The following are highlighted opportunities for work and service with International Teams. This list is not exhaustive. If you have interest in joining one of our teams or starting a new one, please visit our GO pages.

Footsteps on the Way

Here’s an example of a short-term team from Wheaton College that engaged with our team in Spain while walking on the Camino de Santiago.

Last summer four Wheaton College students walked the Camino de Santiago for 14 days. Alley, a member of the short term team, reflected on her experience.

“The Camino  is a sacred space – it’s hard to leave and be unchanged by the experience. Our group was most affected by the way the Lord showed up in personal times of need, and how He brought us each through our own physical and spiritual trials,” said Alley. “Personally, I was injured pretty badly during my time, what I later found out was a tear in a tendon in my left foot. But the Lord gave me just enough strength each day to make the hike, and it was in the pain that I was able to slow down and reflect on the ways that He was speaking to me. The Camino was a constant conversation with teammates, other pilgrims, and most importantly, with the Lord. We found God in the mundane, in the times where all we could think about was taking the next step on the path.”

Alley continued, “We traded in loneliness for solitude with the Lord and pressed into worship as we were surrounded with creation. The community that is formed on the Camino, and the sense of solidarity that you as a pilgrim have with other pilgrims as you walk, especially after you finish the journey, goes unmatched to anything else you’ve ever experienced.”

The reasons pilgrims walk are as diverse as the pilgrims themselves, yet there is a common theme. About 95% of pilgrims report walking the Camino for spiritual reasons. They’re at a unique place of reflection and searching, and their time on the Camino can be intensely introspective and profound. Many pilgrims need a place to process their pilgrimages once they arrive in Santiago, and through the Pilgrim House Welcome Center, ITeams workers and volunteers invite them in. The team celebrates their journey and encourages them to share their stories and go deeper in their personal and spiritual reflections.

Nate Walter, the team leader, views Pilgrim House as a “continuation of the Camino,” where pilgrims can gather together, find time and space for reflection, and continue to engage in significant conversations. Many pilgrims say they love the peaceful and friendly atmosphere Pilgrim House offers.

As for Alley, she reflects, “In the same way that the cobblestone outside the cathedral leaves pink craters on the palms of your hands as you sit in the plaza amidst wearied, accomplished travelers, so too this journey, the people around you, and the city of Santiago leave imprints on your heart. Our time on the Camino de Santiago and at Pilgrim House, will never be forgotten.”

To learn more about how you can be a part of a short-term team, contact stteams@iteams.org or visit our website http://www.iteams.us/short-term-teams-2/

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Medical day miracle

If you’re anything like me, being sick is not something you love. Usually when you’re sick, you’re surrounded with loving people, warm blankets, medicine and anything else you need. Many of the oppressed we work with around the world don’t have those luxuries. Read how a short term team made a difference in the lives of people who don’t have the assurance that they’ll have what they need when they’re sick.

A short term team recently visited one of our communities that offers four medical days each year in its refugee center. This short term team consisted mostly of nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals. The timing of their visit coordinated beautifully with one of these days when scores of refugees arrived looking for medical help.

Local doctors and nurses were also donating their time that day. The short term team provided technologies and medications that were not readily available in that community. As these medical professionals worked alongside each other, they provided medical assistance and hope to many families like this one.

One little boy and his family had found their way to the refugee center after being on the refugee highway. He had been sick for months.

This family was undocumented, didn’t know the language, had no money for medication, and didn’t even have any friends to help them. When they visited the local clinics, they waited in line for hours only to be thrown out because they were foreigners.

When the family took their sick little boy to the medical day, they discovered his illness was something quite simple and could be treated by taking one medication for seven days. This refugee boy was helped because a short term team from the US worked alongside local professionals who were also donating their time and skills to help others from a completely different country.

This boy’s life was changed. He and his family also heard how Jesus not only can heal a body, but can heal a soul as well.

The short term team continues to think about how they can engage more deeply by helping meet some of the needs of the local doctors. They are working on a mobile clinic project where a medical team could go to the cities and places where the refugees live and meet medical needs more than four times a year

To learn more about how you can be a part of a short-term team, contact stteams@iteams.org or visit our website http://www.iteams.us/short-term-teams-2/

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A garden’s impact

Short-term teams are having lasting impact in integrated community transformation through partnership.  Here’s one way a short-term team impacted a community by creating and launching an urban garden as they worked alongside our team and the immigrants who live there.

The opportunity arose unexpectedly. Instead of traveling internationally, this short-term team found themselves heading to a small community in a US city. They discovered that they came at the perfect time and were able to serve in a simple, yet encouraging way.

A leader of this community’s local mosque had recently purchased a house in the community for a dollar. The area surrounding this building was riddled with trash and garbage making it impossible to imagine this being used for anything meaningful.

Our team envisioned this area being used for something of value within the community, so with the help of the short-term team, together they cleared the ‘dollar’ house and surrounding area of its debris.

This set the stage for increased partnership among the people that our workers were bringing together in this community. Because of the hard work of this short-term team to clear the land, the local ITeams field staff were given the privilege to use this property for anything they desired. They launched an experiment in urban farming, and subsequently, the growing of peppers.

