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Information for Volunteers2023-02-27T10:28:20-08:00

Information for Volunteers

Volunteer to Serve

Volunteer at an International Family Retreat – no experience necessary!

What exactly will I do?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

As a volunteer, you will come alongside local churches to support families living with disability. You may be assigned a specific role or asked to fill a variety of roles, depending on the immediate need.

What are some of the specific roles I might take on?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

Specific roles include:

  • Disability Specialist: typically an occupational therapist, physical therapist, registered nurse, speech and language pathologist, special education teacher, or behavior therapist
  • Program Assistant: help lead arts and crafts, recreation time, and games
  • Parent Group Leader: help lead small group meetings with local caregivers
  • Family Retreat Trainer: train local volunteers to be a buddy to someone with special needs
  • Speaker: serve as camp pastor; Biblical training, ministry experience, and/or experience with people affected by disability is recommended
  • Photographer: document the Retreat through photos
What are requirements to serve?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

You do not need to be a professional to be a part of the team. Volunteers are simply committed Christians that have a desire to serve families living with disability.

Whether you’re a college-aged student or a grandparent, you will serve a vital role at International Family Retreat. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to apply. If you are younger than 18 years old and would like to serve, please contact the Joni and Friends International Family Retreat department at [email protected] or (818) 575-1774.

Will I receive any training?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

Yes! We provide all the training materials you will need before and during the Retreat. You will be trained on disability awareness, cultural awareness, and your role(s) at the Retreat. Ongoing support will be provided from the International Family Retreat Manager and the Retreat Team Leader.

How long is the Retreat?2023-06-13T14:08:44-07:00

A typical International Family Retreat is 3-5 days. Including training, travel days, and a day to sightsee/shop, the trip will last about 10 days.

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