Inland Mission

Short term
opportunities with
Africa Inland Mission

Africa Inland Mission's short term programme provides opportunities to experience and explore mission in Africa through team trips and individual placements.

Short term mission – long term impact

Would you like to be part of reaching the unreached with the gospel? Over 1000 people groups in Africa are still waiting to hear about the good news of Jesus. If you’re over 18 then why not take the opportunity to get involved? You could be a part of developing Christ-centred churches among African people groups and see people’s lives transformed by the gospel. There are so many ways for you to use your gifts and skills, on our team programmes or through individual placements. If you feel called to Africa, then why not get in touch, and explore your role in God’s mission plan?

“During my placement, God taught me so much about myself, him, the world and others. He’s taught me in so many surprising ways.”

Anna Wilmshurst

Being part of a team is a great way to be part of reaching the unreached in Africa. Our short term teams are designed to work alongside existing ministries. That means you would work in partnership with long term missionaries, continuing and complementing their work. Or you could work with and support the local African church. You would get a real insight into missionary life. And, your work wouldn’t just be a one off project, but instead, a vital part of seeing the unreached turn to Christ.


From outreach and evangelism to sports ministries, youth and children’s work or medical opportunities, there are so many different types of team that you could get involved in. Generally, short term teams have between three and eight members. You could join a team as an individual or you could form a team from your church, Christian Union or other Christian group. Teams typically last from four to eight weeks. So why not get in contact and we’ll help find the right team for you?

What teams are there?


If you’re looking to serve for a bit longer than four to eight weeks, or want to get involved in a specific ministry, then our individual placements could be perfect for you. Maybe you’ve got a particular skill, like teaching or nursing, and feel that God is calling you to use that in Africa? Maybe you feel that God is calling you into longer term mission but you’d like to test out a ministry area? Or perhaps you’d like to gain more understanding about what mission’s like?


Our individual placements give you those opportunities. You would be living alongside long term missionaries and be immersed into African life. You would gain an insight into different ministries and real understanding of life on the mission field. You would learn from Africans and from missionaries around you. Why not go, and be excited by all that God is doing in Africa?

What can I do?

There are many different opportunities to serve in Africa. We are here to help you work out where you could best be placed. Here are just some of the opportunities where you can serve:

Interested in going? Get in touch…

If you are interested in going on a short term mission trip, please feel free to contact us using the form below. If you are interested in a specific country, project or ministry, please indicate.

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Latest Short Term opportunities

Latest Short Term blog posts

  • short-term-sakalava Summer among the Sakalava - James Loney spent the summer of 2015 serving on a Training in Ministry Outreach (TIMO) Quest among the Sakalava people of Madagascar.
  • short-term-karimojong2 What’s Karamoja like? - Suzanne Betts has been serving on a short term placement among the Karimojong of Uganda. She shares with us her first impressions.
  • STKarimojongJune2016-1 Short Term: Reaching the Karimojong - The Karimojong are a people who have been marginalised, waiting to hear of the hope we have, and of their true value in Christ.
  • STBuniaJune2016 Short Term: Following God’s path - Tamsin Drew sold her house and packed up her UK life to spend a year in DR Congo, joining long term missionary Annemarie Boks in a town called Adi, 69 km away from the Ugandan border.
  • Madagascar-March2016 Màiri in Madagascar - In July 2015 a team of 14 went out to Ile Sainte Marie off the coast of Madagascar to serve in a number of ministries, but ultimately to share the gospel with those who had never heard of Jesus. Led by Rodrigo & Valeska Petrelli, the team included three members of Edinburgh University Christian Union. One of those students, Màiri, shares her experience.