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Applying to Youth Hostel Ministry

Applying to Youth Hostel Ministry

If you are interested in applying for a YHM program this summer, you can apply at Wheaton's goglobal site >>. Please follow the site's instructions for online submission. Applications will only be available online.  When you apply, please select TBD as your location. Also, do not choose dates at the time of application. We will update this information on your behalf post selection. If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to email Corrie Johsnon, Assistant Director of Summer Programs. All applications are due November 3rd. 2018. (We will be accepting applications past this date IF interview spaces are available. Spaces are filled on a first-come-first-served basis)

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Applications are due November 3rd, 2018
  • We will be conducting interviews November 1st-21st, 2018
  • Decision Letters will be mailed out through CPO on December 10th, 2018
  • Our first orientation meeting will be December 12th, 2018
  • Kick-Off Workshop will be January 18th-20th, 2019

Past Opportunities Have Included:

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Work with the Shelter Christian Youth Hostels >> who desire to create an “atmosphere in our hostels to be friendly and open, where the vast majority of our guests are not Christians and everyone is welcome, whatever they believe. For those interested, we provide some activities in a separate room of the building, such as discussions about the Bible or a movie. Other activities may take place in the hostel cafe. This could be a game or movie evening, or a special presentation from our team during a meal, etc.” Students will spend their summer leading Bible studies, serving in the hostel cafe, and sharing the Gospel with travelers.

Bergen, Norway 

Work with Intermission Christian Youth Hostel where they “offer (travelers) the unique combination of the Cheapest bed in Bergen, and Cozy, ‘homey’ atmosphere close to town! But it doesn't stop there. Every Monday and Thursday nights, we serve you free waffles in the evening. Every evening you get coffee and biscuits for free. And for your practical life on travel; showers, washing-machine, bed-sheets and kitchen are free for your disposal.” Here, students will run the hostel including check-in, cleaning, Bible studies, train pick-up etc. In Bergen you will live in community with travelers, sharing the Gospel with them in both word and deed. This hostel is only open during the summer and the money raised running it goes to fund year round Christian youth programs in Bergen. 

Mexico City, Mexico

Warm Heart Community is a safe place to explore more of who you are and who you want to become. At this hostel, guests enjoy doing things together like learning languages, doing art, watching films, playing board games, doing yoga, cooking, and spending time with Mexican nationals and volunteers from around the world.

The Warm Heart hosts love to inspire people to use their abilities to serve others. They host events geared towards raising awareness about social issues and helping people explore opportunities to walk alongside those in need. They love to serve faith-based non-profits by designing websites, making videos and supporting their causes in other ways!

At this hostel, you will live in community with fellow travelers, help run the cafe, check-in and give tours to visitors, assist in cleaning, and plan special events.

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The Pilgrim House Welcome Center is a place for pilgrims to find respite from their walk and take time to reflect on their Camino, life, and future. This center offers a safe place to explore and engage the deeper questions concerning the love and mystery of God, life, and our resilient frailty. this time of reflection is sacred and the Welcome Center's purpose is to foster space--physical, mental, and spiritual.

Students at this location will have the opportunity to walk part of the Camino with fellow pilgrims, participating in reflection of their own lives as they journey together. 

Upon arrival to the Pilgrim House, they will be involved in welcoming guests, assisting in cleaning, arranging tours of the city, planning special events, and creating sacred spaces for conversations to develop with pilgrims as they reflect more deeply on the significance of their Camino experience at an internal level.