Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM)
One-Year International Opportunity
Preferred application deadline is February 1 for service beginning in the same year. Final application deadline is February 15. Applications received after February 15 cannot be considered.
The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program invites you to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself in a one year international mission service and learning opportunity. As you offer yourself in service, you will also learn more about yourself, your relationship with God, and your place in God’s world. You will make friendships across culture and language that will change the way you look at the world. You will be a part of a group of young adults who are open to being transformed by your experiences, equipping you upon return to provide a global perspective on issues facing the church and society.
As this is a program of the ELCA for developing servant-leaders, we ask that you have a relationship to the ELCA (either as an ELCA member or connection through an ELCA church college, campus ministry or church camp), are between the ages of 19-29, willing to receive the gifts of others as well as to share your gifts, participate in an intentional process of service and learning, and live at a subsistence level to help meet needs worldwide. You will welcome the opportunity to gain new perspectives on life and work and to build relationships across culture, race, language and faith. Through your experiences, you will witness to your faith by the demonstration of the love of Jesus Christ in all relationships, a faith active in love, learning and service.
Spend some time exploring these pages to find out more about the YAGM experience
, consider if YAGM is the right program
for you, learn more specifics in the FAQ
, or to experience a bit of the flavor of the country programs.
I cannot help but be amazed at how central the theme of community has shaped my year and my experience here…I am awed at the impact each and every individual has had on my life as well as the impact we have had on each other. I cannot help but view the gospel now as God’s desire to restore community to health, to help us realize our connectedness.
- Tom, Argentina