Participants will have the opportunity to travel to the Republic of Moldova, Europeâ€™s smallest and economically poorest country. Moldova is rated sixth in the world on the Human Trafficking Index. Up to one third of children are considered â€œSocial Orphansâ€ as their parents have left the country to find work (unemployment in villages can be up to 80%) or struggle with alcohol addiction. These children are highly vulnerable to exploitation. Through this cross-cultural experience, you will also have the opportunity to grow in your faith and relationship with God.The first week participants will serve with a local church and organize day camps for children and youth of the village. You may also have the opportunity to visit families or elderly people in the village you will be staying. The second week participants will take part in a summer Sports Camp targeting 10 to 16 year-old boys, who come from broken homes and abusive backgrounds. Football (soccer) will be the main sports used to connect with the boys.
Available for: Singles Couples Groups
The team will spend one week in a village assisting with summer programs for children with the local church. The second week the team will be running a summer camp for boys aged 10-16 from our Day Centres who have been identified as vulnerable, specifically to be exploited or trafficked. The team will lead games, assist with soccer, befriend the boys and pray with them. Our OM Moldova Relief will be responsible for the moral/spiritual education program.
1. A born-again Christian. 2. Have a heart for the vulnerable, exploited, oppressed and trafficked. 3. Be willing to raise awareness and prayer in your local sphere of influence about the topic of injustice and modern day slavery. 4. Be discrete about sensitive information and agree to not use any photos on social media. 5. Have no criminal record. 6. Able to pass a criminal background check and be cleared to work with vulnerable children. 6. To have the ability to play sports, willing to play with kids, understand football enough to referee, assist in organizing drills, and teach new skills.
Do you have a heart for at-risk boys? Do you want to be challenged in your faith and experience God in a new way through cross-cultural ministry? Come and join us!
Upon arrival and before departure you will be staying in the OM accommodation in Chisinau. During outreach you will have one week staying in a church building or with a host family in the village and one week will be spent at a modern Summer Camp facility. Please note that we cannot guarantee the same accommodation for couples and groups
Good Moldovan food is provided. Please be prepared to serve alongside the team and advise us if you have dietary needs.
Participants must arrange their own travel to and from Chisinau, Moldova. The Airport Code for Chisinau is: KIV. Participants will be picked up by OM team members at the airport, train- or bus station.
Please See "Travel".
Participants must be in good health and physically able to stand, bend, lift, walk and do other physical activities as needed.
You can only enter Moldova with a Passport, not an ID card. Citizens from the EU, USA, Canada, Switzerland and a CIS countries do not need a Visa. All others may need a Visa. If a Visa is needed and costs are involved, this is the participant's responsibility to pay the fees.
We are NOT able to provide a Letter of Invitation for a Visa. Please check if you need a Letter of Invitation at http://www.mfa.gov.md/entry-visas-moldova/
This option is limited to 12 participants. Apply early!
All prices do not include airfare