Co-Impact teams offer North Americans a volunteer opportunity to participate firsthand in furthering the ministry goals of EduDeo and its international partners. Whether you’re a part of a construction team or champion team, you are co-workers in God’s service with our partners, working together to impact each other and global communities.
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Join a Co-Impact team and serve our partners and their communities
EduDeo’s work is driven by service to our international partners. We want to understand their visions and missions and the priorities they identify and let that guide our work and relationships. Our partners understand their communities and contexts best.
We desire your team to enter partner spaces with a posture of humility and a desire to learn and be shaped. Your team supports and encourages partners, leaders, teachers, students, and community members through the ministry of presence. On a Co-Impact team, you get to experience the global community of God and find your place in it.
Participants play a small and vital role in a larger, ongoing story by contributing to partner’s ministry activities. The EduDeo-approved projects (whether construction or other activities) you work on have been identified by partners as priorities for the community. Our partners desire for us to come alongside them in their existing work.
Early on in EduDeo’s history, short-term service teams were a crucial to growing our international partnerships and our domestic support base. These teams focused on construction projects that built up existing partner schools. The HANDS (Helping Another Nation Develop Schools) program name was born out of a focus on teams coming alongside international partners to help them grow schools and grow their impact on students.
As EduDeo grew, we saw a need for HANDS to become a more holistic program. Helping focuses on a community’s need, instead of their strengths and assets. Not only that, but our program was growing beyond just school construction to encompass other types of short-term service.
In 2022, HANDS officially became Co-Impact. “Co” signifies togetherness. Both teams and international partners and communities work in equal partnership with each other. “Impact” signifies the program’s end goal. Teams, partners, and community members will experience impact in their own way. For as the program's anchoring Bible verse tells us: “We are co-workers in God’s service.” (1 Corinthians 3:9). We work together for personal and communal impact.
"Ever since I can recall there have been Americans and Canadians that come visit our school. Every year, they brighten my days. Their passion in helping through the projects they do in our school and what they bring for all of us – this has amazed me."
– Lindsey, student, Belize
Bottom line, my one response to people is: it will be a life-changing experience. Coming back changed and being more aware of the world out there, and being more aware of how big God is… that’s reason enough to go.
– Steve McKnight, Co-Impact team leader, Belize
"We asked God to send people and the means to fix (our school’s) play area. We did not have a place for the students to gather and play. We prayed every day for two years. And God sent us you, the team."
– Yesenia, teacher, Dominican Republic