Frequently asked questions

All IVEP participants must be:

  • Between 18-30 years old
  • Living outside Canada and the U.S.
  • Unmarried with no dependents
  • Committed to the Christian faith
  • Actively involved in a church

We give preference to members of Anabaptist churches

You will not earn money while on IVEP.  We provide a monthly allowance, but it’s to be used for personal expenses (like clothing and haircuts) while on assignment.

Contact the MCC office in your home country to learn if they participate in IVEP. If they do, they will tell you the specific application requirements. If you need their contact information, write to, tell us where you live and we’ll send you the relevant contact information. Selection criteria may vary according to country context.

The IVEP year begins in mid-August and runs until mid-July the next year.

During the year, IVEP participants attend three, weeklong meetings with MCC: orientation, mid-year conference and year-end conference.

Regional MCC staff also connect regularly with participants, planning smaller retreats and other periodic social events.

IVEP is registered to offer assignments in the following fields, dependent on partner availability: 

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and Fishing
  • Arts and Culture
  • Construction and Building Trades
  • Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Library Science
  • Counseling and Social Services
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Media and Communications
  • Management
  • Business
  • Commerce and Finance
  • Public Administration and Law
  • The Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Mathematics
  • Industrial Occupations

U.S. visa regulations require that participants are working on or have completed a post-secondary degree or have five years’ experience in a specific field that matches those listed above.

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