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In the Missions Department we believe that a life of service is transformational.
As a student missionary, you can teach young minds, nourish the hungry...change the world.

Contact the Missions Office today to find out how you can take on the global challenge and share hope.  #lasierramissions

Arielle Thio Current Student Missionary | Ebeye
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SMLOCATIONADDRESSBLOG SITE
Andrew Ugalde         PALAUPalau SDA School
P.O. Box 490
Koror, PW 96940
Andrew's Blog
Arielle ThioEBEYEEbeye SDA School
P.O. Box 5070 Ebeye Republic of Marshall Islands 96970
Ari's Blog
(message her for the password!)
Hannah GarzaNICARAGUATasba Raya Clinica Adventista
c/o Colegio Adventista Porteno
Frente el Parque Central
Puerto Cabezas, RAAN
Hannah's Blog
Jesse LamogEBEYEEbeye SDA School
P.O. Box 5070 Ebeye, Republic of Marshall Islands 96970
Jesse's Blog
Jordan HarrisBOLIVIAFamilia Feliz
KM 13 Beni distrito
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
Jordan's Blog
Nallely EscotoYAPYap SDA School
P.O. Box 700
Colonia, Yap 96943
Nallely's Blog
Rachel RojasNICARAGUATasba Raya Clinica Adventista
c/o Colegio Adventista Porteno
Frente el Parque Central
Puerto Cabezas, RAAN
TBA

Short-Term Missions

For STMission Trips and Summer Camp Opportunities, please click here.

Year-Long Missions

DENOMINATION LISTINGS
- Adventist Volunteers (General Conference Positions)
- Adventist Frontier Missions (Asia)
- The Quiet Hour
NON-DENOMINATIONAL LISTINGS
- Peace Corps
- Habitat for Humanity
- International Red Cross
- United Nations (UN) Volunteer (Graduates, age 25+)
STEP 1:  CONTACT INFO

Please complete this interest form.

STEP 2:  UNIVERSITY CLEARANCE
Log onto OrgSync (you must be logged in or the application will be deleted)
Complete this
University Clearance Form and then make the following appointments:
- SM Counseling Center appointment with Dan Nyraidy x2011
- SM Student Financial Services with Sheldon Hadley.  Email jhadley@lasierra.edu
- SM Screening Committee.  Email Missions for date and time options.
STEP 3:  APPLICATION PACKET

Log onto OrgSync (you must be logged in or the application will be deleted)
Upload the following into your Missions Application.
(Packets are available in the Missions Office)

- La Sierra Missions Paperwork
- GC Beneficiary Information
- GC Release of Liability
- Health Certificate
- Resume (Sample)
- Unofficial Transcript
- Missions Deposit
- Photo copy of signed passport page

STEP 3B:  REFERENCES

Send this Reference Link to five (5) individuals:

- One Pastor/Elder
- One Friend
- One Employer
- Two Teachers

STEP 4:  ORGANIZATION APPLICATION
Once you have been cleared by the University, you need to complete the application process for the organization you are applying to work with.  Please visit their website for more information.
STEP 5:  FINAL INSTRUCTIONS
- Complete SM Travel Request Form
- Complete Flight Information form (Once you have obtained an airline ticket)
Nuts n Bolts Eval
RLGN Course Eval
EDCI Course Eval
Embassy Registration
Purchase Insurance
Clear with SFS
- Register for Fall Quarter Missions & submit Spring Quarter add/drop forms to Missions
Returned Missions Survey (...to be completed when you come BACK!) :)

CALLS/POSITIONS AVAILABLE

How can I find out about available calls?
Visit our Mission Opportunities page!

I want to serve as a student missionary, but I can’t give up an entire year.  Are there any summer calls available?
Yes!  Missions at La Sierra University has been working hard to find summer calls.  Currently, there are medical missionary opportunities as well as evangelistic and orphanage missions available.  http://old.lasierra.edu/departments/spirituallife/missions/missionsdata/missionsdata/summerlong.htmlClick here for for more information about available Summer trips.

