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What started as a challenge to youth to do 3 acts of peace each day for a year, has become a peace blog for people of all ages around the world! A place to stop and talk with others, across the boundaries that separate us, about how to live peacefully with each other. MCC Alberta invites you, everyone, from around the world, of all ages, to help us raise the profile of being Peace Makers in this lovely, mysterious world that we share with each other. Participate with us in “1000 Acts of Peace” by sending your stories, comments, thoughts, pictures, … say your peace. 

Age: 
School groups, Youth Groups, Adults, All Ages
Length: 
no set length
Location: 
Web based, International
Contact:

MCC Alberta: 403-275-6935

Volunteers serve at MCC offices in Akron, Pa., in areas such as reception, information technology, housekeeping and records. Opportunities are available for volunteers of all ages. Service unit assignments will be for one or two years. All expenses are covered, including food and lodging, travel to your assignment, medical insurance, assistance with education loans and a monthly stipend for personal expenses.

Age: 
any age
Length: 
1 - 2 years
Location: 
Akron, PA (United States)
Contact:

717-859-1151
akronconnection@mcc.org

CASA offers groups with a first hand look at poverty and homelessness in Calgary, through local learning and service opportunities. CASA is available for youth and young adult groups upon request depending on availability and it can last between 1-5 days. Each CASA program is created around the needs of the group. 

Age: 
Jr. and Sr. High Students
Length: 
1 - 5 days
Location: 
Calgary, Alberta (Canada)
Contact:

Contact Kari (karienns@mccab.org) for more information.

Chalo offers short-term exposure and service experiences in Saskatoon for high school and young adult groups. Chalo is the Hindi word for “go!” The program has two main emphases to choose from: urban culture or refugees and newcomers.

Age: 
13 - 30
Length: 
3 - 6 days
Location: 
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada)

In the U.S., people of color serve in their home communities in projects developed with their church or local organization. Participants must relate to a Mennonite or Brethren in Christ church. Participants receive medical benefits, vacation and an hourly wage.

Age: 
18 - 35
Length: 
2 years
Location: 
local communities (United States)
Contact:

Contact your nearest MCC U.S. regional office.

Support women at Mary’s Place, YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo, as they transition from homelessness back into independent living in the community. Circles consist of two to three volunteers and one woman transitioning from Mary’s Place. Each week, a circle may assist a woman with daily living or provide access to community resources, such as food hampers and community centres. Most importantly, circles will create new and healthy relationships. Circle of Friends is looking for mature and caring women to provide weekly support to some of our community’s most vulnerable people – homeless women.

Age: 
18+ (female)
Length: 
1 year, weekly meetings
Location: 
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario (Canada)
Contact:

Circle of Friends
c/o Mary's Place/YWCA K-W
84 Frederick Street
Kitchener, ON N2H 2L7
(519) 744-6507 ext. 243

Youth live in community and work alongside partners in Guatemala to grow as global Christians. The Enlace program provides 16-19 year olds with the opportunity to grow in faith.

Age: 
16-19
Length: 
3 weeks
Location: 
Guatemala (organized by MCC Ontario)

A one-week peacebuilding institute for college and university students is held in cooperation with Fresno Pacific University for young people seeking to serve a global church. Open to undergraduate students from Fresno Pacific University, MCC Summer Service workers and other Christian college students.

Age: 
College and university
Length: 
1 week
Location: 
MCC West Coast (U.S.)

Through this program, young adults share a household in Montreal and work in social agencies. Participants live in the MCC Québec house, situated in Montreal’s culturally rich downtown. As a micro-community within this fascinating city, participants work full time in social agencies during the day, and in the evenings they share the responsibilities of running a household. Applicants must speak French.

More Information (English)
More Information (French)

Age: 
18 - 30; French speaking
Length: 
11 months
Location: 
Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
Contact:

514-278-3008
programmes@mennonitecc.ca

Collect volunteers and materials and build a house to raise funds for MCC.

Business and tradespeople have generously donated materials and labor, and hundreds of volunteers have worked together to build 37 houses since 1986.

Age: 
any age
Length: 
spare time
Location: 
Local communities (Canada and the United States)

International Christian young adults come to the United States or Canada for a one-year vocational and cultural exchange experience. Through MCC partners around the world, young adults are connected with host families and volunteer placements in Canada and the U.S.

Age: 
18 - 30
Length: 
1 year
Location: 
Canada and the United States

Throughout each year MCC provides 7-8 internship opportunities for Anabaptist students or students who attend Brethren in Christ or Mennonite Colleges to meet the following goals:

  • Strengthen the relationship between MCC and Anabaptist educational institutions
  • Support partners with useful human resources
  • Provide meaningful learning opportunities for students
  • Serve as an entrée/”foot in the door” into working with MCC
  • Increase young adult participation in MCC


It is the expectation of the intern to cover costs of transportation to and from assignment and visa and medical costs.

