The roles that you will be asked to choose from as a leadership team Assistant is in the areas of food, finances, or medical. You will have the opportunity to dialogue with your Trip Leader to find the role you feel you are best gifted to fill and will be based on need, skill, experience.
The Assistant in charge of food is good for those who are good at planning and are flexible. You will be responsible to create an overseas menu within a budget, shop for and purchase the food necessary for the meals, and be present to oversee the preparation of each meal. You’ll engage closely with small groups of students and train them on how to prepare, serve and clean up each meal. If you are detailed, enjoy training, and are patient in the midst of a bit of confusion, then you have some of the qualities that will help you excel in this role. Think about it, you just may be the person who saves a 15-year-old boy’s life by teaching him how to make his own peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
If your role is the medical Assistant, you will be providing the team with a nurturing heart as you care for students individually and collectively. You will distribute daily prescription medications, track the use of over-the-counter medications, and monitor other health concerns as they arise. You will also accompany participants to the hospital/clinic when needed in the absence of their parents. All medical related issues will be updated daily in each team’s Medical Log. This role is essential in helping maintain health and stability so students can focus in on ministry fully!
Handling the team finances is critical as you are basically the team bank. You will be responsible for monitoring the team’s budget, handling international money exchanges, distributing participant spending money, and recording all purchases and money spent into the team books on a daily basis. It's a role that is strategic, detail, and definitely behind the scenes, however throughout the day you have more freedom in engaging with students, helping guide them on how to spend money to budget well throughout the summer, and to provide more support for the other assistants doing their role!