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Olieven, South Africa
Mission Trips

Serve in this township at a local Christian school, alongside after-school and local feeding programs, and helping with youth programs.

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AGE GROUP: Sr. High & Up

January 15 - January 26, 2017
May 1 - June 23, 2017
July 24 - September 1, 2017
October 2 - November 24, 2017

COST: $975/person
(12-Day Trip)

Olievenhoutbosch is a township with a population of approximately 100,000 people, strategically placed 30 minutes south of Tshwane (Pretoria) as a development area. The township was established in 1998 as a squatter’s camp with makeshift tin shacks. Today the area has neighborhoods with very small houses funded and built by the government. Various indigenous ministries and organizations exist in Olievenhoutbosch to serve and uplift the community.

Teams that visit Olievenhoutbosch will be working alongside the Olievenhoutbosch Christian School and the Trust Hope and Faith after school program. They have a holistic approach to ministry; meeting the children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Many of the children of Olievenhoutbosch do not receive the love and care they need in the afternoons and evenings when they arrive home. The Olievenhoutbosch Christian School and the Trust Hope Faith after school program strive not only to meet the educational needs of the children but also to offer a nurturing environment to help them develop other areas of their lives. OCS and THF desire to see the children grow into well-rounded leaders for a brighter future.

Register your team today to serve alongside teachers and the after care mentors as they educate and instill Godly principals to the children of Olievenhoutbosch.

If teams want to do sightseeing trips (and are willing to pay for it themselves) we can work that into the program. In the Centurion area the team can visit a Game Park, interact with elephants and monkeys, visit Museums, experience Johannesburg and Hartbeespoortdam, visit African markets, experience a cultural village and much, much more.

 

Mission Trip Details & Logistics

Community Profile

Olievenhoutbosch is home to both native South Africans and foreign Africans from various northern countries that have immigrated to South Africa for work opportunities and the hope of a brighter future. Due to the number of different people groups of Olievenhoutbosch there are many separate cultures that are present within the overall culture of the township. Numerous languages are spoken throughout the community.

Lifestyle

Olievenhoutbosch is a very busy community. Crowds of people will walk the streets every day. Open markets set up in tin shacks will sell their goods alongside the roads. During the early morning hours there is a large number of people leaving the community in taxies to go to work in any of the nearby cities. Late afternoon there is a great influx of residents returning from work. Those that do not leave the community are either employed by small businesses within Olievenhoutbosch, or they will spend their day moseying the streets or sit and watch the hustle of the community. In South Africa sports are a large part of life. Soccer games may also take place throughout the day at the public parks.

Needs

Olievenhoutbosch faces many difficulties. Crime, domestic violence, unemployment, and over-crowding are serious issues that plague the community. HIV/AIDS is a continually growing concern for the township. Refuse removal for Olievenhoutbosch is lacking. Throughout the community on any given day mounds of trash will be scattered and at times set on fire.

Language

There are 11 official languages of South Africa. English is well understood in Olievenhoutbosch. The most common languages of Olievenhoutbosch are Tswana, Sepedi, Zulu, Xhosa, and English. The majority of people will speak a minimum of three different languages.

Religion

South Africa has been largely evangelized as a result of the 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.

Trip Activities

Olievenhoutbosch Christian School

We partner with the Olievenhoutbosch Christian School. OCS started in 2004. Upon opening, the school had no classrooms. Education began in tents. Slowly the school developed into 5 Wendy houses. There are also 4 mortar and brick classrooms as well as a kitchen that service the children today.

Olievenhoutbosch Christian School offers a Bible based education to students grade R to grade 4. The classes here are taught in English, which will help students pursue a wider range of job opportunities in the future. The school focuses to help the children learn and grow both intellectually and spiritually.

Teams will have the opportunity to participate in classroom activities. These activities may include teaching, grading, making copies, and help with one on one tutoring. During the breaks the team will have the chance to play with the children, learn their names, and share experiences.

