South Africa Humanitarian Trip

February 15 - 22, 2020

The total price includes humanitarian trip expenses, supplies, most meals, transportation (not flights), and hotel stay on clinic days.

With the help of our partners, Hearing the Call, and generous donors, we are able to make our humanitarian trips more affordable and accessible to our members, students, and volunteers.

Entheos Member Preferred Price: $1,168

Member-Sponsored Price: $1,668
Non-Member Price: $3,168

* All prices are for double rooms and are subject to change *

Day 1 - Arrive Johannesburg

Day 2 - Training

Day 3 - Clinic Day

Day 4 - Clinic Day

Day 5 - Clinic Day

Day 6 - Cape Town

Day 7 - Cape Town / Return Home

IMPORTANT TRAVEL NOTE: When booking your travel to and from South Africa, please book your arrival into Johannesburg (JNB) and out of Cape Town (CPT). Most return flights to the U.S. either direct or through Europe leave in the evening. Cape Town is an international airport, so it is best if you try to book it straight through with your carrier so that you get 2 bags and the correct weight. Otherwise as a domestic ticket, you will have to collect your bags in Johannesburg and then transfer them over to the international terminal. Though the terminals are connected, it is a 10 minute walk and you will have to clear security again.

General Dress Code Rules

Clinic Dress Code
  • Please wear long pants and the team t-shirts provided by our partners. You will receive TWO clinic t-shirts on the first day of the trip. You will be able to do laundry (for a small fee) at the hotel; we also recommend bringing a mini bottle of detergent (can be purchased at the travel section) to do laundry in your room.
  • Bring comfortable shoes to wear. No open toe shoes for clinics.  Sneakers or hiking boots/shoes are great options.
  • No shorts in the clinic.

Before/After Clinic

  • There will be time for recreation (going out, dinner, etc.) after clinic days. We recommend bringing extra clothing such as dry fit shirts.
  • Bring a fleece jacket for the mornings and evenings when it could get cool. Days will be fairly warm. Bring a hat for convenience and sun protection.
Day-Off
On our day off, it is fine to dress like an American tourist.  Please keep jewelry to a minimum.  If you want to blend in a bit more in the city, consider wearing jeans or dark pants rather than shorts, which are considered more recreational in nature, such as in Europe.
  • A wide-brimmed hat; consider one with U.V. protection.
  • Windbreaker or light jacket for evenings and in case of rain.
  • Casual clothing for evenings, such as shorts and shirts, sundresses or anything comfortable. Also, a wrap or sweater for the cooler evenings when you want to go outside to look at the stars!
  • Socks for your hiking shoes and sneakers and other personal items
  • Small packages of Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Slippers and/or flip-flops for use on international flights and hotel room
  • Shout towelettes or Tide sticks
  • Ziploc plastic bags (large and small)
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra pair of contacts if you wear contacts or glasses (have prescription with you as well)
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel alarm clock – small flashlight
  • Small inflatable pillow (great for long international flights!)
  • List of all important contact numbers and email addresses

Sandy’s 1 Week Mission Recommended Packing List 

Clothing

  • 4 – Pants
  • 5 – Shirts
  • 8 – Pr. Shirts
  • 2 – clinic shirts (will be provided)
  • 2 – PJ’s
  • Hotel Shoes
  • 2 – Walking Shoes
  • Jacket
  • Swim Suit

Toiletries

  • 2 – Shampoo
  • 2 – Conditioner
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Hair Things
  • Brushes
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Kleenex
  • Imodium
  • Advil

Misc.

  • Cash
  • Passport
  • Passport holder
  • Bank Card
  • Credit Card
  • Pen (to fill out forms)
  • Neck Pilow
  • Phone Chargers
  • Computer chargers
  • Converter/Transformer
  • Laundry Detergent (shampoo)
  • Wine Opener (for others)
  • Headphones
  • Clorox wipes

VISAS AND TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18

South Africa does not require a visa to enter for citizens of the United States.

However, it is important to note that if you are traveling to or through South Africa with a child under 18, you are required to carry an officially stamped passport along with a notarized affidavit from the other parent allowing the travel. They will not let you board the plane in the U.S. to South Africa if you do not have these items.

Electricity in South Africa

In South Africa, the power sockets are of type D, M, and N. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Which power plugs and sockets in South Africa?

In South Africa, the power sockets are of type D, M, and N. Check out the following pictures.

  • Type D: mainly used in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and some African countries. This socket only works with plug D.
  • Type M: looks like plug D, but with larger pins. The socket only works with plug M
  • Type N: used in Brazil and South Africa. This socket also works with plug C.

Most sockets in South Africa are D, M or N.

