-cultural surroundings
8) Able to nurture own faith in a sometimes isolated setting
9) Able to take direction from others who work and think culturally different than you are used to.
10) Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Suite including Word and Excel
11) Self starter and able to work/guide own learning.

Number of internships: 2 or 3 annually

Location of internships: Nigeria, Philippines, Malawi

Duration of internships: 3 months and longer

Costs: $5,500US for 3 Months, $7,500 for 6 Months, $12,500 for 12 Months. These figures are estimates and could be higher or lower based on the location of the volunteer internship. Generally urban areas of a country tend to be more expensive than a rural setting. Also, the costs for couples are generally 30% higher and for families of four or more, costs can double at minimum.

Accommodation: Students who are not married, they will live with pre-screened local families for 2-4 weeks. In their host family homes students may have their own small bedroom or share a room with a family member of the same sex. Married students who bring their families are given small apartments or homes.

Insurance costs: Medical insurance/coverage. Otherwise no other insurance is needed.

Medical insurance/coverage: Medical insurance coverage is NOT available through CRWRC. Students would have to be responsible for their own medical coverage. However, World Renew will provide a list of companies who can provide "Major Medical" coverage for a student at an affordable rate. Students will provide in force medical insurance coverage for the duration of the volunteer internship prior to leaving Canada.

Training: If yes, describe its nature and duration. Prior to departure students are required to attend a three day orientation at our Canadian office in Burlington, Ontario. Upon arrival in the designated country the training will include a country specific orientation, a World Renew orientation and an orientation of the local indigenous partner. Ongoing language and cultural training is also an important part of the internship.

Evaluation: Yes. At the end the internship, World Renew does a 1-3 day debriefing and evaluation of the internship. This process begins in the World Renew field office and would conclude in our Burlington, Ontario office.

Volunteering: Yes. World Renew would provide some in office time prior to the volunteer leaving for the field. There may be opportunities for students to do some work within our offices prior to their formal internships. This is determined on a per case basis, as the nature of volunteer opportunities is based on present community needs.

Statement of faith: See here.

Application form: See here.

Application to: Iona Buisman

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time. However, the actual placement is based on what is first best for the field and its partners and secondly, the best fit the student and their schedule.

Contract: See the sample service agreement here. Some items will be tailored to the student, but overall the majority of the contract will stay the same.