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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.