The YAV (Young Adult Volunteer) Program sends young adults on a year of service to one of 22 sites nationally or around the world. Volunteers, also known as YAVs, accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in intentional community with peers and mentors. Check out more information here!
When I was 11 years old, my family adopted my youngest sibling from Ethiopia and a spark set off in my soul. I became hooked on the idea of partnering with and listening to brothers and sisters in faith around the world. When I was 15, I visited worshipping communities in Guatemala with my home church (it rocks!) and realized my love for children and relationship-building. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to study abroad in India and Senegal during my time in college and felt called to the YAV program to further my desire to learn from, love on, and seek justice among groups of people.
HOW, WHEN & WHERE?
Thanks to the outstanding generosity of my family, church, and college and camp community (visit my soon-to-be-created shoutout page for details upon details!), I am humbled to be serving as a YAV in the Philippines from August 2017 – July 2018! My volunteer placement is with an organization called Little Children of the Philippines, which is located in Dumaguete City in the Negros Occidental. I am overjoyed to report that my fundraising goal has been met in total, so take a peek at this gratitude post and read on to see how you can best support me during my year in the Philippines.
WILL I BE SAFE?
The answer is, yes! The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean, and most of its 98 million inhabitants live on 11 main islands. The Spanish and American influence in the Philippines is still pervasive, and the national languages are Filipino and English, with Filipino being made up of 19 recognized dialects. The Philippines often makes current news for ongoing violence in the Southern region, Mindanao, which is far removed from the peaceful city of Dumaguete where I will be serving. My site coordinator and current volunteers have assured that I will be safe and secure, as Dumaguete is commonly referred to as the “City of Gentle People!”
I ask for prayers for patience, gentleness and courage during my year in the Philippines. Please pray for safety in the opportunities I will have to travel, learn and grow, and for peace and protection for the communities I will have the blessing to be welcomed into. Pray for the children I will work with on a daily basis, many of whom have survived trafficking, abuse and disease.
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