There’s something to be said about volunteering with people who have your same standards, especially if you are thinking about going abroad. If you are looking for opportunities to meet other LDS volunteer and serve, there's lots of options out there for you.
Whether you want to serve close to home or experience a completely different culture, it would be nice to know the people you are serving with have similar standards and the organization you are with is there to keep you safe.
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That’s why we’ve done a little research and found some programs out there where you can serve with other LDS volunteers (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and volunteers who have similar standards to yours:
- LDS Charities
- All For Good
- Just Serve
This organization is directly affiliated with the LDS church and looks for qualified volunteers to help at home and/or abroad for 7-10 days (or longer) in areas like Maternal and Newborn care, Vision Projects, Disaster Relief, and Wheelchair Projects in various countries. Most of these positions need a copy of your college diploma (so you need to be a graduate) and also require you to have some serious experience in this areas, but others need volunteers to help out near home! Check out their map of where they help and list of projects to see where and what you can help with.
This is an LDS service trip that sends groups of volunteers (ages 16-19 so it's best for high school students) to developing countries to help build homes, orphanages and schools. It’s basically like EFY (Especially For Youth) but in a foreign country. You'll be able to attend church and hang out with other LDS members. This is only a 2 week program and costs vary between countries.
I mean, call us biased but International Language Programs (ILP) gives college age volunteers a pretty unique opportunity. Though we aren’t affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a lot of our volunteers are LDS meaning you have the chance to live abroad for a semester (an entire semester!) with people who share your beliefs and all agreed to follow our Code of Conduct. It's such a great way to meet new friends that you'll have forever. You aren't required to be a student to volunteer, but many of our volunteers are attending schools like BYU and BYU-Idaho.
Choose from 10 countries: Poland, Romania, China, Mexico, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Haiti, and Lithuania and go temple hopping on your vacations or attend institute in your host country (when you aren’t teaching English to cute kids, helping in an orphanage or vacationing to other countries!).
All For Good
You don’t need to go abroad to serve! All For Good is a Utah based company and is looking for people who want to help out in their community — no experience necessary. Search by keyword or by zip code online so you can find ways to help close to where you are living or going to school. Some organizations only need help for a week or two and other are always looking for volunteers. Grab your friends and sign up to greet guests and answer questions at a pet adoption center or serve as a reading tutor in a local elementary. These opportunities change often, so check in to see new lists.
Just Serve is sorta like the All For Good organization, but with a twist. Hop online to JustServe.org see for yourself — this organization (in partner with the LDS church) tries to help other faith based programs find volunteers who want to give back to their community. You can submit an organization to volunteer with yourself, or you can serve by zip code to find one close to you — or use their app to make it super easy.
Thinking about spending a semester abroad teaching English or helping in an orphanage or hospital abroad? ILP sends volunteers abroad for a semester to do just that — And as always, your program fee includes your flight, visa, housing and culture classes!
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