Purpose of Projects
In line with the Student Ministry’s mission from Matthew 28:18-20 – “Turning Lost Students into Christ-Centered Labourers” – the purposes of our projects are:
- Reaching the lost students of the world.
- Turning NZ Students in Christ-Centered labourers.
Projects are run in line with Student Life’s core values:
- We operate with an attitude of expectant dependence on God. This is reflected in both the fundraising process and life on project.
- Our mission teams fit into the overall strategy of our ministry and long-term plans.
- Effectiveness is measured by directly observable fruit (such as people coming to know the Lord), as well as the development of those we take (e.g. the upskilling of students).
- For International Projects, We work with the receiving location. Because they have local knowledge; we honour their way of doing things.
- We believe that those going on project can the do best job possible if they’re enjoying it (that doesn’t mean students won’t be challenged to take steps of faith; our projects are not an excuse for a holiday).
- We believe the team environment provides the best possible opportunity for growth and development, as well as the laughs needed to make the most of the project opportunity.
Philosophy of Projects’ Policy
In any given project, there are several parties involved:
- The individual student involved.
- Student Life.
- The project team.
- For International Projects, the receiving country.
In designing policy for projects, we must keep the best interests of all parties in mind.
Policies are to reflect the expressed purpose and values of Tandem Ministries and Student Life’s Projects.
Policies are designed to protect and provide the best possible experience for all parties. If a policy fails to protect and provide the best possible experience for all parties it can be changed. This is done in consultation with the Projects Coordinator and the Student Life Leadership Team.
Policies are to ensure that monies given to projects are handled with integrity and used as intended.
Expectations and Standards
Projects are directed and overseen by Student Life staff who are themselves active participants in the mission. In certain cases leadership of a project may be given to a Student Life volunteer or student who has the necessary experience to lead a project.
A staff ratio of 1/8 is recommended for national projects, and 1:5 for International. This includes both male and female staff when the team consists of both men and women. In certain cases the staff:student ratio could include mature graduates or student leaders.
Participants on a projects are considered to be a team, and therefore staff and students stay with the team for the duration of the project.
For International Projects:
- There must be at least one staff member who accepts the responsibility to travel to and from the project site with the team.
- The team is to leave and return to New Zealand together. Any deviations from the program are to be cleared with the team leader and Projects Coordinator prior to team departure (Student Life’s responsibility to a participant ends as soon as they leave the project team).
- Student Life will organise travel insurance for team members before departing overseas (the cost for this is included in the project budget). Each individual attending will be required to sign a travel insurance document for this cover, and will familiarise themselves with the insurance policy.
Students participating agree to follow the instructions given by leadership during the project.
Should conflict arise while on project, Student Life staff will follow a process with those involved to resolve this. The project leader (in cooperation with the Projects Coordinator if necessary), has the authority to undertake any disciplinary action necessary to resolve this conflict (if the project leader is involved in a conflict of interest during this process, then the Projects Coordinator will have authority). In the extreme case, the project leader has the authority to send an individual home.
Student Life strongly discourages the development of romantic relationships during the project. We encourage students to seek the counsel of a leader immediately if anything is developing. If, with the counsel of others, God seems to be directing two lives together, we ask that students resolve to wait until the project is over to pursue their relationship.
In order for a student to participate in a project, agree to:
- Give permission for Student Life staff and volunteers to obtain emergency medical, hospital or ambulance assistance at any time they consider necessary.
- Understand that every effort will be made for the student or their emergency contact to be notified before initiating such procedures, however Student Life gives no guarantee that this will occur, and cannot be held liable in negligence or otherwise.
- Acknowledge that should any incurred medical/hospital/ambulance costs be incurred, the student may be held liable for costs and expenses incurred in their treatment.
- Understand that while every reasonable precaution will be taken to ensure their practical protection, they release and hold harmless Student Life authorised staff and volunteers from any and all liability in the event of any injury, accident or misfortune, damage or loss that may occur to them and their property, including that which results from negligence, while participating in this Student Life project.
The project may be captured in photographs, audio and video. Student Life reserves the right to use this material for promotional purposes.
Selection and Placement of Project Applicants
Applicants must complete the application process including references. Final acceptance and placement is at the discretion of the Projects Coordinator, project team leader(s), campus team leader and staff discipler.
Having done this, the general criteria for acceptance are:
- A heart for God, teachable attitude and willingness to take steps of faith.
- Active participation in the NZ ministry, with a consistent commitment to initiative evangelism.
- Completion of appropriate training and proficiency in ministry as determined by the receiving country.
- Appropriate degree of personal, emotional and spiritual maturity for the particular project.
- Agreement with Tandem Ministries/Student Life philosophy, especially initiative evangelism and ministry partner development.
- Successfully raising 100% of the funds required to go.
- Student Life staff recommendation.
- Acceptance of this projects policy.
Project alumni will be viewed as student leadership on a project, as such it is expected that they will have a higher standard in the aforementioned criteria than a first time participant.
Students are required to raise financial support to go on a project. Training on this Ministry Partner Development process is provided by Student Life. We believe this process to be in line with Biblical values, and train students to undertake it in an appropriate manner.
In most cases, a donor gives money to a specific person (designation) going on a specific project. Donors may also give to a project as a whole. Once donated, this money becomes property of Tandem Ministries, and can only be used in line with our projects policy.
A total administration fee of 10% is applied to funds raised. This enables Tandem Ministries and Student Life to cover costs incurred in administering projects.
All financial obligations for the project must be met before any decision is made concerning surpluses that the project may have accumulated (The project leader is responsible for carefully budgeting the project).
A surplus may occur because of the nature of a project; a portion of a project budget is always made up of costs that are not fixed (while costs like accommodation are known before a project begins, daily transport and food costs can only be estimated). This means that there may be some money left over at the projects’ conclusion. In this case, Student Life reserves the right to apply a levy to the surplus, meaning the funds can be designated for the overall benefit of the ministry (for example, to campus outreach).