Sabbatical Placements Looking for a way to spend your sabbatical? Why not come to Latin America to see God moving in another culture? Your placement will come under our Stride programme. Stride is designed for committed Christians who feel drawn to put their faith into practice in a Latin American culture. Dates: From September 2020 Duration: 6-8 weeks Application Deadline: 30 April 2020 Where can I go and what will I be doing? Salta, Argentina. By immersing yourself in the life of a local church, our hope is for you to be encouraged by the church in Latin America, while leaving you refreshed and expectant for what God has for you back home in the UK. Come with an openness to learn and be challenged, but be prepared to be put out of your comfort zone at times! Alongside a mentor and other Latin Link members, you would join in with a local church; getting stuck into church life such as weekly services, youth and children’s groups, bible studies, prayer, and community ministries. To give you greater insight into some of the issues facing the Latin American church, we will give you some suggested reading to explore topics such as liberation theology, prosperity gospel, and the influence of the Roman Catholic Church. There will be opportunity to discuss this further with your mentor and local leaders. Built into your placement would be time and space for personal reflection and prayer, which can include various trips and visits to other beautiful areas in Northern Argentina. Accommodation You'll be living with a local host family, which is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture. Latin Americans are very hospitable so you'll most likely become a real part of the family! You will have everything you need, but expect fairly basic and cosy accommodation as placements are often in areas/communities of need. Language You will need to have a minimum language requirement of GCSE Spanish or equivalent. How much does it cost? All placements are self-funded. The total cost of your placement will depend on a number of factors but below is an overview of how costs are calculated: Paid to Covers Amount Launch cost Latin Link Application process, DBS, health checks and advice, Orientation, debriefing, fundraising support £1100 Monthly contribution Latin Link Insurance, mentoring, supervision, placement set-up, team days and conference £200/ month (£350 for 2 months) Flights Travel agent Return flight ~£1000 Living costs In country Food, accommodation, transport, communication etc. ~£400-£600/month (~£1000 for 2 months) What support will I receive? You will be fully supported by Latin Link before, during and after your placement. We would also stress the importance of your church being involved in your application and being available to offer prayer and pastoral support. Latin Link Orientation You are required to attend a compulsory Orientation training day. This will take place at our office in Reading. During your placement You'll receive a local Orientation when you arrive to the country of your placement. You'll be supervised by our Short-Term Coordinator, who will set up and Risk Assess your placement, and you'll be assigned a Mentor for the duration of your time in Latin America. Debriefing You'll also be invited to our annual Debrief Conference, held in November in Swindon.This is a residential weekend that's included in your Launch Costs. You will also be given an individual debrief upon return to Britain and Ireland. How to apply To apply for a Sabbatical Placement you need to complete a Stride Application form.Click on the links below to download the forms. Complete them, save them to your computer and email them as attachments to [email protected] Stride Application Form Any questions? If you have any more questions then why not visit our Student Placement FAQs or contact us on [email protected]? 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.