Peppers were chosen because one of the time-tested ways to combat homesickness is through food. Simply smelling or tasting familiar food can remind anyone of home. They knew that these peppers would represent home to the immigrants, and they were eager to grow something that would encourage them. That’s one simple way our team can express the love of Jesus for these people.

After an abundant growing season, ITeams field staff were able to give away these peppers to the local immigrant community. Because of this simple garden vegetable reminded them of home, opportunities for deeper relationships have flourished.

Our team in the community hopes to build upon the impact of this garden by expanding the gardening to become a source of income and microenterprise for this immigrant community this summer. This garden, cleared by a short-term team, has helped set the stage for transformation.

To learn more about how you can be a part of a short-term team, contact stteams@iteams.org or visit our website http://www.iteams.us/short-term-teams-2/

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Short-term teams


Who will provide a refugee a meal and sit and listen to his story?

Who will look into the eyes of the trafficked woman, see the dignity there, and offer freedom?

Who will show a questioning teen the way to forgiveness and true life?

Transforming a community—especially when it’s marked by poverty, injustice and spiritual darkness—is not simple. It takes time, expertise and investment. It is not accomplished in two weeks or even a month. And it takes a level of engagement that goes beneath the surface to root issues and deep relationships.

Short-term teams are, of course, short. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be powerful.

Short-term teams play a critical role in integrated community transformation. We believe we have a unique charge to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, live like he lived and share his endless love with the oppressed, marginalized and overlooked. We’re committed to seeing short-term teams done with excellence. For ITeams, short-term teams will…

Short-term teams can be a powerful tool for change so that no one is invisible, and everyone has access to food, freedom and forgiveness.

ITeams facilitates over 40 short term trips a year, ranging from 1 week to 2 months geared to churches, schools and businesses.

How about it? How about joining us? How about engaging with us in an ongoing relationship to bring food, freedom, and forgiveness around the world through a short term trip?

Complete the Online Short-Term Team Registration, and begin partnering toward transformation — and take a look at the short term team opportunities and stories below.

Footsteps on the Way

Here’s an example of a short-term team from Wheaton College that engaged with our team in Spain while walking on the Camino de Santiago. Last summer four Wheaton College students walked the Camino de Santiago for 14 days. Alley, a member of the short term team, reflected on her experience. “The Camino  is a sacred space – it’s hard to leave and be unchanged by the experience. Our group was most affected by the way the Lord showed up in personal times of need, and how He brought us each through our own physical and spiritual trials,” said Alley. “Personally, I was injured pretty badly during my time, what I … CONTINUE READING

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Medical day miracle

If you’re anything like me, being sick is not something you love. Usually when you’re sick, you’re surrounded with loving people, warm blankets, medicine and anything else you need. Many of the oppressed we work with around the world don’t have those luxuries. Read how a short term team made a difference in the lives of people who don’t have the assurance that they’ll have what they need when they’re sick. A short term team recently visited one of our communities that offers four medical days each year in its refugee center. This short term team consisted mostly of nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals. The timing of their visit coordinated beautifully with … CONTINUE READING

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A garden’s impact

Short-term teams are having lasting impact in integrated community transformation through partnership. Here’s one way a short-term team impacted a community by creating and launching an urban garden as they worked alongside our team and the immigrants who live there. CONTINUE READING

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Open Opportunity: Volunteer Coordinator

International Teams is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to develop and maintain a sustainable volunteer program; recruit, assist in training and manage volunteers for Ministry Support departments. This is a part-time volunteer role.

View/Download — Job Description (Word) (PDF), Application

For more information or to submit your application and resume, please use the form below. If you don’t see the form, please contact Jill Olson at jill.olson@iteams.org.

 

 

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Volunteer Opportunities in Communications (ongoing)

Volunteer Opportunities
Elgin, IL

Producer (Communications)

Execute strategic projects from concept to delivery for, and collaborating with, a range of ITeams’ departments and partners. Commitment: 10-15 hours per week, depending on project requirements.

Project Manager (Communications)

Assist Communications department in meeting project delivery schedules and objectives. Manage project plans by prioritizing and tracking activities. Work across ITeams’ staff departments and with partners and volunteers to complete creative, strategic projects such as publications and special events. Commitment: 10-15 hours per week, depending on project requirements.

Writer (Communications)

Write compelling, strategic stories and other communications for website, publications, marketing communications and other projects. Commitment: 5-10 hours per week.

Blogger – writer/developer (Communications)

Write and develop creative, compelling blog for ITeams’ contributors and build relationships with existing blogs to broadcast ITeams’ strategic messages. Commitment: 5-10 hours per week.

Leader of Prayer Initiative (Communications)

Build strategic prayer team and process, leveraging the broad community of ITeams’ donors, ministry center/field staff and partners. Mobilize community to rally around timely, mission-critical prayer needs by effectively gathering and communicating them. Commitment: 5-10 hours per week.

TO APPLY OR INQUIRE FOR ANY OF THESE (OR OTHER) OPPORTUNITIES IN COMMUNICATIONS…

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