Encounter Worldwide

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Encounter Worldwide offers a distinct opportunity for Christians in Britain and Ireland (aged 18 and over) to spend three to twelve months sharing in the Methodist church's mission, life and culture in another part of the world as a self-funded volunteer.

Placements are church-based, usually within Methodist churches or partner organisations. The programme helps participants deepen their understanding of faith, justice and development issues as well as offering the chance to share their faith with others through their service in the local church community. The whole experience is grounded in building personal relationships and friendships.

Specific skills can be matched with identified needs of host partners. However, specialist skills are not essential, but a willingness to learn is!

Returning volunteers advocate for the Encounter Worldwide programme, global mission and development issues in their home church.

Why The Call

SymbolExperience life, faith and Methodism in a different culture and setting. Challenge and share your faith. Deepen your understanding of development issues and justice. Play a full part in the local church and community.

Share Skills

SymbolThe placement will be based around the skills you have. You could be teaching English, providing medical support, establishing administrative systems or working with young people. Learning new skills will be essential!

Enrich Misison

SymbolOn return home share your experience and learning widely. Help to enthuse others about mission, faith and culture. Raise awareness of practical and spiritual realities of the lives of people in other countries.

Anne Baldwin"The experience was exhilarating and challenging. The climate and whole way of life was so different. Living alongside student ministers who were so enthusiastic about their faith has given me a new zeal for my Christian belief… the Encounter Worldwide experience has changed my life."
Anne Baldwin, who taught English in
Sri Lanka


Pause and Reflect: Find out more here
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◊  Contact Rachel at encounterworldwide@methodistchurch.org.uk
◊  Or call Rachel to talk it through: 0207 467 5166
◊  Or send us an enquiry here and we'll be in touch! 
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