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Bulgaria identifies as an Orthodox country, but less than 1% of its people are professing followers of Jesus. Young people are open and even hungry for spiritual conversations despite skepticism towards the protestant church.
Josiah Venture in Bulgaria is in a phase of solidifying partnerships with local churches and expanding ministry highways to reach young people through sports, wilderness, music, and other youth activities. As a team made up mostly of nationals, interns will serve alongside indigenous leaders within the local church.
JV Bulgaria interns will help to prepare and facilitate camps as well as ongoing local youth ministries. As they are equipped to fulfill Christ’s commission, interns will participate in evangelism and discipleship through relationship building.
A summer internship in Bulgaria is a stretching experience that allows you to take initiative and lead in a variety of situations and therefore requires a pioneering spirit and a willingness to adapt. We are looking for flexible and teachable interns who want to serve in a highly relational ministry that will be both challenging and rewarding. Interns will grow as leaders, gain competency in church-based youth ministry, and develop skills unique to their area of ministry specialty: wilderness, Edge sports, or media. Every intern can expect to participate in 1-3 camps as part of a high-energy and spiritually-impactful summer. Interns will be mentored by JV staff in Bulgaria and gain a greater perspective of God's calling to make disciples who make disciples.
In our Wilderness Internship, interns will facilitate adventure camps and lead day hikes, overnight camping trips, mountain biking, and rock climbing as team building and evangelistic events to grow local youth ministries. We expect wilderness interns to be physically and mentally prepared for these activities. Experience and technical skills in these areas are not required but beneficial. These activities will be facilitated alongside professionally trained staff members.
Dates of Service
May 24, 2022- August 12, 2022 (August 24, 2022 for European interns)
$4,220 (includes training, administration, in-field travel, food, lodging and airfare) You will also have the opportunity to raise an additional $2500 towards a stipend, which will be paid to you after the completion of the internship.
The support raising deadline is May 1. Once a $100 deposit is received, the JV office will open an account and the intern will receive a link to access their account online. The account will be updated once per week. These donations are tax deductible and should be made payable and mailed to the JV office. Donations made payable to Josiah Venture cannot be transferred to the ministry of another organization or used for educational purposes, nor can they be returned to the donor.
International flights will be arranged through Josiah Venture after the first $500 of support is raised by the intern. A visa is not required.
To comply with government restrictions in Europe and so interns can fulfill the ministry requirements of their internship, it is necessary for all interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a result, interns are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to departure from their home country. An up-to-date tetanus shot is also recommended. Basic overseas health insurance coverage will be provided by Josiah Venture for all US interns.
The summer begins with a week of training in the Czech Republic. You will then be located at Josiah Venture camps throughout Eastern and Central Europe.
Cars, trains, trams, buses, walking, etc.
The $100 deposit will be refunded (application fee is non-refundable) if the JV office is notified before March 1. If withdrawal is made on or after March 2, the deposit will not be refunded. All these donations will remain with Josiah Venture.