 

Age: 
Students
Length: 
2 - 6 months
Location: 
Outside Canada and the United States

Opportunities vary from working in MCC’s offices in Washington, D.C., and New York, to positions in Kentucky and Philadelphia, or Akron, Pa., or U.S regional offices.

Age: 
18+
Length: 
varies
Location: 
United States

Opportunities vary from working with inner-city immersion programs to environmental or other social issues in Canada. Paid internship assignments typically begin in April or May (depending on approval of funding for some assignments). For assignments where the funding comes from Service Canada, the intern must be a student.

Age: 
18+
Length: 
2 - 4 months
Location: 
Canada
Contact:

Contact your nearest MCC Canada provincial office.

Summer internship opportunities from May to August vary. Recent volunteers have worked with inner-city immersion programs in Montreal and with MCC Canada's advocacy efforts in the MCC Ottawa Office. Participants may be asked to contribute to costs.

Age: 
18+
Length: 
2 - 4 months
Location: 
Canada
Contact:

Contact your nearest MCC Canada provincial office.

Youth groups serve with community agencies in Montreal, learning to understand cultural diversity and the circumstances of poverty. It offers youth from Canada and the United States the opportunity to serve in an urban setting for a short duration. Participants contribute to costs.

Age: 
14+
Length: 
3 days +
Location: 
Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
Contact:

LTS@mennonitecc.ca

In addition to the many people who sew comforters for MCC or put together relief kits, school kits or other MCC kits, volunteers are also needed to help sort and prepare shipments at MCC material resource centers across Canada and the United States. Groups and individuals help check MCC kits, sort and pack donated items and make comforters onsite. Church districts, school groups, family groups and individuals volunteer on a daily, weekly, monthly or annual basis.

Age: 
any age
Length: 
spare time
Location: 
Canada and the United States
Contact:

Contact your nearest MCC U.S. regional office or MCC Canada provincial office.

MCC’s mobile canner travels to communities who provide volunteers to can meat distributed worldwide. With the help of four long-term volunteers, the meat canner travels from October to April to 34 communities in Canada and the United States. A volunteer crew of 18 to 20 people is needed for each canning shift. The first shift begins early, with some people arriving before 5:30 a.m. to prepare meat so that cooking can begin around 6 a.m. Other jobs include stirring the meat, cleaning and drying the cans after they are pressurized, putting together the boxes, boxing the canned meat and preparing food for the volunteers. Thousands of volunteers help out during the canners' various stops.

Age: 
15+
Length: 
spare time
Location: 
Mennonite communities in Canada and the United States
Contact:

MCC Canning Coordinator
717-859-1151

MCC regularly places workers to teach English through Mennonite Partners in China (MPC). A program of four Mennonite church agencies, MPC (formerly China Educational Exchange) builds relationships and carries out projects with Chinese partners in educational institutions, local government organizations and Protestant churches. MPC carries out various exchange and assistance programs, seeking to be a Christian presence in the spirit and manner of Jesus.

Age: 
adult
Length: 
3 years
Location: 
China

This two week cross-cultural peace training session brings together twenty young adults from around the world. First piloted in 2010, the program provides practical training that is enhanced through experiential field trips and enriched through the stories and contexts of our participants.
Planting Peace is all about breaking down barriers and creatively talking across boundaries to work towards a more peaceful world. Once complete, participants will have gained skills and support networks to be peace promoters in the regions and contexts where they live.
Age: 
Young adults
Length: 
2 weeks (not offered every year - please check website)
Location: 
Calgary, Alberta (Canada)

Youth working together, finding ways we can play our part in this wonderful messy world. By meeting once a month, doing service in Calgary and recreational activities, youth explore, learn and dream together. This team is just getting started. Right now meetings will focus on getting to know one another and doing acts of service with agencies in Calgary as we get our footing together. The team will follow the visions & dreams of the youth involved.

Age: 
13-18
Length: 
Short gatherings once or twice a month
Location: 
Calgary, Alberta (Canada)

Annual regional relief sales raise funds for MCC. Relief sales have been a tradition in Mennonite communities for more than four decades. With quilt and crafts auctions, food and children’s activities, the sales provide a concrete way for church members to support and learn about MCC's work. Latin American tamales and Ethiopian injera now join traditional shoofly pies and borscht as food booth favorites. From February through November each year, some 45 relief sales in the United States and Canada generate more than $5 million for MCC programs around the world. Relief sale volunteers help organize food and craft sales, coordinate children's events or music, publicize sales and set up facilities.

Age: 
any age
Length: 
spare time
Location: 
Mennonite communities in Canada and the United States

Sabbaticals meet the following goals:

  • Strengthen the relationship between MCC and Anabaptist educational institutions
  • Support partners with useful human resources
  • Serve as an entrée/”foot in the door” into working with MCC

It is the expectation that the person doing the sabbatical will cover costs of transportation to and from assignment and visa and medical costs.

Age: 
varies
Length: 
under 12 months
Location: 
Outside Canada and the United States

This yearlong cross-cultural living and serving experience for Canadian and U.S. Christian young, single adults promotes international goodwill and understanding. Assignments offered by MCC partners throughout the world include teaching, agriculture, peacebuilding and more.

