Bring your team on a 10 or 12-day South Africa mission trip and serve one of multiple communities in the greater Pretoria West/Centurion region. Focus on sharing the love of Christ by recognizing the personal dignity of others through relationship building and acts of compassion and service.
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Your mission trip to South Africa will connect your team to opportunities surrounding the needs represented within these different communities. Activities could include packing food parcels, serving at the aftercare school program, sorting clothing donations, visiting old age homes, visiting the local daycare and so much more. Opportunities to serve during your trip will ultimately be based on the availability of each community and the selected trip dates. Will your team be a part of uncovering joy in these little-known South African communities?
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As you visit Pretoria West you will meet the people of Kairos. Kairos means ‘an appointed time’ and you will for sure have an experience just like that. Each opportunity for EM teams at Kairos has been an appointed time to serve, love, affirm, and walk the extra mile. Kairos is a place full of love and care for one another where you enter as friends & walk away as a family. You will have the privilege to pack food parcels for the needy—sorting through clothing donations, visiting an old age home, serving food at a soup kitchen, preparing meals, and helping with the aftercare at the school amongst so much more. This community has a heartbeat that is refreshing, uplifting and life-changing for any and every individual that enters.
Kairos helps to support both children and entire families. Their goal is for children to achieve their full potential from pre-primary all the way to high school. Kairos helps with various projects such as housing, job creation, elderly support, school feeding programs, Bible distribution, and so much more. It is time to go west!
In the greater Pretoria area there exists a ministry that dreams of igniting change, healing communities, and nurturing togetherness among people in the inner-city. This ministry, PEN, is working to help build loving supportive relationships with children, youth, parents, the elderly, and people dealing with homelessness, prostitution, and drug addiction.
While serving with PEN, teams will get the opportunity to partner alongside local staff who are working in the community. Their ministry is divided up into multiple programs: Christian Community and Discipleship, Health and Emotional Well-Being, Community Support & Citizens Rights, Enterprise Coaching & Skills Development, Mission Support, Education and Access to Technology, Supportive Housing, and Creative Arts, Music, and Recreation.
Just outside of Pretoria lies a whole community of people, called Vastfontein, who are focused on community transformation, discipleship, and giving education to children who may not otherwise receive it. Surrounded by multiple townships and squatter camps, Vastfontein offers a safe place to be and hear the word of God through their every action in the classrooms, through feeding programs, and each of their employees.
Vastfontein is a people-first environment that focuses on uplifting students all the way into adulthood. Many children and adults who interact with Vastfontein through employment or school, avoid the fate of ending up as a statistic to homelessness, drugs, or alcohol. Instead, they are able to overcome their circumstances because of the teachers and people committed to walking alongside them in transformation.
There are 11 official languages in South Africa. English is the most common language understood in most locations. However, in this area, the main languages that are spoken are Afrikaans and English.
South Africa has been largely evangelized as a result of European colonization and missionaries. According to a study from 2001, roughly 80% of the population of South Africa is Christian. There are additional indigenous religions that are followed. The African Zion Church has aspects of both Christianity and the indigenous faiths. Witchcraft is practiced by a small group of people. Traditional doctors or Sangomas are also popular in some areas. They use a combination of witchcraft and/or traditional medicines.
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 pack food parcels, sort clothing donations, visit an old age home, assist with the aftercare program at the school 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.
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 and as the days pass.
The EM Africa staff will lead 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 Rhino & Lion Park to see four of the “Big Five” animals in South Africa and the potential for an elephant experience, white water rafting, and more.
Team Time (time for your group alone)
Day 2 - Day 5
Ministry in Pretoria-area communities
Ministry in Pretoria-area communities
Depart for the U.S.
* Experience Mission works closely with local leaders to identify work projects and ministry opportunities that address the 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.
Teams will be staying between 2 places depending on team size. If your team size is 16 or smaller you will stay at the EM Africa base. But if the team is 17 or larger then you will stay at HeronBridge Retreat. The rooms at the EM Africa base are set up with bunk beds for the team members. At EMA Base there is a swimming pool and plenty of areas for quiet time and team time. At HeronBridge they are set up similarly to dorm rooms. HeronBridge has a pool, volleyball court, soccer field, and rock climbing wall that are available for use.
Beds including bedding will be provided for your team. There will be rooms designated for male and female volunteers. Nights between April-August are the winter months in South Africa, so you can expect cooler evenings.
There are hot showers and bathroom faciltiies available at both HeronBridge and the EM Africa base.
There is running water at both housing locations. Teams will also be provided with purified drinking water at all times.
There is electricity at HeronBridge. The electrical service is not as dependable as the United States, and outages are fairly common during the winter season.
Both the EM Africa base & HeronBridge are safe places for your teams to stay. At HeronBridge there are security guards on staff 24/7 in a secure complex. The EM Africa base is located in a gated community with security guards 24/7 as well.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will all be provided whether you stay at HeronBridge or the EMA Base. 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 teams. Teams will also be provided with purified drinking water at all times.
Destination Airport: OR Tambo International Airport. Team members are responsible to cover the cost of their round-trip airfare to the OR Tambo 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.
1) If the minor is traveling without their parents, both parents must sign the letter.
2) If they are traveling with one parent, the parent that is not traveling with them must sign this letter.
3) If their parents are separated or divorced and both parents do not want to sign the same letter, they must have a notarized letter from each parent giving them permission to go.
Experience Mission can provide a sample copy of a permission letter or you can create your own letter that must include the following:
1) The full name of both parents and their formal signatures
2) The full name of the child
3) The full name of the Adult Chaperone serving as the Team Leader
4) The specific traveling dates for each country
5) The destination country
6) The reason for travel to the destination country (example- "youth group function")
7) The Airline itinerary (if applicable)
If you have further questions regarding required travel documents we advise you to contact the US State Department: www.travel.state.gov
Upon arrival to Johannesburg, South Africa all transportation IS INCLUDED, including transportation to and from the OR Tambo Airport.
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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 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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You and your team serve on a cross-cultural mission trip!
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.
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You must have a group size of at least 3 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 3 members. Please view the Small Teams tab on each Community page or call our Servicing Department for more options at 888-475-6414.