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From church-led teams, to 2 year placements, we want to help you find your place in global mission.

Our Explore programme is about ‘short-term mission; long-term discipleship’. It’s designed to cover placements of the following kind:

Please do enquire if you’d like to have a no-pressure conversation with us to chat about any of these possibilities further.


Kids ministry in Nigeria

Where can I go?

SIM is passionate about crossing barriers to make the gospel known.

We seek to send where there is an urgent need for more gospel workers to be mobilised to serve. We work in some challenging and hard places, and have trusted, experienced teams serving on the ground in over 70 countries.

We work in close partnership with the participants, the sending church, and our receiving teams to ensure a placement is appropriate.

Medical Electives & Bible College placements

We have a number of experienced receiving teams who are able to facilitate these short-term placements. Please contact us for further information about where you can serve.

We have medical ministries in 21 different countries, and have recently sent medical students to West Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Zambia, South Asia, Madagascar and Bolivia, among others!

Bible College block placements can also take place all over the SIM world. We’ve had block placement students teaching summer courses for theological colleges, and others choosing to do sports ministry. We’ll work with you to identify the right opportunity. 

Tailor-made opportunities

Our placement process is relational and prayerful, and our mobilisers seek to get to know enquirers well enough to discern an appropriate ministry opportunity.

SIM works in over 70 countries, and the need for the gospel is great. This means that there are ample possibilities and we can’t list them all here! We do have a search function on our website that allows you to filter through many of our ministry opportunities across the SIM world.

We have more than 100 opportunities for placements of less than a year, with a broad range of skills needed – IT, Media, Communications, Finance, Pastoral, Children’s and Youth Work, Maintenance, Teaching, Arts, Sport, Medicine etc! Get in touch with us to talk to a mobiliser who can help find an opportunity that fits your skills.

Costs

There are a number of costs to be aware of, and we’re happy to talk those through with you. For short-term placements, the cost of flights will usually be significantly greater than the cost of the placement.

All placements are self-supported, and we know fundraising can be daunting. Doing it with us means you will be supported with ideas and resources, and you’ll get the additional 25% Gift Aid on eligible donations. 

You will need to have the funds for your full placement before you fly. We’ll help you with a personalised budget which will include items like:

We will explain all of these costs to you and talk through the process of support-raising. Your mobiliser is there to support you through any questions you may have.

What’s next?

Our mobilisers are here to help and support and journey with you and your church.  Please get in touch with our Explore short-term coordinator, Hannah Hitchin (hannah@sim.co.uk) who will connect you with the mobiliser for your region.

Start the process by filling in our enquiry form, which will help us work out how we can best help you. You will put you in touch with the right people to answer any questions you might have.

Opportunities available now through the "Explore" pathway

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Urban Church Planting and Discipleship

This ministry works alongside Angolan church leaders in planting Portuguese-speaking churches in all major urban centres.

  • Over 2 years
  • Skills needed: Administration, Bible teaching and theology, Community education, Finance and accountancy
AngolaFind out more about Urban Church Planting and Discipleship

Indian diaspora outreach

Here is a great opportunity to reach the unreached and share the Gospel among the East Indian community in Africa!

Indian womanFind out more about Indian diaspora outreach

Hospitality and station member care

Our village in West Africa has several SIM ministries. attracting teams and short-term missionaries from around the world. We need help hosting them!

  • Over 2 years
  • Skills needed: Administration, Personnel and HR
CoffeeFind out more about Hospitality and station member care

Engineering and mechanics

We have a new ministry in a village of West Africa, equipping the church for service while ministering to human needs. We particularly need engineers, farmers, mechanics, construction management etc

  • Over 2 years
  • Skills needed: Community education, Engineering and technical, Pilot
Find out more about Engineering and mechanics

Sports Friends

Sports Friends is a ministry which reaches out using the universal language of sport. It attracts young people and creates an environment for relationship building which leads to opportunities to share the love and word of God.

  • Skills needed: Children's and youth ministry, Communications and Media
Sports FriendsFind out more about Sports Friends

Read and Live

Learning to read is a significant step in establishing the self-worth and development of an individual. Spiritually, illiteracy hinders church growth and the believers ability...

  • Skills needed: Community education, Translation and literacy
Read and Live, NigerFind out more about Read and Live

Pastors’ Book Sets

The Pastors Book Set equips Christian leaders in Namibia with books and training to aid their ministry.

