International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP)

Get out of your comfort zone with this cultural exchange and volunteer work opportunity.

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What is IVEP?

The International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) is a yearlong volunteer work and cultural exchange opportunity for Christian adults ages 18-30 living outside the U.S. or Canada.

Every year, IVEP participants come from more than 25 countries around the world to volunteer in the U.S., where they live with a local person or family. Since its beginning in 1950, IVEP has emphasized peacemaking and building understanding across cultures.

The IVEP program seeks to:

  • Promote a theology of service that encourages growth as global citizens who are active in social justice and peacemaking
  • Provide opportunities for learning and mutual transformation through the development of intercultural skills
  • Foster opportunities for spiritual growth, appreciation of Anabaptist values and involvement in the local and global church
  • Explore and develop skills and cultivate an increased sense of vocation through service alongside a local partner organization.

As an IVEP participant, you could serve at a school, thrift shop, social service agency, advocacy office, sustainable farm, immigration office and more!

During your IVEP year, you will make new friends, gain work skills and have new experiences — you will see your own culture from a new perspective. You’ll also grow in your faith as you meet and worship with Christians from around the world and learn what it means to be a peacemaker. See how a year with IVEP will transform you!

Read about the experiences of past IVEPers in the Global Service Learning Yearbook.

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For participants

Eager to explore a different way of life, meet new people, serve God and challenge yourself? Then IVEP is for you!

Check out the participants page to learn more.

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For hosts

Hosts are a big part of the IVEP experience – they help determine how participants engage in their new communities.

We’re looking for people who can make sure IVEP participants feel welcome and get to try lots of new experiences.

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For partner agencies

In order to host IVEP participants, we need businesses, churches and other organizations that can offer volunteer opportunities for international young adults.

Check out our partner agency information page to learn more. 

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