Global Volunteering Team

Global Volunteering Team
Frequently Asked Questions

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Why go?

Where do we start, there are just so many reasons…

We believe that this is a chance for you to connect meaningfully and personally with issues of poverty, justice and faith; allowing it to become a deeper part of your story.

By going, you will be supporting our incredible partners – people like you who are totally committed to making a difference to their communities. You will have the chance to learn from them, to understand more clearly the root causes of poverty and to see what it looks like to empower a community to work themselves out of poverty.

You will get to contribute to the long-term development work being done in the countries we operate in. This could look completely different depending on where you chose to go, but ultimately it means going to the places where our partners are requesting help and giving your time and energy to supporting their incredible work.

We pretty much guarantee that your time away will impact you on such a global level that you will feel more connected to the world around you and understand the bigger story God is telling.

This will be an amazing chance for you to grow and develop in your own identity, your walk with God and in your relationship with others, to learn new and transferrable skills.

How much does it cost?

The trips vary in price from year to year. The cost includes the following: orientation, debrief event, in-country travel, accommodation and food, insurance, Tearfund Fee and a medical package.
It does not cover injections, travel to and from the orientation and reunion event, or any day-trips/gifts bought whilst in country.

Your trip cost does not include flights or visas (if visa required). You will however receive good advice and support about organising these aspects.

When we first meet you at an interview day or at an orientation we will give you some ideas about fundraising. For specific team costs please call Vicky on 031 267 0080/2 or see the relevant details about the specific trip on the website.

Please note that all costs are subject to change; this is due to the variable nature of overseas travel expenses.
Worried about costs? Check out Nia’s blog www.tearfundjourneys.org/fundraising-3500-mission-impossible-8-great-tips
When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit of R 2000. 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.

If you feel there are extenuating circumstances causing you to withdraw, you are required to put them in writing and we will consider the appropriate course of action with you.
If at the time of applying the dates and location of the trip have not been advertised we will refund your deposit if you subsequently decide not to travel due to the destination or dates of travel.

What will I be doing?

All sorts! It totally depends on which country you chose and which partner you volunteer alongside. But we’re normally correct when we say…
1. You’ll be learning loads
2. You’ll be supporting our partner to keep up their fantastic work
3. You’ll be making new friends
4. 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 trips 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.

Can anyone apply?

We’re looking for people who are flexible, will contribute to the team, are growing in their relationship with God and are part of a local Christian group that can support them in prayer.
We don’t discriminate against applicants on the grounds of sex, colour, race, ethnic background or disability. However, you do need to be fit and well. We welcome applications from those with disabilities that will not significantly hinder their mobility or ability to care for themselves in South Africa or the developing world.

Does it matter how old I am?

If you want to go by yourself, you need to be over 18. There’s no upper age limit on who can go, although a small premium may be payable by those over 75 (to cover any increase in insurance costs).
Group trips and family trips can include individuals under the age of 18. Please contact us for more info.

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 western 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!

Will I get training and support?

Preparation Pack: Three months before going overseas or at your orientation all participants are given a preparation pack. The pack contains medical advice and all the forms needed to obtain medical clearance, information about immunisations, flight and visa information, a kit list and specific country information. It also includes a checklist of everything you will need to do before you go and when you need to do it by. The pack also contains all the information we think you’ll need to know to prepare you for your trip, including: in-depth medical and travel advice, travel insurance information, cultural guidelines, fundraising ideas and advice about involving your local church.

Orientation: You must attend our orientation. This will be the first time you meet your team. The course will prepare you to visit a new culture, and help you and your team get to know each other. There are also 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 Practice in providing you with adequate insurance cover, 24-hour support whilst overseas and the appropriate equipment.

Follow up: On your return to South Africa you will be offered a debrief for your team. This is an excellent opportunity to renew friendships, to review what you’ve experienced, and to thank God for all that he has done and to ensure that it continues to impact your life.

Responsibility: Not all our teams have leaders, as we trust the partners we’re sending you to and know that they will give you ample support whilst you’re there. Where we do select leaders for a team, they are people who often have travelled overseas before and have had previous leadership experience. All team leaders are given full Tearfund training.

Promotion: If you want to promote your trip with the media, contact our communications manager:lucy.pieterse@tearfund.org or Vicky: vicky@zoe-life.co.za

How safe will I be?

We take a number of steps to ensure the safety and security of our teams whilst overseas. We consult our regional desk officers based in Teddington, the overseas Tearfund partner that the team is visiting and the latest Foreign Office travel advice, before making decisions about whether a team can travel. We will cancel a trip if we are not happy with the security situation. Team leaders are all briefed on our emergency procedures and are able to contact us 24 hours a day. We carry out a risk assessment before the teams go overseas and all team leaders are required to carry out another risk assessment when they arrive, to be emailed back to us in the office. All team members receive a safety and security briefing at their orientation.

Who else will be on my team?

Other members of your team could come from many different walks of life. Like you, they’ll be passionate about growing in their relationships with the world, with each other and with God. Like you, they’ll be excited to see what God will do through them while they’re overseas.

Who do you work with?

We work with a number of partner organisations to ensure that your trip is amazing and that it contributes to meaningful development goals:

  • Rhythms.org – Helping us all live lives that make the world a better place
  • DoubleMe – Placing skilled professionals in developing communities where they can share their experience and passion
  • Go Make a Difference – Working with communities in Tanzania and Zanzibar