2014 Albania Youth Work Team
Traveling From: 6/16/2014 to 7/1/2014; Team Cost: $1135*
Youth Outreach – Shen Vlash
Help administer a summer camp program at the Children’s Home of Hope in Shen Vlash, Albania. Under the supervision of the staff and OCMC missionaries, Team members will teach the Faith, arts and crafts, English lessons, as well as lead sports activities for children ages 3-14.
The 2014 Albania Youth Outreach Team will be working with the children at the Children’s Home of Hope on the grounds of the Shen Vlash Monastery and Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy in Durres. They will offer a youth summer camp working with OCMC missionary Pamela Barksdale and the dedicated staff of the Home of Hope. Team members will share life experiences and fellowship, and provide a visible witness of the Holy Orthodox Faith. Visits to the ministries of the Church in Albania and meeting other OCMC missionaries will also be included. Staff development has also been requested.*
Under the Ministry of Social Work of Albania, the Children's Home of Hope officially opened July 2003. At present they care for over 40 children in a foster care environment providing a home model for the children. The Children's Home of Hope is open to children that may be orphaned, come from single parent families, or from families with some type of hardship with hope that eventually they may be re-unified.
Shen Vlash monastary was the first victim of the Cultural Revolution in Albania over five decades ago that proceeded to outlaw Christianity in Albania. Today it is the Center of renewal and resurrection of the Orthodox Church in Albania. Be a witness of the Orthodox Christian Faith in a country that is almost 70% Muslim.
This team will be led by OCMC missionary to Albania, Pamela Barksdale. Team members who have experience in youth work and youth camps, educators and social workers are encouraged to apply. Families with children are welcome.
Provide a positive witness and share the richness of Orthodoxy.
Dates: June 16 – July 1, 2014
Cost: $1,135 + airfare
* Participate in Home of Hope staff development by extending your stay to July 6. The additional time will be spent training staff in education, youth ministry and youth protection.