At least 18 years of age
US citizen, or permanent or conditional permanent resident (“green card” holder)
Good News Corps administers a Health Status Review (batter of health-related questions) to all prospective volunteers. This preliminary evaluation helps determine if an applicant can continue the application process and receives further training.
Proof of Identity
Valid, government-issued identification due to the extended time spent overseas.
The following are acceptable forms of ID:
- Birth certificates
- Certificates of naturalization
- U.S. passports
- Green card (non-citizens)
Documents for Departure
1. US Citizens require a government-issued U.S. passport valid until the expected date of re-entry into the United States before leaving the country.
2. Permanent or conditional permanent residents (“green card” holders) are required to submit form I-131 “Application for Travel” to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
NOTE: Approved applicants will receive a re-entry permit valid for 1 year from the date of departure
3. Anyone traveling abroad, regardless of residence status, will also typically require a visa from the country they wish to enter. The requirements and fees involved will vary from country to country.
Good News Corps representatives can help facilitate this process, but applicants are responsible for the costs and timely submittal and receipt of any necessary documents needed to travel abroad.
All applicants are dispatched abroad after successfully completing the application and training process, which includes:
Attendance of 3 separate training workshops
Applicants are educated in the mission and values of Good News Corps. Each workshop consists of spiritual development sessions, guest lectures, group discussions and activities, and hands-on preparation for projects in the field.
Participation in group volunteer projects
Good News Corps organizes group projects that give applicants the opportunity to engage and assist the local community. Through practical experience, prospective volunteers can apply the IYF core values of Challenge, Change, and Cohesion in the real world.
Choosing a host nation
Prospective volunteers must choose 3 host countries in order of preference. In the event that one host nation yields too many requests, GNCorps leadership will review each application and consider a variety of factors when making a decision on which applicants to dispatch, which include, but is not limited to, the completion of the required training workshops and activities.
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