#1179: Corrymeela Community

 Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

Corrymeela is an ecumenical Christian community, and Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization. For over 50 years we have been “transforming division through human encounter.” We work with groups dealing with issues of sectarianism, marginalization, legacies of conflict, and public theology.

Website: http://www.corrymeela.org/

Job Descriptions

The Corrymeela Community is an ecumenical Christian community, and Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization. For over 50 years we have been “transforming division through human encounter.” Long associated with cross-community work in response to the “Troubles,” we continue to work with groups dealing with issues of sectarianism, marginalization, legacies of conflict, and public theology.

Corrymeela’s work is enormously supported through volunteers, benefitting annually from over 80,000 volunteer work hours: from community members, guests, day-visitors, and residential volunteers who stay for a few days, a few months, or longer. In particular, Corrymeela seeks Long Term Volunteers (LTVs), young adults (up to age 30) who can commit to a year of service and learning. Please contact the BVS coordinator in Europe, and see the Corrymeela website for more information about the requirements and application process which is in addition to the BVS application. Deadlines and current openings are also posted on the website.

The work of LTVs consists of three main areas. The first area of work is in service to the center, where thousands of guests come from all over the world to participate in our programs. Volunteers will find themselves on a schedule of housekeeping, kitchen, and hospitality. The second area of work is related to our peace and reconciliation program. Volunteers help to lead groups, facilitate activities for all age groups, and accompany participants in their program schedule. A third area of work deals with living in community with a diverse collection of people. Volunteers find that much of their learning takes place in the laboratory of communal life – where conflicts are resolved and relationships are strengthened as we listen to and make room for others.

In addition to this ongoing work, LTVs participate in weekly training, support time, and learning about the work of reconciliation. When volunteers leave, they are able to apply skills for “transforming division through human encounter” in their own professional contexts, whether in reconciliation, education, faith leadership, or industry.

Rooted in a Christian theology of inclusion and welcome, Corrymeela is open to people of all faiths and none.

We expect volunteers to participate in and creatively contribute to the rhythm of life at the center. All volunteers should be able to demonstrate the following: a commitment to the ethos of Corrymeela, the ability to share in our Christian commitment to reconciliation, an understanding of the dynamics of living and working in community, the ability to balance community and individual needs, and the ability to initiate and complete tasks without constant supervision. Volunteers should possess good communication and inter-personal skills, experience with working and cooperating as part of a team, and capability to work with groups in a leadership role.

Corrymeela project form    Corrymeela project report


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