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

  1. ADVICE: you will have the opportunity to speak to us and we will talk you through your options or the choice that you have made from our list of opportunities 

  2. COST: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 the standard charge for preparation and support.

  3. This standard charge for preparation, support and placement is £800 which can be discounted if you can evidence a low income. For instance, if you are a full time student, generally Christians Abroad will discount this charge to a minimum of £400. We may have some donors who will help Christians Abroad with this expense.

  4. 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.

  5. The usual cost for accommodation and meals will depend on where you are working. We will discuss placement costs with you. 

  6. 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.

  7. PREPARATION: you will be provided with preparation by distance learning with support from one of us. 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, can be considered in more detail. This preparation can be completed over a minimum of three weeks and in your own time and at home. Our contact with you may include a combination of phone calls, e-mail correspondence, skype or face time and/or a chance to meet in London for a morning or afternoon to review final preparation.  Preparation also includes a Thrive Worldwide Travel Nursce clinic.

  8. SAFE GUARDING: You will be required to do a Christians Abroad DBS clearance, safeguarding and code of conduct modules.  Our recruitment consultant will  arrange these for you.

  9. TRAVEL INSURANCE: All Christians Abroad volunteers are required to take out travel insurance under the Christians Abroad group policy.  This provides us all with peace of mind.

  10. SUPPORT WHILST OVERSEAS: Whilst overseas you can expect contact from one of us 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 us 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.

  11. ON YOUR RETURN: On your return to the UK, we will request feeback about your 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.