Volunteer

International Ministries works closely with over 100 volunteers each week.  There are so many ways for you to be involved!  Below are some opportunities available.  Check out our International Ministries, HI facebook page for volunteers, and feel free to also contact carlyelawrence@gmail.com for more info.

 

Friendship Families…

As you can imagine, international students and scholars face many challenges adapting to a new place, language, and culture.  What you may not know is that approximately 80% of international students never step foot into an American’s home.  Help change this statistic by volunteering to be a Friendship Family and having one or two international students/scholars over to your home for a meal, and take them on a community outing (ex. beach, picnic, museum).  After your initial meeting, you and the international student(s) can decide, according to their needs, if you will continue to spend more time together.  Go to the Friendship Family Guidelines and Application for more info.

English Conversation Partners…

Many internationals are proficient in reading English but struggle with speaking and listening.  By being a conversation partner, you can help with this important need while building a friendship.  Meet once a week for 1-2 hours, according to you and your partner’s schedule, for 2 months.  Go to English Conversation Partners for more info.

More…

-Welcome arriving students at the airport and drive them to their local destination.

-Donate lightly used household and kitchen items for new arriving students (collected during the summer only).

-Help watch children while parents attend English class (Tuesdays, 9-1030am).

-Bible Study Leader/Helper: visit our Friday night Bible study and consider becoming involved in a small group

-Building Maintenance and Improvement

-Children’s Ministry

-Conversational English Teacher or Assistant

-Food for potlucks and events

-Trip Ministry: take students sightseeing around the island

-Marketplace Mentor: dialogue with internationals regarding living as a Christian in the marketplace

-Other: Do you have a special skill or interest, or something you would be willing to help an international student with?  Let us know!

(Volunteers are screened and require letters of recommendation)

Resources for Volunteers…

Here are a few links to helpful articles on ministering to internationals…

Meeting the Practical Needs of Internationals

Sharing Your Faith with Internationals

Learning to Love Foreigners Well