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Now that your assignment has been officially approved in writing, you can:

  1. Work with your volunteer coordinator regarding visa and travel arrangements.
  2. Begin immunizations early to ensure protection and to avoid receiving injections overseas.
  3. Communicate with your assignment supervisor to learn all you can about your specific position, the institution, and the people.
  4. Study all you can about the country where you are going.
  5. Complete the Preparation for Mission online course, or a similar program at an Adventist university.
  6. Collect materials for your job assignment such as textbooks, evangelism tools, literature, etc.
  7. Seek the support of family and friends in prayer and in promises to write. Ask your church clerk to mail you church bulletins, newsletters, etc.
  8. Finalize your responsibilities at home – pay off debts, complete assignments, change of address notification, etc.
  9. Be sure your division volunteer coordinator has a copy of your itinerary. This, along with the Insurance form, enables your enrollment in the AVS insurance program.
  10. Obtain the AVS insurance card to take with you.
  11. Above all, pray for wisdom. Study God’s Word. Know why you are a Seventh-day Adventist and want to serve God as an international volunteer.
  12. Be prepared for adjustments in your assignment when you arrive on site due to changed circumstances or personnel, or your personality and skill level. A successful experience may depend on your ability to be flexible.
  13. Believe God has called you – and determine to follow through on your commitment to serve Him cheerfully, willingly, and despite the challenges you WILL meet.
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