Trust Hope Faith After-School Program

The Trust Hope Faith after school program gives additional care and support to the children. Through the after school program they receive love and care, a safe place to grow and interact, food, help with homework, and more. The mentors ages 18-30 that run the program invest in the children to give them a means of caring support and sense of love and community. Here the children play team-building games from which they are taught Biblical lessons. They have a time of worship and Bible lesson throughout the week as well.

The Olievenhoutbosch Christian School and the Trust Hope Faith after school program strive together to provide the children with a holistic support system.

EM mission trip teams also have the opportunity to join with the mentors of THF. Teams will be a part of their Bible studies in which scripture is share in open discussion. There is ample time to spend one on one with the mentors to hear their stories, share your story, and encourage each other. The mentors are always happy and willing to share their culture with all the visitors. This will broaden your team's understanding about the culture, struggles, and strengths of Olievenhoutbosch.

During the afternoon you will be involved in leading children's games, Bible lessons, worship and dance, and help with homework. There will be time to free play as well with the children you will have encountered in the classrooms during the school day.

Sightseeing

For an additional cost, if teams would like to do sightseeing trips we can work that into the program. In the Centurion area the team can visit a Game park, interact with elephants and monkeys, visit Museums, experience Johannesburg and Hartebeespoort Dam, visit African markets, experience a cultural village and much more.

Teams will be given the opportunity to visit an African market. At the market you can expect to find genuine hand made African art and souvenirs. Transportation will be provided to and from the market. There are restaurants near the market. If your team would like to top off their shopping experience with a meal from a local restaurant that can be arranged at an additional cost.

Typical Schedule

Your time in South Africa will be coordinated in cooperation with a local team of leaders. During your trip you will have the opportunity to help in classrooms, join the after school program, and be a part of the daily Bible studies. Below is a basic schedule for the week, but we approach this with flexibility because our ultimate focus is on relationships.

Each morning, there is time set aside for devotions and quiet time. Experience Mission has devotionals/journals that are available for purchase or teams can supply their own. This is a valuable time and we strongly encourage everyone to spend it with God journaling their thoughts and experiences as the days unfold.

Our staff will lead a time of debriefing and a short devotional in the evening (what we call "Evening Gathering") and it is always a great addition to have musical worship. Our programming does not include musical worship as we can't guarantee that our our staff will have this ability. Please let us know if you have anyone who sings or plays guitar on your trip so that we can help to coordinate the musical aspect of worship when able. If teams aren't able to help in the area of music, it may not be a part of the trip.

TENTATIVE ITINERARY

Day 1
Groups Arrive
Leader's Meeting
Dinner
Orientation Meeting
Team Time (a time for your group alone)

Day 2 - Day 5
Ministry in Olievenhoutbosch

Day 6
Ministry TBD

Day 7
Church

Day 8-11
Ministry in Olievenhoutbosch

Day 12
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.

Lodging, Food & Transportation

Lodging

Teams will be staying at the retreat called Heron Bridge. Heron Bridge is 20 minutes from Olievenhoutbosch. The retreat rooms are set up similar to dorm rooms. There are common areas that will be open to the team for devotions and debriefs. The retreat is a part of a Christian campus that also holds a Christian school. A pool, volleyball court, soccer field, and rock-climbing wall will be available to teams providing their own adult supervision as long as there are no conflicting events scheduled.

Sleeping

Beds will be available for your team. The beds will include the bedding. Sleeping arrangements will be dormitory style with male and female designated sections. Winter months are between the months of April to August. If your trip is during this time expect cold nights. Temperatures in the evening can vary between 30-50 degrees.

Showers & Bathrooms

There will be hot water showers and male and female bathrooms available at Heron Bridge.

Water

There is running water at the Olievenhoutbosch Christian School as well as at Heron Bridge. The water at Heron Bridge is potable water.

Electricity

There is electricity at Heron Bridge. The electrical service is not as dependable as the United States, and outages are fairly common during the winter season.

