Short term – church teams

Strengthen your church’s experience of mission by serving as a group overseas.

There are many reasons why you might want to send a group from your church overseas to get involved in mission, if you would like us to support you in that and walk the journey with you please contact us.

  • Perhaps you’re thinking about how to have your congregation’s eyes opened to the needs around the world. Experiencing work among an unreached people group can help your church family to understand mission needs and the context of those still waiting to hear the gospel.
  • If your church already supports a missionary, perhaps you could encourage them by sending a group to work alongside them in their ministry.
  • Would a group from your church would like to gain greater insight into the life and culture of a people group that you are praying for?
  • Mission committees could take the opportunity to visit areas where you are considering sending congregation members.
  • Student groups can get involved in practical ministry, learn about God’s heart for the nations and also see how their service alongside long term missionaries is part of extending God’s Kingdom.



Yes. We do offer opportunities for church and college teams to go out to Africa. Numbers and locations for teams can be wide ranging, so talk to us to find out more!

The approximate cost of a placement is £600-£1,800 for 1-4 weeks, £3,000 for 3 months, £4,500 for 6 months, and £7,000 for 12 months (though this will vary depending on the country and type of placement).

Don’t forget to ask your church about ways they can help you to raise support. You can also earn the money, apply for grants, organise a sponsored event or hold an information evening about what you will be involved in. Further guidance on raising support will be given once you have been accepted onto the short term programme.

In most cases, as a short term missionary, you will receive both a European based orientation before departure as well as a country-specific orientation upon arrival in the country of service.

During this orientation, you will cover topics like AIM’s history and vision, the culture and worldview of where you are going, health, safety, maintaining spiritual vitality while serving, communication, and travel.

The orientation in Africa at the start of your assignment will range in length from 1-5 days depending on your assignment type. It generally includes a mini language acquisition course called LAMP-lite. This field-based orientation will also equip you in practical matters such as navigating public transportation, cultural sensitivity, setting up housekeeping, operating in a new currency, AIM policies in the specific country, as well as safety plans.


One of the biggest blessings I experienced during my time overseas has been meeting new people from a different religion and culture and learning so much from them.

Interested? Get in Touch

Hi, my name is Debbie. If this opportunity interests you, or you have any questions, please do get in touch.​

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Short term (under a year)

There are many ways to serve short term. Whether on a team, as an individual, on a medical elective, or as a Bible college placement, short term with AIM fits into our long term ministry of reaching Africa’s unreached with the gospel. LEARN MORE
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