TRIP Cost Breakdown

50% of the cost of the trip must be turned in by Oct 1 so that we can purchase plane tickets in early October. The cost covers the airline tickets, food, lodging, project costs, insurance, and an African Safari excursion. The excursion is optional, but is highly recommended. Not participating in the Safari would reduce the cost of the trip.

Quick Facts

  • Dates: Jan 8-28, 2020

  • Application deadline: August 31, 2019

  • Approximate Cost: $3,000

  • Team Leader: John Malin

  • Trip Type: Cultural Exposure

  • Organization: Restoring Hope International


Description of the Trip

This is a great trip for singles or couples who would like to experience life in another culture while contributing in a significant way to the lives of children living in an orphanage.

Restoring Hope Village is a group of homes for children that have been orphaned, neglected, or abused, and gives them a home where often they feel loved for the first time.

The goal of Restoring Hope Village is to break the cycle of sickness and death that bring these children to us, and to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the children God gives us.

Coming from a culture so clearly impacted by HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and other illness we deal with many children who have been exposed to illness themselves.  No child is turned away because of sickness.  A healthy diet, warmth, security and love often quickly transform previously ill children into pictures of health.

Description of South Africa

An increasing number of children in South Africa are losing one or both of their parents, primarily to HIV-AIDS. South Africa has the largest number of people infected by HIV in the world, and it continues to be the country hardest hit by this overwhelming disease. Tens of thousands of South African children have been left orphaned, vulnerable and alone.

A majority of these orphans live in child-headed households where the older children are forced to leave school in order to provide for their younger siblings. Some of the oldest are not even in their teens, while the youngest are barely toddlers. The most vulnerable of these children live in plastic-bag or canvas houses; others live in informal shacks made of cardboard and corrugated iron sheets. With no means of independent income, these children experience very real needs in terms of basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. Parental or other adult support and guidance is an unknown luxury to them.

For more information about this, and potential future trips to South Africa, join the South Africa Updates and Information group on Interchange. If you would like more information about this trip, make plans to attend an informational meeting listed above or contact John Malin at

You can express interest in this trip by clicking the button below.  Write "South Africa 2020" in the trip box.

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