Group placements 2018
Trip date: Throughout 2018
Cost: $6,700.00
Application deadline: 31 Mar 2018
Pre-departure training: 14 Apr 2018 - 15 Apr 2018 Teddington (GB)

Our group placements are designed for church, youth, student and any other groups to volunteer overseas together and be inspired by local communities.

Our placements will challenge your group personally and stretch everyone’s faith. You will each experience how the local church is at the heart of tackling poverty and injustice. Plus you will have the chance to show God’s love in practical ways as you visit and learn from inspirational communities.

Please note…

Our cost includes pre-departure training, insurance, debrief, a medical package, administrative costs and in-country travel, accommodation and food. Please note that flights, visas and vaccinations are not included.

For more information about additional costs and items you will need to budget for, check out our ‘All you need to know’ section.

We’ve got lots of great opportunities for 2018. Have a look through and see where you’d like to take your group.


Where will you take your group in 2018?

Give us a ring on 0208 943 7777 or email: go@tearfund.org to explore the possibilities available and to kick-start the process.

2 weeks in Malawi

Scripture Union - August 17th - 31st 2018

Scripture Union of Malawi (SUM) is an incredible organisation that seeks to nurture children and youth, strengthen family life and help people engage with God through the Bible so that they may follow Jesus Christ and be instrumental in transforming Malawi.

With the outbreak of the HIV epidemic, SUM has been involved in working with the local community, running programmes to address HIV, life skills and reproductive health education.

SUM’s goal is to promote reproductive health and reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and HIV by raising awareness and encouraging behaviour change.

Who are we looking for?

Groups who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend two weeks living in Malawi, working as a team, alongside SU staff.

What will you be doing?

  • Encouraging Bible-reading through the production of Bible-reading aids and the distribution of Christian Literature
  • Running youth camps, youth clubs, Bible clubs and Bible study groups
  • Helping to run training for school-leavers
  • Supporting HIV education programmes
  • Helping with the family ministry programmes

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2 weeks in South Africa

August 17th - 31st 2018

Volunteer as a group in South Africa this summer and spend two incredible weeks connecting with adults and children impacted by and living with HIV.

You’ll be volunteering alongside our partner, Ethembeni, who have a vision to see families free from HIV and TB.

Starting with just home-based care in 2000, today Ethembeni visit up to 80 families a month, providing care and helping with income generation ideas. They run a drop-in centre for children, looking after over 70 children a day. Since 2011, Ethembeni have been helping to implement an AIDS prevention programme.

The 3rd Global Goal for Sustainable Development (SDG’s) has an incredible target to see the AIDS epidemic wiped out by 2030. Ethembeni is engaging with the church in South Africa to support people living with HIV and helping to educate on the wider issue.

Ethembeni has four specific programmes:

  • A residential care centre
  • A family support programme
  • The Mpophomeni Family Centre - working with vulnerable children
  • An HIV prevention programme in conjunction with the AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA).

Ethembeni’s programmes aim to target the root underlying causes of broken families. They work hard to ensure their services make a lasting impact on people and families. They are constantly seeking God, looking for gaps in the services they provide and filling gaps as God leads them to.

Who are we looking for?

Groups who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend two weeks living in South Africa, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and Ethembeni staff.

What will you be doing?

  • Teaching English, supporting reading and literacy and teaching basic I.T skills at the Mpophomeni family centre
  • Leading children’s activities at the Mpophomeni Family Centre
  • Helping run bible based holiday clubs during the school holidays
  • Participating in the life of the local church, including Sunday services, bible studies and evangelistic activities
  • Helping to run HIV awareness workshops as part of Ethembeni’s HIV Prevention Programme
  • Running gender specific activities through the local church including Men’s nights, women’s nights, park runs, camping out, bike rides
  • Participating in and leading morning devotions with the Ethembeni staff

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2 weeks in Uganda

July 1st - 14th 2018

Everyone should have access to clean water and sanitation. Just imagine not being able to turn the tap on at home and get a cold, clean, glass of water.