Security

Your rooms must be locked at Heron Bridge ensure that your possessions are safe throughout the day. The retreat is inside a secure complex with security guards on staff day and night. Though South Africa has experienced higher crime, that crime is mostly in the cities and in the squatter camps after dark. You will stay in a safe, rural complex.

Food

Breakfast and dinner will be provided at Heron Bridge. Teams will experience cultural township food while serving in Olievenhoutbosch. The THF after school program volunteers will prepare those meals. We will have purified drinking water available at all times for your team members.

Air Travel

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

Passports & Travel Documents

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.

Notarized Letter of Parental Consent

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 photo copy of the letter.

1) If the minor is traveling without 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

*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.

Ground Transportation

Upon arrival to Johannesburg, South Africa all transportation IS INCLUDED, including transportation to and from the OR Tambo Airport.




Upcoming Olieven, South Africa Trip Dates

EM requires a minimum of 10 participants paying full price to run a trip in South Africa. If your team size is less than 10 people please refer to our small teams tab for available dates or give our office a call and we will work with you to select available options.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonGroup TypeCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20171/15 - 1/26$975ALLOlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/1 - 5/12$975ALLOlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/15 - 5/26$975ALLOlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/29 - 6/9$975ALLOlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
6/12 - 6/23$975ALLOlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
7/24 - 8/4$975ALLOlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
8/7 - 8/18$975ALLOlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
8/21 - 9/1$975ALLOlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
10/2 - 10/13$975AdultOlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
10/16 - 10/27$975ALLOlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
10/30 - 11/10$975ALLOlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
11/13 - 11/24$975ALLOlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975

EM requires a minimum of 10 participants paying full price to run a trip in South Africa. If your team size is less than 10 people please refer to our small teams tab for available dates or give our office a call and we will work with you to select available options.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20171/15 - 1/26$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/1 - 5/12$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/15 - 5/26$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/29 - 6/9$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
6/12 - 6/23$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
7/24 - 8/4$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
8/7 - 8/18$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
8/21 - 9/1$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
10/16 - 10/27$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
10/30 - 11/10$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
11/13 - 11/24$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975

EM requires a minimum of 10 participants paying full price to run a trip in South Africa. If your team size is less than 10 people please refer to our small teams tab for available dates or give our office a call and we will work with you to select available options.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20171/15 - 1/26$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/1 - 5/12$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/15 - 5/26$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/29 - 6/9$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
6/12 - 6/23$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
7/24 - 8/4$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
8/7 - 8/18$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
8/21 - 9/1$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
10/16 - 10/27$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
10/30 - 11/10$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
11/13 - 11/24$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975

EM requires a minimum of 10 participants paying full price to run a trip in South Africa. If your team size is less than 10 people please refer to our small teams tab for available dates or give our office a call and we will work with you to select available options.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20171/15 - 1/26$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/1 - 5/12$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/15 - 5/26$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/29 - 6/9$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
6/12 - 6/23$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
7/24 - 8/4$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
8/7 - 8/18$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
8/21 - 9/1$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
10/2 - 10/13$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
10/16 - 10/27$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
10/30 - 11/10$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
11/13 - 11/24$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975

EM requires a minimum of 10 participants paying full price to run a trip in South Africa. If your team size is less than 10 people please refer to our small teams tab for available dates or give our office a call and we will work with you to select available options.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20171/15 - 1/26$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/1 - 5/12$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/15 - 5/26$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
5/29 - 6/9$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
6/12 - 6/23$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
7/24 - 8/4$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
8/7 - 8/18$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
8/21 - 9/1$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
10/16 - 10/27$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
10/30 - 11/10$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975
11/13 - 11/24$975OlievenhoutboschGrab SpaceRegister Now$975

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Registration & Payment

Experience Mission has specific policies regarding registration and withdrawal. Please refer to the document below for specifics.

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Experience Mission FAQ

Is Experience Mission affiliated with a denomination?
Experience Mission is an interdenominational organization and is not directly affiliated with any specific denomination. Participants from all denominations are welcome on our mission trips; please see our statement of faith and core values in the About section of our website for more information about our beliefs.

