APPLICATION AS A CHRISTIANS ABROAD VOLUNTEER

If you apply to be a Christians Abroad Volunteer, the following happens

  1. you will have the opportunity to speak to a placement adviser who will talk you through your options or the choice that you have made from our list of opportunities that can be accessed from the front page of this website. If you ar working with children or vulnerable adults you will require DBS clearance; your placemenbt adviser will arrange that.

  2. you will be provided with preparation by distance learning with support from a preparation adviser who will probably have experience of working overseas in the country that you are going to. Depending on the level of experience that you already have, some of the topics reviewed can be read through quite quickly, other topics which you might be less familiar with, will be considered in more detail. This preparation can be completed over a minimum of three weeks and in your own time and at home. Your preparation adviser will have at least two conversations with you by telephone. If  you are under 21 years old, it may be more appropriate for the preparation adviser  to meet with you..this can be discussed with your counsellor at stage 1.

    "Spending my elective placement in Wenchi was a great opportunity to experience a completely new culture – in the hospital and outside – make new friends and create good memories. I learnt so much at the hospital but, even as a student, I feel like I contributed a little to Ghanaian’s attitudes towards healthcare. I would also like to show my appreciation for all the support that David and Colin gave me. I always knew I could email David or Colin if I had any queries and I was confident that I would receive a comprehensive and speedy reply."

    Rachel, Ghana, September 2013

  3. you will be required to make payments in three stages i. payment for your preparation and support, ii. payment for your airfare and insurance and iii. payment for any placement costs including accommodation and subsistence;

  • the standard charge for preparation and support is £750 which can be discounted if you can evidence a low income e.g. if you are a full time student, generally Christians Abroad will discount this charge to a minimum of £375. We have some donors who will help Christians Abroad with this expense.

  • The usual cost for air fares and insurance for up to three months is £700 - £1500 depending on when you fly, how long you are staying in your placement and where you are working or staying en route.

  • The usual cost for accommodation and meals is approximately £150 per month but this will depend on where you are working. In a few instances, project placements will provide accommodation and meals without charge. Placements will always be grateful for any financial help you or your church (if you have one) would be able to provide. You can discuss that, if you wish, with your placement provider before you travel.

  • You will also need money for your personal expenses and any individual travel. Your placement adviser or preparation adviser can help you think this through.

  1. Whilst overseas you can expect contact from your adviser soon after arriving to check that you have arrived safely. If you are overseas for a long time (at least three monhts)  you can expect an e-mail from your adviser about half way through your placement and contact again towards the end of your placement. Any other contact is up to you; the level of support that we provide is your decision but we will always be pleased to hear from you.

  2. Christians Abroad will arrange for you to join the Interhealth TravelWell Programme which will provide you with reliable health advice whilst overseas; by e-mial or, if necessary, by telephone with a doctor or other health adviser. Emergency help is also provided with insurance under the group policy with Christians Abroad through Banner. The TravelWell programme is a continuing level of non emergency support accessible by e-mail and by phone if you fall ill and you are anxious about your treatment. 

    Tom, Project organiser, Nakuru, Kenya, re Fanni’s visit in May 2012:
    “The placement has been a success to us and we felt privilege to have her in our ministry.    We were able to reach many in our society through her. Christians Abroad have good coordination, constant feedback and follow ups for all of its activities. We count it as a privilege and we are looking forward to keep in touch and team up for opportunities.”

  3. On your return to the UK, your placement adviser will arrange a debriefing interview with you attended by the placement adviser and one other member of the Christians Abroad team. This is your chance to feedback your experience of the placement and your evaluation of the programme supported by Christians Abroad. We are always anxious to learn how better to support you and the placement provider. This will be face to face, probably in London, and your travel expenses will be met by Christians Abroad.

  4. APPLICATION FORM click on this link