Age: 
18 - 27
Length: 
11 months
Location: 
Outside Canada and the United States

Young adults from various places come together to advocate and serve in a community dealing with violence, poverty and oppression. During the two-year program, participants reflect on big issues, take part in grassroots service and advocate for peace, justice and equality. While seeking to connect the macro to the micro, participants learn to see how large structures affect real communities and learn to speak as a community to advocate for peace, justice and equality with our global partners.

Age: 
20 - 30, single or married without children
Length: 
2 years
Location: 
Any country with a Mennonite World Conference affiliated church

One to two year assignments are available for working with people with disabilities or serving with thrift stores. Wherever they are, service workers learn from and grow with those around them. Assignments are available for single adults or couples without children.

Age: 
18+
Length: 
2 years
Location: 
Canada
Contact:

Contact your nearest MCC Canada provincial office.

International service opportunities of three years and longer include agricultural development, water conservation, health, formal and informal education, economic and church-related programs, relief administration, social services, peacemaking and reconciliation. Assignments are available for single adults, couples and families with children. A college degree is required for most assignments.

Age: 
adult
Length: 
3 years +
Location: 
Outside Canada and the United States

From Capitol Hill to the mountains of Appalachia, U.S. service workers share their gifts and learn from the people they live and work among in two- to three-year assignments. Some U.S. service workers live in community with other volunteers and commit to regular social, spiritual and educational unit activities. Assignments are available for single adults, couples and families with children. A college degree is required for most assignments. Arrangements are also available for those serving in their home communities.

Age: 
adult
Length: 
2 - 3 years
Location: 
United States Service Unit Locations
Contact:

Contact MCC U.S.

SWAP provides opportunities for groups to repair homes for people in Kentucky's beautiful Appalachian Mountains, where many families face severe economic hardship. Participants learn about the dynamics of poverty, strengths of the people they have come to help and importance of service.

Age: 
14+
Length: 
1 week +
Location: 
West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky (United States)

Short term assignments meet the following goals:

  • Strengthen the relationship between MCC and Anabaptist institutions
  • Support partners with useful human resources
  • Provide meaningful learning opportunities 
  • Serve as an entrée/"foot in the door” into working with MCC
  • Increase participation in MCC

Workers are expected to cover costs of transportation to and from assignment, visa and medical costs.

Age: 
18+
Length: 
2 - 12 months
Location: 
Outside Canada and the United States

Adults, families and groups can serve for 2 weeks to 3 months and sometimes longer in over 80 locations throughout Canada and the United States. This program is designed to bring the gifts and experiences of people with a wide variety of expertise and education to situations of need. It is hoped that both personnel and program can serve as channels for healing and reconciliation in a broken and divided world.

Age: 
any age
Length: 
1 week +
Location: 
Canada and the United States

African-American, Native American, Asian American and Latino youth in the United States work with a church or service agency in their home community. MCC and local congregations support participants and pay a salary equivalent to minimum wage. Application deadline is mid-March each year.

Age: 
18 - 30
Length: 
10 weeks
Location: 
local communities (United States)
Contact:

Contact your nearest MCC U.S. regional office.

Canadians of different cultural backgrounds are equipped to serve in their local churches. MCC and local congregations support participants. Affiliation with a Mennonite or Brethren in Christ congregation is required. Application deadline is May 1 each year. See the listings for Internships/Summer Service – Canada (salaried and service worker positions) for additional opportunities.

Age: 
17+
Length: 
8 - 17 weeks
Location: 
Local communities (Canada)
Contact:

Contact your nearest MCC Canada provincial office.

Volunteer at a store or warehouse where fair trade handicrafts from around the world are processed and sold. Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit marketing program of MCC, creates opportunities for artisans around the globe to earn a fair wage. Individuals can work as volunteers at a local store. There are also short- and long-term volunteer opportunities in the Akron, Pa., and New Hamburg, Ont., warehouses and offices. Housing and food allowances are provided in most longer-term situations.

Age: 
any age
Length: 
spare time
Location: 
Canada and the United States

Sort, price and sell used items that raise funds for MCC and contribute to local communities. Throughout the network of 108 shops in Canada and the United States, thousands of volunteers as well as paid managers help with the day-to-day operations of MCC thrift shops. Volunteers are needed to sort and price items, serve customers and contribute to creative "thrifty to nifty" ideas such as recycling no longer useful items of fabric, wool and wood into blankets and other projects.

Age: 
17+
Length: 
spare time
Location: 
Canada and the United States

International young, single adults live and serve for one year in another international setting. This joint program of MCC and Mennonite World Conference places emphasis on expanding the fellowship between churches in the Anabaptist tradition. Young, single adults outside Canada and the U.S. are selected by their local church to take part in a cross-cultural assignment. Participants are challenged to grow personally and spiritually through training and mentoring relationships and through personal reflection and study.

Age: 
18 - 30
Length: 
1 year
Location: 
Any country with a Mennonite World Conference affiliated church