Sharing Hope Africa Service Trip
Dates: December 26th – January 2nd (with option to extend before or after)
Pricing: Est. $3,000
Every person is equipped with a unique set of skills that only they can provide to help our cause. Of course there are the typical jobs on a service trip (i.e. doctors, nurses, engineers, etc.)…but, we also need volunteers with open minds who are ready to jump on any task! Open-minded people, creative thinkers and hard workers are essential components to every trip and we would love to have you join us on this adventure.
During this trip, we’ll be volunteering at Sharing Hope Preschool in Licilo, Mozambique. We’re still finalizing what projects we’ll be specifically working on during our time there – more details to come!
On The Ground Logistics
- Accommodation: Dependent on number of team members; likely a lodge in Praia de Bilene.
- On-The-Ground Transportation: Vans (aka Sherpa’s / Kombi’s)
- Breakfast: Eggs, toast, yogurt, seasonal fruit
- Lunch: PB&J sandwiches, seasonal fruits & chips
- Dinner: Family style dinner; variation each night depending on availability of food
- * Re: Food Allergies: Please ensure you note any food allergies in the interest / application form so our team can work with you to accommodate any needs
Need To Know Before You Go
$3,000 (not including additional, optional activities)
- approx. $2000 to flights
- approx. $500 to room & board
- approx. $500 to team funds
Prior to departure, we require a doctor’s checkup and sign-off. Once you have been accepted as a participant of the trip, we will send you the necessary form.
- Hepatitis A
- Td (for Diphtheria)
- Tetanus – you should already have, please check that it is up-to-date
- Azithromician (Z-Pak)
- Malaria Pills (we suggest Malaprone since it is commonly known as the medication with the least side effects; consult your doctor for the medication fit best for you)
Yellow Fever Protocol
Yellow fever is not a concern in Mozambique. However, if you are arriving from a country where yellow fever is present, Mozambique will require you to present your yellow book (received at the time you had your immunization ) at the border for verification when arriving / departing Mozambique. If you are traveling with the group, this will not be a concern.
International Health Insurance
This is included in the price of the trip. We will be providing travel insurance through World Nomads. You will be covered by the Standard Plan – Level 1. This sufficiently covers all possible emergency situations; please note we take all necessary precautions to never put our visitors at risk, however it is always ‘better to be safe than sorry’. This insurance covers:
- Trip Protection
- Emergency Medical Insurance
- Evacuation and Repatriation
- Protection of Gear
Passports / Visas: Each team member will be responsible for obtaining a valid passport that meets all requirements for entering South Africa / Mozambique.
- Passports must be valid six months from entry into Mozambique
- Passports must have at least three blank passport pages for visa and entry / exit stamps
Visa Application Process
Although visas can be obtained upon arrival in Mozambique, all team members are required to get their visas before departure from the US. We are able to assist you in this process with some of our volunteers located in NYC, very close to the Mozambique Mission at the United Nations. If you would like to apply for a visa through SHA, we will need you to provide the following by November 1, 2023:
(4) Passport Photos
$180 USD certified check
Completed Visa Application Form, we will send it to you once we receive & accept your application
Your valid passport with the above requirements.
From there we will process your application & send your passport back with a tracking number for convenience.
Sponsorships / Fundraising
Many of our volunteers subsidized their trips through sponsorships. This is a very effective way to raise money either to subsidize you trip and/or raise money to help fund programs during your trip.
Many volunteers fundraise through sponsorship letters; please let us know if you would like any examples / advice as to the best way to go about sponsorship letters.
Others raise funds through bake sales, church organizations, corporate sponsorships, local restaurant partnerships, 50/50 raffles with local groups / communities, garage sales, etc.
We are very happy to help with more fundraising ideas / guidance, let us know at email@example.com. We are happy to help!
Congratulations, you have finished reading the bulk of the information! In regards to next steps there are three options:
- “I DEFINITELY WANT TO GO, I AM SO EXCITED!!!”
Wahoooo! Go to our trip application at the bottom of this page to fill out the application.
If you have any quick questions feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org .
- “I am still thinking, but I have more questions / would like more information”
We are very excited that you are considering our trip, we will be hosting one webinar in October 2022 to have an open conversation & field any questions from prospective volunteers. Look out on our Facebook page for more information.
- “I think I will sit this one out, but how do I stay involved”
That is great too! There are many ways to stay involved; email us at email@example.com or follow us on Instagram @sharinghopeafrica for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is it safe?
Both Eswatini and Mozambique are extremely safe; people are very happy to see us come and visit!
Trips to the Kingdom of Eswatini are pending any political or civil unrest; our friends on the ground keep us updated and we are happy to answer any questions / concerns via email, WhatsApp, or during the webinars.
- Is Sharing Hope Africa affiliated with a denomination?
SHA is a non-profit organization pending 501(c)3 approval. We are not affiliated with a specific denomination. We believe that cross-religion collaboration, integration and acceptance is the core for a diverse group of individuals who wish to create a positive impact on rural and disadvantaged communities.
- Who will lead this trip?
One of our committed volunteers and the leader of Sharing Hope Africa, Jami, will be leading this trip. She has been traveling to Southern Africa on and off for over 12 years now. She also has experience leading travel groups and is very excited to lead this one!
- Can I come as an individual?
Of course you can (some people say they even like it better)! You’ll find that people involved with our organization are very friendly and eager to make friends and share expierences. At the very least, the group leader will always be your friend 🙂
- Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, it is! Our 501(c)3 application was approved in February of 2022!
- What should I pack?
We love the enthusiasm! We will be releasing further information after we have closed the application, but if it is imperative to know the packing list before making your final decision, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for a preliminary packing list.
If you have any further questions, please email email@example.com and we will get back to you ASAP!
Want to be the first to know when our January 2023 Application goes live? Drop your email below!