What we’ll be doing
Participants will spend the majority of their week on Project Canaan. You will kick off your experience with a complete tour of Project Canaan: our 2500-acre fully operational farm and children’s home. Each year additional buildings and initiatives are incorporated, and both return and new visitors get to experience an up-close look at the growth that has occurred. You will be hosted by our local managers at each location and get to hear some of their stories along the way.
We plan to host Camp Canaan with our older children. You will have the opportunity to serve a local homestead in our community to deliver food, clothing and spend time with family. One day will also be spent visiting one of our rural church partners. You may have the opportunity to serve in other capacities, however at this time we are still determining what is best for all as we bring trips back to Project Canaan. We will be in close communication with all travelers and give frequent updates as we adapt our itinerary, so you are well prepared, and well informed!
Shopping & Local Travels
The Khutsala™ Artisan shop on Project Canaan will be open multiple times throughout the week, and you will be able to stock up on our beautiful Khutsala and Kufundza products. Our jewelry, Christmas ornaments, charcuterie boards, and many other home items are all handmade on site, providing employment for our neighboring communities, which allows them to in turn provide for their families (sometimes up to 7 people in each household). All profits are used to further our mission of self-sustainability and to provide care for our more than 340 children living on Project Canaan. These make great gifts or souvenirs, and each purchase truly makes an impact!
You will have one day “off property” where you will visit a local game drive and have a chance to do some shopping at a local market.
On the ride back to the airport for departure from Africa you will also have a stop at Ngwenya Glass Factory.
Each participant will be encouraged to maintain a group mindset throughout your trip. We want to ensure that everyone has a great experience, and we make preparations based on what is best for the group. As Project Canaan grows, specifically our children’s campus, we must make modifications that are going to best serve those on and off the property, as well as provide consistency and structure for the schedules our staff has worked so diligently to put in place. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to improve your trip experience!
Travel Details & Cost
All travelers must comply with international travel restrictions and with the operational requirements mandated by Project Canaan.
The trip cost will include the ground costs and the airline ticket cost if you are booking your ticket through Heart for Africa (Canada). Please contact our Trip Coordinator, Sharon Schaubert, for costs: here.
If making your travel arrangements through Heart for Africa (Canada), you will depart Canada on July 15th and arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 16th. At the conclusion of the trip, you will depart South Africa July 24th and arrive in Canada on July 25th.
*Please note: The cost with airfare is based on our blocked seating rate with the airlines. Volunteers must register with air and meet the $1,000 USD funding deadline by the determined date (TBD) in order to get the blocked seating rate. For registrations after this date, we will book individual tickets at the regular published fare at the time. If we do not have more than ten people sign up with airfare by the date determined we cannot keep our block and we will need to book individual tickets. The total trip cost may change according to airline rates at the time.
If you are self-booking your airfare (not booking through Heart for Africa (Canada)), you will need to coordinate your arrival and departure in South Africa with us in order to join the rest of the team. The ground costs for your trip will be $2,670. Please contact our Trip Coordinator, Sharon, with your travel arrangements.
Please include in the “I’m traveling with:” field on the registration form any notes for Heart for Africa (Canada).
The costs of the trips include lodging, meals, supplies, ground transportation, administrative fees and airfare (if you have elected for Heart for Africa to arrange the air portion of your trip). Due to cost and exchange rate adjustments, any remaining funds will go toward general support of the mission.
*Please note that Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) does not permit issuance of official tax receipts for payments made toward service trips.