Below are some very simple answers to popular questions. For a more detailed response, or to ask a different question, please contact us.

How much will it cost for me to be part of Pais?

We provide training, accommodation and meals completely free of charge, but if you are joining an overseas Pais team, you will be expected to meet the cost of your airfare and visa expenses. There may also be additional expenses for vaccinations or health examinations, if required by the country to which you are applying.

Do I need to raise any finances for my year on Pais?

Yes, you will need to raise some personal support for recreation, clothing and personal items. The recommended amounts vary for each nation and this will be explained in your interview.

Who will train me?

Experienced Pais staff, visiting speakers and coaches will train you. Training consists of three weeks of foundational training at the beginning of each year, at least three training conferences throughout the year, weekly interactive video teaching from the Founding Director, and bi-weekly mentoring. There are over 200 hours of seminary-style training on Pais with an additional 150 hours of Biblical study.

Where will I live?

Usually our apprentices are placed in a host home. The host home is generally a family from the local church where you will have your own private room.

What are the application deadlines?

The application deadline varies according to the nation you are applying for. There are generally two intakes: January and August. The sooner you apply, the more likely you will be offered a place in your first choice nation.

Do I get paid while on Pais?

All Pais apprentices are full-time, unpaid and are not allowed to take employment elsewhere. There are, however, staff positions available; plus, those who commit long-term are often placed within churches that may supplement their income.

What does the apprenticeship entail?

Please take a look at the course you are specifically interested in; if you have any further questions, please complete the form at the bottom of the page and we will respond as soon as possible.

Do I need to speak a language other than my native language?

In most cases, you will need to speak the language of the country to which you are applying to be able to communicate effectively. If you know the country you are specifically interested in, please fill in the contact form of that nation’s page and you can ask the question directly.

Do I get any time off?

Yes, but this is nation specific. Generally you will be given one day off per week which is usually a Saturday. There will be other time given at the discretion of your leaders.

What holidays/vacation do I get?

Generally speaking you will receive time off at Christmas and Easter. There may be other national holidays you will receive and you can be informed of these in your interview.

Do I need references?

You would need two references: one from your minister and the other from a professional who has known you for two years. Neither can be a family member. If your minister has not known you for two years, then you can still apply but please give reasons for this.

Do I need to get any immunizations?

This depends entirely on the nation you are applying to. If you know the country you are specifically interested in, please fill in the contact form of that nation’s page and you can ask the question directly.

Will I need travel/health insurance?

If you are traveling overseas, this may be required depending on the nation you are traveling to. If you know the country you are specifically interested in, please fill in the contact form of that nation’s page and you can ask the question directly.

Why does the minimum age differ between the various courses?

For Pais Project and Pais Infrastructure, the minimum age required is 18. For Pais Collective and Pais Venture, it is 21. This is due to the expectations of the various partnerships we have for each course.

What is the qualification required to be accepted?

You do not need any academic qualifications in order to join Pais; however, we do assess the strength of your relationship with Christ and look for evidence of you being a committed member serving within your local church. Your general skill set will also be appraised to see whether you are a good fit for Pais.

What is the application process?

The first step is to submit your application.
After this, you will need to provide two references from people who are not related to you, one being your minister, a written testimony of 400-500 words, an application video (no longer than three minutes) on why you want to join Pais and what you could offer, a passport-style (head and shoulder shot) photo, and the interview preparation questionnaire to prepare for your initial interview. If you are considered to be a suitable applicant, you will then be offered a first interview. A detailed list will be emailed to you by Pais within 48 hours of receiving your application.

What accreditation upgrades are there?

All Pais apprenticeships come with the possibility of two upgrades. You can choose from a recognized diploma, or an accredited degree. Click here for more details.

How can I have a Pais apprentice in my church?

We are glad you asked. Please contact us and either the Pais Director in your nation or someone representing the international branch of Pais will get in touch with you. You will then be asked to fill in the appropriate application form.

What can we expect from our Pais apprentice?

To download a pdf of the Goals & Expectations, please click on either one of the following three links:

For answers to the most common question please see below.

  • A good role model to young people providing Christian values and an example of Kingdom living.
  • A committed youth worker who will attend Sunday services, midweek meetings, and be fully involved in the vision of the church.
  • A young adult who is being trained on a weekly basis and is growing in their skills and competence every month.
  • An apprentice who will commit to the full year with the church.
  • An apprentice with a track record of being committed to their local Christian church where they will have been an active member.
  • A detailed role description for an apprentice can be obtained from Pais in your nation or a generic one can be requested through our contact form.

Can we choose our apprentices?

Yes. When applicants apply to Pais, they have to provide a reference from their minister, a written testimony, a video about themselves, as well as filling in the online application form. Once you have applied for a Pais team, we will offer you prospective candidates who we feel would fit your requirements. At this time, you will have an opportunity to assess each candidate and interview him or her before agreeing to accept. Interviews may be done in-person, via Skype or phone. Please note that the sooner churches apply for a Pais team or apprentice, the more options they will have available.

What is our church expected to provide?

