The Journey


We will guide you through the journey so that your experience on Encounter Worldwide is as smooth, meaningful and enriching as possible.  Each step of the way will be supported by a series of information tools and resources as well as pastoral and logistical support from the World Relationships team at the Methodist Church in Britain.

You will play a part in an historic and ongoing Methodist mission as you partner, worship and work alongside Methodists around the world growing God's mission globally.

Selection for the programme is through an application form and interview process. This helps you to decide if you wish to take part in the programme. It also helps the Methodist Church in Britain assess your suitability - going overseas is not for everyone.

We will work with you and our partners overseas to match you to the most suitable placement.  We will build on the needs identified by our host church, your interests and skills and both partner and volunteer hopes and expectations for enriched mission.

Appropriate preparation and cross-cultural training is provided free of charge. This will be tailored to suit the needs of the volunteer and the placement. Training will usually take place over several days and will include the background of Methodism, mission in the region, cultural awareness, coping in difficult situations, and regional/country specific briefing. 

There is no organisational charge for participating in the programme.  As a self-funded volunteer you will need to cover all costs necessary for your time overseas. You should budget for flights, accommodation, food, visas, vaccinations, insurance and personal expenses.

The cost of participating in the programme varies between placements but, for a twelve month placement, an approximate figure of £5,000 should act as your guide. The Methodist Church in Britain can assist you with necessary budgeting advice if needed.

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