IAA Volunteers

Volunteers have the opportunity to make a dynamic impact in the lives of those that come through the gates of the Big Sandy campus!

Here at ALERT, volunteers fill multiple gaps with a creativity, diligence, and energy that encourages our whole staff.  Throughout the year, volunteers can be found doing everything from serving banquets and cleaning rooms to planning events and cooking meals.  Frankly, we couldn’t exist without them!

Although some of those who serve with us come with a specific skill set, most have no experience – but do have a heart that is open to learning.  We provide on-the-job training, and desire to see that you leave having been benefited by your time at the International ALERT Academy (IAA).

A typical* day for our volunteers includes rising early for personal devotions, beginning work at 8:00 AM, encouragement through song and lunch at 12:00, resuming work at 1:00 PM, and working until 5:00 PM.

Evenings are great times for fellowship, contacting off-campus family, working on personal projects, and enjoying our beautiful campus.

*Naturally during events, schedules vary, but volunteers are scheduled in their departments to have time to be refreshed themselves.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
How old must I be to volunteer?
What department will I be serving in?
Where will I be staying?
Do you have any rules?
Will I need to bring special clothes?

How do I apply?
The first step to coming to IAA for a time of service is to submit a properly completed Volunteer Application. When we receive your application you will receive a call from us.  All applications go through an evaluation and approval process to determine the applicant’s abilities and fitness for the positions that are currently available.  Once your application is approved, final arrangements will be made for arrival times and details.

IAA Volunteer Application

 

How old must I be to volunteer?

The minimum age to be a volunteer is 18. Potential volunteers who are under 18 may apply if they are accompanied by a sibling 18 or older.

What department will I be serving in?

There are at least three things that we consider when assigning a volunteer – 1) Where would the volunteer like to serve?  (Kitchen, office, camps and conferences)  2) What are the skill sets that the volunteer is bringing and is there an area in which they would like to learn more?  3) What are the current needs on campus?  The number of volunteers on campus varies greatly as well as the workload that each department is responsible for.  It is our desire to see that each volunteer is suited to the jobs that they are given while keeping in mind that the Lord sometimes uses the work that we are assigned to promote physical and spiritual growth.  The best mindset to have is to be flexible and to cultivate a willingness to meet the needs that arise.

Where will I be staying?

Volunteers stay in on-campus housing that is provided for them; they also enjoy daily meals in our Dining Hall with the staff and the students that are currently at the academy. Both housing and meals are provided for approved volunteers who serve 40 hours a week.

Do you have any rules?
Inevitably we are asked by people who are considering a time of service, “Do you have any rules?”   The answer is “Yes.”  To provide a safe and orderly environment for the number of students, volunteers, and staff that we have, some guidelines are essential.  If you would like a copy of the guidelines, feel free to request a copy before you make your final decision to come.

Will I need to bring special clothes?
IAA maintains a professional dress code; details for specific clothes are available in our guidelines.