SOUTH AFRICA

CHILDREN’S HOME RENOVATION, TREE PLANTING & FOOD SECURITY

NOVEMBER 2nd - 9th  2019

Meeting the beautiful community, giving back and getting a chance to experience the ‘real’ Africa was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I made new friends that are now family and saw first hand the impact the group had on the community. Easily the most rewarding experience of my life
— Julia

2nd - 9th November 2019

Cost: $1950 AUD

Includes:

  • 8 days / 7 nights in beautiful accommodation, twin share.

  • All ground and airport transfers

  • All meals

  • Some snacks

  • Activities

  • Volunteering equipment

  • Provide meals for the Boksburg community, BBQ evening

  • Meals for the pizza party evening for Maria’s entire family

  • Food donations for disabled family home visit

  • Tips for staff

Not Included:

  • Flights

  • Visa’s

We made sure that everything is covered during the trip so there are no surprises.


IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU?

We recommended this trip for healthy and fit travellers who are willing to do manual labour (no building experience required)

You may witness extreme poverty and hear stories of abuse which can be overwhelming for some. Many emotions may arise, therefore emotional resilience is required.

You must be flexible, have patience and be adaptable as this is Africa and sometimes ( a lot of the time) things don’t go as we plan. We call it TIA ‘This is Africa’. You will be in a group dynamic, therefore, being able to manage your emotions and treat others kindly and with respect is essential.

If you want your heart to be ripped open, experience another culture in a way that wouldn't be possible travelling on your own, give back selflessly to others who need it most, meet life long friends, learn, grow and stretch then this is the trip for you.


FUNDRAISING

In addition to the cost for the trip, we ask our volunteers to raise a minimum of $1200 each to contribute towards the projects. This is an integral part of our trip as you get to inspire others in your community to be in service, challenge yourself and see first hand how the money you raise directly effects a life.

100% of the money you raise goes toward our partner charities and will be used to fund the volunteer projects you work on. In addition to the $1200 that you raise, you can continue raising extra money, also helping fund your trip.


VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

Projects are decided from individual needs of the communities themselves to ensure

your fundraising efforts create sustainable growth and maximum impact

TREE PLANTING - We have partnered with Food and Tree for Africa where we will spend a day planting over 100 native and fruit trees. Trees are vital to the health of the planet by removing C02 from the atmosphere. Trees also provide sustainable food to the people of Africa.


DISABLED HOME - Our charity partner, Kindling Foundation supports a disabled home of 35 with severe disabilities. Last year the home was provided with brand new beds and wheelchairs by the previous volunteers. You will get to spend time with these kids, teenagers and adults who are in need of some laughter and love. Our team will deliver food and clothes to their home.


DENNILTON PRE-SCHOOL - This preschool was built last year by volunteers and run by Kindling Foundation. You will be planting a vegetable garden to help sustainably feed the kids at the school. Your fundraising will fund the veggie patch and sustainable food program.

MARIA’S HOME REVAMP - Maria Gaba, a local African woman with a big heart, has taken in over 40 children into her home, taking them off of the streets. Her home is in desperate need of some love. You will be spending a day improving the home by volunteering your time and putting in new floors, beds for the kids, cupboards and fixing the wall structures. Your fundraising will be supporting this project.



PARTNER CHARITIES

Kindling Foundation

Is a not-for-profit organisation founded to empower the growing South African township of Windmill Park − a community built on an ethos of enduring human kindness. The establishment of Windmill Park has transformed the lives of hundreds of people in need, helping to end cycles of poverty and abuse through access to safety, education and employment. They work in partnership with the community to support and scale its operations so that its positive effects will continue to permeate across the region. The growing impact of Windmill Park is proof that a little good can go a long way.

Food & Trees South Africa

Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is South Africa’s social and environmental enterprise improving lives and landscapes towards healthy people on a healthier planet, since 1990. Over 4.2 million trees, 1000's of permaculture food gardens, bamboo projects and organic farms have been planted for poor communities.


ITINERARY

NOVEMBER

Saturday 2nd

Meals: D

Today the group lands into Johannesburg International Airport, South Africa. In the evening we will share a beautiful welcome dinner where you will meet the other game changers and your guide will run you through the whole itinerary.

We ask for you to land before 4pm on this day (if possible). A transfer will be at the airport to collect you, which will be organised a few weeks out from the trip.

Accommodation:  Outlook lodge B&B. We love the Outlook Lodge and have been staying here for many years. 4 star beautiful accommodation, with laundry services, pool and friendly staff. They always treat us like family and our group has the old historic home to ourselves. A large lawn for chilling and practising yoga all set inside a safe fenced community.

Sunday 3rd

Meals: B,L,D

A fresh and healthy breakfast served in the morning before we head out to get our hands dirty and plant over 100 native fruit trees with our partner charity Food & Trees Africa. Lunch will be served on site and to finish off the day we will enjoy a bbq dinner under the stars.  

