Learn & Serve Summer Experience
The Learn & Serve (L&S) summer training experience gives North American youth a holistic view of the world and challenges them to explore how God is calling us to share His love in practical ways. Every summer, roughly 650 students visit SIFAT’s 176-acre campus to learn during a 5-night, 6-day program. Through interactive programming and simulations, L&S strives to build a bridge between the many people and cultures of this world. After receiving a global view, participants are encourage to think globally, and act locally, as they are challenged and equipped with tools to help them serve in their local communities back home. Rising 7th -12th grade youth are invited to come to SIFAT and experience what life is like for two-thirds of our brothers and sisters around the world!
- Experience poverty first-hand: During L&S, participants have the opportunity to live like a citizen of a developing country through overnight experiences in SIFAT’s simulated Global Village and Urban Slum. In these two different settings, students will experience first-hand the difficulty and challenges associated with meeting basic human needs in developing rural and urban areas in our world today.
- Learn simple solutions to world-wide problems: After beginning to understand the difficulty of meeting basic human needs through experiences in SIFAT’s Global Village and Urban Slum, participants are taught simple and practical solutions to the challenges they have faced. Students receive hands-on training in appropriate technology—simple solutions to challenges like malnutrition, water pollution, and smoke inhalation. These life saving technologies are used today by graduates of SIFAT’s International Training and directly connect L&S participants to people across the world.
- Share God’s love in practical ways: Students first receive a global view of the world and are then led to develop their understanding of how to love practically in their own community. During the week, students get the opportunity to serve in SIFAT’s surrounding community, this provides them with a practical example of ways to put teaching into action when they return home.
- Respond through small groups, worship, and teaching: All participants are divided into small groups led by college-age counselors. The L&S staff will guide students through each element of the Summer Experience. During small group time, students are able to think critically and respond to the teaching they received during the week. Teaching, small groups, and worship help students biblically connect their faith with everything they encounter throughout their week at SIFAT.
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Summer 2017 Dates
Session 1: June 4-9
Session 2: June 11-16
Session 3: June 18-23
Session 4: June 25-30
Session 5: July 9-14
Session 6: July 16-21
Session 7: July 23-28
Summer 2017 Registration Information
To register for Learn & Serve Summer 2017, a Registration Form must be submitted and deposits paid to confirm registration. After SIFAT received the Registration Form and confirmation deposit, an email will be sent from L&S staff containing a contract and invoice of payment. The contract must be signed and returned to complete the registration process. Download and print the following PDF to mail in your Registration Form.
Important Registration Information: Learn & Serve costs $299 (USD) per participant, and this fee includes everything a participant will need during his/her time at SIFAT. A $75 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is required to reserve a space.
Cancellation Policy: For all registered participants, a $75 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is required. Your Confirmation Date will be 60 days prior to the first day of the session your group is attending Learn & Serve. On your Confirmation Date, the number of spaces you have reserved will be confirmed. You will be billed for the full amount ($299/participant) based on the number of spaces you have reserved on that date. It is your responsibility to notify SIFAT if your numbers need to be reduced or increased prior to your Confirmation Date. In the event that 60 days before your event falls on a weekend, the following Monday will serve as your Confirmation Date. Your Confirmation Date will be on all invoices you receive during the registration process. For more information regarding L&S Summer ’16 registration information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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