Details about working overseas
What you will be doing
As a voluntary member of staff you will help to lead teams of volunteers on 2-week trips. The main focus is to help build classrooms, clinics and houses. This results in positive, sustainable, life-changing outcomes for the vulnerable people we serve in each of the 10 countries we operate within. We work alongside local partners (often a church or Christian organisation) and we employ local builders to oversee the construction of classrooms, clinics and houses.
Typical tasks including booking hotels, arranging meals, liaising with local builders and carrying out local health & safety risk assessments. You will be with the volunteer team during the two week trip – including meeting them at the airport overseas. You will also be expected to attend the pre-trip orientation meeting and volunteer reunion. If you are a team-leader you will produce a one-page report of your trip overseas.
How much time-off you will get
All of our 2- week trips include one or two (sometimes three) days of Rest & Relaxation. This might be chilling out on the beach, or a safari, or sight-seeing in the local city. If you are leading more than one trip you will have the opportunity to travel independently, in between trips, to explore the country.
Who you will be leading
Our volunteers come from all walks of life (most are between age 20 and 75). Some are Christians, some are not. But all of our volunteers have a heart to serve others. The majority of our volunteers are ordinary people with no building expertise.
Many of our volunteers have been coming on our 2-week trips year after year and know what to expect, but you may be leading many who are experiencing mission for the first time. You could be leading a team of individuals who don’t know each other, a team of different family groups, a church or a corporate group, or a mix of everything!
Length of commitment
The shortest commitment is 2-weeks. But, if you are able to commit to 6-7 weeks you will integrate more closely with local people that you are supporting and become immersed in their culture and their community. You will also see a tangible improvement on the ground – where it matters most.
How much it will cost
As a leader you will make a contribution of 80% of the actual cost involved. So if you are able to go for six weeks there is only one air ticket required – and that is also at 80% of the actual cost involved. Your contribution covers all costs including international flight from the UK, comprehensive insurance, excursions, R&R trips, entry vis, all food and accommodation and as much bottled water as you can you drink. Many of our staff team are supported by people at home for their overseas, or fundraise prior to their time abroad to cover their costs – either way, if God wills it, He will provide and we have seen evidence of this time after time.
The benefits to you include:
- Receiving leadership training
- Meeting new people and making lasting relationships
- Self-development and the opportunity to stretch yourself and your thinking
- Learning new skills e.g. budgeting and people-management
- Project-management experience
- Stepping outside your comfort zone
- Preparing for an emergency
- Discovering who are you and what God’s plan is for you