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Q. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?A. We are open to anyone with at least one year of college experience who has a heart for missions and wants to spend a year in active service and training for a future in missions.
Q. HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?A. Visit the Missions Internship page to download the intern application and get more information about ASELSI and the internship.
Q. HOW MUCH DOES IT COSTS? A. Costs vary, but plan on about $1200 per month for in-country costs. We’ll help you develop an appropriate budget during the application process.
Q. WHEN DOES IT START?A. Normally interns start in January or August depending on openings and individuals.
Q. WHAT IF I DON’T SPEAK SPANISH?A. Each interns study in a Spanish language school at the start of the program unless they already can show a high level of Spanish fluency.
Q. WHAT DOES AN INTERN'S NORMAL DAY LOOK LIKE?A. A “normal” day varies greatly. One day maybe spent working on paperwork in an office setting and another may be spent out on a project site doing manual construction work. Interns will spend time in class settings, visiting village homes, working in the office, and serving at the conference and more!
Q. WHAT WILL I LEAVE WITH?A. The invaluable experience of living and serving in another culture and learning from hands-on learning provide a unique opportunity to leave with many new experiences, a deeper relationship with Christ, a greater understanding of missions and an opportunity to test your calling to full time work on the mission field or ministry.
Q. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?A. See the packing list in the Intern Manual and in the Team Manual
Q. HOW LONG IS THE INTERNSHIP?A. The internship is an 6 - 9 month program at the main ASELSI site in Chichicastenango. Prior to this is a preliminary 3-4 months of language school. So the full time is 10 to 12 months or just short of that depending on start and finish dates.
Q. CAN I GET COLLEGE CREDIT WHILE IN THE PROGRAM?A. It depends on your school policy but the Intern Coordinator is available to serve as the site supervisor if you can get credit while serving in the internship. While encouraged, college credit expenses are not included in the Intern budget and would need to be funded separately by the intern.
Q. WHERE DO INTERNS LIVE?A. During language school the interns live with a Guatemalan family contracted by the language school to get a full immersion in culture and language. While in Chichi we will help the intern find a Guatemalan family to stay with or a room to rent depending on the needs of the individual intern. In the future we may offer intern housing in a different format.
Q. WHAT DO I DO AFTER THE INTERNSHIP?A. One of our goals is to help you seek God’s direction for your life and then take what you have learned here to serve there. We encourage interns to go back and serve in their home church for at least six months before moving out to the mission field or going on to the next thing God has for them. In the future there may be additional intern opportunities for more advance training but currently the six months to one-year option is all that is offered.