Do you want to serve God in Latin America? 


Image of Strider leading a youth group meetingIf you are considering serving God in cross-cultural mission, then read on! Maybe you would like the chance to find out if longer term service is for you? Stride mission training placements could be just what you're looking for. Or if you simply want to take a few months out to serve God in Latin America, Stride can provide that opportunity.

Stride also offers placements for students doing a language year abroad or a medical elective. If you're interested in those opportunities, please visit our Student placements page.


Key facts

Start dates: end of February each year

Duration:  6 to 24 months

Cost: approx. £9,000 to £24,000 depending on length of placement

Application Deadline: 30 April

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Stride is designed for committed Christians who feel drawn to put their faith into practice in a Latin American culture. You'll spend at least 6 months working alongside a church or Christian-run project, responding to local needs and getting involved in the local community. If you don't speak Spanish or Portuguese, you'll spend an additional couple of months doing language study at the start of your placement. 

Stride is suitable for individuals, couples and families. Placements are bespoke, tailored to your gifts, skills and sense of God’s calling. Stride provides a supportive environment which encourages growth and discipleship. And if you want to explore whether mission in Latin America longer-term is the right option for you, the Stride programme can support you through that process.

For more information, please see below or visit the Stride FAQs page.

Check out the video below to see Striders in action:

Where can I go?

Striders are sent to work alongside Latin Link's longer-term members, who set up and supervise your placement. You will be matched to a country and type of work that suit your gifts, background and skills.

We currently have members working in:

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Peru
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Ecuador
  • Nicaragua
  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico

Types of placement

Latin Link members work in many different areas of ministry, so placements can come up in any of the following areas:

  • Prison work/working with ex-offenders
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Work with vulnerable women
  • Evangelism and discipleship
  • Work with children and families at risk
  • Feeding programmes
  • Educational support
  • Craft and art
  • Work in shanty towns
  • Work with students
  • Teaching (English, theology)
  • Creation care
  • Community development (health, sanitation)
  • Working with people with disabilities
  • Publications

Image of Strider working at El Alfarero student cafeAccommodation

Single people are often placed with a Latin American 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.

Couples and families usually rent a modest apartment or house in the community where they are working. 

Latin Link’s in-country Short Term Coordinators will help source appropriate accommodation for you.

How much does it cost?

All placements are self-funded but don't worry because Latin Link will advise and support you through the support-raising process. The total cost of your placement will depend on a number of factors (where you're going and how long for etc) 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, residential Orientation, debriefing, fundraising support

 Single £1,450

Couples £2,300

Monthly contribution

 Latin Link

Insurance, mentoring, supervision, placement set-up, team days and conference

Singles £175/month 

Couples £320/month

(+ £60 per child/month)

Flights

Travel agent

Flexible return flight

~£800 per person

Living costs

In country

Food, accommodation, transport, communication etc

~£400-£800/month per person

What support will I receive?

You will be fully supported by Latin Link before, during and after your placement. It's also really important that your church is fully involved in your application, and is available to offer prayer and pastoral support.

Image of group at Stride Orientation 2015Latin Link Orientation

You are required to attend a compulsory Orientation weekend. 
This takes place at the end of June every year, and is held just outside Reading. 
It's residential and the cost is included in your Launch Costs.

Missiological Training

You are also required to attend the All Nations Express Course to give you further cross-cultural missions training.
This is run twice a year, once in July and once in December.
This course is a 5-day residential and is also included in your Launch Costs.

During your placement

You'll receive a local Orientation when you arrive to the country of your placement. You'll be supervised by the Latin Link 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.

You will also have a review every 6 months, as part of the training and development process during your Stride placement. Your Short Term Coordinator, Mentor and Project Supervisor will work with you to review your progress and agree plans for the next phase of your placement.

Debriefing

On return you'll be invited to have an individual Debrief of your time on Stride. You'll also be invited to our annual Debrief Conference, held in November in Swindon.
This is a residential weekend and the cost is included in your Launch Costs.

What if I already know that I want to serve longer-term?

Image of Strider and boyThat’s great! Latin Link doesn't accept anyone directly into longer-term service. Everyone wanting to join Latin Link as a long-term Stay member initially needs to complete a 24-month Stride placement. This is considered part of your selection, preparation and training to become a Stay member. To get started, complete the Stride application form and state that you are interested in a 24-month placement with a view to serving longer-term.

How to apply

Click below to download our application form. 
Complete it, save it to your computer and email it as an attachment to stride@latinlink.org.uk

  Stride Application Form

Any questions?

If you have any more questions then why not visit our Stride FAQs or send an email to stride@latinlink.org.uk.