Flight Information

Tips / Additional Info

  • Give yourself plenty of time at the airport to check in. The FAA recommends that you arrive 2 hours prior to international flights. Don’t forget to pack any scissors, pocketknives, or liquids over 3 oz. in your checked baggage. For any liquids less than 3 ounces that you will be carrying on, please make sure you put them in 1 quart size Ziploc bag. Whatever liquid items that do not fit in 1 quart size Ziploc bag will be thrown away. Please visit the TSA website for the most up-to-date restrictions prior to packing:
    http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm.
  • Make sure you have a name-tag with a current name, address, and phone number attached to each luggage item.
  • If you use luggage locks (highly suggested on ALL bags to avoid tampering), make sure all locks are TSA approved (it will say on the lock and/or package).
  • Please check at the web site of the Airlines that you are flying the Policy on Checked Luggage
  • For luggage that weighs over 50 pounds due to personal items, the overage fee is the responsibility of each delegate.
  • Entheos may ask to use some of “your space” to transport supplies and we thank you in advance for your willingness to help transport needed project supplies to Ecuador.
  • Your carry-on bag should contain all your essentials in case your check-on baggage is lost in transit. Include at least one change of clothes and all necessary medicines and toiletries.

Hotel Information

Crowthorne Lodge

12 Jupiter Avenue, Crowthorne
1685, Midrand, South Africa
Phone: +27 79 503 0235

Click Here for More Info (you do NOT need to book any rooms)

This is the hotel you will stay at during your clinic time.

Pestana Kruger Lodge

R570 Riverside Road, Maleiane, 1320
South Africa 
Phone: +27 13 790 2500

Click Here for More Info (you do NOT need to book any rooms)

This is the hotel you will stay during your visit to Kruger National Park.

Money / Currency / Expenses

  • Most expenses will be prepaid for you including: ground transportation, medical evacuation insurance, hotel room accommodations, translators and team meals.
  • Each volunteer is financially responsible for paying for and obtaining a passport and visa (it is not necessary to travel to Guatemala), receiving any necessary immunizations, all food/beverage items in all airports and outside team meals, and any other personal expenditures/shopping during the trip.
  • You will want to take enough cash with you for personal shopping in Panajachel, Guatemala. Bring U.S. currency that is as new as possible and undamaged. Traveler’s checks and credit cards (VISA or Master Card) will be good in airports, major hotels and many shops, but cash is the easiest and most convenient method of payment.
  • You will be able to exchange money in Panajachel.
  • To find the most up-to-date currency conversions, please go to http://www.xe.com/ucc/. The currency in Guatemala is typically around $1 USD to Q7.50 = Quetzales- local currency exchange-.

Safety / Security

Here are some helpful guidelines concerning the safety and security of your personal items:

  • Be mindful of how you carry your purse or where you place your wallet. Men, keep your wallets in a front or zippered pocket, as keeping it in your back pocket will make it susceptible to pickpockets. Ladies, keep purses across your chest or use a fanny pack (keeping your hands free is also wise).
  • An under garment money belt worn around your waist is a safe way to carry your personal cash or passport.
  • Stay with a group of people at all times – always go somewhere in pairs.
  • Take a minimal amount of jewelry with you – nothing flashy.
  • Be a confident traveler even if you are unsure or uneasy in a certain situation; confidence and calmness is key.
  • We also suggest that you make copies of all flight itineraries, wallet contents, passport, visa, etc. and carry copies in a separate, secure location. It would also be a good idea to leave copies of everything with someone at home also, just in case. These copies could prove invaluable should your personal documents be lost or stolen.

Food

We hope you will enjoy the local cuisine. Most meals will be eaten at a hotel or local restaurant. All foods that will be provided to you should be well prepared and safe for you to eat.

Meals are supplied on clinic days, but not on travel or recreation days.

  • As far as drinking water is concerned, to be on the safe side, always drink bottled water and brush your teeth with bottled water at the hotel. Avoid ice. Bottled water will be available.
  • You may want to take some personal snack items with you – good items to take include granola bars, dried fruit, and trail mix.

Time Zone / Weather

WEATHER:
June is the winter for South Africa and it can get cold in the morning and at night.  The average high is 63F and the average low is 37F.

TIME ZONE:
South Africa is in the South Africa Standard Time zone and does not observe daylight-savings time. South Africa is 5 hours ahead of the East Coast and 8 hours ahead of the West Coast of the United States.

Vaccines

As we travel internationally, we may be exposed to certain diseases that are rare in the United States. Fortunately, the risk of catching these diseases is still quite low since we will be on site for only a short time and will be eating properly prepared food, etc. However, since it is impossible to eliminate all risk, there are a variety of vaccines and immunizations that provide prevention against many of the most serious infectious diseases in the world that we ask each delegation member consider receiving.

Please consult the Centers for Disease Control website for vaccines and immunizations that are recommended for Zambia. The CDC recommends most travelers be up-to-date on measles as well as your routine vaccines such as MMR. In addition, most travelers get Hepatitis A and Typhoid.

Malaria is now present in parts of South Africa such as Kruger National Park so you should consult your physician about the potential of a prophylactic.

Always consult your physician on vaccines and immunizations prior to travel.

CDC WEBSITE