What we do Go with us Short-term teams (Step) Spring teams Spring Step teams Volunteer in Latin America for an unforgettable experience! Are you on a gap year? Maybe you're taking a career break? Maybe you're just looking for a new adventure? Why not consider joining one of Latin Link's short term mission teams, where you'll be a part of serving God's church across Latin America. Our Spring Step Teams spend up to four months in Latin America, typically dividing their time between projects in two countries. In 2020, you'll have the opportunity to serve in both Colombia and Ecuador! Spring Step 2020 Destinations: Colombia and Ecuador Dates: March-July 2020 To raise: £3000 + flights Application deadline: Monday 9th December 2019 Project type: Construction, outreach, children's work Apply Here What's involved? Project 1 | Colombia For your first project, you'll be based in Santa Marta, Colombia, from mid-March until the end of April. You will be encouraging the church as together you build a prayer and counselling room as well as to help by building a trench as the church has experienced some flooding. You can also encourage the church through children's work, worship and whatever else you can bring! Project 2 | Ecuador After spending your first six weeks in Colombia, you’ll fly over to Santo Domingo, Ecuador, where you’ll spend the rest of your time supporting the work of Iglesia Cristo Misionera. This church has faced hardship in recent years and currently doesn’t have a suitable building to meet in. Therefore, your main objective will be to encourage this congregation by helping them build a new place of worship. In addition, you’ll also have the opportunity to get involved in evangelism and children’s work. To get more of a feel for what Step teams are like, have a read of last year's reports - written by the Steppers themselves: 2019 Step Reports Testimonials | Step 2019 Read more "My experience in Guatemala was so incredible; it was nothing I could’ve been prepared for. God has shown me what it’s to truly rely on his goodness through the amazing people I’ve met, who, through there serving hearts have shown me what it’s like to do everything for God’s glory. Since coming home I have this overwhelming sense of thankfulness in so many areas of my life, something I have learnt from those who have very little, yet are crying out in praise to the Lord for all that they have." Bethany B, 2019 "My favourite part of Step is how every person you meet impacts you in different ways. You might think the main reason you’re going out there is to help people in need, but most of the time, they are helping you. They demonstrate exactly what it’s like to live an honest and humble life in Christ, whilst being the happiest people you will ever meet. I genuinely am so thankful for seeing this with my own eyes." Holly Y, 2019 Accommodation You'll be staying right in the heart of the community you're serving; living together as a team either at the project base, in the church building or with members of the church. 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: £3,000 plus flights(£2,600 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? Read more 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, e.g. bricks, paint, wood, cement etc. Admin costs – DBS, application process, resources etc. What's not covered? Read more 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 How much of my contribution will go directly to the projects I am working with? Read more 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! So, 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. Want to know more? Our team are here to help you with any and all questions you have about Step! Just give us a call and we'll be ready to chat. Information days After you've sent in your application, you'll be invited to come and meet us at the Latin Link office in Reading. We're hosting a series of Step Information days throughout October and December, so you'll have the chance to meet others who are also interested in joining a team and hear more about the projects! Information days will take place on the following dates: Tuesday 1 October 2019 Tuesday 22 October 2019 Tuesday 17 December 2019 Get in touch: tel 0118 957 112 email [email protected] In the meantime, take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions or visit the Latin Link Step Team Facebook page, and check out loads of past team photos, giving you a more visual flavour of life on a Step Team. How to apply Click below to download our 2020 application form. Fill it in, save it to your computer and then 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.