Diaspora apprenticeship in mission

Receive training and work among the African diaspora in Rome, Italy.


Run by one of AIM’s partner organisations, this apprenticeship is essentially a training programme designed to serve as a bridge – after you’ve completed theological training and before heading out to a long term, cross cultural assignment. The scheme provides an environment of continued learning. You’ll also continue your spiritual gift discovery and development, get to be involved in hands-on ministry, and be mentored by experienced cross-cultural missionaries.

Signing up for this apprenticeship will allow you to grow spiritually, pick up the skills needed for long term ministry and gain practical experience in mission work in a very multi-cultural context.

To find out more – watch the video below.


Rome, Italy.

Ministry & Type of work:

The first three months will focus on training and getting acclimatised to life and ministry in the city of Rome. You will then be expected to assume ministry responsibilities in the fourth month. You will be part of a team and will have a mentor assigned to you.  There will be unlimited opportunities to share the gospel with African diaspora, through Discovery Bible Studies, conversations, as well as use of media and literature.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • One year Theological training/experience desired.
  • You will need to learn basic Italian whilst you’re in Rome. No prior language knowledge needed.
  • A passion to know Christ more.
  • A teachable spirit.

Other Info:

Start date – September 13, 2021 – June 13, 2022 (Application deadline: 1 June, 2021) 

Duration –  9 months for the complete programme/3 months for the introduction


Yes. Whether you go on a team assignment with other short termers, or an individual assignment, you will be part of a team once out on the field. Both teams and individuals will be placed within teams of long term workers and you will be a part of supporting their ongoing ministries.

Listen to one of our missionaries sharing about being a part of a team:

Yes. The Bible makes it clear that the church sends missionaries (e.g. Acts 13) and has an ongoing pastoral responsibility for them. As much as AIM is a key partner in the process and facilitates ministry in Africa, we will not accept into membership anyone who does not have a positive recommendation and support from their church. AIM will discuss your application with your church leaders – after all they know you better than we do – as together we seek to discern that this is God’s calling for you.

Listen to Tim Matthews, one of our Mission Advisors, talking about the churches role in sending missionaries:

A number of pastors also share their thoughts in these clips:

The easiest way is to fill out the contact us form on our website. Once we receive that form, we’ll be in touch to arrange a time to discuss together how the Lord is leading you.

Luke Herrin 

In Acts 18:10, the Lord told Paul that he should keep speaking clearly because he had many people in Corinth. The Lord has many people in your city. We just need to find them. And the best way to do that is just to talk to 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

United Kingdom & Europe

Ministry in the United Kingdom & Europe ranges from being a part of mobilising offices, to teaching in Bible colleges to being involved in work among the African Diaspora across the continent. LEARN MORE


Taking the good news of Jesus to Africa’s hardest to reach people does not always mean a move to Africa. Today, millions of Africans live outside of Africa: in North America, Europe, and around the globe – the African diaspora. LEARN MORE
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