Do I have to leave the US?
No.  Although overseas missions calls seem to receive more emphasis, there is still a great need for student missionaries within the United States.  Taskforce is a volunteer program that recruits college students.  For more information about Taskforce visit the General Conference website to search for calls within North America.

I’m an international student.  Can I become a student missionary?
Yes!  But you MUST see the OISS office to work on I-20 details.

If you are unable to leave the country, don’t be discouraged!  You can still be involved in some of our week-long and summer positions that happen within the US.  Visit the STORM (Short-term Outreach Missions) page here

I’m less than 18 years old.  Can I get involved?
Although participants in summer and year-long mission terms must be 18 years or older, we allow minors that have parental/guardian permission to participate in some of our week-long mission trips, such as Katrina Relief.  For more information about the week-long mission trip opportunities click here

I’m not a Seventh-day Adventist.  What options are available to me?
Missions at La Sierra University is proud to offer you some incredible opportunities! You can opt to get involved in one of our week-long mission trips, visit the STORM page.  If you are interested in participating for a longer amount of time, please contact our office for moe information.

Are there any mission trip opportunities coming up soon?
The Missions’ staff is excited about the increasing number of mission trips that we are organizing!  See our calendar of events for an upcoming trips or visit the STORM page for trips offered this school year.

I am not a La Sierra University student. Can I get involved in missions?
Definitely!  We welcome community involvement in missions.  There are a variety of week-long and summer mission trips that are open to you.  If you are interested in serving in a year-long position, you must apply to La Sierra University as well as the Missions department. departments/spirituallife/missions/missionsdata/opportunities.htmlEmail admissions at itejeda@lasierra.edu for University Admittance policies. 

Link to Missions Application
Link to La Sierra University Admissions Application

Are there only teaching positions available?  What other positions are offered?
Although teaching calls make up a majority of the year-long mission opportunities ("teach a child to fish..."), there are a variety of positions that you can fill.  Right now available positions include medical assistants, academy deans, maintenance workers, orphanage workers, publications’ editors, personal tutors, youth pastors and much more!  Missions Opportunities

Can I create or extend a call?
Yes.  If you find a mission opportunity that is not listed with one of our listed organizations, please let us know and we will do our best to make your dream a reality.  Please let us know of the position.  This is to protect you from unnecessary physical, emotional, and spiritual harm.  Extensions are common for La Sierra University students.  We encourage you to pray about it and to limit your extension to one year for SM's who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree.

Is there training beforehand?
Yes.  Please see the "Classes" link for more information.

Are there days off or do I have to work around the clock?
Volunteers should and will have regular time off from their duties to pursue interests and rejuvenate.  However, all La Sierra University standards of conduct and behavior apply to the volunteer at all times, even off duty.  See our Student Handbook for more details.

Do La Sierra University’s standards apply when I’m abroad?
Yes!  Download the Student Handbook here.

CLASSES

Are there any classes that I have to take?
Yes.  Three (3)!

  1. Spring Quarter "Nuts n' Bolts" (the school year before service)
  2. Fall Quarter EDCI (6 units summer intensive...begins the DAY AFTER GRADUATION before summer of service, 8am-5pm)
  3. Spring Quarter RLGN (6 units summer intensive...begins the DAY AFTER GRADUATION before summer of service, 8am-5pm)

Students wishing to participate in the year-long Taskforce or International Missions Program of La Sierra University will be required to attend "Nuts and Bolts," a non-credit course all of Spring Quarter prior to the term of service.  They will also take two six-unit preparatory courses prior to their term of service or, with permission of the Missions Director, satisfactorily complete the *Passport to Missions course offered by the General Conference.

  • The LaSU prepatory courses also provide the added benefit of deferring student loans, if necessary.  See your SFS Missions Counselor for more details.
  • *The Passport to Missions assignment is for prepatory purposes and can not aide in deferring student loans.

Fall Quarter of Service:
EDCI 408 Teaching Student Missionary Preparation (3 units)
EDCI 409 Teaching Student Missionary Fieldwork (3 units)

Spring Quarter of Service:
RLGN 306 Sociocultural Principles for Students in Cross-cultural Service (4 units)
RLGN 306F Field Experience in Cross-cultural Service (2 units)

Be sure to read the Expenses/Finances section for more information.