Will we be working with other groups?
If your team does not fill the trip to its full capacity, there is a good possibility that you will be working with other teams. Teams should plan to eat together, have evening program together and share sleeping quarters and bathroom facilities.

Typically teams are not combined on the worksites however sometimes we find it necessary to mix teams due to the size or scope of the project. If teams are mixed at the worksite an adult from each team will be a part of that mix to provide oversight for their team members.

If the occasion arises where the additional team desiring to come on the selected trip is comprised of ages other than the original team that registered, that original team will be notified.

How many people do we need to run a trip?
Every community requires a different minimum team size in order for a trip to run. Please refer to each community for this number that is listed above the trip dates. If you meet that minimum team size you can select any dates listed for your trip. For International communities, if your team size falls below the minimum team size you can join any trips listed under the “Small Teams” tab. It is important to note that all people must come on a team size of at least six (6) people.

Can I create a custom trip?
If you would like schedule a custom week exclusively for your team, please contact our office at 888-475-6414 so that we can discuss your options.

Who provides supervision of minors?
Experience Mission staff will be on location to take care of logistics and to facilitate your trip. Experience Mission staff is not responsible for supervision of the minors on your team. Your team is responsible to come to your mission location with appropriate adult supervision to lead your students on the work sites & to provide supervision to them at the housing facilities, including meal times & in sleeping arrangements.

Can I come as an individual?
At this time we do not have the ability to bring individuals on our week long mission trips. All members of a mission trip must be part of a team of at least six (6) people.

The main option Experience Mission has for individuals is our 1, 3 & 6 Month IMMERSION Trips - Open to individuals ages 18-30. Check them out at www.experiencemission.org/immersion. If you would like to know more about these trips be sure to fill out an interest form and someone from our IMMERSION team will contact you!

What adult to student ratio do you recommend?
To ensure that your students have the best possible trip, it is highly important for them to have the right amount of leadership.

For Senior High teams, the recommended minimum student to adult ratio is 7:1. That's Seven students to each adult leader. You can have more leaders if you desire to.

For Junior High teams, the required minimum student to adult ratio is 5:1. That's Five students to each adult leader. You can have more leaders if you desire to.

We can be flexible if you don't have this exact amount. As the team leader you are responsible for the supervision and leadership for your group and we trust your judgment to provide this.

Is childrens' ministry a part of every trip?
Children's ministry largely depends on which community you are going to. Many of our rural locations offer children's ministry as an option for team participation. In most of our urban communities, Kids Club is an integral part of the program and is not optional. There are a few communities where Kids Club is not available. For specific information about Kids Club in the community you are serving in, refer to the "trip details" for your location.

Due to the varying schedules of local children throughout the school year, EM will not offer Kids Club during the off season months of September - May.

Is transportation included?
Domestic trips & Tecate, Mexico - Your teams transportation to, from and while in your community is not covered. You will need your vehicles throughout the entire week to transport your team to various locations for work and ministry. Using a school bus as your sole means of transportations in these locations is not recommended.

International Trips - Upon arrival to your international location, all transportation is included. Team members are responsible to cover the booking and cost of their round trip airfare to the destination airport.

Can I arrive a day early or stay a day late?
Due to the large volume of teams coming to serve during the summer months and the need to prepare on a regular basis for each team, we ask that teams limit their time to the dates of their trip. If you would like to stay an additional day in the area for sightseeing or other various activities, the arrangement of lodging & food is up to you.

Who will lead my trip?
An Experience Mission staff team of 1-3 people will be in the community to lead your team. These staff members are normally present in the community throughout most of the summer and work alongside EM's Community Partners there to ensure that trips run as smoothly as possible.

EM Staff take care of vital details like making sure your team has projects and materials, making sure food is prepared, housing and bathrooms are ready and any other logistical details that may arise.

Are there any additional expenses for my team?
All basic necessities such as food, housing, major work project materials and Kids Club curriculum are included in your trip fee. All in-country transportation is covered in our international locations with the exception of Tecate, Mexico. In Tecate and in all other domestic locations, you will need to provide your own transportation.

