Available dates : 16 September - 1 October 2020

Picture this: hundreds of thousands of people living in townships and illegal settlements across Cape Town. School is about to finish for the term. Kids are tired and restless but parents still need to go to their jobs as factory or domestic workers or actively look for work.

There is no after school care or holiday programs here. What will these kids do while their parents are away? Christmas is just around the corner – gifts are rarely the norm, just getting through the day and the week is a big enough demand. These kids get bored, they often get into trouble.

Living Hope minister to these families 52 weeks a year. They have called us Aussies to come over and assist them with their planned school holiday programs in the townships. This is the ideal type of mission that you can do as a family because every member has an opportunity to serve. We need a team of vibrant and enthusiastic helpers to make this mission life changing for all.

You don’t need specific skills (what skills you have we will try to put to good use) but an open heart and desire to serve and be a blessing.

Living Hope has been seeking to impact South Africa’s Southern Cape Peninsula with a holistic approach to support those both affected and infected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases. Born out of Fish Hoek Baptist Church in 1999 Living Hope seeks to share the hope and compassion of Jesus with the communities on an ongoing basis in word and in lifestyle. This is your opportunity to do the same.

Itinerary

Wednesday 16 September Depart Australia

Depart Australia via Perth and Johannesburg to Cape Town

Thursday 17 September Arrive Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town. Relax and settle in to the Team House where we all stay together. This fantastic home is beachfront at Nordhoek beach.

Friday 18 September Mission Orientation

Today we meet the team from Living Hope and do a through orientation of their ministry and what we are going to be doing whilst serving the following week.

Saturday 19 September Markets, Table Mountain

We start the day with a visit to the Old Biscuit Mill – a vibrant local market with delicious local produce, art, craft & entertainment. We then travel by cable to cap to the top of Table

Mountain for spectacular views of the city. We end the day at the famous Green Market Square, a great place to shop for souvenirs.

Sunday 20 September Church, Imhoff Farm

Start day with church followed by a visit to Imhoff Farm for lunch and lazing around! There will be an optional visit to the wineries in Stellenbosch or simply relax at Team House and the beach.

Monday 21 September - Friday 25 September Ministry with Living Hope

Daily ministry with Living Hope. The team will instruct us on what the plans are for each day. We usually make a packed lunch at Team House before we leave each day. We spend the whole day in the townships and return late afternoon to Team house for some free time before dinner. The evenings are spent doing a de-brief of the day followed by board games, movies or just getting to know one another.

Saturday 26 September Cape Peninsula, Boulders Beach

Today we will travel down the Peninsula to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Climb up to the lighthouse and enjoy a coastal walk. We then visit Boulder’s Beach and it’s incredible penguin colony. Lunch will be seaside in Kalk Bay. Rest of the day is free.

Sunday 27 September Church, Botanical Gardens, Shopping

Today we attend Church in the local township community where you will enjoy African worship! We then travel to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for a picnic.
Time and the V& A waterfront to shop or (optional) visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.

Monday 28 September Cape Town to Kruger

Today we farewell  Cape Town a take a short flight to Nelspruit (MQP). Transfer to our accommodation at the Hippo Hollow Country Estate (or similar).     
We will enjoy a sunset game drive at Kruger National Park and return to Hippo Hollow for dinner.        

Tuesday 29 September Game drive, Elephant Whispers

An early start with a morning game drive- will we see the Big 5? Return to Hippo Hollow for some down time before a very special visit to Elephant Whispers for some up close and personal time with the elephants. Return to Hippo Hollow for our last dinner.    

Wednesday 30 September Lesedi Cultural Village - Johannesburg airport

Drive from Hazyview to Lesedi Cultural Village for a cultural dance performance, tour around the village and lunch; Continue to Johannesburg airport for 9pm flight to Perth and connections home.

Tour Guides and Companions

Lisa Tarzia

Lisa Tarzia (formerly Scerri) has been involved in the travel industry for over30 years. Lisa's career has seen her work in retail travel, marketing, airfare negotiation, wholesale operations and public relations. Her greatest passion is building relationships with people and helping others to live out their calling.

Lisa founded Mission Travel in 2006 after travelling to South Africa on a mission trip in 2004. That trip changed her life in every way. She is thrilled that God is using her skills in travel for His service and assisting others live out their God given calling.

Lisa has travelled to Africa 15 times since that 2004 trip! She has been on mission in Cape Town several times and is readily available to talk to you about Africa any time!!

Price is based on a minimum of 10 passengers

Inclusions

  • 9 nights at Team House in Cape Town
  • Full board at Team House (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport in minivans between Team House & the Living Hope projects
  • Sights mentioned Table Mountain, Boulder's Beach, Cape Point, Kirstenbosch Gardens 
  • 24 hour servies of a Program Facilitator throughout the mission
  • 2 nights at Hippo Hollow, near Kruger National Park
  • Games drives as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Elephant Whispers excursion
  • Lesedi Cultural Village vist, performance and lunch
  • Donation to Living Hope 

Excludes

  • Airfares (these will be released in November 2019)
  • Optional visit to Robben Island
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks, snacks, spending  money
  • Tips to guides/drivers/ staff (Budget $100 per person)
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Bookings

Space on this amazing mission is strictly limited so please book in as soon as you can. 

The process to book is as follows:
1. Complete a Mission Travel Booking Form online and press SAVE to submit. One form per traveller.

2. Complete the 2020 VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM (only adults aged 18years +) and email this to enquiries@missiontravel.com.au

3. You will then be contacted by Mission Travel to confirm your place on the mission

4. Pay the $500 deposit to secure your place.

You will also need to send us a copy of your passport and working with children check (for anyone aged 18+).

