South Africa

In South Africa we focus on helping students and staff at the Ditshego preschool by empowering teachers, teaching basic skills and supporting their current and future projects.
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How We Serve in South Africa


We partner with the Ditshego Preschool & Open School to provide educational sponsorship. Serve trips support the teachers with professional development and engage with the children on topics determined by the principal.


We provide support for local food security initiatives and the Social Behavior Change Program that counsels on topics such as gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse.

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, participate in light renovation projects at the school and support their current and future projects as needed.


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 46,000 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 don’t have proper paperwork to enroll in government schools.

Travel & Accommodations

Flights: Teams fly into the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Lodging: Team members are accommodated at a bed and breakfast near West View Methodist Church in Centurion, about 15 minutes from Ditshego. All rooms include a private bathroom.

Typical Meal: A typical meal includes rice, salad, and chicken.  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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