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The Coolest Ways To Serve With Other LDS Volunteers

Posted by Emily Henkel on 5/30/18 2:45 PM

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Are you looking for LDS volunteer programs? 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 another LDS volunteer or a few while you serve, there are lots of options out there for you.

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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.

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.

These are all options that work well for young single adults with opportunities to serve close to home or abroad. Read below for our list of LDS volunteer programs and ways you can provide LDS church humanitarian service near and far. 

Options For LDS Church Humanitarian Trips

Latter-Day Saint Charities

This organization is directly affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ 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.  Just so you know, this program isn't regularly look for volunteers for brief periods of time, choosing instead of focus on self-reliance and sustainability, and really encourage volunteers to look for needs to fill closer to home. They do suggest checking out  justserve.org for opportunities in your neighborhood. 

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 certain areas, but others need volunteers to help out near home. Either way, the focus is on LDS humanitarian service projects if that's something you're interested in. 

Check out their map of where they help and list of projects to see where and what you can help with. 

Just Serve 

This organization (in partner with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) 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.

This one doesn't really count so much as an option if you're looking for  longterm LDS humanitarian trips, but it's nice to serve close to come if you don't have the time to commit to a few months serving abroad. Just Serve does focus on LDS humanitarian service projects if that's what you're interested in!

Check out justserve.org here to learn more about this LDS service opportunity. 

Volunteering in Central America with ILP


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 members of the church 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. We have a Code of Conduct similar to the one found at BYU (Brigham Young University). 

This program is available to LDS singles, both males and females, but we also have programs for married couples, too! ILP is best for young single adults (or married couples) who are between 18 and 26 years old (or a little older). 

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You're also not volunteering alone. You're set up with a group of volunteers who share your standards, and are all living, teaching, volunteering, and traveling together. Volunteers with ILP are teaching English or helping in an orphanage for around 20 hours a week, then have free time, weekends off, and vacation days to do some serious traveling.

We also have programs that fit during your school semester:  many of our volunteers are attending schools like BYU and BYU-Idaho, but you don't have to be a student to volunteer with us! It's a really unique experience to watch LDS conference in a foreign country with people you've spent a whole semester volunteering with, or attend the local LDS service each Sunday. 

Choose from countries all over the world,  go temple hopping on your vacations or attend the Institute of Religion in your host country (when you aren’t teaching English to cute kids, helping in an orphanage or vacationing to other countries!). 

We've even had volunteers who compare their ILP semester in a lot of ways to their mission — both could be LDS church humanitarian trips if you choose to serve a lot during your ILP semester. 

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This is a Church-based 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, and definitely targeted for those who are LDS. Dating or 'pairing off' is discouraged, but the program is built for lasting friendships between young men and young women. You'll be able to attend church and hang out with other members of the Church of Jesus Christ. 

Costs vary between countries, with varying trip lengths (most are a couple weeks). It's not a program with a lot of built-in free time, more of a structured EFY program when it comes to this style of LDS humanitarian trips.  

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. In any case, it's a unique way to provide LDS humanitarian aid and service to your community if you're in Utah. 

Grab your a group of young single adults, text 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 activities would also be fantastic ideas for LDS singles in a singles ward, if you're wanting to come up with activities for young single adults!  These opportunities change often, so check in here to see new lists of LDS church humanitarian service opportunities

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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! As a young single adult, travel was the single most thing that made the biggest difference in my life. Come learn more about where you can volunteer with ILP here: 

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*Because of the worldwide pandemic, travel options are limited and frequently changing. You'll need to do additional research as resources + activities shared in this post may or may not be available at the time of your trip.

ILP volunteers — work closely with your Program Manager who can help you understand current country entrance requirements which will determine what countries you can visit during your semester. 



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