  • Skills needed: Administration, Bible teaching and theology, Communications and Media, Community education
Find out more about Pastors’ Book Sets

Allied Model School

This ministry provides learning for students from poor Christian families.

  • Skills needed: Children's and youth ministry, Teaching, Translation and literacy
Find out more about Allied Model School

two:nineteen, UK

two:nineteen provide training and resources to help churches and individuals effectively reach out to the growing multi-cultural communities around them. David and Maura Baldwin returned to...

  • Skills needed: Administration, Bible teaching and theology, Community education, Translation and literacy
Find out more about two:nineteen, UK

Church planting

This project in central Asia aims to open up Christ-centred conversations through business relationships, employment and faithful witness.

  • Skills needed: Administration, Communications and Media, Community education, Engineering and technical, Finance and accountancy, Teaching
Find out more about Church planting

Mekelle Youth Centre

MYC provides services and activities for thousands of young people and sees over 700 people come daily to the centre.

  • Skills needed: Administration, Arts, Children's and youth ministry, Medical, Teaching
Find out more about Mekelle Youth Centre

Oral Scripture training

The oral scripture use training project helps low literacy Quechua church leaders to learn the stories of the Bible sequentially in Quechua so they can teach the stories to others

  • Skills needed: Bible teaching and theology, Communications and Media, Community education, Translation and literacy
Find out more about Oral Scripture training

Leaders Equipping and Resourcing Network

The LEARN project aims to resource and train church leaders so that they can teach and explain the Bible accurately and confidently.

  • Skills needed: Administration, Bible teaching and theology, Community education, Finance and accountancy, Teaching
Find out more about Leaders Equipping and Resourcing Network

Refugee and migrant ministry

#HowWillTheyHear mobilises Christians and churches to share the gospel with migrants and refugees across the UK, Europe & the Middle East. It was set up...

  • Skills needed: Arts, Children's and youth ministry, Communications and Media, Community education, Engineering and technical, Medical, Teaching
Refugee ministryFind out more about Refugee and migrant ministry

MK boarding school

As a staff member at Hebron School, you would have wonderful opportunities for witness and ministry to children - the present and future of the church.

  • Over 2 years
  • Skills needed: Administration, Children's and youth ministry, Finance and accountancy, Teaching
Sports Friends, footballFind out more about MK boarding school

HOPE for AIDS

Bring the hope of Christ to those suffering from illness and HIV/AIDS. This team will work with the Home Based Care HOPE for AIDS volunteer team and will travel with the Hope for AIDS Home Based Care Coordinator.

  • A few weeks
  • Skills needed: Administration, Children's and youth ministry, Community education, Engineering and technical, Medical, Teaching
BurtFind out more about HOPE for AIDS

Medical ministry

Experienced medical personnel (physicians, surgeons, nurses, public health specialists) are needed in rural South Asia to minister to the community and share the light of Christ.

  • Over 2 years
  • Skills needed: Community education, Medical
SIM medical healthcareFind out more about Medical ministry

Urban evangelism

Working with an Austrian church association, this ministry seeks to share the truth of the gospel in communities where faith is seen as less relevant.

  • Over 2 years
  • Skills needed: Bible teaching and theology, Children's and youth ministry, Community education
Wien, AustriaFind out more about Urban evangelism

Teaching English as a second language

Using ESL teaching, this ministry builds relationships between churches and communities, opening up opportunities to share the gospel through friendships and discussion.

Find out more about Teaching English as a second language

Teachers in Christian schools

Our Christian schools need a variety of teachers who are committed to sharing knowledge and being a witness for Christ in their work.

  • Over 2 years
  • Skills needed: Administration, Community education, Teaching, Translation and literacy
TeachingFind out more about Teachers in Christian schools

International education

This ministry is a small international school designed for the children of our West African workers.

  • A year or two
  • Skills needed: Administration, Children's and youth ministry, Finance and accountancy, Teaching
TeachingFind out more about International education

Today for Tomorrow

SIM has a children's project called Today for Tomorrow in the Region of Southern Africa, currently being directed by SIM missionaries in Zimbabwe. They are looking for volunteers with a heart for reaching and discipling children to join them and assist in the various facets of the ministry.

  • A few weeks
  • Skills needed: Bible teaching and theology, Children's and youth ministry, Communications and Media, Community education
Children's workFind out more about Today for Tomorrow