International Volunteer Information

There are United Methodist sites all around the world where teams are welcome.  Being a part of an international mission team takes months, and sometimes as much as a year in preparation.  There are unique issues to consider when planning to travel and volunteer internationally.  It can be an incredibly rewarding and life-changing experience!  Below are some best practices and links to get more information.

  • We encourage all teams to have a Trained Team Leader.  Contact Debbie Irby (, Yellowstone Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) coordinator about training. 
  •  Each team must comply to our conference's Safe Sanctuary Policy. Team Leaders should check with their Conference UMVIM Coordinator for specific policies, requirements or expectations related to Safe Sanctuary/Child Protection Policies, background checks and insurance.

  • Select a project through an UMVIM site (via the Southeast Jurisdiction volunteer site)

  • Your team leader will need to register the team and check about insurance with Debbie Irby.

Travel information links:

CIA World Factbook:  The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for the 267 world entities.

US State Department Travel:  Up to the minute information on travel warnings and advisories, required documents, immunizations, vaccines, etc. for every country. 

US State Department Step Program:  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program; suggested for international travel should an emergency occur and the US State Department orders evacuations of American citizens. 

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control

Time Zones Around the World