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Bring your team on a 10 or 12-day South Africa mission trip to Cape Town. Focus on sharing the love of Christ by recognizing the personal dignity of others through relationship building and acts of compassion and service.
Your mission trip to Cape Town will connect your team to opportunities surrounding the needs presented in the broader Cape Town area. Your day-to-day activities may include helping with farm outreaches, holiday programs, meal prep for the less fortunate, packing food parcels and even preaching opportunities. Opportunities to serve are ultimately based on the availability of each community, selected trip dates, and team size.
Cape Town is a very popular tourist destination for many individuals around the world, known for the wide spectrum of all that you can see when you visit. You will see the beaches, forests, gardens, grasslands, mountains, nature reserves, and oceans.
Also check out mission trips to Pretoria, South Africa!
As you visit Cape Town you will meet the people of Shiloh in Klipheuwel. Shiloh means “Heavenly Place,” and that is exactly what Shiloh is. Shiloh is an umbrella over numerous different projects that uplift and bring dignity to the underprivileged and less fortunate in the Cape Town area.
Shiloh's goal is to provide those individuals with an understanding of their value as a child of God to enable them to grow and develop into their full potential. They start by helping to build a better future for children through better education and in doing so will eventually build a better South Africa.
Shiloh helps to provide training for teachers through their Jubilee Excellence School (JES). The teachers are taken through a 10-week period of training before classroom placement. They prioritize each person's spiritual and emotional well-being throughout training. The JES provides children with education, nutrition, and care on a daily basis. Shiloh also administers to the local community in the Klipheuwel settlement. The settlement consists of about 7000 individuals many feeling worthless or has hopelessness for the future. That is where Shiloh steps in to affirm them and lead them to have a sense of dignity and worthiness. Shiloh also partners with children's homes, churches, old age homes, soup kitchens, and underprivileged schools to provide meals as sustenance. They also help to distribute monthly food hampers for families along with help with medical assistance at a very love rate.
Daily life is a bit of a contrast between the abundance of the city, while not having basic necessities in the township. This community lacks proper sanitation, running water, and electricity. Not a far walk from things we are used to in Western society, it's a striking boundary that is drawn between the two.
Homelessness, drugs, and alcohol are issues that paralyze the people here and lead to things like unemployment. Unemployment is a huge issue that impacts the community. Overcrowding in conjunction with the unemployment issue results in elevated crime among the locals.
There are 11 official languages spoken in South Africa. English is a common language that is understood in most locations among teachers and most of the adults you will encounter. Young children sometimes struggle to understand and communicate in English. Teachers will be in the classrooms to help translate when help is needed.
Christianity was first introduced to South Africa in the 1600s when large numbers of Christian missionaries began arriving from the Netherlands. South Africa's religious composition was (and continues to be) deeply shaped by these early interactions. Today, the majority of South Africans identify as Christian (84.2%). The 'African Independent Church' makes up the largest Christian group. This consists of several churches and subdivisions are denominationally, ritually and linguistically diverse. However, they are all united by the fact that they were established by African initiatives rather than foreign missionaries. African Independent Churches often openly incorporate aspects of ancestral and traditional African religions with Christian practices. The largest church of this kind is the Zion Christian Church (ZCC), which presents a syncretism between the worship practices of Christianity and traditional African religions that focus on physical and spiritual healing.
Christianity has had an influential role in South African society and politics, both during and after apartheid. For example, the Dutch Reformed Church became the official religion of the National Party during the apartheid era, accumulating more than three million followers by the 1990s. This church posed a barrier to political reform as many clergy members were highly committed to apartheid. However, many Christian churches also played an instrumental role in the abolishment and transition from apartheid. Former president Nelson Mandela often called upon churches and religious organizations to help in the process of building a “new” South Africa
The earliest known religion in South Africa was the traditional beliefs and practices of the Khoisan people, who resided in the region for centuries. Bantu-speaking groups introduced further religious traditions to the region in 1000 CE. Today, South Africa is home to a diversity of traditional African practices, with roughly 5% of the population identifying with a traditional African religion. Some South Africans adhere solely to traditional and ancestral beliefs and practices. However, it is also common to find a mixture of such beliefs and practices with Christianity, reflecting how religious demarcations in South Africa are often blurred. A respect for past and present elders plays an important role in most traditional African religions.
