The purpose of the Africa Trek is to disciple participants through - exposure to rural and least-reached African communities, deepening their intimacy with God and helping them to become effective disciple-makers.

Participants (‘Trekkies’) will travel for 3 months through Southern Africa, staying with various local missionaries and serving them the best way possible. We will travel by car, bus or train, and will stay in very basic accommodation (often in tents) and eat the local food.

  Dates Apply by
May Trek Sunday, 12 May – Sunday, 28 July 2019 Friday, 22 February 2019
September Trek Sunday, 01 September – Sunday, 24 November 2019 Friday, 14 June 2019
Cost £2,285
Ages 18+
Suitable for single people welcomemarried couples welcomesorry, no familiessorry, no groups

Ministry Details

Trekkies will be involved in a variety of ministries including (but not limited to) door-to-door evangelism, children’s ministry, sports ministry, showing the Jesus Film and practical work. Trekkies will aim to serve the needs of the local missionaries as effectively as possible. Day-to-day activities will vary depending on the community we are staying with. Daily activities may include things like group devotions, times for teaching/training, evangelism, serving the local community, preparing meals and travelling.

Participant Profile

If you want to grow closer to God, see how He is working in Africa, and make as big an impact as possible on the world during your life, the Africa Trek is for you!

Accommodation

Accommodation on the Trek will be basic. Trekkies will sleep in tents, most of the time.

Food

Trekkies will live with local missionaries and, as such, eat what local missionaries eat. At times, there may be options to purchase snacks, but this cannot be guaranteed.

If you have special dietary needs - please inform us during the application process (gluten intolerance or allergy, vegan/vegetarian, lactose, nut and shellfish allergies, diabetic, etc.)

Travel

Trekkies must book their own flights in and out of Africa. The Trek will arrange all travel from the airport.
If you are arriving earlier and departing after the Trek start and end dates, please communicate this with your field Short Term officer BEFORE making your booking. Please do not book any flights until you have received confirmation of acceptance.

Countries to be updated.

Health

Trekkies will be travelling frequently, and sometimes engaging in manual labour or sport in African climates. Therefore they need to arrive in relatively good health. You must have a valid yellow fever certificate.

Visa

We will be travelling through Southern Africa and it is the responsibility of the Trekkies to research beforehand what countries they need to apply for visas for ahead of time, and how much it will cost at the borders.

All border fees are to be paid in US dollars, and as a general rule, it is better to have more money than you need in case things change.

Notes

Applicants must be 18 or over. This placement is tailored towards participants aged 18-30.

Price excludes flights, insurance, any visa/border crossing fees, any possible vaccinations, personal snacks or extra food during the Trek, accommodation before and/or after the Trek and/or any other activities Trekkies want to engage in. Price is subject to change according to the exchange rate.

The cost of the Trek will provide you with meals each day, all of your transport whilst on the Trek, and your accommodation on the Trek.

The price also includes OM UK’s Getting into Gear weekend (GiG) in Shropshire which you can attend either 5th-8th April or 7th-10th June 2019. This is a weekend of training and orientation.

As part of our safeguarding policy, you may require a valid enhanced DBS certificate which will cost an additional £20. 

Different languages will be spoken in the different areas that the Trekkies will travel to, but the language the Trek group will communicate in is English. Therefore a reasonable level of English is required.

Trekkies are responsible for their own immunisations and malaria medication. Local doctors will have a good idea of what immunisations are required, but the one necessary injection for the Trek is Yellow Fever. 

Trekkies MUST have a valid Yellow Fever card with them on the Trek.

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