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What is SALT?

Serving and Learning Together (SALT) is a year-long cross-cultural service experience for Christian young adults aged 18-27 years old from the United States and Canada. Participants live with local host families, serving in a variety of assignments with partners in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin and Central America and the Middle East.

The placement process starts each January for a term that runs from August to July. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early, before February 15 for the best placement selection and service consideration in the same year. 

SALT seeks to further:

  • International goodwill and understanding
  • Personal experience with and commitment to the worldwide church
  • Participants’ personal, professional and spiritual growth


When does SALT start?

Participation at both the orientation and the re-entry retreat are mandatory for all SALTers.

2014-15 SALT Term:

  • SALT Orientation is August 20-27, 2014 in Akron, PA
  • Re-Entry Retreat from July 7-11, 2015 in Akron, PA 


2013-14 SALT Term:

  • SALT Re-entry Retreat is July 22-26, 2014 in Akron, PA 


How much does it cost?

The minimum contribution amount for the 2014-15 SALT term is $5500 US/CAD and is due before the beginning of the SALT term (August).

MCC covers all assignment related costs including:

  • travel
  • orientation/re-entry participation
  • food and household expenses
  • occupancy
  • MCC in-country retreat
  • full medical coverage
  • educational loan assistance (if applicable)
  • small monthly stipend to help with the cost of personal items (clothing, vacation costs, haircut, etc)


What other expenses are SALTers responsible for?

Costs related to pre-service medical, optical, and dental exams, inoculations, and visa expenses.

Why do I have to fundraise?

All applicants are encouraged to engage in active fund-raising in order to develop a wide prayer and support network invested in the service experience. As the average MCC costs related to a SALT assignment exceeds $11 000 US, MCC encourages contributions above the minimum contribution goal.

Fundraising Ideas for SALTers

Fundraising Tips for SALTers

What if I am unable to raise the full amount?

MCC strongly believes that finances should not be a deterrent to service. MCC has defined funds available to supplement the expected SALT minimum contribution for individuals representing the church's diverse constituency with financial need. If the SALTer has problems raising the minimum contribution, s/he should contact the SALT Coordinator who will help identify a way forward.

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