Frequently Asked Questions
Please check out the FAQ list below to help answer your questions. We are happy to connect with you to answer any questions that you may have, so please do not hesitate to reach out to Kristen or Emily at email@example.com.
How do I sign up my group?
You can sign up by submitting an online application. You can find the online application by clicking here or by clicking on the ‘Apply Today!’ button on the bottom of this page. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
What types of groups can come?
We love to host groups of families, students, young adults, Bible Study groups, etc.! Our short-term trips are great for a family vacation with a purpose, a group of friends or your Bible Study group. We’re able to host and facilitate groups of all different dynamics and ages. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any additional questions.
What dates are available for groups?
If you would like to bring a group of 10+ then you are able to customize your trip dates to fit your schedule throughout any time of the year. However, if your group is smaller than 10 or if you’d like to come on your own then you can choose from one of our pre-set trip dates, which you can find by clicking here.
What is the trip cost for groups?
The trip cost for custom group trips will vary depending on your group size and trip length. Once you have applied and chosen your dates we will be able to determine your trip price; however, a good estimate would be $1,350 to 1,500 per person plus international airfare. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions as we’d be happy help!
How do I sign up as an individual?
You can sign up by submitting an online application! You can find the online application by clicking here or by clicking on the ‘Apply Today!’ button on the bottom of this page.
What are the pre-set trip dates for individuals & smaller groups?
Is there an age limit?
Our trips are primarily open to individuals who are 13 years old and above; however, if there is a participant who is under the age of 13 they may be permitted to participate if there is an accompanying family member or guardian. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Is there any additional information or paperwork for minors (under the age of 18) traveling to and from South Africa?
Yes, South Africa has implemented immigration laws for anyone under the age of 18 who is travelling to and from South Africa. There will be additional paperwork that each participant under the age of 18 must complete and have with them as they travel. We are very familiar with this process and the paperwork required, so we will assist you as you prepare these documents. For further information please view this step-by-step leaflet provided by the South African Government: http://www.dha.gov.za/files/Brochures/Immigrationleaflet.pdf.
What does the trip cost include for pre-set trips?
The trip cost includes your international flight, ministry training, ministry supplies, in-country transportation, housing, all meals, an African Safari, a visit to the Lion Park and a nice African dinner out to eat. The only thing the trip cost does not include is your personal spending money and any incidentals.
How are flights purchased?
Flights for individuals are booked through and by Impact Africa – so that you can meet up with the rest of group to fly to South Africa together! Groups can purchase their own flights through their own travel agency, or you can contact Skypass Travel for help with booking your flights. We have worked with Skypass Travel for 14+ years, so they know how our trips work and are able to locate great deals on tickets.
Will I need a passport?
Yes! You will need a valid passport that does not expire within 6 months after your trip and with at least two blank Visa pages. For information on how to apply for a new passport, renew your passport, or add Visa pages, please visit travel.state.gov.
Will I need a visa?
No, US Citizens do not require a Visa. Upon arrival in South Africa, you will automatically receive a 90-day visa, and this is free of charge and does not require any paperwork. If you are NOT a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please contact Emily (firstname.lastname@example.org), as you may need to apply for a visa.
How do I receive donations for my trip?
You and your supporters can make donations online and via check. Once accepted for a trip, we will send you further information on how and when to make donations. All trip donations are tax-deductible and non-refundable.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes! All donations are tax-deductible and non-refundable as we are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Are there any unexpected expenses?
The only unexpected expenses will be any form of emergency (medical, missed flight, etc.). If an emergency does arise we will ensure that you (or your child) are very well taken care of by our highly trained staff. Safety and the care of each of our short-term participants is our number one priority!
Where will we be staying?
Over the past 15+ years we have worked with three main housing facilities, which are all quite similar. We will determine your specific housing based upon availability, rates and the dynamics of your team. All housing options have modest accommodations with normal toilets, showers, and beds. Some of the housing is dormitory style, so all girls in one building with bunk beds, and all guys in one building with bunk beds. Girls and guys will not share bathrooms. Please note that there is no heat or air conditioning in any of the buildings in South Africa, so if you come during Fall/Winter (May-August) then it will be very cold, and if you come during the Spring/Summer months (September-April) then it will be very hot.
What will we be eating?
Breakfast and dinner will be provided for by the housing facility, and then Impact Africa will provide lunch each day.
