1422: You’ai Care

Pingding, China

You’ai Care partners with You’ai Hospital to provide care for hospice, cancer, and mental health patients. Other possible areas of service are educational programs in the community and service-learning camps for children and youth. Medical background or training is NOT required.

Job Descriptions

Help continue over 100 years of Brethren service in PingDing! The first Brethren mission in China was established here in 1910. The Pingding project continues the long friendship between the people of the United States and people of Pingding. Volunteers have the opportunity to use their unique talents to build on this heritage. Continuing the tradition of medical service, You’ai Care partners with You’ai Hospital to provide care for hospice, cancer, and mental health patients. Other possible areas of service are educational programs in the community and service-learning camps for children and youth. Medical background or training is NOT required.

Volunteers will work with programs of You’ai Care and You’ai Hospital based on interests and abilities. Typical areas of service would include organizing activities for mental health patients, or serving food and drink to hospice patients. Volunteers may also assist with office work, develop English-language promotional materials and webpages, assist with grant-writing, research Brethren history in the area, or develop and lead camp and community outreach programs. Volunteers are a member of the You’ai Care core team and help to define the BVS role and the direction of the overall program. Volunteers live in one of two Project Houses near the hospital. There are very few foreigners in this area, and little English is spoken outside of the project. A volunteer must be prepared to live closely with the project staff and volunteers.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old; older adults are welcome. No specific degree is required. Volunteers with experience in camping, medical care, nursing, rehabilitation, psychology, or social work would be ideal. For example, a retired nurse, former camp counselor, or social work major would all be excellent for this project. Willingness to learn basic Mandarin Chinese is a must; prior knowledge is preferred.

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