South Africa

Trips to South Africa focus on helping students and staff at the Ditshego preschool, empowering teachers or teaching basic preventive health care.
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How We Serve in South Africa

Education

Serve teams offer support to the Ditshego Preschool staff and students

Health

We provide support for local food security initiatives, including family gardens

Church Outreach

We join with West View Methodist in Centurion, South Africa to support their community outreach and support programs

What to Expect on a South Africa Trip

Work & Activities

Resurrection has been partnering with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) since 1998 with a strong focus on children and families.  We support with Ditshego House of Laughter in the community of Mooiplaas.  Serve trip team members work with the students, teachers and other staff to deliver requested lesson plans and participate in light renovation projects at the school.

Ditshego House of Laughter is a non-profit organization providing multiple services for approximately 350 vulnerable children in the informal settlement of Mooiplaas. More than 16,000 people make their home in Mooiplaas at the base of a landfill in the area between Johannesburg and Pretoria (now Tshwane). Among Ditshego’s services are a pre-school, an Open School for older children, a House of Safety for foster children, and after-school services. Without Ditshego these children would not have a chance for an education because many are undocumented or immigrants.

Travel & Accommodations

Flights: Teams fly into the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. Resurrection will arrange the flight logistics so that the team is on the same flight.

Lodging: Team members are accommodated at a bed and breakfast near West View Methodist Church in Centruion, about 15 minutes from Ditshego. Accommodations are two people per room (separate rooms for men and women), with twin beds and a private bath.

Typical Meal: Lots of rice. Food is a mix of English/African styles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the age requirement for South Africa serve trips?

South Africa serve trips are generally open to adults and children ages 13 and older if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Additional documentation will be required for minors traveling with only one parent.

Is there an additional safari or cultural experience available with this trip?

Some of our South Africa trips include an optional safari and cultural experience for an additional cost. Ask your team leader for more information!

Do I need a visa to travel to South Africa?

Currently, U.S. citizens (U.S. passport holders) visiting the Republic of South Africa for ninety days or less do not need visas.

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