Cultural Atlas, South Africa, Religion by Chara Scroope, 2019
Your time in South Africa will be coordinated by the EM Africa staff with local community partners. During your trip, you may have the opportunity to help with farm outreaches, holiday programs, meal prep for the less fortunate, packing food parcels, preaching opportunities and so much more. Below is a basic schedule for the week, but we also like to “build the plane as we fly it.” We allow time for plans to change so that teams will live in the moment. Our primary focus is building relationships with the local community and sharing the love of Jesus.
Each morning there is time for your own personal devotions. This is a time we strongly encourage everyone to spend with God journaling and processing their thoughts as the days pass.
In the evening, the EM Africa staff leads a time of debriefing alongside the team leader(s). This is also a great time to spend time in worship if you have those that are gifted in those areas.
There are also a few added bonuses that we include during your experience, including visiting Table Mountain, The V&A Waterfront, the botanical gardens, and much more.
Team Time (time for your group alone)
Day 2 - Day 5
Ministry in Cape Town area communities
Additional Ministry TBD
Ministry in Cape Town area communities
Depart for the U.S.
*Experience Mission works closely with local leaders to identify work projects and ministry opportunities that address authentic needs within the community. We ask that you come with a servant's heart and willingness to adapt to the unique qualities represented in each location. Opportunities can vary significantly from one week to the next. Your team may work at one location or serve at multiple locations each day.Due to the changing needs of our community partners, we cannot confirm your specific activities until your team arrives.
Teams will be staying at Logos Christian Church in Cape Town. The rooms are set up with bunk beds or single beds for the team members. There is also a swimming pool and other areas for team time and quiet time.
Beds including bedding will be provided for your team. There will be rooms designated for males and females. Nights between June-August are our winter months in South Africa so you can expect cooler evenings.
There are hot showers and bathroom facilities available at Logos.
There is running water at Logos and teams will be provided with purified drinking water at all times.
There is electricity provided at Logos. With that being said the electrical service in South Africa is not as dependable as in the United States. Power outages are fairly common in the winter months.
Logos Christian Church is a safe place for teams to stay. There is a security guard on the premises.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided. Teams will also have the opportunity to experience local, cultural food while serving in various parts of the community during the day. The local staff members will typically prepare those meals for the team. There will be occasional times when teams will have the option to eat what we serve or to purchase their own meal.
Around the area of Logos Christian Church there are many shops with food and clothing should the team need anything. A hospital is also located nearby in case of an emergency.
Destination Airport: Cape Town International Airport. Team members are responsible to cover the cost of their round-trip airfare to Cape Town International Airport.
Each team member must carry a valid passport. If you do not have a valid passport, it is of the utmost importance that you apply as soon as possible. The processing time for a Passport can take several weeks once your application has been submitted. An expired Passport is not considered valid.
All team members under the age of 18 must carry a written, notarized letter from their parents giving them parental permission to leave the country. They must carry the original notarized copy of this letter. It cannot be a photocopy of the letter.
Experience Mission can provide a sample copy of a permission letter or you can create your own letter that must include the following:
If you have further questions regarding required travel documents we advise you to contact the US State Department: www.travel.state.gov
*Experience Mission works closely with local leaders to identify work projects and ministry opportunities that address authentic needs of the community. We ask that you come with a servant's heart and willingness to adapt to the unique qualities represented in each location. Opportunities can vary significantly from one week to the next. Your team may work at one location or serve at multiple locations each day. Due to the changing needs of our community partners, we cannot confirm your specific activities until your team arrives.
Upon arrival to South Africa, EM Africa will provide safe and reliable transportation. From airport pickup to airport drop-off, and everything in between.
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Experience Mission has specific policies regarding team registration and withdrawal. Please refer to the document below for specifics.
All volunteers on a week-long EM mission trip to South Africa must be part of a team of at least six (6) people, with at least one team member age 21 or older to serve as the Team Leader. Not part of a group? All young adults ages 18-30 are eligible to apply for EM's IMMERSION program.
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Organized and led by EM field staff or local partners, your trip will bring encouragement and light to people in difficult circumstances, as you learn what it means to care for all people, whoever and wherever you are.
You must have a group size of at least 8 members to join this trip. Please view the Small Team trips or call our Servicing Department for more options at 888-475-6414.
For most trips, you must have a group size of at least 8 members. Please view the Small Teams tab on each Community page or call our Servicing Department for more options at 888-475-6414.