COMMUNICATION

How can I get in touch with my family and friends? 
The most standard and universal way to communicate with your family and friends back home is by snail mail.  However, many of the sites open to students are now equipped with telephones, phone cards, fax, and email.  Missions encourages you to contact your desired site for specific details about the communication options available to you. 
Will my loved ones be able to contact me? 
Yes!  There are a variety of ways they can get in touch with you: via telephone, snail mail, or email.  Missions encourages them to contact your volunteer site for specific details about the communication options available to you.
If your friends and family in America are trying to contact you by telephone, it may get expensive to call directly.  Use a phone card!  The phone card minutes vary from country to country and differ between brands, so your loved ones should try out different phone cards to find one that allows you both to talk for the maximum amount of time.

DEADLINES

The deadline to submit a COMPLETED application is Friday prior to Spring Break.

DISEASES/IMMUNIZATIONS

What happens if I get sick?
All approved volunteers are insured for basic emergency medical insurance.  This may cover partial medical treatment costs in country and, if necessary, a ticket to seek out further medical treatment.

Many of the sites have basic medical treatment facilities nearby.  However, volunteers that develop serious medical conditions will either be evacuated to a more comprehensive medical facility as soon as possible or may have to return home until they recover.

What immunizations will I need to get?
Each country differs in common ailments and diseases, and the immunization requirements differ.  All volunteers, regardless of destination or length of trip, should be up to date with tetanus booster, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and MMR immunizations.  You should check the US government’s website for the specific immunizations you will need. (http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx).

Some of the immunizations are not available at my doctor’s office.  Where can I go to get less common immunizations?Most immunizations you will need can be obtained at a travel clinic.  Click here to find the travel clinic nearest you.

EXPENSES/FINANCES

How much will a regular/year-long term mission trip cost me?

Missions Cost:

$500 + Cost of Airfare

Academic Cost:

$240/unit for 12 units...(a saving of over $4500 if you took the same classes on campus!)

"Hidden fees?":

  • immunizations
  • visa renewal processing & travel while overseas (if applicable)
  • passport photos
  • country-specific supplies
  • food and other necessities while serving

Loan Deferment:

Students wishing to participate in the year-long Taskforce or International Missions Program of La Sierra University will be required to take two six-unit preparatory courses prior to their term of service or, with permission of the Missions Director, satisfactorily complete the Passport to Missions course offered by the General Conference.

Missionaries wishing to defer their student loans will take the two six-unit classes, a six-unit Education course in the Fall Quarter and a six-unit Religion course in the Spring Quarter of service.  The break-down is as follows:

Fall Quarter of Service:
EDCI 408 Teaching Student Missionary Preparation (3 units)
EDCI 409 Teaching Student Missionary Fieldwork (3 units)

Spring Quarter of Service:
RLGN 306 Sociocultural Principles for Students in Cross-cultural Service (4 units)
RLGN 306F Field Experience in Cross-cultural Service (2 units)

Final approval for loan deferment and financial arrangements will be made with the missionary and Student Financial Services prior to enrollment in the class.

Tax Deductible Donations?

ONLINE:

https://lasierra.edu/donate/ 
REQUIRED:  
Please type the name of the SM in whose honor you are giving the gift
Ex.  This donation is in honor of Jack Smith

 

BY CHECK:

Payable:"La Sierra University"
Memo:  "Missions"  **Please do NOT write the students name on the check!!**                            
              Send a separate slip instead.
Mail to:  Missions:  La Sierra University
              4500 Riverwalk Pkwy.
              Riverside, CA 92515 

FACILITIES

Am I provided with housing?
Yes.  Most, if not all sites, will have housing available for their volunteers.

Will I be living on the mission compound?
Maybe.  Depending on what type of position you are filling and the position site, you may be living in an apartment adjacent to or on the mission compound.  However, some sites that do not have living quarters on the compound will provide housing and transportation for the volunteers.

Will I have roommates?
Most likely.  Most sites provide apartments or houses for their volunteers that will be shared with a few others.  In a few cases, you may be living with a host family. 

