FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Q: When are the summer assignments?
A: May 30-July 24, 2020 (Training sessions begin on the morning of June 1st)
- Q: How much do these assignments cost?
A: This year there are three different price points. Please refer to the apply page for further details.
- Q: When is the deadline?
A: 15 January, 2020
- Q: What if I want to attend NAYC this year too? (2020 is not an NAYC year)
A: That’s no problem. Just let us know if you would like to leave in time to attend. We encourage as many as possible to attend to assist with promotion in the NSP booth area while it’s fresh on your mind.
- Q: What are the age requirements?
A: Applicants must be at least 18 years old at time of departure.
- 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 on site training overseas followed by 5 weeks of apprenticeship. It bridges the AYC (Youth Ministries) and AIM (Global Missions) programs as well as provides training relevant to cross-cultural ministry for use at home or abroad.
- Q: Where would I be staying while in Brazil/Romania/Sierra Leone?
A: Accommodations range from hostels to all inclusive motel, hotel and/or suites. Each assignment is different.
- Q: How do I apply?
A: Visit out application page here.
- 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 your 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 have the most recent one before submitting an application to avoid delay. Each week we send a reminder as necessary. Most pastors are filling out the form within a week or two.
A: PHASE THREE: 2 Weeks
A follow-up is sent to both our country and regional representatives for 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 which meets once a week on Thursday. Immediately upon approval, an approval email is sent to the approved applicant as a courtesy.
A: PHASE FIVE 1 Week
The approved application is moved to the UPCI Finance department for assignment of a UPCI account number used by each Next Steps participant to track any funds sent to or requested from Global Missions. Once this is assigned, a welcome packet with an assignment guide is then sent out to the 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 will be at least 6 months left on it at the time of your departure from the field. 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 2020 page periodically for any new information and available downloads.
A: Typically, we suggest booking air tickets in November (see video below for helpful tips). Additionally, we send out a helpful hints/packing guide in early-mid April for each assignment that will most likely answer most of your questions. However, if you have further questions at any time, please send us a message.
HELP! I’ve never purchased International Airfare before.
2020 AIRPORT CODES
Arrival on the field: by 5/30/20
Departure from the field: on 7/24/20
Note: For those traveling to SIERRA LEONE, please pay attention to the +1 or +2 notices your itinerary.