Cross Cultural Internship
About The Internship
The Cross Cultural Internship (CCI) is a ministry of Word of Life Short Term Missions which sends students to Word of Life mission fields around the world giving them the opportunity to serve as a missionary while working toward a college degree at a discounted price. This two year internship consists of intense training, support raising, and service in one of 81 countries where Word of Life ministers. Students will learn how to build a support team, navigate culture shock, possibly learn a second language, and minister alongside full-time missionaries.
No matter what your future holds, spending two years serving cross culturally will be an incredible way to gain experience and skills that God can use for the rest of your life! Most importantly, this is an opportunity for you to expand your understanding of God’s plan for the nations and to
become a true laborer for the gospel for the rest of your lives (Matthew 9:35-38).
Who Is CCI For?
- Anyone who is willing to learn and serve.
- Anyone who wants to get a global vision of what God is doing regardless of your long-term plans.
- Anyone who faithfully attends a local church and has the support of its leadership.
- A current student at or recent graduate from a Christian college with 1-2 years of Bible and ministry training as a part of your education.
Where Can I Go?
Established CCI Locations
Emerging CCI Locations
How Can I Serve?
CCI Ministry Opportunities
Word of Life focuses on reaching youth with the Gospel and discipling them to reach their friends. Therefore, no matter what ministry you do, the ultimate goal is to share your faith and serve children, teens, and college students. Around the world, our missionaries seek to come alongside local churches to use almost any talent, skill, or spiritual gift to build relationships with young people for this purpose. Here are some examples of ministry needs and opportunities that CCI interns help with on a regular basis:
- Local churches – Word of Life Bible Clubs,
youth groups, evangelistic events.
- Camps and conferences – Summer, winter, english.
- Evangelism – Open air evangelistic events, sporting events.
- Discipleship – Being discipled by WOL missionaries and/or other local believers, discipling young people.
- Education – TESOL, Bible teaching.
- Miscellaneous – Administration, drama, kitchen, housekeeping, information technology, maintenance, marketing, productions, music, photography, social media, videography.
Click the button below to read more about the Word of Life mission fields around the world where we have Cross Cultural Interns.
Placement and Training
Finances and Education
CCI Timeline Summary
Journey to the Field
- Interest - Pray and seek counsel from parents, church leadership, and mentors.
- Apply - January-May – Complete CCI Application at wol.is/cci and interviews, get accepted, and agree on field placement.
- Training - May-August – Complete online Introductory Training and support raising homework. August – Attend Support Raising Training Week. August-December – Build a
support team, serve in your church, begin online education, and reach 100% support.
- Departure - January – Attend Pre-Launch Training Week including Missions Conference, finalize logistics, and leave for your field!
Life on the Field
- 1st Year of CCI - Continue online education, begin learning a new culture and language, and begin serving with WOL missionaries on your field.
- December - January - Return home for Christmas break, attend January Training Week and Missions Conference, and return to your field.
- 2nd Year of CCI - Continue online education, continue serving with WOL missionaries on your field, possibly serve at another WOL field on a short-term trip, and finalize plan with CCI leadership for after CCI.
- December - Return home for Christmas break.
- Next Steps - January – Attend January Training and Missions Conference, graduate from CCI, and either return to your field or move on to what God has next for you.