January 12, 2018 to May 25, 2018
2 students needed (Male or Female)
(Includes cost of airfare, housing, food, insurance, visa, local transportation. Does not include cost of passport and innoculations)
Java Jam! Build relationships with local students who find their identity in their culture and religion yet see no hope in it due to the poor economic situation and corruption. Many are looking to the West for hope. Start English conversation groups in local coffee shops and an ESL office and for the more outgoing, in a new local coffee shop setup to engage non-believers with the Gospel. Be available to meet seekers and have challenging conversations, while drinking coffee or tea, by sharing how God can be a relevant part of their lives. Sing or play musical instruments, including using a local genre (local Gospel songs - translations/notes provided), with listeners in this cafe on given days. Additionally, you also may work out of an ESL office teaching music, art, photography, etc. to students. Come see what God is doing and build relationships that may last you a lifetime!
Locals may be suspicious at first but are generally very hospitable to foreigners. Dress is somewhat similar to Western countries. Young men and women are often particular about their appearance and dress fashionably. We prefer you not to wear religious jewelry or clothing with crosses. Tattoos and piercings are okay if done in good taste. Use of all tobacco and alcohol products are prohibited. Cultural and language orientation will be given upon arrival.
The population segment of the towns and villages where activities will be done is predominantly Muslim and Eastern Orthodox.
For details, begin with: State Department Background Notes http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3236.htm
Students are accommodated in an apartment with a mobile phone and internet. Housing may also available in other prearranged locations perhaps with nationals or local workers.
Good physical shape necessary. You should be able to walk up to 2 miles a day and climb five flights of stairs (if you live on the 5th floor of a building, you would be walking up/down 5 flights perhaps multiple times daily). Those with an allergy to cigarette smoke should not apply. Recommend Hepatitis B Shot and Rabies.
To be discussed on a case by case basis. You need to be able to walk 2 or more miles per day in an urban setting and on uneven sidewalks. Those with debilitating diseases are not recommended for this assignment due to limited medical services.
Equipment to Bring:
Fall/Winter weather clothing in muted colors, brighter colors ok for spring/summer, no expensive or religious jewelry & clothing, small gifts from your state, small photo album with picture. More info after acceptance into the program.