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What are the requirements for MCC workers?

In order to work or serve with MCC, you must meet three faith criteria:

  1. You are committed to Christian faith.
  2. You actively participate in a Christian church.
  3. You are committed to peace and nonviolence.

Do I need to attend a Mennonite or Brethren in Christ church?

No. MCC workers come from many Christian denominations. There are some assignments that require a Mennonite or Brethren in Christ worker, but that information would be included in the job description.

Do I have to follow lifestyle guidelines while working with MCC?

Yes. All MCC workers sign an agreement to follow our policies on tobacco, drug and alcohol use; celibacy outside of heterosexual marriage; and racial and sexual harassment.

Download more information about MCC's requirements and lifestyle expectations.

What’s the difference between employees, long-term volunteers and volunteers?

Employees – MCC employees are paid staff, typically located in the U.S. or Canada, who work on a salaried or hourly basis. Employees receive a modest salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

Long-term volunteers Long-term volunteers are full-time, unpaid MCC workers who go through the application process and are hired for a specific assignment. These assignments are generally one to five years long and can be in the U.S., Canada or countries around the world. Long-term volunteers are not paid a salary but all their necessary living expenses are covered and they receive a small monthly stipend as well as a comprehensive benefits package.

Volunteers – MCC volunteers contribute to MCC by donating their time and do not receive financial compensation. MCC material resource centers, thrift shops and other programs often are looking for people who can give a few hours a week or a few months of their time.

What financial support does MCC provide?


At MCC our highest salary is no more than five times the lowest salary. That means salaries for entry level positions are generally above market rates and management salaries are generally below market rates.

Some benefits we provide our employees are:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Retirement contributions
  • Holidays, vacation, personal and sick days
  • Life insurance
  • Training and professional development

Long-term volunteers

All international positions and some positions in the United States and Canada are filled by long-term volunteers, which means there is no salary. While you’re serving with MCC we cover your expenses, including:

  • A modest monthly stipend
  • Food, housing and transportation
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • School fees for dependent children
  • Vacation time and allowance
  • Life insurance
  • Student loan repayment assistance
  • A resettlement allowance for when your term is over
  • Retirement contributions for some workers

Can I serve with MCC if I have a family?

Yes. MCC has workers who are single, married or have families with children. However, placing large families can sometimes be more difficult because of availability of schools, housing and transportation.

When couples apply for a term with MCC, both people need to meet MCC’s requirements and we try to find a position for both. We prefer that couples be married at least one year before they start serving with MCC.

Some assignments are better suited for individuals or couples without children because of travel demands or availability of schools. When that’s the case we will always make it clear in the job description.

How long are MCC assignments?

Long-term volunteer assignments in the U.S. and overseas are usually three years long, and in Canada they’re generally for two years. Leadership positions like MCC representatives or area directors are usually five years long.

We also have programs specifically for young adults that are one year long.

Does MCC have any short-term volunteer positions?

Occasionally we have short-term assignments, sabbaticals or internships available. When we do they will be listed with our open positions.

What kind of training does MCC provide?

Everyone who works with MCC attends a general orientation in Akron, Pa.,  that provides an introduction to the organization. Once you arrive at your placement you will also receive an in-country orientation with specific information about your location and position.

You are expected to meet all the qualifications listed in the job description before beginning a position with us; however we do provide some training such as language study when it’s needed for your work.