East European Country Summer Team
The Christian Union movement in the Eastern European country we partner with is incredibly vibrant and faithful, but at the same time is small and deeply vulnerable in a very difficult environment.
We work together with them to put on an evangelistic summer camp for the CU to bring their non-Christian friends along to. It’s a joy to get to know and love our brothers and sisters, whose faith in a challenging context is so inspiring, but also a privilege to empower their year-round mission by helping them introduce students to Jesus. The camp (don't worry, it's not actually camping!) will be full of fun and lots of keen, friendly students. We'll have the chance to work with the local CU in running seeker-friendly Bible studies, putting on great evangelistic evening events, and providing all kinds of fun and games as well. Over the last few years this time together has been joyful and fruitful as we've seen students putting their trust in Jesus!
Before we go, we will have time to get to know one another as a team at the orientation weekend, where we will equip you with some key skills and give you a chance to start preparing and praying for the mission.
During the course of the trip, the summer team leaders will run daily team meetings to keep fuelling our mission with fresh glimpses of Jesus. We'll also spend a couple of days before and after the camp preparing and debriefing as a team. The camp includes English conversation classes, small group Bible studies and evangelistic talks, as well as sports, games and cultural activities to forge friendships and share Jesus Christ with non-Christian students. As a team member, you’ll be preparing, leading and running these activities in pairs. The Eastern Europe summer team is a unique chance to grow in speaking of Jesus in a cross-cultural context, leading seeker-friendly Bible studies, and learning a lot about a new culture, yourself, and the wonders of God's grace!
We’ll be flying from a London airport directly there or to a neighbouring country and get the train to the site. All meals are provided on site and you’ll be sleeping in a large house with shared, single sex dormitories. We'll give you more information on application. For UK passport holders, you'll need to ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 3 months after the return of the trip. British nationals do not need a visa, for those with a non-UK passport more information will be given about this once you’re accepted onto the team. The cost of any visa is not included in the price of the trip but we will offer support in helping you apply for a visa. For participation in many of our summer teams you would need to be up-to-date with routine UK vaccinations and may need to have one or two more, these are likely to include Hepatitis A and B. We do, however, advise that you talk to your GP regarding which vaccinations you will need in particular in our Eastern European Country. The cost of these vaccinations is not included in the price of the trip.
The price of the trip will be £899 in total which includes food, accommodation, travel, insurance and attendance at the orientation conference which is held from 17th - 19th May 2019 at the Quinta Christian Centre in Oswestry. Staff leading the teams have extensive experience of support raising and will be able to give you advice on this.
The money you pay also includes a significant contribution towards paying for the running of the camp and for attendees in our host country. The camp relies on our contribution to be able to run.
The payment schedule is as follows:
In the unlikely event that 6 people or fewer were to apply we would discuss the possibility of cancelling the trip but would let you know at least 2 weeks before the orientation conference and would discuss with you alternative trips that might be a suitable replacement.
Should delays occur at the outward or homewards points of departure we’ll work with the host movement and the Travel Management Company to ensure that you are able to take another flight to your destination and that accommodation is provided if necessary.
The money you pay for the trip will be transferred into a designated fund which will only be used to pay for the summer team. ATOL and ABTA will ensure that you are repatriated or given a full refund for the flight in the unlikely event of the Travel Management Company’s financial failure, and if you have booked a package holiday with us. For the non-flight components of the trip, in accordance with "The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992" all passengers booking with UCCF are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of UCCF.