Stride individual placements
Stride is designed for people who feel drawn to put their Christian faith into practice in a different culture. With Latin Link, individuals, couples or families can spend anything between six months and two years working with a church or Christian-run project in a Latin American or European country.
The Stride programme offers you the chance to use and develop skills and grow in your relationship with God during a gap year, career break or sabbatical. It may be something you are able to pursue in early retirement.
Stride is the way in to become part of Latin Link in the longer term. Come and learn the language, find your place, and become part of the Latin Link country team.
This is what some Striders did:
- Noelia from Argentina came to work for a year in an international café, run by a church in England
- Nathan and Jennie from England went to work in an orphanage in Brazil for a year. They have since returned to another part of Brazil, feeling that God has more in store for them there
- Gabriel from Colombia went to Bolivia for a year to work with Quechua communities and in discipleship with university students
- Chris from England spent a year with a project helping prisoners in Bolivia
- Fiona from Scotland was in Colombia for two years teaching English at a Bible seminary
'We believe that god's heart aches to reach out to those who live in abject poverty to bring healing and restoration. Our privilege and responsibility is to communicate our love for God in both word and action'.
Stride also offers opportunities for medical, engineering or Bible college electives, as well as a language year abroad for undergraduates.
Some people do Stride with the goal of long term mission already in view; others find they unexpectedly develop a love for a country or a people as God gives them a vision for the future.
‘God challenged me while I was studying theology. I was reading a lot about integral mission, and I saw that the many needs of this continent are opportunities to extend the kingdom of God. I was considering further study, but God told me that I needed to understand the world better first. I was encouraged to try a Stride placement, and I fell in love with Bolivia – its people, its culture and its inequality captured my heart. Now I know I want to dedicate the rest of my life to serving people in need in the Latin America that I love so much.’
Please browse the opportunities currently registered. The list of possibilities is constantly developing, and is compiled in response to the needs of churches and communities, mainly in Latin America, where we have contacts. This list is not exclusive, and there are many other areas where particular help or skills are required. Maybe you know which country you’d like to work in, or the type of placement that your gifts and skills move you towards?
See if you can see yourself filling one of the roles advertised. Even if your dream role is not quite, or not at all there, please get in touch anyway. We would love to chat to you and see if we can find the corresponding fit through our networks and partners. Your sense of calling into the community of Latin Link can be tested by putting your ideas to us, and seeing what becomes available.
It should be noted that some opportunities advertised ideally require a longer term commitment than two years. These roles may be taken up after the satisfactory completion of a two-year Stride placement.
We look forward to working with you in fulfilling God’s call on your life and his sending of you into mission through becoming part of the community that is Latin Link.
Latin Link operates on a support-raised basis with all its members. For any of the given opportunities, you would normally be required to raise or secure your own financial support.
A good way to start is by browsing our current opportunities. If you see something you like, register your interest and download an application form. If you are unsure about what you might like to do, contact your national team. In either case, a member of the Latin Link team in the country where you live will contact you to talk about your ideas. Your application may be followed up with interviews, taking up of references and further details.
Many people undertake a period of study at a mission training college to discover more about cross-cultural mission and to prepare for their particular field of interest. During your preparation time, you will raise the financial and prayer support necessary.
If Latin Link does not have an office or team in your home country, you may need to find a sending mission agency where you live. You could still join the Latin Link team in your country of service.
So take a deep breath, pray, and exercise your faith to see how you might start the great adventure that is before you.
Browse current opportunities
If you don’t see what you’re looking for, or would just like to find out more about doing Stride from where you live, please go to your national site or contact us