September to June
$12,700 (cost includes airfare departing from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, GA)
Students live in dorms on a mission base. The dorms are basic, recently built, brick buildings.
The missions base is located in the province of Limpopo, an extremely “African” area in the country of South Africa. Thohoyandou is the nearest large city.
The Limpopo Province is situated at the North Eastern corner of South Africa and shares borders with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It forms the link between South Africa and countries further north to the sub-Saharan Africa.
The Limpopo offers a mosaic of exceptional scenic landscape, a fascinating cultural heritage, and abundance of wildlife species and many nature-based tourism opportunities.
Polokwane offers an extremely pleasant climate for most of the year. With almost all year-round sunshine, it can get rather hot in the summer months (October to March) averaging 27ºC. The lowveld is less forgiving in the swelter of summer afternoons, with towns such as Phalaborwa known to reach 45ºC. Generally, however, visitors to the Kruger Park area can expect temperatures around 30ºC in summer.
Our missions partner in South Africa is Build the Nations, a Christian organization founded in 2002. They serve to bring righteousness into people’s lives and hearts through training, teaching, and discipling people according to God’s Word. Their primary ministry is to advance the Christian faith, to further Christian education in Africa and the world, and to help bring relief to the poor.
The students volunteer in the ACE school located on the base. Twice a week the students minister at a local orphanage. They also help maintain and do projects around the base. Throughout the year the students take short term trips to Mozambique, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.
DAY TO DAY LIFE
Each morning the students participate in a base-wide devotional time. Monday-Friday they spend their mornings volunteering in the ACE school on base. Each afternoon the students either visit the orphanage, do maintanence projects around the base, or have their Bible/language classes. The students are placed in a home group that meets once a week in the evenings. On weekends, the students and staff often take small excursion trips. Youth group and church services are held on the weekends.
“When I came to the mission base I was supposed to stay three months, but have now been here for six years! I have grown so much being here and I enjoy working in the school office and Learning Centres, and going on mission trips to Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia. There have been many challenges but God has always been there for me. I have met so many wonderful people. God has put me into a wonderful family. You will grow here as God works in your life.” – Heidi
“Upon arriving on the mission base I felt a spirit of peace and joy. The Lord is doing mighty things not only on the base but also in my life. Just to receive the opportunity to work with the little children has taught me many things. God is moving in their lives as well as mine.” – Julie
“When we first visited the mission base we were excited by the vision to reach Venda for Jesus. At the base, the community life style is stimulating. As we live and work together one is challenged spiritually on many levels.” – Dilys
SOUTH AFRICA GALLERY