Global Mapping International
Visiting Trainee Program
An opportunity for “on the job”
training with GMI
For whom is the program designed?
Primarily for people who live and work in the 2/3 World and who have
either a specific project they want to complete using a GMI product or
a specific group of people they want to train to use a GMI product. For
- Creating maps that plot religious statistics and show where church
planting is most needed in a given district or city
- Compiling bibliographies for mission-related courses taught at a seminary
- Translating GMI overhead transparency
map sets into your language and/or developing map sets of your own
- Preparing a research paper with graphs and maps which your organization
or board will use as the basis for discussion leading to a major decision
- Writing a pamphlet or booklet to help mobilize people to pray for your
- Learning the many features of the 20:21
Library of Mission and Evangelism Resources well enough to train students
how to use it in their research
- Learning the mapping software well
enough to train staff researchers of mission organizations how to apply
it in their situations
What training is provided?
GMI will take you through these steps:
- Defining the objective before you come and determining which GMI team
member(s) will assist you
- Providing you with an office (sometimes shared with one other person),
a desk and a computer (if you do not bring one)
- Orienting you to GMI, and inviting you to our weekly staff lunch and
- Supervising you in your project, which will include the needed amount
of training to get you started and the opportunity to request help as you
go along. A brief daily meeting with your supervisor is a required minimum.
What are the costs?
- Tuition is not charged. Trainers’ salaries are covered mostly by contributions
to their ministries from congregations and individuals.
- Travel is ordinarily the responsibility of the trainee. In exceptional
cases GMI may subsidize part of the travel cost; we recommend that the
training be done in conjunction with some other trip to this region so
travel costs can be reduced.
- Living expenses are negotiable. Trainees usually stay in homes of various
GMI staff members for one or two weeks at a time. There is no set fee for
this. A contribution may be appreciated by some host families and declined
- Transportation to the office is provided as a courtesy either by the
host family or another GMI staff member.
Does the trainee need a laptop computer?
No, but it may help (if the laptop is of sufficient power to handle
the trainee’s proposed project). GMI usually has only one computer available
for visiting trainees, though we have shared office space for two or three
trainees. If you bring your own computer, there is a better chance that
GMI can accommodate you at the time of your choice.
How does the selection process work?
An application form is available in print, on the World
Wide Web, or via e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org.
GMI will carefully review your application and communicate back with you.
It is likely that GMI may have to turn down more applicants than we have
room to accept. Please pray with us that we have the Spirit’s guidance
as we make the difficult choices. Click here to
go to the Application Form for the Visiting Trainee Program.
For more information, contact:
Global Mapping International
15435 Gleneagle Drive, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80921 USA
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