What To Expect
Located on the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia with a population of 447,000. The beach, being in Guinness World Records as the longest pleasure beach in the world, has made Virginia Beach into a major resort city with tourism and real estate being two of its major economic sources. In addition to several hotels, motels, and restaurants, Virginia Beach also has state parks, protected beach areas, three military bases, a number of large corporations, and two universities.
To learn more about Virginia Beach check out these websites:
- City of Virginia Beach
- Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Wikipedia Article on Virginia Beach
Having access to your own vehicle is definitely a plus in this beach environment. However, if you are not planning on bringing your own vehicle, you will want to budget additional finances to pay for your ride to work and for gas, etc. LT will be helping to facilitate carpooling, so if you need help in arranging a ride to your workplace, ask an LT staff member. There is a bus system available from our condo community, but it will require more time to travel.
The Leadership Training Program has rented condos in a recreational tourist community, the Mai Kai’s, right in Virginia Beach. Each apartment will house 8 students. Every unit we’ve rented is in excellent condition and mail service will be provided.
The LT program provides all the housing and provides money for all food for the summer. Each household is responsible for buying and preparing their own food as well as housekeeping and general upkeep of the cottage.
As a missions training program, Leadership Training participants are expected to uphold the following:
- All participants are expected to be a good testimony for Christ all summer on the job, in our housing, during free time and at program events.
- Full participation in all LT events is required.
While LT does not have a formal dress code, we recommend modest attire. The following are principles for the kinds of clothing you should consider bringing and wearing:
- Clothing for interviewing that conveys that you will be a good worker and reflects a testimony.
- At least one outfit suitable for formal occasions.
- Appropriate clothing for the type of job you’re working in. Many students will be working in a service-type job, while others will have jobs in a professional area. Once you obtain a job and become more familiar with the setting, you’ll pick up on the dress standards from the other employees.
- Casual attire is recommended for training sessions and free time.
- Due to the climate in Virginia Beach, you may have the opportunity to spend a fair amount of time around the pool or at the beaches. We strongly encourage that both men and women be modest in their casual and swimming attire, so that we might truly show ourselves to be positive examples of Christ. You know what that means… no strings or speedos please.