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. These are typical stages that an EMI volunteer takes to be involved before, during, and after the trip.
1 - Get to know us
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.
Talk to someone near you who's been on an EMI Trip. For a list of local representatives visit the EMI near you page.
2 - Volunteer
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.
Fill out the EMI Interest form to be included in the EMI system.
View our list of upcoming projects that you can potentially sign up for.
View the disciplines list to see how you can potentially volunteer.
3 - Pre-trip
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.
Fill out a travel agreement and send it to your specific Project Leader when asked.
Fill out a contact information form and send it to your specific Project Leader when asked.
Pay online for all or part of your trip costs.
4 - Technical info
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.
Would it be beneficial to do a presentation about your trip experience to your church, business, or supporters? Feel free to use this Trip Report PowerPoint as a starting place to edit for your needs.
Help spread the word about EMI through YouTube or see if you can talk to your local newspapers or media about your recent EMI trip. We can post a media link to it on our website once it's published.
If you have remaining funds for your trip, you can get reimbursed for your visas, recommended vaccinations etc.
Now that you are a veteran EMI Volunteer, you are in a prime position for greater impact. Many have found it rewarding to plug into EMI beyond a single trip overseas.
Repeat volunteers are a tremendous blessing to our project trips. Your previous experience overseas can not only help serve the next ministry well but also first time volunteers.