Spring Step 2018

On a gap year? Just finished university? Or taking a career break?
Then why not think about volunteering in Latin America for 4 unforgettable months.

When: 12th-16th March  9th-13th July

Contribution Target:  £2,900 plus flights

Application Deadline: 30th November 2017

Where do teams go?

Spring Step teams are received and supervised by our long-term members who work in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Guatemala! 

For Spring 2018 we are planning on sending teams to Argentina and Chile!

 

Make a difference......

As part of a Spring Step team you will take part in 2 projects over the course of 4 months. You will spend approximately 7 weeks on each project with a week off at the end of each one.

In the past, Spring Step teams have been involved in numerous projects helping people in Latin America who need it most. As part of a Step Team you can generally expect to be involved in the following:

 A basic practical project
 Sport and Games
 Being a part of a local church 
 Community projects
 Drama, arts and crafts
 Children’s work 
 Youth ministry 
 Living in a local Latin American community
 One amazing adventure that you'll never forget!

You’ll really get to experience Latin American culture as you live and work as part of a team in the heart of a local community. Whether it’s helping on a practical project in a shantytown on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, painting an orphanage in El Alto, Bolivia, or working with Children at risk in Guatemala, God can really use you to make a difference!

Accommodation

Step teams stay right in the heart of the community they are serving, living together as a team either at the project base, in the church building or with members of the church in their houses. Latin Americans are extremely hospitable but as you're going to areas with greater economic need, you should expect accommodation to be cosy and fairly basic.

How much does Spring Step cost?

Contribution Target: £2,900 plus flights
(£2,500 to cover personal costs + £400 donation to project fund)

We encourage each Step applicant to meet a specific financial target for their time away. This amount is a contribution towards the cost of running the Step Programme and your participation in it. We do not want the personal financial contribution to be a stumbling block for anyone keen to serve in Latin America; therefore we look to support those who may find it genuinely difficult to meet this target.

What does your contribution cover?

 Orientation before departure (residential)* 
 Country specific training and materials  
 Food and accommodation  
 Health clearance and medical advice  
 Project setup and supervision  
 Residential debrief weekend  
 Comprehensive insurance cover  
 Project material e.g. bricks, paint, wood, cement etc.
 Admin costs - DBS, application process, resources etc.

What's not covered?

 Return flights
 Vaccinations - some of them costs money
 Pre-departure UK travel - We usually book flights from London so you all fly out together as a team.
 Personal spending money

*Orientation for 2018 will be held in North London from Wed 21st to Sun 25th February, and is compulsory.

How much of my contribution will go directly to the projects I am working with?

Latin link commits to giving a minimum of £400, of the total amount raised by each individual, directly to the projects that you will be working with. This money will go towards things such as building materials, paint, crafts, books and teaching equipment, toys, games etc. and is used during the time your team are on the project, so you'll get to see where it goes.

Extend Your Adventure! 

Latin America is a vast and exciting place! Therefore why not extend your time there by up to 4 weeks. Don't miss out on the chance to explore more of this amazing continent whilst you're already on the other side of the world. You could complete the 5 day trek to Machu Picchu in Peru, visit the Salt lakes of Bolivia, relax on the beaches in Cuba, plus do much much more. 

Any additional travel is the responsibility of the applicant, this includes all extra costs that you may incur. Latin Link will arrange your flights to accommodate any additional travel and will extend your insurance at the cost of £10 per extra week.

Please contact us for more information on our terms and conditions for personal travel. For our full booking conditions please click here.

Still not sure?

Then why not visit the Latin Link Step Teams Facebook page and check out loads of past team photos, giving you a more visual flavour of life on a Step team in Latin America. 

Alternatively you could take a look at some of the Team Reports from past and present Step teams, and hear first hand what you might experience if you were to sign up!

Any questions?

If you have any more questions about Step then why not visit our FAQs or contact us on step@latinlink.org.uk 

How to apply

If you would like to submit your interest AND download the application form, please enter your details below (*required fields):