What we do Go with us Short-term teams (Step) Spring teams Spring Step teams Do you have 4 months to serve God on a team? Maybe you're on a gap year? Or taking a career break? If you've just finished school or university, or can take a career break, then why not think about volunteering in Latin America for an unforgettable 4 months? Spring Step 2019 Dates: 11–15 March to 8–12 July 2019 To: TBC Contribution Target: £2,900 plus flights Application Deadline: 30 November 2018 APPLY NOW Where do teams go? Spring Step teams are received and supervised by our long-term members who work in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Guatemala. We are still finalising the countries for Spring Step 2019. More information will be available soon. Make a difference... As part of a Spring Step team you will take part in two projects over the course of four months. You will spend approximately seven weeks on each project, with a week off at the end of each one. In the past, Spring Step teams have been involved in numerous projects, helping people in Latin America who need it most. As part of a Step team you can generally expect to be involved in the following: A basic practical project Sport and games Being a part of a local church Community projects Drama, arts and crafts Children’s work Youth ministry Living in a local Latin American community One amazing adventure that you’ll never forget! You’ll really get to experience Latin American culture as you live and work as part of a team in the heart of a local community. Whether it’s helping on a practical project in a shanty town on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, painting an orphanage in El Alto, Bolivia, or working with children at risk in Guatemala, God can use you to make a difference! Accommodation Step teams stay right in the heart of the community they are serving, living together as a team either at the project base, in the church building or with members of the church in their houses. Latin Americans are extremely hospitable but as you’re going to areas with greater economic need, you should expect accommodation to be cosy and fairly basic. How much does Spring Step cost? Contribution Target: £2,900 plus flights (£2,500 to cover personal costs + £400 donation to project fund) We encourage each Step applicant to meet a specific financial target for their time away. This amount is a contribution towards the cost of running the Step programme and your participation in it. We do not want the personal financial contribution to be a stumbling block for anyone keen to serve in Latin America; therefore we look to support those who may find it genuinely difficult to meet this target. What does your contribution cover? Orientation before departure (residential)* Country specific training and materials Food and accommodation Health clearance and medical advice Project set-up and supervision Residential debrief weekend Comprehensive insurance cover Project material, eg bricks, paint, wood, cement etc Admin costs – DBS, application process, resources etc What's not covered? Return flights Vaccinations – some of them cost money Pre-departure UK travel – we usually book flights from London so you all fly out together as a team Personal spending money *Orientation for 2019 will be held in North London from Wednesday 20th to Sunday 20th February, and is compulsory. How much of my contribution will go directly to the projects I am working with? Latin link commits to giving a minimum of £400, of the total amount raised by each individual, directly to the projects that you will be working with. This money will go towards things such as building materials, paint, crafts, books and teaching equipment, toys, games etc, and is used during the time your team are on the project, so you’ll get to see where it goes. Extend your adventure! Latin America is a vast and exciting place! Therefore why not extend your time there by up to four weeks. Don’t miss out on the chance to explore more of this amazing continent while you’re already on the other side of the world. You could complete the five-day trek to Machu Picchu in Peru, visit the salt lakes of Bolivia, relax on the beaches in Cuba, plus do much, much more. Any additional travel is the responsibility of the applicant: this includes all extra costs that you may incur. Latin Link will arrange your flights to accommodate any additional travel and will extend your insurance at the cost of £10 per extra week. Still not sure? Then why not visit the Latin Link Step teams Facebook page and check out loads of past team photos, giving you a more visual flavour of life on a Step team in Latin America. Alternatively you could take a look at some of the Step Team Reports from past and present Step teams, and hear first-hand what you might experience if you were to sign up! Any questions? If you have any more questions about Step then why not visit our Step FAQs or contact us on [email protected]? How to apply Click here to download our application form. Complete it, save it to your computer and email it as an attachment to [email protected] Step Application Form Terms and conditions Feel free to contact us for more information on our terms and conditions, or click here to read our full booking conditions.