Applications for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 program year!

If you’re a young adult ages 21 to 29, you can apply for an international service year that will shape your faith, career, identity and understanding of how you fit into God’s work in the world. YAGM volunteers will begin in August 2021 and will be placed in one of the country programs. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the continued uncertainties presented by COVID-19, country programs for the 2021-2022 service year are subject to change.

Through YAGM, you’ll learn what it means to serve in a spirit of accompaniment as you walk alongside global church companions. You’ll immerse yourself in a new community and form deep relationships with the people you meet. And you’ll confront issues of wealth and poverty, racial privilege, gender privilege, economic disparity and globalization, all through the lens of faith. Learn more and apply at

No matter what energizes you, you’ll find relevant opportunities for professional experience, including:

  • Health and human rights: health care, HIV and AIDS, homelessness, immigration and refugees
  • Education: fine arts, youth education, childhood education, working with people living with disabilities
  • Environmental justice: agriculture and farming, development, environment
  • Professional support: office work, communication, technology, finance
  • Congregational ministry: children’s ministry, Christian education, youth ministry, congregational ministry, camp ministry

Around the world, host families, churches, workplaces and communities are ready to welcome you.

Are you ready? The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Apply Now.