What are the long-term goals of Worldwide Witness?
Some of our long-term goals include:
Provide opportunities for students to experience missions for a period of time that allows them to determine if long-term missions could be in their future.
Assist young men and women in developing ministry skills.
Increase the vision for missions in our churches by equipping the next generations with first-hand experience in cross-cultural ministry.
Give missionaries on the field energetic, short-term help with specific tasks on the field.
Encourage missions-minded students to network and develop partnerships for long-term ministry.
Who decides where I do my internship?
Determining where you spend your internship is a process of prayer and dialogue. Once you have prayed about the internship option and submitted your application, spiritual biography, references and application fee, the directors will spend time reviewing your application and petition. If you are a good “fit” for the location you petitioned and that particular site still has openings, then almost always you will be able to work in the location you petitioned. If, however, you are not a good “fit” for the location or other circumstances have developed regarding that location, (e.g., the missionary will be on furlough, the church is suffering a crisis, the society has become too unstable, etc.) then the directors will visit with you personally to find the best alternative for you. In addition, if it becomes obvious during training that you are not compatible with other team members for your location, then the directors will work to help some or all the team members redirect their efforts to different locations.
What if I want to go somewhere that WWW does not have an internship?
At times students want to work where WWW does not have an internship. This might be due to a previous trip with a sponsoring church, family relations or personal interest. Since mentoring is a critical factor in a WWW internship, the directors will review the newly petitioned location to see if there is a mentor present on the field that can serve the interns. Also the directors will review the nature of the work and society at the location to make sure that both are compatible with student interns. If everything appears to indicate that the new location would be a healthy spiritual environment for the interns, then the supervisors will pursue arranging an internship. If not, then the directors will work in dialogue with you to find a better option.
What does the $100 application fee cover?
The fee is used to cover insurance and a t-shirt for the student.
Who determines the number and timing of the interns?
Each site supervisor specifies the number of interns he/she is willing to host and the dates of their arrival and departure. The missionary application form has a space for this information. The directors and trainers of WWW then work to put this information into your hands. Once a site has the petitioned number of interns requested by the missionary, the directors cease to recruit for that location and try to redirect later applicants to other options. If there is a problem with the timing such as the need to attend a family event, a graduation or marriage, then WWW coordinators will help you work this out in direct dialogue with your host. Most difficulties in timing can be worked out. However, since some missionaries must travel long distances and incur expenses and much disruption to their own lives to pick up students at the airport, some missionaries opt to be stricter on the dates they petition for arrival and departure.
What if the internship “goes bad”?
The director of WWW is a former missionary and respects the judgment of their cohorts on the field. If the host missionary decides that the internship needs to be terminated, that decision will be honored by the directors of WWW and you will be sent home early by the host missionary. If you find yourself in the unusual circumstance of being totally incompatible with the host missionary and decide to return home early, then the directors will likewise respect that decision. Less than 1% of students have ever returned home from an internship prematurely.
What is WWW’s policy on dating?
WWW holds strictly to a no dating policy. Only under unusual circumstances will WWW allow dating interns to go to the field as a couple. Commonly, the directors ask dating couples to choose different missionary sites. The policy also applies to the relationship between interns and locals.
The whole idea of fund raising is new and scary to me. What if I am no good at it and don't raise the money I need?
Over the last 15 years of WWW, over 97% of all approved applicants did raise the funds necessary to participate in an internship. Most of these students had never raised funds either. We are committed to coaching and equipping you through the entire fundraising process.
I would love to go on an internship but need to stay home and make money. Is there any way that I can do both?
Contact us for more information.
How do I get the visa, passport and tickets?
WWW coordinators will coach you through the process of getting your visa and passport. We also purchase your tickets, insurance, and other pre-trip logistics for you.
How much time off will I have to see the country?
WWW recommends one day off per week. The directors also hope that you will have the chance to see more of you host country with locals or the missionary. Usually the missionary or locals are very proud of their country and try to facilitate your ability to experience the local culture. Often hosts have taken students on short trips to see more of the country outside of the area of their internship. If you desire to take a longer trip of several days or weeks, the directors encourage you to do so after completing your internship. For example, students on European internships have completed their internship and then hiked Europe for a week before returning. Former students in South America completed their internship prior to spending time visiting Cuzco and Machu Picchu.
Who do I have ACU Missions donations sent to?
You can have your donations written to “ACU Missions” and sent to Abilene Christian University. The check memo line should be left blank to ensure a tax deduction. Be sure the donor does NOT put your name, trip name, trip destination, host organization’s name, or anything else pertaining to a specific trip anywhere on the check. Simply include the remittance portion provided to you.
What address does it get sent to exactly?
The money can be donated through the online giving page or to the following address:
ACU Gift Records
ACU Box 29132
Abilene, TX 79699
Should we mention the WWW code here?
No need. The remittance portion with the letters will include the code.