World Horizons offers two types of training programs in Wales, U.K.
Long Term Placement Training
Be equipped for joining with us in long-term mission! Our Pre-Field Training and Orientation course prepares you for living and serving in a cross-cultural environment, whilst focusing on your spiritual growth.
“I can honestly say the training has helped me feel more prepared, by the grace of God, to serve Him effectively in a church planting team anywhere in the world – despite my skills being in design not theology! I’d encourage anyone going overseas to engage in good cross-cultural training…”
Throughout both phases of the course, training takes place at our Centre for the Nations in Llanelli, South Wales. During the six month programme we seek to enlarge your worldview, help you to engage with Jesus’ commission to make disciples of all nations, and teach you how to share your faith in diverse contexts. This course is suitable for:
-Those over the age of 18 – including couples and families.
-People applying for a specific long-term opportunity within a World Horizons team.
-Those who feel called to work with World Horizons, to engage with God’s heart for the nations, even if they are not yet sure where God is calling them or what they will do.
Our Pre-Field Training and Orientation Course is designed to prepare trainees to work effectively in cross-cultural teams around the world. Character development and community building are essential parts of this preparation. The course provides a highly interactive, exciting and intensive training. We include a team-building focused week using outdoor activities to explore the challenges of working together, communication and leadership.
Trainees form a strong community which models the stimulating and challenging context of overseas work in cross-cultural teams. This provides the setting for essential teaching on:
-Equipping for service
The programme we offer is full and varied, giving trainees opportunities to receive specific teaching, engage in group work and discussion and have time for personal study. We encourage trainees to take responsibility for their own learning, identifying and reflecting on their own personal development throughout the course. About one third of the course is structured around lectures and academic learning, whilst the remainder is practical, thereby providing varied learning opportunities. Classroom-based learning is consolidated and put into practice in a community context as trainees serve with the local church, sharing the love of Jesus with local youth and/or multicultural communities.
The Gap Year Program
The Gap Year program offers three months of preparation in mission, team and faith, followed by a six-month placement working alongside existing teams in communities around the world.
The foundations of the Gap Year are:
Adventure: Step out and deepen your trust in God as you take on challenges, build lasting friendships and live out your faith within another culture.
Engaging with God: Gain a clearer understanding of God’s purposes and how you can work with Him to share your faith with those you meet.
Service: Get involved in serving others using your gifts and skills, and make a difference in the local community.
Our Gap Year program starts with three months of training at our Center for the Nations in Llanelli, South Wales where you will learn about topics such as working in a cross-cultural context, team building and biblical principles. Through the training we want to equip you to take on challenges, develop the confidence to share your faith and grow in serving intentionally. An integral part of the training is the exciting three week trip to South Asia, where you will gain an understanding of cultural challenges and the skills needed to adapt. You will also get the opportunity to go on an expedition to the Himalayan foothills to meet local people of diverse cultural and religious heritage.
Having completed the training you will join one of our teams around the world for a six month placement. Opportunities include supporting refugees in Central Asia, working at a ballet school in South Asia, helping to run outdoor pursuits camps in South Wales and assisting the development of a crafts business in North Africa. All placements involve building friendships and sharing faith through learning local language and culture.
The Gap Year program is for those over the age of 18. Read more about the Gap Year program here!