SALT runs each year from August to July. Participation at orientation and re-entry retreats, both held in Akron, Pa., are mandatory for all SALTers. You leave for your international placement from Akron immediately following orientation.
Due to COVID 19, the 2020-21 SALT term has been delayed. Orientation will be from October 7 – 14, 2020, with the mandatory SALT Re-Entry Retreat held from July 12 – 17, 2021.
The SALT 2021-2022 cohort will begin on August 17, 2021. Available assignments will be posted online around November, 2020
The best SALTers:
- Meet all the SALT criteria
- Are flexible and adaptable
- Don’t come as experts, but are ready to serve and learn from others
- Want to build relationships
- Have strong communication and conflict resolution skills
- Have a good sense of humor and can laugh at mistakes
- Are committed to learning a new language and culture
- Are willing to participate in a local church
Each fall, MCC sets the minimum contribution amount based on 50 percent of what it cost MCC for the average SALT placement during the previous year.
Due to the impact COVID-19 is having on our communities, MCC has lowered the minimum contribution for SALT 2020-2021 to $4100 USD for U.S. citizens and $5000 CAD for Canadian citizens, due before the start of the SALT term. As this is less than half of what it costs MCC to offer each SALT assignment, we encourage you to raise more than the minimum. All funds raised are tax receiptable.
The amount is calculated every year by determining the total cost to MCC for the average SALT placement. Then we set the minimum contribution at 50 percent of that total.
To help you raise that minimum contribution, we send you a fundraising package with ideas and a template letter you can send to friends, families and supporters. You can also set up an MCC registry where people can donate to help cover the costs. And if you need help, you can always contact us to ask for advice.
We strongly believe that finances should not deter you from serving, so there are funds available to help people in financial need who represent our diverse constituency. If you are not able to raise the minimum amount, please contact us to discuss your options.
During SALT, MCC covers all assignment-related costs including:
- Orientation and re-entry retreats
- Food and household expenses
- MCC in-country retreat
- Full medical coverage
You also will receive a small monthly stipend for personal items (such as clothing, vacations and haircuts) and are eligible for assistance with repaying student loans.
Each SALTer will have to cover all costs related to pre-service medical, optical and dental exams as well as inoculations and visa expenses.
We begin to accept applications each fall for terms starting the following August. Only those received before February 15th are guaranteed to be considered for a placement in the same year. The earlier we receive your application, the greater your chances of being placed.
We start the placement process each January and finish in late May.
During the placement process we weigh your skills and interests against other applicants to match each of our partner organizations with a SALTer that meets their needs. We send a summary of your application to MCC staff in countries where you might be placed who share that information with the local partner organization. Those partners make the ultimate decision about who to offer the assignment.
MCC is happy to help with educational loan re-payment during SALT. The amount we provide is determined by your loan repayment plan, to a maximum of $290 monthly. MCC’s loan repayment will not be more than 25% of your total loan amount at the time you finished school. Anything above this amount will be your responsibility.
MCC assistance will also continue for three months after the successful end of your term to help you in your transition home.
Can I receive post-secondary credit for doing SALT?
Yes! SALT is not an accredited program, but does have relationships with a handful of post-secondary institutions who offer students credit for participating in SALT. For example, St. Stephen’s University (SSU) offers up to 9 credit hours to SALT alumnus who enter their bachelor of arts or bachelor of international studies programs. SSU students who use SALT as intentional mentorship are eligible to receive up to 15 credit hours.
If you are an educational institution interested in partnering with SALT, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In some cases SALT can be used as an internship or practicum; however you must discuss this in advance with the SALT coordinator to make sure MCC is able to meet the requirements of your educational institution. It is up to you to ensure that SALT meets the requirements of your program before leaving on assignment.
You can find out more about life as a SALTer by checking out the SALT Facebook page where we post current SALTer blogs, pictures and stories.
Read about the experiences of past SALTers in the SALT Yearbook
For more information about SALT policies and procedures download the complete SALT policies.