Samaritan's Purse Canada

Name of Organization: Samaritan's Purse Canada

Address of Organization: 20 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary, AB, T3J 5H5

Website: Website

Contact Person: Raija-Liisa Teigen

Phone: 403-250-6565

Email: Email

Work of organization: Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational, evangelical, Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Kinds of internships: The Water for Life Internship program trains and equips water interns to work with our staff and partners around the world, helping provide safe drinking water through BioSand Water Filters, providing health and hygiene education, and working alongside communities. Interns work in a variety of capacities, depending on the needs of our partners and communities we are serving. Interns may begin water filter pilot projects in new communities, construct and install filters, or train and follow up with beneficiaries.

Desirable skills: Interns should be between the ages of 19 - 30. They should be a post-secondary graduate - that is, a graduate of a degree or diploma program in a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CÉGEP (college d'enseignement general et professionnel, Québec). They should be out of school (that is, you must not have courses, coop-terms or theses left to complete to satisfy your current degree requirements). They should be ready to begin your professional career. They should be unemployed or underemployed but be legally entitled to work in Canada. Recommended fields of study for applicants are sciences, healthcare, administration, economics, engineering, international studies, or development studies (other fields will be considered). Samaritan's Purse is seeking individuals who are self-motivated, take initiative, have integrity, are creative problem solvers, and who work well in a team situation. Emphasis also placed on the volunteer experience of the applicant.

Number of internships: 3

Location of internships: Locations have not yet been determined for 2009-2010

Duration of internships: 6 months

Costs: Interns will have to pay for flights to Calgary for training, accomodations in Calgary, flight home after debrief, as well as their food while on the field, and any personal expenses on the field (like vacation), the intern is also responsible for vaccinations.

Accommodation: Interns are placed with out partners, and the partner makes arrangements for accomodations close to the work site. Sometimes this in a very remote, village setting with little to no amenities, and sometimes this is an urban setting. Accomodations will depend on the location of the project.

Insurance: None other than their provincial health care.

Medical coverage: Medical/Travel insurance coverage is provided for the intern, for the duration of his/her time on the field.

Training: Training is provided and begins in August for three weeks and it takes place in Calgary. All interns will fly out of Calgary to their field destinations. Training consists of topics such as: professional development, cross-cultural adjustment, water training - training is received on the construction, installation and follow-up of the BioSand Water Filter, HIV/AIDS, project management, community development, health and hygiene.

Evaluation: Yes, there is an evaluation of the student at the end of the internship program. This information can be shared with Wycliffe.

Volunteering: There are not many volunteer opportunities with us. Some people have come and helped out at the office in Calgary doing some of the more basic tasks, but we are not really geared to host volunteers for a long length of time.

Faith statement: Samaritan's Purse bases its ministry on the following statement of faith:

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. (II Timothy 3:15-17)
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6)
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (John 1:1-4; Matthew 1:23; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 & 4:15; Acts 1:11 & 2:22-24; I Corinthians 15:3-4)
We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit and that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. (Titus 3:4-7; Luke 24:46-47; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life. (Galatians 5:16-18; Romans 8:9)
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Revelation 20:11-15; I Corinthians 15:51-57)
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church. (Ephesians 1:22-23; I Corinthians 12:12, 27)
We believe that the ministry of evangelism is a responsibility of both the church and each Christian. (Romans 10:9-15; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-20; I Peter 3:15)

Application form: Available from Raija-Liisa Teigen: Email
See the employment agreement.

Deadline: May 30, 2009