Gap year team

The main goal of a gap year with us is to give you the opportunity to experience Christian ministry cross-culturally.

You will live and work with our local partners from mid-January through to mid-June (five months) where you will be encouraged to disciple others, whilst you are also discipled.

Placements in Africa and Asia are below. Due to restrictions on numbers, and in order to facilitate the best team dynamics, you may be asked to join a different team from the one you apply to.

Please note that you will need to satisfy the following requirements to join a Crosslinks gap year team. You must:

  • be a committed Christian.
  • have a safeguarding certificate (can be done online).
  • have an enhanced DBS check (can be done through Crosslinks).

If you are over 21, why not come along as a team leader

Download our guide to Crosslinks gap year placements (both for members and leaders) here. The application cycle for 2024 has closed for members. Leaders can apply until 30 June 2023.

Gap Years in Africa

South Africa

Teaching assistant / administrator
Mulzenberg, Cape Town

Number of places: Ten (mixed group).

About the placement: Your church will be SouthReach, Mulzenberg. You will be living on campus at George Whitefield College, where you will also have the opportunity to audit classes. Your mornings will be spent either studying or helping out with admin at the college. Your afternoons will be spent helping out at iThemba, which is a township primary school.

South Africa

Auckland Park, Johannesburg

Number of places: Four (two men and two women).

About the placement: Your church will be Hope Church, Auckland ParkYou will be working very closely with James and Lucy Buchanan and their current group of local interns.  During your time with them, you will be able to audit a course at Johannesburg Bible College and be part of local outreach. Like the other interns, you will serve the church community as well as receiving Bible handling training.

Gap Years in Asia



Number of places: Six (mixed team).

About the placement: You will be part of a house church. You will be working at the Place of Hope with John and Gillian Robinson, caring for the children and helping them with English.

Gap Years in the UK and Ireland

England and Ireland

Children’s worker
England and Ireland

About the placement: With the cost of post-pandemic travel increasing substantially, we want to make gap years more accessible by putting together a gap year team in the UK and Ireland.

Please get in touch with Jaki to find out more.