Opportunities

Women-at-Risk Worker

women at risk worker

 

As a Women-at-Risk Worker serving in Colombia for 1-2 years (or more!), immerse yourself into a new language and culture through our Avance Program! Live with a host family, level up your Spanish skills and serve in local ministries + churches under a great team of fun & experienced leaders in Medellin! Together with Colombian Christians, spend your life on what will outlast it in Colombia’s largest city while growing and learning about God’s will for your life.

 

About Colombia & the Role

A city of 2,569,000 surrounded by the Andean mountains, Medellin receives the second highest number of displaced persons. Displaced persons endure armed conflict, poverty, hunger, human rights violations, and narrow escapes from humanitarian crises in their country. Each day, around 200 women arrive to the center of the city in search of better opportunities. What they find? A lack of education, high unemployment rates, insecurity, gangs, drugs, prostitution that leads to them ending up on the streets. With God’s help, it is possible to transform their reality.

As a Women-at-Risk Worker in Colombia, help train these women valuable skills (i.e. sewing) alongside holistic ministry that with the goal of transforming their lives psychologically, physically, and spiritually, through the work of Christ. Contribute to their long-term sustainability by helping with job matching in the local fashion industry.

Join the adventure and help this ministry in Colombia grow to new heights! After learning under vetted leaders, become a catalyst for new projects that will contribute to the women’s sustainability and wellbeing such as developing a trusted daycare to take care of the children of the women in our ministry while they are learning or working, providing proper mental care for the women, building our own building that will ensure the safety of the cohorts and designing a more compelling communication strategy to spread the word about the mission and what God is doing through the program.

 

What You’ll Experience:
  • Be equipped through cross-cultural and spiritual formation training (pre- and on-field)
  • Enroll in Spanish language classes (college credit available in some cases) to connect with the culture
  • Immerse in Colombian culture by living with a host family
  • Have weekly rhythms with a team of young adults & qualified leaders
  • Train in leadership development
  • Serve in a local ministry (churches, anti-trafficking, hostel ministry, music, womens ministry, etc.)
  • Experience cross-cultural life in a dynamic, bustling city in Colombia
  • Learn how to use your skills & giftings to glorify God
You may be a fit as a Women-at-Risk Worker with Avance Colombia if:
  • You’re 18-29 years old
  • You’re a follower of Jesus and wanting to grow spiritually
  • You’re adaptable and teachable
  • You want to serve in a cross-cultural environment (including highly vulnerable communities)
  • You’re willing to raise your support for this role (don’t worry- we’ll show you how!)
  • You desire to see a flourishing church in Latin America
  • Intermediate level of Spanish (B1 level) is preferred, but not required
  • Studies and practice in social work & psychology, and community development, preferred
  • Experience in counseling, therapy, work with women and youth, preferred
  • Understanding of issues involved in coming out of a trafficking background, preferred
Think you may be a good fit? We’d love to chat! Select this opportunity to submit an interest form and one of our teammates will reach out to you!