Where will you take your group in 2019?

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.

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 Uganda

August 2019

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

783 million people in the world do not have access to clean water. Just imagine not being able to turn the tap on at home and get a cold, clean, glass of water? That's why in Uganda, our partner is working tirelessly to see whole communities have access to this basic need. 

Ugandan born, Doreen and Jouvllet know the dangers of no clean water intimately. Twice a day, every day they have to complete a two-hour round trip down the mountain to collect 20 litres of water. Without it their family will have had no water to drink, prepare food or wash with.


The pathway up the mountain is secluded so the girls are vulnerable to attack from young boys herding cattle on the mountain. It’s a problem in the whole area, and many girls are at risk of being raped. The journey is also incredibly tiring and takes a long time. Doreen and Jouvllet often miss school, or arrive late because they had been collecting water. This has a big impact on their education and their hopes for the future.


In this area of Uganda, there is also a lack of knowledge about the dangers of unclean water and bad hygiene practices. As a result there are high rates of water borne diseases like diarrhoea, particularly amongst children.


Our partner North Kigezi and Kinkiizi (NKKD WATSON) in Southwest Uganda are running programs to increase access to safe water and improve sanitation in a participatory way, while encouraging healthy hygiene practices through education and training.


NKKD WATSAN believes that accessible safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education should be available to all, and seeks to embody the Christian values of compassion, fairness, integrity and trustworthiness.

And now we’re offering you the chance to take a group for two weeks to live and learn alongside the staff at Kigezi as they transform lives in Uganda.


It won’t be easy, but it will challenge your thoughts on poverty. It will stretch your imagination and you will learn from communities that will inspire you beyond belief.

Who are we looking for?

A student, youth or church group who are willing and flexible and would love the chance to spend two weeks living in Uganda, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and Kigezi staff.

What will you be doing?

You could find yourself involved in a variety of opportunities, from helping to construct Gravity Flow systems, to joining the staff in helping to teach on health, hygiene and sanitation. You’ll also have the chance to help run Sunday school activities.

                      

2 weeks in Zambia

July 1st - 14th 2019

Bring a group to 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

                      

Trip date: Throughout 2019
Cost:
Application deadline: 31 March 2019
Pre-departure training:

Cost

Placement cost: £1,050 per person for a group of 8+ people

What’s included?

  • Training and support before, during and after your placement
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Tearfund staff time
  • In-country travel, food and accommodation

What’s not included?

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel to and from UK training events

Although your placement cost does not include flights, visas or injections, you will receive good advice and support about organising these aspects. As you will need to pay for these yourself, it is important to keep any fundraising for flights, visas and injections separate from the donations you send to Tearfund to pay for the placement (ie this must be done personally and not through JustGiving or an equivalent site, as the fundraising for these elements is not considered to be a charitable donation).

Please note that all costs are subject to change; this is due to the variable nature of overseas travel expenses.

When do you have to pay?

We don’t ask you to pay the whole cost all at once.

When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit. The deposit covers the administrative costs of processing your application, your selection event and pre-departure training event.

After we have confirmed your place and selected you, we will ask you to send in a further deposit. This is for remaining UK administrative costs, such as your medical and criminal record checks, in-country and other necessary preparatory costs that have to be paid in advance, and again, this is non-refundable.

You will need to pay the final balance a month before you travel.

Fundraising inspiration

As soon as you have completed your application form we will contact you about fundraising and setting up your JustGiving page. If you would like more inspiration, check out Tearfund's fundraising webzone and Nia’s blog, giving eight great tips.

TRAINING

You’ll receive all the information you need to know to prepare you for your placement, including: in-depth medical and travel advice, travel insurance information, cultural guidelines, fundraising ideas and advice about involving your local church.

Pre-departure training: You must attend our pre-departure training. This will be the first time you met your team. The event will prepare you to visit a new culture, and help you and your team get to know each other. There will be other sessions on culture, staying healthy, safety and security, information about where you are going, as well as plenty of time to focus on God. We take health and safety very seriously and comply with the Global Connections Code of Best Practise in providing you with adequate insurance cover, 24-hour support whilst overseas and appropriate medical equipment and training. 

Debrief: On your return to the UK you will be offered a debrief for your team. This is an excellent opportunity to renew friendships, to review what you've experience, and to thank God for all that He has done and to ensure that it continues to impact your life. 

Promotion: If you'd like to promote your placement with the media, contact our communications manager: lucy.pieterse@tearfund.org

FAQs

Worried about costs?

When we first meet you at an interview day or at pre-departure training, we will give you some ideas about fundraising. If you would like more inspiration, check out Tearfund's fundraising webzone and Nia’s blog with eight fundraising tips.

We don’t ask you to pay the whole cost all at once!

When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit. The deposit covers the administrative costs of processing your application, interviewing and/or assigning you to a team.

After we have confirmed your place and selected you, we will ask you to send in a further deposit. This is for administrative, preparatory, in-country and other costs that have to be paid in advance, and again, this is non-refundable.

You will need to pay the final balance a month before you travel.

What will I be doing?

All sorts! It totally depends on which country you choose and which partner you volunteer alongside. But we are normally correct when we say... 

  • You’ll be learning loads
  • You’ll be supporting our partner to keep up their fantastic work
  • You’ll be making new friends
  • You’ll be growing in your relationship with God

Here are some recent examples:

In Cambodia: Tearfund's partner CHO works closely with children, providing education. Volunteers have brought their personal education experience to help teach English, run sports, and lead Bible studies. CHO also has an incredible Social Enterprise called Destiny Cafe where the volunteers get an opportunity to work alongside locals and develop new innovative ways to expand business in the area.

In India: Tearfund's partners have invited prayer teams to join them for two weeks. Volunteers bring their fresh enthusiasm and commitment to prayer, coming alongside partners and beneficiaries, often resulting in a fresh awakening of God's power at work.

Where will I stay and what will I eat?

This totally varies from team to team, but we can guarantee that you will have a mattress under you and a roof over you! You may be sleeping in a church, house, school, or simple guesthouse. Two-week teams tend to live in a guesthouse with running water. Food will usually be a mixture of local food and English food. It's hard to predict what you will encounter so you need to expect the unexpected. Our most common complaint from teams is that they are treated too well!

How do I contact you if I have more questions?

Sometimes it's hard to navigate your way around new sites, so we'd love to chat to you over the phone or email. 

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