FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Q: When are the summer assignments?
A: June 1 – July 27, 2018
- Q: How much is the trip?
A: A little less than $7,500
- Q: When is the deadline?
A: 31 January, 2018
- Q: What are the age requirements?
A: Applicants must be at least 18 years old at time of the trip.
- Q: How do I apply?
A: Visit out application page here.
- Q: Is Next Steps the same as AIM?
A: The Next Steps program is precursor to our Associates in Missions (AIM) program. It provides 3 weeks of intensive training followed by 5 weeks apprenticeship. It bridges the AYC (General Youth Divison) and AIM (Global Missions) programs as well as provides training relevant to cross-cultural ministry whether at home or abroad.
- Q: Where would I be staying while in Sri Lanka or Tanzania?
A: Information coming soon.
- Q: How long does the application process take?
A: PHASE ONE: Minutes
Once we have an electronic application, application fee payment, and signed Insurance Liability Waiver, we begin processing an application; if any of those elements are missing it will delay the start of the application process. This take minutes to initiate.
A: PHASE TWO: 1-2 Weeks
On the next business day after receipt of items in Phase One, we send a link and instructions to a pastor for his/her recommendation. This can take a while depending on if the correct email address was provided on the application; so be sure to get the most recent one from before submitting an application to avoid delay. Each week we send a reminder if necessary. Most pastors are filling out the form within a week or two.
A: PHASE THREE: 2-3 Weeks
A follow-up is sent to both our country and regional representatives for their input. This can take a few weeks due to their travel in remote areas, etc. If it is done quicker than this, we move right along to the next step.
A: PHASE FOUR: 1-2 Weeks
Once the necessary representatives give their input, an application is submitted for a Global Missions Administrative Committee approval. Immediately upon approval, an approval email is sent to the approved applicant as a courtesy.
A: PHASE FIVE 1-2 Weeks
The approved application is moved to the UPCI Finance department for assignment of a Global Missions number for accounting of funds raised to be used by the Next Steps participant. Once this is assigned, a packet is then sent out to approved participant.
- Q: What should I do while I’m waiting?
A: Make sure to get your passport ordered soon if you need one. If you have one, be sure there is at least 6 months left on it before it expires. Currently, the average wait for a passport is 6-8 weeks. Expedited and rush services are available for extra fees. To find out more, click HERE.
A: Check the 2018 page periodically for any new information and available downloads.
A: We will be sending out a helpful hints/packing guide in early April that will most likely answer most of your questions. However, if you have further questions now, please send us a message.
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2018 AIRPORT CODES
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
Departure Date to the field: 6/1/18
Return Date from the field: 7/27/18
Note: For both trips, you can expect to be traveling for up to 30 hours; maybe less, maybe more. So please pay attention to the +1 or +2 notices on potential itineraries.