Good News Corps
15 years of exchange and change.
Good News Corps (GNCorps) is an IYF volunteering initiative that helps develop next generation’s leaders by instilling a broadened view of the world and the spirit for self-sacrifice.
GNCorps creates opportunities for college-aged men and women to travel overseas and directly engage in all aspects of foreign culture: language, cuisine, music, architecture, sports, and traditional performances. Through 10 months of service with these various interactions, GNCorps volunteers develop a global perspective and gain a genuine heart to serve others.
GNCorps overseas volunteers also work to advance collaboration and international exchange, as well as provide services that improve the quality of life, education, and spiritual conditions in each participating nation.
It started with 14 young people who took the challenge.
Good News Corps was founded in 2002 by International Youth Fellowship (IYF) when the first 14 Good News Corps volunteers were dispatched from Korea to countries across the world. They returned with amazing testimonials from living among natives, connecting with them, heart-to-heart, and seeing parts of the world they never knew existed.
Since then, approximately 5000 young adults have devoted 11 months of their lives to serve abroad with GNCorps, which now spans the globe. GNCorps volunteers travel overseas to and from Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia, and America.
GNCorps prides itself on a diverse multi-component program that trains the mind, body, and spirit. GNCorps mission activities include visitations, spiritual counseling, youth and community outreach, Sunday school teaching, and mission journeys to remote locations. GNCorps maximizes volunteers’ opportunities to touch lives on a much deeper level.
We understand the importance of a clean environment for generations to come. GNCorps volunteers help promote energy conservation, waste management, sustainable land use, even tree planting. Our hope is that people are positively affected by the standards set by GNCorps volunteers, thus effecting change wherever we work.
Language has the power to not only communicate ideas, but a person’s hopes and dreams to others. GNCorps volunteers are placed in the best possible situation to learn languages. Every native in a host country becomes a “tutor” for GNCorps volunteers and they develop proficiency through being fully immersed with the culture on a daily basis.
GNCorps alumni have served in major events such as the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2005 APEC Summit as translators and interpreters. The training acquired from Good News Corps allows them to become global ambassadors who can bridge the gap between languages and hearts.
GNCorps volunteers enrich their host countries by instructing natives in a number of different fields: computer literacy, language, and music just to name a few. Volunteers are encouraged to put personal expertise to use and sometimes even discover hidden skills. There is always something a volunteer can share, and someone willing to learn.
Good News Corps carries out the IYF mission of addressing youth delinquency. Volunteers are positioned to be positive role models who change the mindsets of at-risk youths. Through events like English Camp, volunteers work as group counselors and program managers. As GNCorps volunteers become increasingly involved with youth-related issues, they realize the important role they play in shaping the future.
Good News Corps is a great way to experience foreign cultures, but is also the best way to share one’s own culture. Volunteers present their cultural findings through exhibit displays, as well as dances, songs, and “true stories” play productions. This is just one more way Good News Corps unites and brings cultures closer together.
• Global leadership skills
• Broadened perspectives on the world
• Foreign language proficiency through direct interaction and first-hand experience
• Access to our 80-country volunteering network
• Renewed faith in God
• Newfound confidence to overcome burdens through faith
• Lasting relationships with natives of the host country and fellow volunteers
Short Stories From the Field
A Story from South Africa
When I attended the 2005 IYF World Camp in Korea, I was impressed by the testimony of a student from South Africa. Her name was DooDoo and she overcame so many obstacles just to attend World Camp. We spent those 4 weeks together, sharing our hearts and our testimonies. When I became a Good News Corps volunteer, I immediately thought of DooDoo and decided to serve in South Africa with the hopes of meeting her again.
I couldn’t wait to pay DooDoo a surprise visit. When I went to visit her in the slums where she lived, her mother told me that she had died of AIDS. Upon hearing the news, I felt so devastated, and couldn’t stop crying. From that day on, I made it a point to visit DooDoo’s neighborhood whenever I could to preach the Gospel to children suffering and dying of AIDS. This became my dream.
I returned to Korea and started a medical internship. I barely slept an hour each day and there were moments that I felt exhausted, but thinking about my dream rejuvenated me and gave me the strength to press on. I believed there would come a day I go back to Africa to cure the sick. Now I am a doctor and I am getting closer and closer to my dream.
So Young Park – Former GNCorps volunteer (5th Class, South Africa)
A Story From GhanaThe Ghanaians I stayed with did what they could to refill the water bucket so we had enough to drink and wash with even if it meant giving up their own portions. I didn’t deserve this kind of care. Although I went to volunteer, I didn’t serve Ghana. It was Ghana that taught me true love and sacrifice.
Glen Heil – Former GNCorps volunteer (7th Class, Ghana)
AgeAt least 18 years of age
Residency StatusUS citizen, or permanent or conditional permanent resident (“green card” holder)
HealthGood News Corps administers a Health Status Review (batter of health-related questions) to all prospective volunteers. This preliminary evaluation helps determine if an applicant can continue the application process and receives further training.
Proof of IdentityValid, government-issued identification due to the extended time spent overseas.
The following are acceptable forms of ID:
– Birth certificates
– Certificates of naturalization
– U.S. passports
– Green card (non-citizens)
Documents for Departure1. US Citizens require a government-issued U.S. passport valid until the expected date of re-entry into the United States before leaving the country.
2. Permanent or conditional permanent residents (“green card” holders) are required to submit form I-131 “Application for Travel” to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
NOTE: Approved applicants will receive a re-entry permit valid for 1 year from the date of departure
3. Anyone traveling abroad, regardless of residence status, will also typically require a visa from the country they wish to enter. The requirements and fees involved will vary from country to country.
Good News Corps representatives can help facilitate this process, but applicants are responsible for the costs and timely submittal and receipt of any necessary documents needed to travel abroad.
All applicants are dispatched abroad after successfully completing the application and training process, which includes:
Attendance of 3 separate training workshopsApplicants are educated in the mission and values of Good News Corps. Each workshop consists of spiritual development sessions, guest lectures, group discussions and activities, and hands-on preparation for projects in the field.
Participation in group volunteer projectsGood News Corps organizes group projects that give applicants the opportunity to engage and assist the local community. Through practical experience, prospective volunteers can apply the IYF core values of Challenge, Change, and Cohesion in the real world.
Choosing a host nationProspective volunteers must choose 3 host countries in order of preference. In the event that one host nation yields too many requests, GNCorps leadership will review each application and consider a variety of factors when making a decision on which applicants to dispatch, which include, but is not limited to, the completion of the required training workshops and activities.
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To better understand the process of becoming a Good News Corps volunteer, here are some common questions we’ve answered for previous volunteers.