Petra Peacebuilders intern | Malaga, Spain

  • Service term length or program: Mission internship
  • Region of service: Europe
  • Location: Malaga, Spain
  • Ministry category: Community development, Leadership training

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Intern with Petra Peacebuilders, a non-governmental organization that cares for peacebuilders and humanitarian workers worldwide. A startup based in Malaga, Spain, Petra was formed to serve these valuable global workers who are often working in the areas of the world that are most difficult to be in and are therefore vulnerable to burnout. Support this work as an executive assistant to the CEO, as she and the core team provide practical support to these humanitarian workers through on-site resilience training, short-term and long-term coaching opportunities, and debriefing after challenging (and sometimes traumatic) field assignments. The work is full-time, with a minimum commitment of six months and a maximum service length of two years. Preferred deadline for applications is March 1 each year.


  • Work alongside EMM worker Bianca Neff — founder and CEO of Petra Peacebuilders — as she continues to give leadership to the work and development of Petra.
  • Depending on the length of assignment, give a negotiated amount of time toward language learning. Spanish and Arabic are two useful options.
  • Be ready and available to assist in any number of tasks relating to administrative support.
  • Space can be made for exploring other volunteer opportunities if there is interest — approximately 5–10 hours per week.

All mission interns are engaged in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during their internships. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, interns spend two weeks learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of other interns preparing for service) before heading to their outreach locations. In phase three of Launch, interns continue to connect online with their Launch cohort as they join a long-term missionary in the country of service.

There is a reason why southern Spain has become a global hub for mission agencies providing staff care for their personnel. Fabulous weather, laid-back culture, affordable cost of living, great food, and easy access to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East make Malaga, Spain a perfect place out of which to operate a global nonprofit dedicated to taking care of peacebuilders around the world.

Supervisors and colleagues
Direct supervisor is EMM worker Bianca Neff, who is also the founder and CEO of Petra Peacebuilders. The Petra team is a dynamic group of contractors and volunteers with a wealth of international experience. Many of the roles to be filled require an online presence and close interaction with any number of team members who are located all over the world, making communications at Petra an exciting prospect. Have a look at our 2018 core team here.

Skills and experience
Applicants must be self-led and come with the flexibility needed to serve in a start-up of any kind. Strong organization and communication skills are necessary. Some cross-cultural experience is required, as is experience having lived on one’s own after high school and/or the ability to live independently. College or university training is preferable, but the deeper need is for the applicant to be able to meet the intellectually rigorous demands of the work.

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