Call for Applications: Youth Exchange Program

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) – a global relief, development and peace organization – invites Nepali unmarried youth (ages 18-30) who are passionate about peace and community service to apply for the opportunity to learn and serve for 11-month terms from August 2020 to July 2021.  Participants will live in a new culture while serving in places like schools, farms, non-profit organizations, youth centers, or day care centers. Placements are in countries where MCC works around the world, including in Asia, Africa, Latin America and North America. More information on these programs can be found at http://yamen.mcc.org/ and http://ivep.mcc.org/.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Unmarried
  • Completion of a Plus two or intermediate degree in any field and enrolled for Bachelor degree study
  • Excellent English skills

Application Process:

  1. Email your CV and responses to the essay questions listed below to: connectingnepal@mcc.org
  2. Total essay word count: minimum of 1,000 to maximum of 1,500 words (please submit as PDF)
  3. Deadline for applications: September 1, 2019
  4. Essay responses will be evaluated based on content, readability, originality, fluency of English language, applicant’s commitment to service/learning, and adherence to the essay requirements.
  5. MCC will invite short-listed candidates to interview at MCC’s office in Lalitpur.
  6. The MCC Headquarters office in the U.S./Canada will select 2-3 participants from Nepal each year.

Essay Questions:

  1. What are your interests, recreational activities and hobbies?
  2. Why you would like to be involved in IVEP or YAMEN!, and how will participating in this program impact your long-term goals?
  3. What do Jesus and the Christian faith mean to you? How does your faith affect the way you live?
  4. Explain the role of the Christian community in your life and in your decision to serve with MCC. Describe your involvement in the church you attend.
  5. Please summarize your understanding of the Biblical call to non-violence, peace-making and loving others. What is your personal response to that call?  What are your beliefs about military training and participation in war?
  6. Explain in detail about a time when you observed racism, sexism or other forms of oppression, or participated in efforts to work against racism, sexism or other forms of oppression.
  7. Provide a list of experiences you’ve had living or working in another culture or with people of different cultures or ethnic backgrounds. Please include information about the: location, dates, cultures/ethnicities experienced.
  8. How did you find out about the IVEP/YAMEN program?

Applications from women, members of disadvantaged groups, and residents of rural areas of Nepal are especially encouraged.   Questions?  Contact connectingnepal@mcc.org.


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