If you already have a link with a church overseas, this section will give you lots of tips and advice to help you build fruitful and sustainable relationships.

There’s nothing like learning from others’ mistakes – it can save a lot of energy, time and tears. Building a relationship with a church or project overseas can be a rich and rewarding experience for everyone involved – but there are also plenty of pitfalls to beware of. 

Tearfund has 40 years’ experience of working with churches overseas, and we’d love to share some of what we’ve learnt with you, hopefully to help you out.

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Child protection

Ensuring the safety of children is not something that applies only at home: children are vulnerable everywhere.

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Safety Tips

As a visitor overseas it's easy to put yourself at greater risk by not knowing or doing some basic things to protect yourself. Read our tips to keeping safe.


Health Tips

Looking after your health is particularly important when you're travelling overseas. Here are some basic tips to help you stay well on your trip.

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Culture icebergs

When you’re in a different culture, some of the differences are obvious – dress, food, hairstyles, etc. But some are hidden beneath the surface – and if you don’t know about them, they could wreck your work and relationships faster than…