Autumn (Sept- Dec) ELCO 2024

20 Sep 2024 -
14 Dec 2024
EUR 2715.00

Journey Type


Group Size


Apply By

16 Aug


United Kingdom

Journey Overview

A group of international students live in community and learn English (grammar, speaking, listening, reading, writing) with well qualified and experienced teachers. With our OM colleagues students also learn about mission and ministry. Classes take place about 20 hours for 5 days a week. Small classes ensure close interaction with teachers. We support students in organising and participating in street evangelism events and contributing to church life in the community here at OM Birmingham while studying English and completing practical and useful language assignments. Students can talk in English every day to local people here at OM Birmingham, in daily life outside and each time they engage with people from their local churches. This is part of how students draw churches into mission work and possibilities. As well as improving all aspects of English language, students will actively prepare to further the work in building vibrant communities of Jesus followers. The English Language and Cultural Opportunities (ELCO) programme equips mission minded non-native speakers of English with effective English language communication skills. We provide mission training session and opportunities to serve alongside native speakers of English as well as English language classes. Our heart is to engage with those who sense a calling from God into mission while we deepen our faith together, encourage one another and students become more effective at sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ as confidence in English grows.

Please note: Cost indicated is for conference and outreach only. Unless otherwise indicated, it includes accommodation, meals, local travel. However, visa costs and travel to and from the event are extra. A €30 non-refundable application fee is included. Cost will be finalised upon application due to fluctuations in currency exchange.

What To Expect

Activities include:
Interactive English classes.
Progress checks.
One to one tutorials.
Assignments to develop English and ministry skills.
Conversation class.
Mission and ministry lessons and visits.
Trips to places of interest.
Sharing your faith.
Bible studies, prayer and worship.
Developing personal friendships.
Talking about and developing your faith.
Volunteering opportunities.

Participant Profile

Age Range: 18-99

This is a training programme in a mission context for those (18 and over) interested in joining Christian mission or already planning to join OM or another mission agency.
Participants must be prepared for living and working as team members.
It is understood that growing in and sharing faith are central to the programme.
Before being accepted on ELCO applicants will be tested to check for some understanding of English and ability to hold a simple conversation. If applicants cannot manage this, the programme will be too difficult to follow. The course is not suitable for beginners as classes are held at pre-intermediate and intermediate levels of English.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be accommodation provided?

Accommodation is in single-sex dormitories.

Will there be food provided?

We need to know in advance of any special dietary needs (vegetarian, dairy-free, food allergies, gluten free, etc.)

Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?

You need to travel to Birmingham, UK. The nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport (BHX).

What should my health condition be like?

Participants should be in average good health and able to walk a reasonable distance without difficulty. If you think this requirement rules you out, talk to us and we will see what adjustments we may be able to make for you. Each participant is responsible to obtain appropriate emergency health and medical insurance.

Do I need a visa?

Please check to see if you need a visa.