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What are the qualifications for volunteering?

  • Must be a Believer in Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah.

  • Must submit a Pastoral Recommendation Form.

  • Must complete the online application.

  • A phone interview will be conducted with all new applicants.

  • Must be able to perform the following tasks without the assistance of another person or a walking aid multiple times a day, without needing to rest for an extended period of time: 

    • walk 15 consecutive minutes, climb 4 flights of stairs, and stand for one hour

  • Must be able handle hot and cold environments and third-world conditions.

  • Must be able to handle elevations between 3,500 to 10,000 feet and traveling in a vehicle for at least 2-6 hours (may be on unpaved and/or dusty roads).

What type of volunteers are needed for the outreach?

We need medical professionals and non-medical volunteers.

What type of medical professionals are needed?

The medical clinic needs family physicians, dermatologists, obstetricians, pediatricians, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, opticians, dentists, and dental hygienists.

What credentials must medical professionals submit?

Medical professionals are required to submit medical credentials to obtain a license to practice in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. The medical credentials are the requirements of the country and not JVMI. Some of the documents required are a resume, reference letters, transcripts, medical license, and a copy of your degree. Please contact the Outreach Engagement Team for a complete list of required documents. 

What would non-medical volunteers do?

Non-medical volunteers assist in the efficient running of the clinic in various roles as follows:

  • Line Managers: Place wristbands on the thousands of patients waiting in line to enter the clinic, manage the lines, and assist with security. May be required to walk and stand outside for long periods of time.
  • Department Coordinators: Direct the flow of patients into the department, keep the department running smoothly, stock and manage supplies, and manage local workers. May be required to stand outside for long periods of time.
  • Spiritual Care Team Members: Have an opportunity to pray, intercede, and share the Good News onsite or offsite, depending on the host country. May be required to walk and stand outside.
  • Zehra Children’s Team Members: Interact with children as they learn about Yeshua through song and fun activities. Everyone serving in this capacity must complete a Zehra Application to serve in this department. All outreaches may not have a Zehra Kids Program. May be required to stand outside for long periods of time.

What is included in the trip cost?

  • Meals-breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Double occupancy hotel lodging
  • Ground transportation
  • Camping equipment while at the campsite: cot, tent, pillow, and towel 
  • COVID-19 testing in Ethiopia/Zimbabwe
  • Travel insurance
  • Porter/ hotel gratuities

When are trip costs due?

  • A $250 non-refundable application fee is due when you submit your application and is applied to your trip. 
  • Partial payments in any amount are accepted 
  • The balance is due by the application closing date.

Will I have additional costs?

In addition to the trip cost, you will also be responsible for the following costs.

Description Note Cost/Fee
Passport A passport is required to travel outside of the country. The passport must be valid for six months beyond your return date and include two blank pages. $110 – $200
(US passport)
Visa A business visa must be obtained to enter the outreach country $62 Ethiopia
$30 Zimbabwe
COVID-19 PT PCR Test All passengers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before boarding a flight to the outreach country $0-$200
Roundtrip Airfare to the outreach country A JVMI representative will serve as the Group Leader on the Group Flight from Washington, DC. Please use the JVMI preferred travel agency Direct Travel to make your flight reservations.  $1,200-$3,000
(from the US)
$30 service fee/ticket
Baggage Fees Airlines may charge baggage fees. $35-$200
Vaccinations & Malaria Medication (optional) Vaccinations and malaria medicine are suggested by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Check with your healthcare provider. $300-$3,000
Trip Cancellation & Trip Interruption Insurance
(optional)
Trip Cancellation & Interruption coverage is not included in the travel policy provided by JVMI. It may be added to your policy for an additional cost. $50-$500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Hotel in Washington, DC (optional) The Group Flight from Washington D.C. departs early. Partners may choose to stay overnight in Washington the day before the flight departs.  $134 plus taxes
Single Room (optional) Double occupancy is included in the trip cost. A single room may be available for an additional fee. $65-$300
Laundry (optional) Laundry services are available at the hotel Average cost is $3.00/ piece
Spending Cash (optional) For emergencies, personal items, and souvenirs. The average cost of a souvenir is $3-$7 USD. $100-$300

What are the COVID travel requirements?

Currently there are no requirement to have the COVID-19 vaccination for traveling to the outreach countries.

A COVID-19 RT PCR test is required for entry to Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and the US. 

COVID Info for Ethiopia: https://et.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

COVID Info for Ethiopia: https://zw.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/

Are vaccinations are required?

Vaccinations are not required by JVMI to travel on an outreach. Because JVMI staff are not medically trained, you should discuss vaccination and malaria medication with your healthcare provider

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests all travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccinations including: measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, chicken pox, polio, and your yearly flu shot in addition to:

 

 

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