Please don’t wait for this to be completed in order to register as you may miss out. Bookings will close on 29 April 2020 unless sold out earlier.

FAQs

What Next?

Space on this amazing mission is strictly limited so please book in as soon as you can. Bookings will close on
Please complete a Mission Travel Booking Form and complete the 2020 VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM and send to us with a $500 deposit.

You will also need to send us a copy of your passport and working with children check (for anyone aged 18+).
Please don’t wait for this to be completed in order to register as you may miss out.

Flight Times

International flights are out of date range and cannot be booked until November 2019. We suggest that you travel with South African Airways via Perth and Johannesburg to Cape Town.

If you purchase the full mission package including airfares we will provide you with a detailed itinerary and prcie once the flights are booked and confirmed. 

If you choose to purchase the mission only  you will need to arrange transport to/from Team House in Cape Twon (we can assist you with this)

You will be legible to have access to our Exclusive Mission Fares.

Accommodation

Team House, Cape Town

In Cape Town you will be staying at  the volunteer house, known as Team House. 

The house is located right on the beach at Nordhoek, an outer suburb of Cape Town. The house has 13 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 40 guests.

There are 11 rooms with ensuites and 2 rooms that share a communal bathroom (we usually use these for the kids!). There are great common areas with a relaxing lounge, separate dining area as as well outdoor seating. We are blessed with an amazing in-house chef and wonderful support staff to ensure your stay is comfortable.

Team House is an ideal haven for rest and recovery after a day of ministry.

Hippo Hollow Country Estate - 2 nights

Hippo Hollow Country Estate is a comfortable, family-friendly hotel situated on the banks of the Sabie River near Hazyview in South Africa. It is an ideal destination from which to access nearby Kruger National Park and the spectacular sights of Mpumalanga Province.

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Preparation for Mission

Upon registering for the mission your family will be sent a copy of the book “When helping hurts”. It is expected that you read this book before departure.
There will also be a comprehensive booklet provided that outlines topics such as behaviour protocols, culture shock, packing lists, emergency contact details, safety & security, health & hygiene, money, personal equipment, needs items to bring, etc.

There will also be an online meeting or get together before we leave.

While on the mission trip we will be having daily de-briefs to ensure that everyone is managing OK  and to discuss some of the issues and challenges of being on mission. There will also be discussion on poverty, aid and development as well as bible studies and prayer times.

Debriefing after the mission will be done as needed.

Travel Insurance

It is mandatory to have travel insurance and it is strongly recommended to take out a policy at the time of paying your deposit.

For a quote and automatic 20% discount click HERE

Travel Vaccinations

Mission Travel does not advise on travel vaccinations.  Please consult with your GP or check out www.traveldoctor.com.au about relevant vaccinations at least 8 weeks prior to travel.

Booking and Payment Deadlines

To scure your place om the mission you must pay a $500 deposit.

Final payment is due no later than Friday 19 June 2020.

You are most welcome to pay in instalments. Please speak to our team about this.

Cancellation Penalties

The $500 deposit is non-refundable. However, if the tour is cancelled by Mission Travel due to lack of numbers or security concerns, your deposit will be refunded.
Cancellation 90-45 days prior to departure: 25% cancellation fee of total trip cost
Cancellation less than 45 days prior to departure or once the tour has commenced: NO REFUND
It is vital that you are adequately insured for unforeseen cancellation.

Can I Stay On?

When in Africa why not take the opportunity and extend your stay to visit more of this incredible continent! We suggest that you extend your stay AFTER the mission rather then prior.

Please speak to our staff about cost and options.

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Preparation

Before engaging in cross-cultural work, at Mission Travel we strongly recommend that everyone reads the following book:

"When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . And Yourself"
By Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
With more than 300,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled. The reader is brought to understand that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty. While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they're trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/When-Helping-Hurts-Steve-Corbett-Dr-Brian-Fikkert-John-Perkins-David-Platt/9780802409980
Koorong: https://www.koorong.com/search/product/when-helping-hurts-how-to-alleviate-poverty-withouth/9780802409980.jhtml
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/When-Helping-Hurts-Alleviate-Yourself/dp/0802409989

There will also be a comprehensive booklet provided that outlines topics such as behaviour protocols, culture shock, packing lists, emergency contact details, safety & security, health & hygiene, money, personal equipment, needs items to bring, etc.
There will also be a conference call or get together before we leave.
While on the mission trip we will be having daily de-briefs to ensure that everyone is managing OK and to discuss some of the issues and challenges of being on mission. There will also be discussion on poverty, aid and development as well as bible studies and prayer times.
Debriefing after the mission will be done as needed.

About Living Hope

Living Hope is our  mission partner in South Africa. Their motto is Living Hope - Bringing Hope, Breaking Despair.

Living Hope is a Christian non-profit organisation whose vision is to reach people for Christ, bringing hope and breaking the despair of poverty and disease. Living Hope undertakes community development through educational, social, income generation, and health related programmes; and plays a vital role in the pervention, care and treatment of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

Our team will be focussing on the Life Skills aspect of the ministry.
A host of programmes surround families to raise up children with strong values and healthy lifestyles.
Programmes include:

• Children and teen clubs
• Holiday clubs
• Early Childhood Education
• Values based education in schools
• Grief Support for children
• HIV Support for families
• The Eve Project (providing sanitary pads to teen girls)
• Parenting workshops and talks
• Family Strengthening
• Community health education campaigns
• Orphans and Vulnerable Children programme

As this is a needs based ministry we don't know exactly what we will be doing. The orientation briefing on arrival will give us a more detailed overview. In th emonths appraching we will hear more about our serving and we will keep you updated if you are booked on the mission. 

Check out the Living Hope website at: http://www.livinghope.co.za 

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