To request a full church partnership pack for the nation you are in, please fill in the Contact form. However, some of our most frequently asked questions are below here:

  • Provide the maximum opportunities for the Pais team to minister in the way they have been trained to do so.
  • Provide proactive pastoral support for their apprentices.
  • Provide accommodation and meals for the apprentices with a host family who are church members.
  • Pay the Operating Cost and partner with us in paying the Developmental Cost (please see next question).
  • To read, understand, and agree to the church partnership form presented by Pais in the nation you are a part of.

Do apprentices have to stay in one house for the entire year?

We recommend that the apprentice stays with the same family for the whole year, but we are open for them to stay with up to three host families if necessary.

What are the costs for my church?

There are two costs to run a Pais team: The Operating Cost and the Developmental Cost.
A church is responsible to pay the Operating Cost and is requested to pay the Developmental Cost. Due to the low economical cost of having a Pais team, many churches decide to cover both costs. As the costs vary from nation to nation, to find out the specific cost please go to the nation page you are in and ask the question directly by filling in the contact form at the bottom the page.

Can a church pay in installments?

The cost of a Pais team can be paid in installments. Some churches prefer to pay 25% of the cost at the beginning of the year with ongoing monthly donations.

What is not to be expected from our Pais apprentice?

  • There is a generic agreement on Pais as to how often an apprentice will be at various meetings. The required minimum is Sunday services, one mid-week evening meeting such as a Bible study or home group, and one other evening meeting corresponding to the group they are ministering to. During the week, other evenings may be taken up as the apprentices disciple their mentees. Therefore, no more should be expected from a Pais apprentice. However, if they wish to be more fully involved, we are happy for them to do so.
  • You should not expect an apprentice to work during the special holidays and vacations listed in the church partnership pack.
  • You should not expect an apprentice to work during any Pais conferences listed in the church partnership pack, unless previously agreed with the National Director.

How does Pais view my son/daughter?

Pais sees any apprentice as an adult in their own right. They are viewed by Pais as any employer or university may view them.

Who will my son/daughter be living with?

Individuals, families or couples in the local church provide accommodation and a private room for Pais apprentices. They are always committed members of the church, well known to the leadership and chosen for their maturity.

What finances will my son/daughter need to bring with them?

Pais provides training, accommodation and meals completely free of charge but if an apprentice is joining an overseas Pais team they will be expected to meet the cost of their airfare and visa expenses. There may also be additional expenses for vaccinations or health examinations, if required by the country to which they are applying.

Apprentices will need to raise some personal support for recreation, clothing and personal items. The recommended amounts vary for each nation and this will be explained in their interview.

How much free time will my son/daughter have?

Generally speaking, they will receive time off at Christmas and Easter. There may be other national holidays they will receive, and they can be informed of these in their interview. They will also have one official day off per week, plus time on Sundays when they are not involved in meetings. On average, they will have around 4 free evenings per week.

If you know the country they are specifically interested in, please fill in the contact form of that nation’s page and you can ask the question directly.

What pastoral support will my son/daughter receive?

The church where your son/daughter is placed will give pastoral support. In addition, Pais has a personnel director who coordinates with church placements and team leaders in order to make sure all apprentices are being cared for. In their Foundational Training, apprentices will be informed of the process they can use to gain extra pastoral support.

Can I visit my son/daughter when they are working?

The short answer is yes. However, this may depend on the time of year and therefore the schedule of your son/daughter. Visits may be previously arranged by the apprentice with their Pais leader. These normally take place during holiday periods or when the apprentice has a light workload. We do ask that apprentices first check with their Pais leader before encouraging anybody to come and visit them and they respect their leader’s advice.

Can my son/daughter come home at Christmas or for a special family event?

Pais allows apprentices to return home during allocated holiday/vacation periods providing they have the funds necessary. Any leave requested outside these dates would need to be considered carefully by the Pais Directorship. We do not allow apprentices to go home for general family events unless this has been agreed in advance, or is determined by Pais as the result of serious family tragedy.

What happens in the event of any illness or accident involving my son/daughter?

All apprentices are asked to provide their emergency contact details. In the case of emergency, the Pais nation in which they are serving will contact you and work with you to help them. Non-emergencies will be taken care of by the church and Pais locally, and we would expect the apprentice to inform you.

Can I see the rules and guidelines for an apprentice?

The answer is yes. If you know the country they are specifically interested in, please fill in the contact form of that nation’s page and ask the question directly.

Can I donate to Pais by mail?

Donations can be sent directly to Pais Global at:

Pais Global, Inc.
2304 W. Park Row Dr. #18
Pantego, TX 76013
USA

Please make checks payable to Pais Global.

If you wish to send a donation by mail to a specific nation, please go to the nation’s page and ask the question directly by filling in the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Will I get a tax benefit?

Pais Global, Inc. is a 501c-3 Non-Profit Corporation registered in the United States of America. Donations made in the United States are tax deductible; however, tax laws vary greatly in other nations, and it is unlikely that a donation received from another nation will have any tax benefit.

Can I donate in a different currency?

We accept cash and non-cash donations through our website. If you desire to make a donation in a currency other than US$, the best way is to use the Paypal button on our website, and you can make a donation in most currencies using your credit card or Paypal account.

How do I donate to a specific apprentice on the website?

Under the section of “choose your designation” on the website, please include a note with the full name of the specific Pais member you are desiring to support.

Still have a question?

If you couldn’t find an answer to your question, please feel free to send us a message and we will be happy to help you.

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