Become a Team Member
First we need to hear from you! Complete and turn in your acceptance application and references. Once the application process is completed, you will be notified of your acceptance as a team member.
Who should apply to be on a team?
We believe that God has a plan for us all – – to follow the commandments provided by Christ’s words – LOVE GOD – LOVE OTHERS.
The Father laid out His plan to save the nations from themselves, He believed it enough to send His Son to be sacrificed for everyone of us.
When given such a blessing, we feel it must be shared.
We found a way in which we are able to serve God and share Him with the present children of a nation who will grow into amazing believers. We are seeing this in action.
Do you share these beliefs? Do you believe that this teaching mission can be your way to scatter the seeds of God’s Word?
How do I apply to be on a team?
An application form is available online which can be sent to BEYM electronically Applying to be a team member also requires 2 references to be sent for the team member from someone unrelated who has known the applicant at least 3 years.
How do I know if I have been accepted?
Once a team application is received and processed and the background check is completed, applicants will receive an email from the BEYM staff.
After all forms (application and two references) have been turned in, the turnaround time is approximately 2 weeks. Sometimes the reference writers delay in submitting their form, please have your reference handle their online form quickly.
Is there a deadline for applying?
Yes, applications, reference forms and application fees for the summer must be received by BEYM by February 28.
Applications received after the deadline may need special approval or be used for summer of the next year.
Are there any age requirements to participate in the Camp program?
Yes. We require that volunteers traveling without family be 18 years of age or older. The camp programs we enter have age requirements in place for their volunteers and camp staff. We are volunteers joining their work. We are all teaching students and need a maturity level that allows for teaching versus guidance.
We honor the camp program requirements and have asked occasionally for a parental oversight exemption. These decisions are then made by each Ukrainian Camp Director.
Are there any exceptions to the age requirement?
Yes. Underage team participants must interview with a BEYM staff member and in addition, must be:
- at least 16 years of age
- accompanied by a parent or adult (similar in age to parent) who is an accepted team member and is willing to accept legal guardianship of the applicant while on this trip. This adult will also be responsible for any medical decisions or important decisions that have to made for this person
- experienced in extended mission trips or travel (one week or longer)
- experienced in working with children
- able and willing to participate as a regular team member
- flexible and able to “rough it” (likes camping, using outdoor toilets and showers…)
- accepted as a team member through the regular application process in addition to the processes for underage applicants
Are there any physical dangers in traveling to Ukraine?
Ukraine is a country of political turmoil and is sometimes economically threatened by Russia, but is a fairly safe country to travel in from the perspective of military or political or criminal harm. However its infrastructure is not good and there are traffic and other physical dangers to just be cognizant about.
Are there any other challenges?
This trip is a significant challenge to all team members. It is physically, emotionally, and spiritually difficult. The activity level at all camps is extremely high and fairly constant. All team members need to be prepared to be constantly in motion, with little sleep, poor food and unusual-sanitary conditions. Being away from your family for three weeks with very limited opportunity for contact is extremely difficult emotionally and requires appropriate preparation with your family.
The trip is spiritually uplifting, challenging, and fulfilling. It is a unique mission that will grow your heart. Many of our teammates have returned time and time again, seeing the above caution paragraph as a small hurdle to the joy experienced in sharing God with children in another country.
All travels pose risks. We understand that Ukraine and its Eastern portion are in conflict. The BEYM camps are located in the Central and Western portions of the country. BEYM has been blessed with safe trips that have no major issues or fears for over 10 years. We do issue precautions involving such common travel issues as: pick pockets , and baggage theft, hotel room theft, etc. These risks are true for any travel destination and are easily managed through awareness and practicing safe travel habits (i.e. using luggage locks).
Who shouldn’t go?
If you feel that your life is in need of a cure, your spiritual life is uncertain and you need to be fixed, then please consider counseling before attempting any mission trip. Your effectiveness as an Example will be limiting to your team.
A mission is meant to help others, even though it is “we” that are changed in the process.
This mission involves children and we respect the protectiveness of the Camp Directors and the families of the children in camp. We will honor their need for a level of security and their moral and spiritual expectations. All team members will undergo a background check, medical release, and vaccination checklist.
If you have physical limitations that require the constant aid of others, this is not the trip for you – please consider supporting another in your place.
The teams openly demonstrate the lessons they impart by living, teaching and connecting with the children, counselors and adult staff in the camps. This is the real essence of “By Example” Youth Missions. You and your teammates exemplify the love of God through YOUR lives—living the Love of God “out loud” for all to see.
If you have struggles with anger, anxiety, selfishness, depression, anything that will prevent you from living in close quarters and being kind – this may not be the trip for you.
We go to uplift and serve with flexibility, love and faith. We do not enter a youth camp with the mindset to change their lifestyle. We enter a youth camp to remind people that God is love and He cares for every single person He created. We should all love others as He loves us. We are His and this is His mission.
We love scattering seeds while living the example of Christs’ gentle presence.
We hope you will join us in this amazing work.