Brazilian Youth Work Team
Where: Flores/Fatima, North East Brazil
When: 4 Weeks in July/August 2014
Contribution Target: £1,900 (This includes return flights)
Project Fund target: £50
Age: 17 - 35
Application Deadline: April 30th 2014
Whilst much of the current attention on Brazil lies with things such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics, parts of the North East of Brazil are currently experiencing the worst drought for 100 years. This presents a huge problem to communities who rely on agriculture for the main source of income. As a result, unemployment is high and social problems which often stem from this are common place. Life is really tough, with people facing the ever increasing challenge of being able to provide enough for them and their families.
It is in the North East where the Step team will be based, in a town called Flores, which lies about 300kms from the city of Recife. It is one of the four oldest towns in the state of Pernambuco, and has a population of around 22,000 people. The team will partner with two new Presbyterian church plants in the area. One is based in the centre of Flores and the other is based in the nearby village of Fatima, which is home to 6,000 people.
Despite the Churches being relatively new in the area, the leaders of both the Church in Fatima and in Flores are keen to reach out to the communities around them, recognising there is a real need for support and ultimately God in people's lives. They have a particular desire to work with the youth in the area as they see this as a key way to tackle and prevent some of the social problems that exist in the area.
The team will get stuck into a variety of youth focused initiatives during the four weeks you are there. One particular initiative is a football project the church has set up to help engage and build realtionships with the young people. On the back of the FIFA World Cup, having a team from the otherside of the world is bound to lead to some memorable matches!! You will also engage with the community through drama, craft, music, school and home visits, and much much more. The places where the churches meet are fairly basic so you'll also get your hands dirty and help out with some basic DIY and construction.
We're really excited to be sending a team to help support these churches as they continue to reach out to communities with so many needs and challenges. The team will be a huge encouragement to the two small church congregations! You'll be fully integrated into the Brazilian way of life as you live and work alongside the locals.
So if you enjoy youth work, love sport and other energetic activities, then why not take up the challenge and help support these two new church plants. You're bound to learn heaps as you step out of your comfort zone and trust God with this awesome adventure!
All applications for a four week project are challenged to raise a personal contribution of £1,900. This amount is to help cover the cost of running the Step Programme and your participation in it.
Latin Link remains committed to giving the opportunity of cross-cultural mission to as many people as possible. We do not want the personal financial contribution to be a stumbling block for anyone keen to serve in Latin America; therefore we will always look to support those who may find it genuinely difficult to meet this target.
Once you have raised your individual contributions we challenge each team to raise their own project fund. Any project fund money raised will go straight towards the neccessary materials (arts and crafts, water balloons, games equipment etc.) that are required for the Step project you are working on. We suggest that for this project each team member aims to raise £50. Therefore the total target contribution for this team is £1,950.
weekend orientation before departure* food and accommodation country specific training and materials health clearance and medical advice comprehensive insurance cover project setup and supervision return flights weekend residential debrief on return
*All successful applicants are expected to attend a weekend orientation course prior to travelling to Latin America. Orientation for 2014 is likely to be held just outside Reading from the 20th - 22nd of June.
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