Share stories of God's work in the Amish, Hutterite and Mennonite communities
Spend a day leading tours
Serve as a host at the visitor center
Every year, some half a million visitors from around the world go to
Shipshewana, Indiana to attend a musical performance or concert, take a buggy ride through the historic downtown shopping area and enjoy Amish cooking. Many who visit want to learn more about the Amish and Mennonites whose faith and simpler way of life holds special attraction in a hectic, changing world.
Centered amid park-like grounds, the Menno-Hof complex was built by Amish and Mennonite craftsmen during an old-fashioned barn raising. Multimedia presentations, historical environments and colorful displays take visitors on a journey inside the unique world of the Amish and Mennonites. Historical replicas of a 19th century print shop, a meeting house and Amish home are on the tour as well as hands-on activities for all ages. The gift shop features hand-crafted items by local Amish and Mennonites.
Local volunteers serve as tour guides, providing a warm and friendly welcome to visitors.
Long-term volunteers serve as hosts at the center, conduct tours and perform light housekeeping. An on-site furnished apartment is provided.
Work shifts are generally 4-7 hours long, depending on the time of year and pool of volunteers available on specific days. Sundays are off, plus one other day off per week and a ½ hour lunch break each work day. Apartments are located on the second floor, so the ability to manage stairs is necessary. No meals are provided.
|<div class="ms-WPBody noindex "><div><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4">Serving in partnership</strong></p><p>Use your gifts and skills to work alongside others in a network of
ministries across the church. Flexibly designed for retirees, families,
and adults over 25.</p><p>SOOP is a program of Mennonite Mission Network.<br></p></div></div>