When does the SALT term start and end?

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, with travel costs covered by MCC. You leave for your international placement from Akron immediately following orientation.

SALT 2022-2023 will be August 16, 2022 – July 15, 2023. Orientation will be August 16th – 24th, 2022 and re-entry July 10th – 15th, 2023. Travel home to your permanent residence in Canada or the U.S. will immediately follow re-entry.

What does MCC look for in a SALTer?

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 humour and can laugh at mistakes
  • Are committed to learning a new language and culture
  • Are willing to participate in a local church

How much does SALT cost?

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. If able, we encourage you to fundraise more than the minimum to help ensure the sustainability of our programming. All funds raised are tax receiptable.

The SALT contribution for 2022-2023 is $5000 USD for U.S. citizens and $6000 CAD for Canadian citizens. MCC is willing to work with any applicant who is concerned they may not be able to fundraise the full amount.

How does MCC determine the minimum contribution?

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.

What if I have trouble raising enough money?

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.

How many of my expenses will be covered?

During SALT, MCC covers all assignment-related costs including:

  • Travel
  • Orientation and re-entry retreats
  • Food and household expenses
  • Lodging
  • MCC in-country retreat
  • Full medical coverage

You will also 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.

When should I apply?

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.

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How do you decide which assignment I get?

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 to.

How do I pay my student loan while on SALT?

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 saltinq@mcc.org

Can I use SALT for my internship/practicum?

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.



What is it like to be a SALTer?

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.