VIATA Youth Development Intern

Company Name: 
New Horizons Foundation
PO Box 232
Two Harbors
Contact Person: 
Dave Nonnemacher
Contact E-mail Address:
Contact Phone Number: 
(712) 2300676
The New Horizons Foundation practices a holistic approach to missions. This approach seeks to address the cultural, structural, economic and other factors that impinge on quality of life; and is particularly sensitive to the unique challenges of serving in a post-communist, Eastern Orthodox context. “But we have seen that the church exists not for its own sake but for the sake of God’s cause in the world. That cause is the overcoming of alienation and liberation from the oppression, deprivation and suffering in which sin works itself out, so that human beings may dwell in God’s shalom, where there is harmony and delight in all dimensions of existence.” --Nicholas Wolterstorff, Educating for Responsible Action The VIATA Program is similar to summer camp. For one week, youth spend time on Romania’s first ropes course, participate in structured activities such as rock climbing and orienteering, and debrief each activity to get them thinking about teamwork, moral values and leadership. The purpose of the VIATA Program is to develop social skills such as teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, and creative thinking. VIATA participants are youth ages 13-18 from all socio-­economic backgrounds. VIATA is unique, particularly in the post-communist context for its use of proven experiential education methods. VIATA interns work alongside the New Horizons staff and Romanian volunteers to help facilitate the learning process for all program participants. Interns will be trained as co­facilitators and will serve as staff with responsibilities and expectations equal to the level of training and prior experience. A main focus of the position centers on building relationships with Romanian youth in order to serve as a positive role model and educator. Additional internship details: *Interns are responsible for raising their own financial support *Survival Romanian will be taught *Personal travel time can be arranged *Housing and some meals are provided *College credit is available for internships
*Interested in working with youth *Possesses the following abilities and is interested in developing them: accountability, leadership, communication and facilitation skills *Demonstrates teamwork skills with staff members and youth *Minimum age of 20 *Has experience working with youth in non-formal education programs *Committed to cross-cultural learning
Application Instructions: 
For more information and an application packet, please contact Dave Nonnemacher at: 712-230-0676 or March 1, 2013 Application Deadline