The Faith to Action Initiative recognizes short-term mission trips and global volunteering as an important means for participating in God’s work around the world. We encourage volunteer participation in activities that support local caregivers and strengthening the community to support children.

An important first step to supporting long-term, sustainable care for orphans and vulnerable children through short-term volunteering is to be informed. The resources below are helpful for those who are passionate about improving care for vulnerable children and families, are committed to excellence, and seek to respond in ways that are aligned with biblical principles. Although the views and opinions expressed in these resources do not necessarily reflect those of Faith to Action, they provide an introduction to the topics at hand.

Short Term Missions: Guidance to Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children (Faith to Action Initiative)

Protecting Children in Short-Term Missions: A Guidance Manual and Toolkit for Churches and Christian Organizations (ACC International)

Caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Session 5: Short-Term Missions (Faith to Action Initiative)

Ethical Short-Term Missions & Volunteering (ACC International)

Wise Short-Term Missions (Christian Alliance for Orphans)

 (World Challenge)

Better Volunteering Better Care (Better Care Network and Save the Children UK)

Video: Going on a Short-Term Mission Trip (ACC International)

Are Good Intentions Good Enough? Protecting Children in Short-Term Missions (Rebecca Nhep, CEO of International Programs, ACC International)

Be a ChildSafe Volunteer (ChildSafe Movement)

Interview with Anna McKeon, Communication Consultant, Better Care Better Volunteering Network (Part I)