Accommodation:  Outlook lodge B&B.

Monday 4th

Meals: B,L,D

After breakfast we take a drive through the windy townships and mountain ranges to arrive at Dennilton. Here is where the Kindling Foundation, our partner charity run a preschool and also assist a disabled home. Lunch will first be served by our friends at Kgarebana Lodge and then you will spend the afternoon volunteering at the disabled home. We will deliver the donations of food and clothing that is much needed and you will immerse yourself in the community by sharing joy and love with the children.

Accommodation: Kgarebana Boutique Bed and Breakfast. Paradise found in the tiny township of Dennilton. Our friends here will take great care of you and share the South African hospitality with a traditional dance on arrival, including delicious food. We love our Kgarebana family.

Tuesday 5th

Meal: B,L,D

After breakfast we head to the Dennilton creche. This creche was built by last years volunteers and run by Kindling Foundation our partner charity. You will spend the morning with the children by helping plant their first vegetable garden that will sustainably feed the children You will get a tour of the township and meet the women who have started a sewing centre which was also funded by previous volunteers. In the afternoon we drive back to Boksburg for dinner at Outlook Lodge.

Accommodation: Outlook Lodge B&B


Wednesday 6th

Meals: B,L,D

Healthy fresh breakfast will be served then we head off to Boksburg township. You will get a tour of the township and meet the big hearted Mari Gaba. You will also meet the locals and see first hand all of the small businesses that Kindling Foundation have implemented through past volunteer trips. The group will head to Maria's home where you will spend the next few days volunteering. In the evening you will meet all 40 of Maria’s fostered kids and we will enjoy a pizza party. :)

Accommodation: Outlook Lodge B&B

Thursday 7th

Meals: B,L

After breakfast the group continues working at Maria’s home. In the evening we will enjoy a dinner at Mandela Square in Johannesburg for your chance to experience a glimpse of this bustling city.

Accommodation: Outlook Lodge B&B

Friday 8th

Meals: B,L,D

The group spends the day finishing off all the work at Maria’s home.  In the afternoon, as the sun sets we will share a bbq with Maria, her children and the Boksburg community at the daycare while having a boogie to some Africa tunes played by a local DJ.

Accommodation: Outlook Lodge B&B

Saturday 9th

Meals: B

It’s the final day. We share our last breakfast together then say our farewells. Shuttles to the airport will be organised.

Those who are heading out on the amazing 4 day Safari will be picked up in the morning.

SAFARI

You can’t go to Africa and not go on Safari! Choosing a Safari in Africa is overwhelming so to make it simple the Outlook Lodge organises the trip for you, making sure you are picked up, dropped off and cared for along the way. This supplier we trust and also cares for the environment.

The Safari is a 3 night/4 day Safari to Kruger National Park which our team will book and organise for you. In the past we’ve always gone on group Safari’s but this year we are creating an add on option as a few volunteers are returning for a second/third time and have been on Safari.

Dates: 9th - 13th November (After the volunteer trip)

< Safari: 9th - 12th November / Outlook Lodge: 12th - 13th November. Book your flight to depart from Johannesburg International Airport on the 13th September before 1pm>

Read all about the 4 day Safari here

Cost: $3200

Includes:

  • Entire volunteer trip (above)

  • 4 day Safari (Click here for Safari inclusions)

  • Extra night accommodation at Outlook Lodge B&B when you return back from Safari

  • Dinner on final night after Safari

  • Transfers to and from Kruger National Park

  • Airport transfer for departure

Please note that the price on the Safari provider site does not include transport costs to and from the Safari. This is included in the price quoted by us.

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GORILLA TREKKING

Trekking with Gorillas is one of the most incredible experiences of a life time. Just a few hours north of South Africa, in Uganda you can see these magical creatures up close and in the wild. Our friends at Saso Gorillas Treks will look after you. We personally recommend them and support their business as they give back to the community and care for the environment.

You can contact them here to organise a tour.


YOUR GUIDE

Jen Kyna - Founder of The Conscious Traveller & Kindling Foundation


HOW TO BOOK

Click the ‘ Book’  button below, send us an email letting us know you are interested and if you will be booking the Safari or not.

We will send you an invoice to pay which is a bank transfer of 50% deposit.

This secures your spot, and applies toward the total cost of the trip.

You will not need to pay the remainder payment until 120 days before the trip begins > Aug 2nd 2019

Once you book with us we look after you from start to finish. All transportation, meals, accommodation, volunteer materials, excursions, and other daily activities are included. Once booked, you will be added to the private Facebook group so you can meet the other change makers. You will then receive detailed instructions on what to pack, information on transfers, fundraising bank information and other FAQs.

Booking Terms and Conditions can be found here

 

Any questions please get in touch and/or visit the faq page