The Process

  1. Preliminary profile form: This will help us to see if we can suggest placement options
  2. An application paper and medical form: On this we ask for addresses of referees, including one who is your church leader
  3. Interview: Once your references are in, if we feel we can offer you a placement, we arrange for you to come for an interview with us or with a WEC representative in your area
  4. Pre-departure reading: This will help you to prepare for your placement
  5. Orientation programme: Successful applicants will attend an orientation programme

Our pre-field preparation, supervised placement, review, and follow-up make the WEC Trek programme more than just a short-term mission trip. It is more like a mission discipleship programme. This consists of five main stages:

1. Pre-departure reading

We prepare a pre-field manual for each Trekker with valuable information on how to prepare, what to take, etc. Included in this manual is a series of check-lists to be completed to help keep you on track. There is also reading to do from the book “Stepping Out – a guide to short term mission”.

2. Orientation course

The live-in orientation course is held at WEC International’s New Zealand headquarters in Gordonton (15 minutes north of Hamilton). It is held over three to five days and provides a great time of preparation to go out, as well as giving teams time to bond together.

During orientation Trekkers look at topics like:

  • cross cultural communication
  • evangelism
  • overseas health and logistics
  • language learning
  • team dynamics
  • spiritual warfare
  • expectations
  • Biblical basis for mission

3. Supervised placement

Each Trekker is placed with an experienced missionary to supervise their time on the mission field. We want to ensure that your time is both fruitful and worthwhile.

4. Review / Debrief

On return to New Zealand, each Trekker comes to our headquarters in Gordonton for a time of review of their experiences while on the Trek.

5. Follow-up

We seek to stay in touch with each Trekker on their return and encourage them.