EMI enables design professionals to engage with global ministry through our Volunteer Program. Overseas trips (10-14 days long) are the heartbeat of EMI's work. We travel to the site, meet with our client, survey the land, and produce a preliminary conceptual design, all in a short visit. Once we return home, we complete the design report and drawings. Below lists the typical stages that an EMI volunteer takes to be involved before, during, and after the trip.
Click on one of the stages below to see how you can engage with EMI as a volunteer.
Find out what EMI is all about. You can read about EMI's different volunteers opportunities, talk with a EMI Representative near you, see what newspapers and magazines have to say about EMI or click through our PowerPoint.
Now that you understand what EMI is about, how can you get involved? By filling out our Volunteer Interest Form we can get your general information in our system. Then you just need to find an upcoming project trip that interests you and contact the project leader listed. If you don't find your discipline listed on a project trip, then check out our Discipline Descriptions list to learn more.
Whether or not you have committed to a project yet, you can still prepare for your upcoming EMI travel. You will definitely want to explore the EMI Trip Guide (pdf) as it is an excellent source of information that can help prepare you for a great all around trip. Also you can find other useful trip preparation links below.
You possess years of experience for designing in the Western World, but how does that translate into an overseas EMI Project? Here are some resources that can prepare you for developing world design and your project's final presentation.
We hope you had a powerful experience serving God in global ministry with EMI. Through your experiences you have story that we hope you will share with others to encourage them in missions work and to get the word out about EMI.