Do you have young people who could benefit from an internship in “hands on” Christian mission and leadership?

Jennie McCullough, Mission Enabler at St Paul’s Opunake in Taranaki, is offering young people (17+) an opportunity of a lifetime in a short term (10 week) INTERNSHIP IN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AND MISSION (CLAM)

This is an amazing and affordable opportunity for 5 or 6 young people to spend 10 weeks from June 20th 2017 exploring and DOING mission and culture in New Zealand.

Interns will join a team in Opunake, a small rural town with great surf beaches, close to Mount Taranaki. Here you will get involved in the local mission involving children, youth and families of all ages. You’ll get discipleship and leadership training, opportunities for personal development and lots of opportunities to serve and lead in a fun, practical environment under the guidance of a Mentor.

You will get to live at the “Mountain View Manse” where board and lodging will be provided for free. You will receive a small weekly allowance. In addition you will get to do some travelling to see some of the sights of NZ, attend Connect, the annual Presbyterian Youth Ministry youth leaders conference and help run a national leadership camp for young teens.

To be eligible you will need to be over 17/18 years, have an active Christian faith, have a sense of adventure, like working with people, especially kids and youth and be willing to learn.

You will need to get yourself to New Plymouth.  For overseas students, you will need to purchase your flight to New Plymouth via Auckland and obtain a working/holiday visa prior to your arrival. You will need some pocket money if you want to do some of the more expensive activities like skiing at Ruapehu.

For more information and an application form please contact Jennie McCullough by email

What do previous CLAM interns say?

We have had the most amazing experience.  We’ve learned heaps, grown in faith and confidence, met lots of new people and done things we have never done before.  We’ve learned to take responsibility for ourselves and others, worked hard, had fun and loved the kids we’ve worked with.  We’ve been challenged (especially by the youth) and grown in confidence in dealing with adults as we got to know lots of parents from our community. We travelled in New Zealand and networked with the most amazing people experienced in children’s and youth ministry.  And the coolest thing of all is we feel that we have really made a difference.