FAQs

When should I arrive?
You must arrive in Cape Town on July 26, 2018. If you arrive before this date, you are responsible for your own accommodations until July 26.

Do I need special skills?
Special skills are not required for participation in this service program. Each project will involve a leadership team of volunteers with specialized knowledge in the project area. Project assignments will be based on a combination of volunteer interest, community needs, available space, and program logistics.

Are children allowed on the trip?
Families with children 10 and over are welcome and encouraged to attend. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate children under 10 on the program. All youth 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All children under 13 must have a parent participating on the same project team throughout the duration of the program.

What will the weather be like?
Remember that we will be in South Africa during their winter! Capetonians like to say that you can experience all four seasons on any day in Cape Town. Sunshine, rain, overcast skies, wind—all are possible. The average high temperature in the winter is about 64°F. The average low is 46°F, but those are averages and it can get both hotter and colder on any particular day. Bring warm clothes! And a rain hat! And be prepared to dress in layers.

What is the cancellation policy?
Deposit payments are fully refundable until March 1, 2018. Final payment is due on March 1, 2018. Please be aware that after March 1, 2018, all program payments are non-refundable!  We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. (Note: substitution of registration for another person is not allowed.)

Do I need a visa?
U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to visit South Africa. Citizens of other countries may check the relevant South African website for further information. All visitors are required to have at least one full blank page in their passport.

What shots do I need?
In general, unless you are entering South Africa from another country in the so-called “Yellow Fever Belt” of Africa or South America, no immunizations are required to enter South Africa. It is, however, always a good idea to be immunized against various diseases regardless of where you travel. Please consult with your own physician and refer to the CDC website for more information.

Can I drink the water in Cape Town?
Yes, water from the tap is safe to drink.

Are there any extensions for the trip?
Yes, we are offering both a pre-trip extension to Victoria Falls and a post-trip extension to Kruger National Park. Click <here> for more information.

How do you pronounce “Philippi?”
The accent is on the first syllable (although, confusingly, you will hear some people in Cape Town pronouncing it with the accent on the second syllable!).