Young Adult Program, Amity, China

Young Adult Program, Amity, China

Opening/Closing Date: 
December 19, 2018 to March 15, 2019
Anticipated Start Date: 
August 11, 2019

Companion in Mission | 2019-2020 | Travel, Housing, Modest Living Allowance |Ages 18­-28

The United Church of Canada is seeking an individual to serve as Companion in Mission with Amity Foundation in China on a 1-year term.

Position: Young Adult Program Participant

Participants will immerse themselves in a program of the Amity Foundation in China for one year. Experiences focus on hands-on serving in a cross-cultural setting to gain new ideas and perspectives on China. The program includes service to NGOs and schools in China, Chinese language classes, visiting Amity rural projects, and attending the Amity Winter Conference.

The United Church affirms a vision of an intercultural church that is welcoming, relational, adaptive, justice-seeking, intentional and mission-centred. The church affirms that right relations are at the heart of God’s mission, and that global partnerships are opportunities for expressions of relationships that are respectful, equitable, just, and mutually accountable.  As a denomination, the United Church understands that for transformation, love, and justice to happen we need to understand one another’s contexts more deeply, and how those contexts impact each other for good or harm.

For more information on the Amity Foundation and the Young Adult Program (YAP), please visit the Amity website.


  • Attend a mandatory Summer Training Program in August (including advice on living and working in China, cross-cultural training, practical training on how to teach a lesson in a Chinese English-language classroom)
  • Serve NGO/schools in China
  • Attend Chinese classes
  • Attend Amity Winter Conference, including visiting other Amity projects


  • Active commitment to, and articulation of, the gospel of Jesus Christ with solid knowledge of the mission and ministry of The United Church of Canada;
  • High school diploma;
  • Ability to work in cooperation with placement school and Amity staff; supporting, tolerating, and cooperating with other Amity teachers is essential;
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as required;
  • Ability to exercise self-awareness, sensitivity, and compassion often working within areas of cultural difference.  Personal integrity, maturity and respect for others essential;
  • Lived cross-cultural experience an asset, preferably in Asia;
  • Language skills in addition to English a strong asset, particularly Chinese;
  • Intellectual discipline and alertness. Good physical condition, mental and emotional stability and maturity; good self-esteem; in touch with one's own needs, strengths, and limitations;
  • Willingness and ability to move to China and to work under the direction of the partners;
  • Ability to live a simple lifestyle; and
  • Willingness to work in a faith-based environment and participate in the life and worship of that community.

This position works in China, with assignment to a local NGO/school. Working hours may be extended depending on the nature of the project.

This appointment is subject to the following conditions:

  • a positive recommendation for overseas service from the United Church's medical consultant based on a through medical examination, and approval of application for insurance from the overseas medical insurance carrier;
  • a satisfactory outcome from a police records check through the Canadian Police Information Centre via the RCMP; and
  • global partner approval

This is considered a Companion In Mission position. Room, board, and a modest living allowance are provided in China. The United Church of Canada will pay the block grant to Amity Foundation, international travel costs, and health insurance.

To Apply

Complete the YAP application found on the Amity website, and send it to pip [at] along with an e-mail indicating how you match the applicant profile by March 15, 2019.

If your application passes initial review, we will forward it on time to Amity Foundation by their March 30 deadline.