The Story of the Gap Year Internship

The origins of the GYI began in 2015 when one of our key workers felt prompted to go and live in Ethiopia for a period of 3 months.  At the time we provided a one month training as a one-off, not knowing that God was speaking to us to develop this.  Over  the subsequent four years, it became increasingly clear through the people that God drew to us (eg Katy Read) that this was a more long term initiative that we needed to develop.  

Fast forward to the autumn of 2019, Femi Oni was approached by a 16 year old who wanted to draw on the experience of BTBAB to pursue a career in International Development.  Since that time a programme has been developed and initiated which is tailored to each individual who joins us.

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Past & Present Interns

Our first BTBAB Intern was Tina Falvey from Ireland who went on a 1 year mission internship, successfully leading a team to Ethiopia in February 2020.  Upon completion of her internship in April 2020 she took on the role of Toolbox Co-ordinator, assisting in our Toolbox Training programme.

Our current Intern is Naomi, a 17 year old from the local area, who started her Internship in December 2019.  She has been working on a project about poverty in the developing world with a focus on the perception of poverty in teenagers.  She will also visit one of the top 10 poorest nations before she finishes her Internship in November 2020.

About the GYI

As a part of the Internship, you will have an opportunity to learn about the work of BTBAB and explore a project/initiative among the poor in the developing world.

You will be involved in regular teaching sessions.  As well as this, you will be expected to undertake day to day practical tasks in the Rock House and serve in the local community.  

Some interns are local residents, in which case accommodation is not needed. However, if you are not local, we expect you to move into the Rock House where you will share a room with up to two other interns.  

During the Internship you will be expected to go on a 2 week mission trip (for those who are on an Internship for more than 6 months, you will have the opportunity to go for up to 3 months).

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Intake to the Gap Year Internship is normally in January and September each year but we are open to receiving applications on a case by case basis.

About the Rock House

The Rock House is a 5 bedroom facility in the heart of rural Wychavon in Worcestershire.

We are a community of believers sharing life together with the purpose of expressing God’s Kingdom and His eternal purpose in our lives.  

We currently have 4 long term staff at the Rock House, and each year we receive up to 3 residential Interns for a period of 6 months.  We also have non-resident Interns.

For more information please contact esther.price@btbab.org

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