Gap years with Church Mission Society

Unique Christian gap years

With Jesus, with each other, to the edges…

Jesus spent a lot of time with people at the edges. It’s no different today. If you want to be with Jesus, then spend time with those society has pushed to the edges.

Why choose CMS?

We asked Edward Anchor, currently on a placement in Lima, Peru, working alongside local Christians in youth and children’s work.

“CMS’s strapline With Jesus, With each other, To the edges is something which I found inspiring and filled me with confidence and spiritual support right from the off.

“CMS also has a very good support base and has a thorough and rigorous selection process.

“CMS maintains that everyone has something to give however big or small it may be…”

On a CMS gap year, you’ll spend between four months and a year working alongside our long-term partners. So whatever time you give will be spent investing into something that will continue long after you return home.

Who is CMS looking for?

We are looking for people who are adventurous, curious and want to be challenged in their relationship with Jesus. The edges are not promised to be easy; we can guarantee that you will not return the same. If you are connected to a local church or youth group and are prepared to immerse yourself in a different culture then please get in touch!

Church Mission Society is recognised by Global Connections as operating under the Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission 2019 and 2020.

Where could I go on a gap year?

We’ll work out the option that’s right for you, but it could be:

  • children’s work with the church in Uganda
  • community development in Kenya
  • working with girls at risk in Brazil
  • teaching English in Egypt
  • youth work in Peru
  • supporting a mission partner family with home schooling
  • caring for children at risk in Argentina

How much does a gap year cost?

The costs of spending a year overseas vary from region to region. We estimate that a year would cost between £4,000 and £8,000 which would cover flights, insurance, vaccinations, accommodation, food, other expenses and a holiday in country. 

Join us at the edges today?

Get in touch to find out more.

How do I apply?

Our selection process begins when we receive an enquiry form from you. We will take up two references and invite you in for an interview. At the interview you will also meet with our regional managers and personnel officers responsible for the area you are interested in going to. If selected then we will ask you to sign an agreement and give us a cheque for £350 that covers a contribution to our 12-day residential induction course, health clearance, a DBS check and a debrief day when you return.

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