Director of Studies Young Adults
Tel: +41 (0)61 260 22 88
Project Number: 840.1020
Every year, young adults complete assignments in projects of Mission 21's partner churches and organizations as part of the PEP! program. These assignments last six to twelve months. The young and highly motivated "PEP!s" take responsibility for tasks in their area, deepen their expertise and gain intercultural experience.
The intensity of the new, often formative impressions prompts many to remain committed to the concerns of Mission 21 and its partner churches and organizations after their return.
PEP! is an advanced training program offered by Mission 21 that consists of three parts: preparation course, deployment in a project, and evaluation and follow-up after return.
Preparation and follow-up in Switzerland are important components of the program, as is support during the assignment. In this context, further training means that the participants' task in the project is related to their profession or education. They are responsible for their own area of responsibility within an existing project, thereby deepening their specialist knowledge and acquiring intercultural social skills.
One PEPer who is doing her assignment in refugee counseling in Hong Kong says of her assignment, "There is too much misery in the world today. I'm not saying I can change that. I'm just saying that I want to at least help some people who have to witness this misery, as much as it's in my hands."
PEP! participants are qualified young professionals (22-30 years old) who have completed vocational training or a university degree. They want to take a gap year for personal development or are interested in development cooperation and would like to do a "trial assignment". They have a great interest in intercultural issues and are motivated to work for a mission organization.
Outreach with the following partners is under consideration for 2022/2023:
The application situation depends on the development of the current Corona pandemic. The positions are advertised in response to applications from the partner organizations and the participants are carefully recruited. The preparation and follow-up as well as the monitoring during the assignments are important components for all participants and the success of the program.
PEP! is based on the current standards of Personnel Development Cooperation (PEZA). Thus, current developments and guidelines are incorporated and adapted to create sustainable assignments for participants and local partners. PEP! follows the guidelines developed by Unité for the PEZA deployment of young adults (18 to 30 years old).
The transfer of knowledge and the integration of the PEPers after their assignment are an important part of the program and are covered by further offers for young adults by Mission 21.
Reactivating the program after the COVID19 pandemic is challenging. There are also unstable situations in various countries of operation that do not allow deployments at this time.
Protestant Mission Basel
PO Box 270
4009 Basel, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 (0)61 260 21 20
Donation account Switzerland:
IBAN: CH58 0900 0000 4072 6233 2
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Donation account Germany:
Savings Bank Lörrach-Rheinfelden
Swift BIC: SKLODE66
BLZ: 683 500 48
IBAN: DE39 6835 0048 0001 0323 33
Account No. : 1032333