Long Term

What is a long term assignment?

Long term assignments can range anywhere from two months and one day to two years, or longer.

What types of opportunities are available?

The following is a sample list of areas in which an international, long term volunteer might serve:

  • Medical/Dental
  • Administration
  • Education
  • Construction
  • Frontline/Pioneer
  • Pastoral/Evangelism
  • Orphanage Work
  • English Language Schools

Who can serve?

  • College Students
  • Professionals
  • Laborers
  • Academics
  • Trades People

There is a place for everyone who meets the qualifications. See the Qualifications section for a more specific explanation.


Everywhere—particularly in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the South Pacific.

Why volunteer?

Because the Holy Spirit calls us to do so.

Getting Ready

Now that your assignment has been officially approved in writing, you can: Work with your volunteer coordinator regarding visa and travel arrangements.Begin immunizations early to ensure protection and to avoid receiving injections overseas.Communicate with your assignment supervisor to learn all you can about your specific position, the institution, and the people.Study all you can about…

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How to Apply

Search Positions to see what is available. Note the accommodations, visa requirements, financial responsibilities and qualifications for each assignment. Once you’ve found your first choice, click the “Add to My Interests” link. When you click this link, you will be taken to the login page for the Adventist Volunteer Service online database. If you do not…

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why go through AVS? You are identified as a part of the official program of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist® Church.You qualify for insurance from Adventist Risk Management (ARM).Once you have been approved by the General Conference Mission Personnel Processing Committee, you are able to appeal to the total structure of the Seventh-day Adventist® Church for…

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You qualify to be an Adventist Volunteer if you are: Between 18 and 79 years of age (you must complete your service by your 80th birthday).A baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist® Church and have been in regular standing with the church for at least one year.Financially able to serve without expectation of reward or…

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