Countries of Service
Internships may be offered in the following WMF countries of service:
WMF Argentina ministers among youth in Retiro, a central transportation hub through which hundreds of thousands of people pass daily. Once a week a local church opens its community center to the youth from Retiro. The staff members also make visits to youth who have a home or a stable living situation. Team members may accompany staff on visits to Retiro, work at the community center, and make home visits to the youth.
Although stories of trafficking, exploitation and abandonment abound, WMF staff are committed to living as people of hope in Moldova in the midst of what often seems to be an impenetrable darkness. Team members will have the opportunity to research ministry possibilities in the city of Chisinau while building relationships with these marginalized children.
The majority of the team’s work will take place in El Alto – previously a shantytown of La Paz. The WMF staff in Bolivia work among girls and women caught in prostitution. The community operates a drop-in center for women who prostitute, called Casa de Esperanza (House of Hope). The House of Hope is a place of refuge, love and transformation for the women and their families, where WMF staff and volunteers offer lunch, fellowship, recreation, Bible studies and skills training classes twice a week. Please note that the Word Made Flesh field in El Alto, Bolivia, is located 14,000 feet above sea level. The altitude can be deadly for those with sickle cell anemia and uncomfortable for those with asthma.
WMF Kolkata serves among women who prostitute. Team members may have the opportunity to work among sexually exploited women and children, and minister in the neighborhoods where the women prostitute. Because of the sensitive nature of WMF’s work in Kolkata, there will be strict guidelines and some restrictions to participation on these teams.
Team members will participate with the WMF staff in an on-going work among children in street contexts in Lima. The ministry focuses on relationships of love and justice with children who are nurtured at the WMF day center, on the street and in other care homes.
Team members will serve among street children and at-risk children and young adults at the WMF drop-in center (The Valley House).
The staff in Freetown are reaching out to victims of war, including refugees, child soldiers, amputee victims and war orphans. The community is involved in care and discipleship for street children, refugee children and children in slum communities. They monitor school and trades training sponsorships as well as operate a Good News Club in the largest slum in Freetown. Team members will participate in ministry activities alongside WMF staff.
WMF Thailand works against the exploitation of vulnerable women, men and children in Bangkok. Team members will have the opportunity to build relationships and research ministry opportunities while participating in ministry alongside WMF staff.