Additional expenses would be:

Kids Club - If your team is participating in Kids Club, your team will be responsible to bring snacks and the craft supplies needed for the specific crafts designated to your team and should budget appropriately.

Tools - Depending on your selected community location, you may be asked to bring minor tools like hammers and paint brushes, paint rollers and paint pans, trowels, putty knives, nail aprons, tape measures. These are listed in your packing list under "Tools."

Gas - In all of our domestic community locations as well as Tecate, Mexico, Teams are expected provide their own transportation. Teams will need to drive their team to and from the work sites and Kids Club locations throughout the week as well as any additional extracurricular locations and should budget extra money for gas. Please note that in rural locations such as our Appalachia and our Navajo communities, things are very spread out and extra gas may be required.

Entry & Exit Fees - Team traveling internationally may be required to pay an exit fee when leaving the country. These fees can vary but generally range between $25-$45 per person.

What time should I plan to arrive and depart?
Domestic Locations - If you are traveling to one of our domestic community locations your team should plan to arrive between 3:00pm and 5:00pm on the first day of your selected trip. Your trip officially starts with dinner and is normally followed by an orientation meeting. Departure is after breakfast on the last day of the trip.

International Locations - International arrival/departure times are specific to each community. If you are traveling to one of our international communities, you will find arrival/departure times in the “Mission Trip Details” link on the right hand side of the community page. If you have difficulty finding flights that fit into this time frame, please contact our office before booking your flight to make special arrangements.

Can I bring my kids?
Special permission must be given by Experience Mission for children outside of the specified age range of the trip (Junior High, High School, Adult etc.) In the case that a child does come, they must be accompanied by their parent and their parent must take full responsibility of the child. Children 10 and under will have price breaks on a case by case basis.

Do you accommodate food allergies?
Experience Mission would like people with dietary restrictions to feel comfortable participating in our week long mission trips*. While we cannot completely accommodate all dietary limitations, we are able to provide basic items or make minor adjustments to the meals to help support these unique needs. We do recommend however, that team members with dietary limitations bring additional foods to supplement their daily meals. For a full Food Policy go to https://experiencemission.org/foodpolicy.

*This applies only for our week long mission trips. If you are looking to attend a longer IMMERSION trip please inquire with the Immersion team regarding your terms food restrictions.

What is the Evening Gathering?
The Evening Gathering is a time set aside in the evening for worship, prayer, and a short devotional discussion led by our staff. While musical worship is something we like to be incorporated in this time, Experience Mission does not provide this component. We ask teams to bring guitars and plan to lead worship when able. The Evening Gathering normally lasts between 30-60 minutes. Following this, there will be additional time for individual teams to meet together to share, debrief, have fun and deal with team issues. We make this time a priority for you to spend with your team.

Due to staffing limitations Evening Gathering will not be offered during our off-season months of September - May. You are free to lead your team in a time of worship and devotions of your choosing in place of Evening Gathering.

Evening Gathering will be offered in most communities during the summer months of June, July and August.

Do I need someone over the age of 21 on my team?
A. All minors under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by someone over the age of 21. Participants between the ages of 18-20 may go without someone over the age of 21.

Health & Safety

EM's Health & Safety plan provides the following:

EM Emergency Response Plan: Based on the severity of each emergency, EM has a plan for appropriate response.

- If a team member becomes seriously ill, they will be taken to a local doctor to receive appropriate medical attention and medications. If they are a minor, their Team Leader along with our staff will accompany them to the clinic. If needed, their parents will be contacted. Their recovery will be carefully monitored by our staff.

- If there is an accident that requires a doctor, but is not life threatening and does not have the potential to cause permanent damage, Experience Mission staff will locate the Team Leader, contact parents or guardians (providing the injured is a minor) and provide safe but quick transportation to a local clinic.