Ensuring access to and long-lasting management of water and sanitation, is the 6th Global Goal for Sustainable Development (SDG’s). In Uganda, Tearfund are aiming to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for 120,000 people by 2021.

That’s why our partner, The North Kigezi and Kinkiizi Diocese (NKKD) Water and Sanitation Programme, is working tirelessly to see whole communities have access to this basic need.

And now we’re offering a group the opportunity to work alongside our partners in North Kigezi, helping families to get the information and services they need to stay healthy and for their children to get a good education.

Many children spend so long collecting water for their families, that they miss out on time spent in school.

Meet Doreen and her sister who spend four hours a day collecting water for their family:

The work of NKKD is bringing incredible change to communities across south west Uganda. To ensure the long-lasting impact of new water facilities, community members are trained in maintenance and repair.

Who are we looking for?

Groups who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend two weeks living in Uganda, working as a team, alongside Kigezi staff.

What will you be doing?

  • Working alongside local builders to construct life-changing water facilities - including Gravity Flow Systems and rainwater catchment systems
  • Participating in the life of the local church; attending church services, leading services, preaching and teaching at the Sunday school
  • Helping to lead basic health and personal hygiene workshops for children to get the information they need to stay healthy
  • Spending time building relationships with young people and encouraging each other through Bible studies.

                      close up of community members painting mud onto well wall

2 weeks in Tanzania

September 1st - 15th 2018

Volunteer in Tanzania for two weeks and see for yourself how the local church and the local community are working together to bring incredible change.

You’ll be supporting the work of our partner, the African Inland Church Tanzania (AICT), who are busy planting and cultivating churches. AICT work through these churches to help local communities to understand their God-given potential and be able to use local resources to meet their needs and bring about change in their communities.

Through church planting, AICT are helping to bring clean water, agricultural training, and health services to rural communities. They’re running self-help groups with women and vulnerable children and organising pastors conferences.

The work is varied and inspirational and is bringing incredible change to communities across Northern Tanzania.

Who are we looking for?

Groups who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend two weeks living in Tanzania, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and AICT staff.

What will you be doing?

  • Visiting the Care for the Children project which works with 3000 vulnerable children
  • Working with women’s self-help groups in local communities
  • Teaching at the local primary and secondary schools
  • Visiting local health clinics and the HIV home-based care programme
  • Sharing your IT skills, to help improve AICT’s staff members IT skills
  • Getting involved in the Church & Community Mobilisation Process (CCMP)
  • Supporting and developing youth programmes including drama, worship and children’s ministries
  • Participating in the life of the local church; attending church services, helping to run discipleship programmes, Bible studies and initiatives with women and young people.
  • There may also be an opportunity to help with church maintenance and construction projects

                      

2 weeks in Zambia

July 1st - 14th 2018

Join in with the work of Tearfund in Zambia and spend two weeks living and learning alongside our partner, the Jubilee Centre.

The Jubilee Centre is all about training up local leaders to be powerful change makers in their communities. This includes working with leaders of local churches and Christian organisations to support some of the most vulnerable in society, particularly those living with HIV and dying of AIDS related illnesses.

The 3rd Global Goal for Sustainable Development (SDG’s) has an incredible target to see the AIDS epidemic wiped out by 2030. Tearfund is working with Jubilee Centre to engage the church in supporting people living with HIV. They support local churches to provide volunteer Caregivers for people living with HIV in their homes and train peer-educators to run HIV prevention workshops with local young people.

Who are we looking for?

Groups who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend two weeks living in Zambia, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and Jubilee Centre staff.

What will you be doing?

  • Spending time building relationships with individuals receiving treatment at a local HIV centre.
  • Working with youth and young adults through self-discovery workshops
  • Supporting the Child Feeding Programme
  • Visiting and praying with vulnerable adults
  • Teaching and leading activities at local schools
  • Engaging and working with the local church and community

                      



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Tearfund is recognised by Global Connections as operating under the Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission 2017 and 2018.


Tearfund is recognised by Global Connections as operating under the Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission 2017 and 2018.



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