- Breakfast Example: Eggs, porridge/oatmeal, toast, cereal and South African sausage
- Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, fruit and chips
- *Each person will be asked to bring one jar of peanut butter and one squeeze bottle of jelly.
- Dinner Example: Beef stew with rice and veggies, Cottage pie, etc.
Towards the end of your trip you will have an opportunity to eat out at a traditional African restaurant, which will consist of different types of meat (chicken, beef, kudu, impala, etc.). It’s really yummy, but you’re not required to eat it!
Please let us know if you have any form of food allergy as most of our housing facilities are able to accommodate as long as we know in advance.
What if I have food allergies?
If you have any form of food allergies (gluten, nuts, etc.) you are still able to come on the trip! After you are accepted for your trip, you will be asked to complete a Travel Release Form where you will need to indicate any food allergies that you may have. Please note that depending on your allergy, you may be asked to bring food supplements; however, most of the housing facilities will be able to accommodate as long as we know in advance.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes! South Africa actually has the third cleanest water in the world. Please be sure to pack your water bottle!
Will there be coffee?
Our housing complexes do serve instant coffee in the morning with breakfast, however if you have a favorite instant coffee that you like, you are more than welcome to bring your own as well!
What is the voltage for electricity?
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ (as opposed to 110/120 volts in the U.S.). Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. The Type M adapter will allow you to plug your U.S. electronics into South African outlets, and can be purchased for about $5 on Amazon. Please note that adapters only change the shape of the plug, but DO NOT convert the power voltage. This means that for smaller electronics, such as phone and camera chargers, they will work just fine; however, for larger electronics/small appliances, such as hair dryers, the power voltage will not convert properly, and will ruin both the appliance and the outlet. Please make sure that whatever electronics you choose to bring (which shouldn’t be much more than a phone or camera charger), that they will be compatible with the voltage in South Africa.
What types of medicine or vaccinations are recommended?
Impact Africa/South Africa does not require any vaccinations or malaria medication for North Americans, however you may consult your doctor, or refer to cdc.gov for vaccination recommendations.
What kinds of things will I do on a trip?
During your trip, you will have the opportunity to share your personal testimony, share the hope of Jesus, and pray with people through house to house evangelism. You will also have the opportunity to love on all of the kiddies as you help us lead our Jabulani Kids program in the communities! Depending on your group, you may also have the opportunity to visit some of the local clinics and hospitals with our Impact Baby Rescue Team, help us with some hands-on projects, and more. Check out the Schedule page for more details.
What will our schedule look like?
Please check out the schedule page for more information.
What should I bring?
Once you’re accepted we will send you your Acceptance Guide, which will also contain your packing list. The type of clothes you pack will be determined on the time of year that you come on a trip. Please note that South Africa’s Spring/Summer is September to February and Fall/Winter is March to August. Each person will be asked to bring one jar of peanut butter and one squeeze bottle of jelly for lunch.
Can I bring supplies to donate?
Yes! If you would like to bring any supplies to donate, please contact us first so that we can let you know what our biggest needs are at that time.
What happens in case of emergency?
Safety is our number one priority for each participant. We are very aware of our surroundings and will not bring a team into any area that may seem unsafe for any reason. Each housing facility is about 15-20 minutes from a hospital, so we can quickly get to a doctor if needed. We will notify parents as soon as possible if any form of emergency arises.
Will there be Wi-Fi available?
Unfortunately, the housing facilities do not have Wi-Fi. Upon arrival in South Africa, each participant will contact home to let their family know that they have arrived safely. There may be one or two opportunities to connect to Wi-Fi, but you should expect to have none to very limited Wi-Fi connectivity. Each group leader will have a Wi-Fi hotspot device to use for daily updates and emergencies. We will have a Facebook page set-up for each trip so that family and friends back home can receive daily updates from Impact Africa about the trip.
Are you or your Group ready to advance the Gospel?
“This was my first mission trip and it literally transformed me and changed my life! I love what Impact Africa is doing for the people of Africa! Before this trip I hadn't ever had a passion for missions or an understanding of how important missions really is! Now I want to live my life for the Gospel! Thank you Impact Africa for impacting me!”- Cassi Mhoon
“I have been learning so much about God’s heart for His people all around the world and how there is such an urgency to share the Gospel with these people who don’t know.”- Sarah Tapp, Class of 2012
“Impact ME is not only changing me like the name suggests, but also the people around me.”- Cori Bridgford, Class of 2013