Volunteer Application
(This bit is important!)

Thank you so much for your interest in participating in the ministry of Celebrate Messiah New Zealand! Our hope is that our experience of living and working together will enable all of us to progress toward our shared goal of becoming rooted, built up, and established in the faith.

The information you give us will help shape your experience here. We will use the things we learn about you to find where you as an individual will fit best in the ministry.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Our ministry centres exist primarily as a means for sharing the Gospel with Israeli travellers in New Zealand from October to April. We offer free accommodation at these facilities, which makes them extremely popular among Israeli guests – we are often booked many weeks in advance. Each facility is managed by one or more of our staff members, but each season we rely on qualified volunteers to assist us in the work.

Providing this kind of environment involves a good many daily tasks such as managing bookings, cleaning, laundering, maintenance, and landscaping.  We gather every day for devotions and prayer, which is critical for maintaining the spiritual and emotional wellness of our teams. And there is almost always a bit of “down time” during the afternoon when most of our guests are out hiking, bungy-jumping, or leaping out of aeroplanes. Interacting with our many Israeli guests is why we are here!

Israelis are remarkably social creatures and are curious about you: Who you are and why you are interested in Israel and the Jewish people. Outside of Israel, young Israelis are far more open to spiritual conversations; you’ll be surprised how easy it is to share your story and discuss issues related to the Gospel.

In addition to hospitality, we also host “Shishi” dinners (Shabbat) and “Hummus Nights” each week. These are informal gatherings when staff and guests usually cook together, eat together, and schmooze together (Google it). There is very much a community feel to each facility, which makes a significant impact on our guests. Here is a testimony from a young Israeli woman who stayed at the Zula Lodge:

“Right at the first moment when I arrived at the Zula, I felt at home. Something in me just calmed down. This is the first place I felt like this after six months of travels, and this is not just because the Zula facilities are so amazing. It is because of the special family that you are. Thanks for… opening your hearts and really letting me feel that I belong... These days with you were a unique opportunity to learn and get to know a different way to live life in this world. Thanks for making me ask questions and having the patience to answer them too. You are, without a doubt, a big and meaningful part of my trip around the world, and of my life journey.”

Sleeping arrangements for volunteers vary, depending on where you are serving. At one of our facilities, you will almost certainly be rooming with others, dormitory style. At another facility, you may have your own room, depending on the number of volunteers present. If you are one who needs a lot of “alone time,” this will be a challenge for you.

Food and transportation are provided on a shared basis, meaning that each of us contributes. We provide food staples (e.g., bread, coffee, tea, cereal, milk, rice, eggs, etc) and we ask each volunteer to privately raise extra funds to pay for preferred items that we may not stock (we suggest NZD$30- $50/week). Likewise, a vehicle is available for occasional use by volunteers, and they are only responsible for petrol expenses if the vehicle is being used for personal reasons.

Personal touring while in New Zealand is a must, at least through the beautiful South Island, so consider the option of building in some travel time to your itinerary. We’ll be delighted to help you with your plans, including budgeting your trip. Remember: Car hire, petrol, accommodations and food are quite expensive in NZ, but there are ways to cut costs if you’re willing to be creative.

Church culture, like almost everything else in New Zealand, is extremely informal. You are encouraged to attend a local church while you are serving with us, though our schedule may sometimes conflict with church services. When it comes to attire, we suggest a neat, modest outfit to wear; perhaps a pair of shoes other than your work/hiking boots. Gentlemen, you need not bring a tie. Ladies, dresses or skirts are fine but certainly not required. Bring something in which you will be comfortable, and don’t worry about dressing up.

International travel can be challenging, so don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions. It is imperative that your passport expiration date is at least 6 months beyond your departure from NZ. Also, although some forms of volunteerism are allowed in NZ without a work visa, Border Control is extremely sensitive on this issue (one of our incoming volunteers was not allowed entry and was shipped back to Hong Kong!) so be sure to talk with us about how to describe your reason for coming to NZ.

And now, let’s hear about you!

Name (First, Last)
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Address (Street, City, State/Province, Zip/Postcode, Country) *
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Phone number
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Email address *
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Gender
Date of Birth
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Marital Status
If you are married, what is your spouse's name?
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If you are married, your spouse should submit a separate application.
What about our ministry particularly interests you?
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Please click the following link to read about our vision and values: https://celebratemessiah.co.nz/about-us/vision-values/. Do you agree with our vision and values?
If you answered the above question with "Not completely," please explain your answer.
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Tell us about your relationship with the Lord. This doesn't have to be a gushing testimony; just let us know where you are in your walk with Him. Or, if you haven't started one, tell us about your thoughts about and/or experiences with God. We are interested to hear what’s happening in your life, spiritually.
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What are one or two traits from your parents that you would most want to see in your children?
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Tell us about two people whose lives you positively changed. What did you do and/or say that helped them?
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Where are you in your educational journey? (grade/year most recently completed, or when education was completed)
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We would love to help you reach your spiritual goals, therefore we encourage you to write down some specific, personal goals/objectives that you hope to fulfill during your time with us. These goals may look something like the following: Spiritual objectives (e.g. to become better equipped to share your faith); Personal objectives (e.g. to overcome anger or selfishness); Skill-related goals (e.g. to become the world’s best toilet cleaner!) If we can identify your goals from the outset, we will be better able to address your needs and evaluate your progress.
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Besides the Bible, what books/authors have inspired you the most?
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What have you read in the last six months (by choice, not by demand)?
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What are your dreams (not necessarily your plans) for the future?
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If you had all the resources you could ever need and you knew you could not fail, what one thing would you seek to accomplish?
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What are your spiritual gifts? It’s a good idea to ask those who are observing your life, such as your parents or closest friends.
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Choose the answer that describes you best. In a group of people I prefer to be
How comfortable are you with talking and interacting with people you've never met?
Not comfortable at all
Very comfortable
You are neither qualified nor disqualified for this program based your skill sets or lack thereof. Knowing your skills and experience will help us plan for the coming season, and how to best utilize your unique talents. Tell us about any special skills you have including, but not limited to areas such as music, public speaking, computer maintenance, cooking, carpentry, teaching, electronics, desktop publishing, crafts, etc. If possible, give us an idea of your skill level/experience. (e.g. play guitar recreationally; cook twice a week for family; electrician’s helper for 1 year; Sunday School teacher for primaries for 2 years, etc.). If you have already prepared a resume for some other application, you are more than welcome to email it to us and just make mention of it here.
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What are your pet peeves?
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Which best describes your preference?
Which best describes you?
Which do you find more necessary to renewing your energy?
We’d like to know a bit more about your personality! How do others describe you? Each of us is a bit quirky in some way. What’s quirky about you? What else do you want to tell us about yourself?
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We are excited about the opportunity to welcome you. One of the things we as a family enjoy is a healthy level of accountability. How open are you to allowing us to speak into your life in areas (such as conduct and appropriate activity) while you are with us?
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Eager
Please explain your answer.
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Have you ever been on a mission trip or service trip?
If yes, tell us about your trip. If there have been more than one, give us a summary.
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Have you ever traveled out of the country?
If yes, where?
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If no, is this your first time traveling alone apart from your family?
Are there any physical conditions or dietary needs that we should know about?
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How would you fund this trip? Would you receive any amount of support? (If you are raising support, let us know if you need some pointers on writing appeal letters to prospective donors. We’re happy to help!)
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What length of time are you able to commit to working with us? We’d appreciate the most specific time frame you can give us.
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How did you hear about us?
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Do you have any further questions about our ministry?
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