There are so many options – how can I find the one that’s right for me?
The breadth of opportunities we advertise here at GC Jobs and Mission is representative of the diversity of needs that exist in today's world. Short-term mission trips can involve anything from conversation to community health, English teaching to evangelistic missions, and sports ministry to surgery!
But there are a number of ways you can narrow your search - our website allows you to search for programmes based on a range of criteria. Here are some suggestions of ways you can narrow your search:
- Sector: What can you do, or what would you enjoy doing?
- Duration: What time frame is available to you? Anything from one week to two years is considered 'short-term'.
- Location: It might be worth picking out three or four countries (or regions) that you or your church already have some kind of connection with and starting there.
- Eligibility: Age range is another important factor – we have opportunities for 18-year-olds up to and including those over 65 (and for children as part of family groups/church teams).
- Context: Will you serve best in a ‘ready-made’ team, or as a family, a couple, or a single person?
You can search for all these things here.
Once you’ve started to narrow down the options, read the stories of those who have done this before you, browse the organisation websites, send an email, make a phone call, and ask lots of questions - doing this will help you get a feel for what will be possible for you. Investigate it thoroughly. Think about how you are already serving in your local church - when you apply to a mission agency, they will undoubtedly ask what involvement you’ve had locally. This is important, because it’s difficult to see why you should want to serve God and share your faith in some overseas location if you haven’t first been doing it at home. And try to let go of the idea that there is one thing that’s ‘just right for you’ - there probably isn’t.