Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I'm not a linguist—is there a place for me?
A. Are we ever glad you asked that question! Hundreds of literacy workers are needed to develop teaching materials and train local people to teach reading classes. We also need secretaries, teachers, accountants, computer technicians and programmers, mechanics, pilots, printers and many others. See What We Do for more details.
Q. I'm still in school; is there anything I can do now to prepare?
A. The best way to prepare for any Christian service is to grow spiritually. Set aside time regularly to be in God's presence and listen for ways He may speak to you as you pray, worship or meditate on His Word. You can find other helpful suggestions on our website; check out Are You Ready?
Q. Do Wycliffe staff members receive a salary?
A. Some jobs appearing in Career Opportunities will be clearly advertised as salaried positions. But most people serving full time in Wycliffe are required to raise their own financial support, trusting that God will provide for their needs by calling others to partner with them. We provide an estimate of how much you will need, based on your personal circumstances, the type of ministry you'll be involved in, the area of the world you'll be living in, etc. We also provide training and resources to assist you in partnership development, as you contact interested friends, family members and churches to share the need for Bible translation and your specific role.
Q. Are there opportunities for service within Canada?
A. Absolutely! Staff and volunteers are urgently needed at our Calgary headquarters and at several other locations across Canada. Current staff needs are posted elsewhere in this section of the website.
Q. If I serve overseas, what kind of schooling options are available for my children?
A. Options for education depend on factors such as available facilities, personnel and finances, transportation, communication and more. Parents and administrators work out which options most suit the needs and best fit the location, though flexibility is a key element. Traditional options include Wycliffe-staffed schools, other mission schools and international schools. Non-traditional options include one-room schools and parents as teachers (home schooling, with help from professional teachers when available).
Q. Besides serving with Wycliffe, are there other ways to get involved?
A. Yes. Pray regularly for a missionary or a language group that doesn't have the Scriptures, help fund Wycliffe Canada's work, or share the vision with others. Explore the rest of our website for prayer resources, details about fundraising events like Race to 2025, and projects in need of funding.
Q. Do you have short-term opportunities?
A. Yes. Through our network of Wycliffe ministries in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., we offer a number of short-term programs ranging from a few weeks to one or two years. Most programs are designed to introduce participants to the work of Bible translation and other language-related ministries, such as literacy and language survey. Check out short-term opportunities for details.