Why a short-term mission?

Getting involved with short-term mission is a brilliant way to use your time and gifts to serve God. As you live and volunteer in a different country, alongside our mission partners and projects, you’ll have the chance to explore cross-cultural mission and to grow spiritually.

Why Crosslinks?

Going on short-term mission through Crosslinks means joining an established, bible-centred organisation that will support, value and help you throughout. We know how important it is to prepare you before you go out. You’ll receive Bible teaching on mission, cross-cultural adaptation and communication. We’ll brief you on your destination, advise you on travel health and security, and give you help to prepare and cope physically, emotionally and spiritually.

We also help you to create and facilitate partnerships with churches and individuals who will pray for you. For placements lasting a year or more, this will involve an element of financial partnership. When you go overseas, we place you with an experienced, bible-believing host.

What does a short-term mission involve?

Everyone who goes on a short-term mission brings their own skills and experiences. That means every trip is different. We’ll be guided by your abilities and preferences. As an example, you might teach at a Bible college, or teach English. Perhaps you’ll offer childcare or home schooling to one of our partner families. Your placement might involve working with children, youth or international students.

Where will I go – and for how long?

Our short-term volunteers serve across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. The length of a placement depends on how much time you can give and the needs of a particular project. It can last anything from a month to two years.

What skills, experience or training will I need?

To become a short-term mission volunteer, you’ll believe in the Christian gospel and be willing to serve. (You’ll also be over 18, and resident in Britain or Ireland.) If you would like to find out more, we’d love to talk with you about your experiences, preferences, and possible placements. You can also tell us how you might use your ministry experience and professional skills to serve God.

How much will it cost?

Each short-term placement is different. Accommodation, living and travel costs can vary hugely. We help you to develop a budget and find ways to fund your trip. Some volunteers pay for the placement from their savings. Others ask their church, family and friends to give financially. We can also help you to find churches and individuals who may wish to partner with you.

How can I apply?

First, take a look at our short-term placement opportunities page. If you would like to discuss a placement of interest, or talk about creating a more bespoke placement, contact Claudia Chan at cchan@crosslinks.org, who will be happy to help. 

In order to give you the best experience, we ensure that we prepare well at both ends. You need to allow around four months to complete our application process (from point of enquiry to potential departure).

To apply for a placement, complete an enquiry form. This enables us to match you with a suitable placement, based on your availability, preferences, skills and experiences.

A formal application, references and interview will follow. You’ll need to wait for DBS (disclosure and barring service), medical clearances and orientation: this takes time. Then you’re good to go! 

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