- In the event that an accident occurs which is life threatening or has the potential for permanent damage, emergency medical care will be secured and arraignments will be made if necessary, to transport the injured person to the United States as quickly as possible providing they are serving in one of our International locations. In our domestic locations, local 911 services will be contacted immediately. The family will be contacted immediately to assist in guidance for appropriate response.

All medical care is the sole responsibility of the team member. Experience Mission requires every team member to be covered by domestic medical insurance and recommends that team members traveling abroad carry additional international travel insurance to cover any medical needs their domestic medical insurance may not cover.

Immunizations: As with all mission trips, it is essential that volunteers are up to date on all childhood immunizations. Each volunteer must also have a tetanus shot.

For a more information about health concerns and recommended immunizations, you can visit the CDC travelers guide to South Africa. You should consult your local doctor prior to receiving any immunizations.



Registering for a Mission Trip

Grabbing Space

"Grab Space" to temporarily reserve spots for 30 days. This is for all teams in the process of planning your mission trip who may not quite be ready to take the step of registering your team.

DOES THIS SECURE YOUR SPACES? No. Spaces are not secured until you have registered your team. Trips are fill on a "first come, first served" basis and registering teams receive full priority over all teams with current or previously grabbed spaces. Grabbing space merely lets us know of your interest in a specific trip so we can provide you with all the information you need to plan your mission trip.

NOTE: There is no financial obligation involved in Grabbing Space.

Registering

Register your team to secure space for you mission trip. This locks in your trip dates in a specific community, and requires a trip deposit based on projected number of team members.

TEAM SIZE: There are many details involved in putting together a mission team and it can be difficult to project your final team size at the beginning of this process. So, if you're not sure of your final team size, we suggest you make a conservative participant estimate when you register. As your team develops, you can increase your team size by calling us, provided space is still available.

NOTE: Decreasing your team size after registering will involve a financial penalty. For specific details, view our Registration & Payment Policy.

Group Types

Trips listed in the above chart with the Group Type of "ALL" are currently available to groups of all ages/types.

NOTE: The type of group accepted during those weeks may change based on the type of group that initially registers for that week.

Individuals

All members of a week-long 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." If you are an individual, recruit a team of six to go with you and then register for your specific trip!

All young adults ages 18-30 are eligible to apply for our 1, 3 & 6-Month IMMERSION program. If you would like to know more about these trips be sure to fill out an IMMERSION interest form and someone from our IMMERSION team will contact you!

Need to know more?

If you have additional questions or don't see the dates you're looking for listed above, please call use at the EM Service Center at 888-475-6414 or Fill Out an Interest Form.

Registering for a Mission Trip

Grabbing Space

"Grab Space" to temporarily reserve spots for 30 days. This is for all teams in the process of planning your mission trip who may not quite be ready to take the step of registering your team.

DOES THIS SECURE YOUR SPACES? No. Spaces are not secured until you have registered your team. Trips are fill on a "first come, first served" basis and registering teams receive full priority over all teams with current or previously grabbed spaces. Grabbing space merely lets us know of your interest in a specific trip so we can provide you with all the information you need to plan your mission trip.

NOTE: There is no financial obligation involved in Grabbing Space.

Registering

Register your team to secure space for you mission trip. This locks in your trip dates in a specific community, and requires a trip deposit based on projected number of team members.

TEAM SIZE: There are many details involved in putting together a mission team and it can be difficult to project your final team size at the beginning of this process. So, if you're not sure of your final team size, we suggest you make a conservative participant estimate when you register. As your team develops, you can increase your team size by calling us, provided space is still available.

NOTE: Decreasing your team size after registering will involve a financial penalty. For specific details, view our Registration & Payment Policy.

Group Types

Trips listed in the above chart with the Group Type of "ALL" are currently available to groups of all ages/types.

NOTE: The type of group accepted during those weeks may change based on the type of group that initially registers for that week.

Individuals

All members of a week-long 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." If you are an individual, find a team of 6 to go with you and then register for your specific trip!

All young adults ages 18-30 are also eligible to apply for our IMMERSION program.

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