Niños offers intern opportunities to college students. At Niños, interns learn what missionaries do, day-in and day-out. They help with our kids, and have even developed new education programs for them. They assist with outreach programs. They work alongside our visiting church teams.
Some of our interns return to help us, year after year. Others become full-time missionaries at other missions.
For more information about our intern program, contact Darryl Lloyd.
Testimonies from four of our interns:
Hannah Jasperse 2014-2015 intern
I interned at Niños de Baja for three and a half months in the school year of 2014-2015. My experience was incredible and honestly difficult to describe. I got to work with all the different ages of kids, especially with the babies, in activities that varied from teaching English, to singing worship, to giving meals, to assisting the tías with their day-to-day work.
I was so blessed to get to know the kids, the amazing and gracious staff, and people from El Porvenir. While I did help some, I also benefited personally through great emotional and spiritual growth.
Niños de Baja is an incredible ministry and a blessing to so many. I had an incredible time serving there, made great friendships, and learned so much. God is certainly at work in and through Niños and I was honored to be a small part of what He is doing.
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Diana DeNeal, 2010 Intern
My name is Diana DeNeal and I am a Teacher Education/ESL Major at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. I interned at Niños de Baja in the summer of 2010. As I look back on my experience in El Porvenir, it is one I will never forget, but cherish in my heart forever.
I spent my days working in the orphanage (Casa Hinton) with the most precious children I have ever had the opportunity to work with. The best part of my day was walking into Casa Hinton and hearing my name being called out in their sweet little voices. Not only did I enjoy hanging out with the children, but I also enjoyed building great relationships with some of the Tias (women workers) at Casa Hinton) and the other two interns.
When I first arrived at Niños, I had many people tell me that the hardest thing about my internship would be leaving and saying goodbye to the children. When I came back to school from Niños I understood what they meant. My heart is now in two places, one here in the States with my family and the other in little El Porvenir with all those wonderful children that God has blessed to be able to grow in Him at Niños de Baja.
I have been on many mission trips in my life, but not one compares to the amazing experience I had working with the children of Niños de Baja. Since my internship, I have not been able to stay away. I led a group of students from my school for our spring break and I have visited on my own. Niños de Baja is not just a blessing to El Porvenir but a blessing to anyone that visits and works there. I am happy to say that I have been blessed by this wonderful organization.
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Rachel VanGent, 2012 Intern
My name is Rachel VanGent. In 2011, I never would’ve imagined that I’d be an intern at an orphanage in Mexico. But, in spring of 2012, there I was at Niños de Baja. I so clearly knew that this was where God wanted me to be, so there was no place else I would rather have been.
Everything from the amazing Niños that I was blessed to be able to spend time with, to what God is taught me there, to the amazing people that serve and work there, and those that live in El Porvenir, and so much more. All of this has made it so worth every sacrifice I made to be at Niños.
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Amanda Wright, Intern
I played soccer in college and my team had an exceptionally good year. We hoped to win our conference tournament, however, we were quickly eliminated. Because of this early end to our season, I was now free to go to the National Missionary Convention where I met Joe and Rosie Nix, who were the directors of Niños de Baja at that time. I immediately knew that God had orchestrated this, and that I wanted to work with Niños. From that moment on, every second I have been involved with Niños has been blessed.
I went to Porvenir when I was 19 years old for a summer internship, never having been there before. I am constantly dumbfounded by that because I am not that courageous. But I have found when I am in Porvenir, God gives me courage in abundance.
Since that first summer, I have been back seven times for a total of 6 months. I have organized trips that included 11 of my soccer teammates, my sister, two friends and my parents. I have made friendships at Porvenir that are strong and alive despite not being able to see one another very often. Even the walls of language are broken down when you’re playing with a child, just making them laugh. They know they are special in that moment, and that is what being a Niños intern is all about.
I always tell people that I feel guilty saying I am going on a mission trip to Niños, because I am the one who is blessed. I think that is the secret of missions. We were created to serve in a Christ-like fashion, so no wonder we feel our best when we serve.
There is something magnetic about Porvenir, it keeps drawing me back. Actually, it has taken part of my heart, and I have no choice but to keep coming back!