What food arrangements do I have to make?
Each summer and year-long volunteer will have one of the following options:

  1. be provided with a monthly or bi-weekly stipend once they arrive at their destination of service,
  2. eat on-site in the cafeteria
  3. fundraising for their meals before leaving the US.

 What happens if I get sick?
Please visit our Immunizations page.

FAMILIES AND MARRIED COUPLES

I’m married.  Can my spouse and I serve? 
Yes!!  Search ADRA hereAdventist Frontier Missions (AFM) here, and adventistvolunteers.org for more information on family-friendly positions that are now available. 
What if I have children?  Are there accommodations for my family? 
Yes!  This may limit some of the positions that are available to you, but families are also welcomed to volunteer.  Search ADRA hereAdventist Frontier Missions (AFM) here, andadventistvolunteers.org for more information on family-friendly positions that are now available.

FUNDRAISING

How can I raise money for the Student Missions (SM) fund? 
There are virtually endless ways to raise money for the SM fund!  You can ask for donations from your local church, ask friends and family for contributions, you can use money from a part time job, start a car wash, and much more! 
Is it possible to receive a tax break for contributing to Missions? 
Yes, please contact us for a postage paid envelope and a donor information postcard.  All checks must be made payable to La Sierra University.

GETTING INVOLVED

I went out as an SM from a different school.  How can I get involved here? 
Missions needs your help!  One of our office goals is to reunite and connect all returned student missions.  You can help out with support of the current missionaries, or being a part of our missions programs.  We also have regular potlucks so that you can meet and greet other SM friends!  Please contact our office at (951) 785-2090, option 3 or email us at missions@lasierra.edu
I want to support a student missionary who is currently serving.   Where can I start? 
Prayer is essential for keeping student missionaries connected with God.  Also, communication with people back home is a key component in supporting student missionaries.  Every letter, email, and card will be greatly appreciated!  If you’re feeling adventurous, find out what the student missionary’s favorite snacks and hobbies are and send them a care package!

INSURANCE/MEDICAL CONCERNS

What happens if I get sick? 
All approved volunteers are insured through the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, and treatment costs are covered by the GC’s insurance.  It is up to the volunteer to indicate on the insurance forms which conditions he/she wants the General Conference to cover (e.g. scuba diving).
Many of the sites have basic medical treatment facilities nearby.  However, volunteers that develop serious medical conditions will either be evacuated to a more comprehensive medical facility as soon as possible or may have to return home until they recover. 
Are there special insurance forms for minors? 
All minors need to fill out a Medical History form and an Medical Treatment Authorization form and have each formed signed by a parent. 
I have a medical condition.  Am I able to serve? 
It depends, stop by the missions office or send us an email with more information and we will let you know what is available. 
Will I have insurance coverage while I’m away? 
All approved volunteers are insured through the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, and treatment costs are covered by the GC’s insurance.  It is up to the volunteer to indicate on the insurance forms which conditions he/she wants the General Conference to cover (e.g. scuba diving).

PARENT VISITS

Can I visit my son/daughter while they are volunteering? 
Yes!  It is better to visit the student missionary during his/her vacation time to spend more quality time together and to prevent the student missionary from being too distracted from his/her duties.

PREPARATION

Are there any classes that I have to take? 
Students wishing to participate in the year-long Taskforce or International Missions Program of La Sierra University will be required to take two six-unit preparatory courses prior to their term of service or, with permission of the Missions Director, satisfactorily complete the 

REQUIREMENTS

REQUIREMENTS:
If you are applying to be a volunteer and want

1. ONLINE:
https://lasierra.edu/donate/

REQUIRED:  
Please type the name of the SM in whose honor you are giving the gift
Ex.  This donation is in honor of Jack Smith

2.  BY MAIL:

Payable:"La Sierra University"
Memo:  "Missions"  **Please do NOT write the students name on the check!!**                           
              Send a separate slip instead.
Mail to:  Missions:  La Sierra University
              4500 Riverwalk Pkwy.
              Riverside, CA 92515 

 

*All donations are tax-deductible.