South Africa
Durban / November / Thanksgiving Trip

11/18/2022 - 11/27/2022

No better Thanksgiving than this one to go with us to South Africa and experience the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the beautiful countryside of KwaZulu Natal. We’ll spend our workdays at Build The Future sites nestled in rolling sugar cane hills of Ndwedwe. We work where our partner needs us most, so our teams humbly come alongside and do big projects, like painting, digging, planting and building. It’s inspiring to see how much a group can accomplish in just a few short days. And on every trip, there's time to connect with the kids. It may look like helping to prepare and serve lunch, participating in the classroom, or just playing, but this opportunity to build relationships can create lasting change. End the week with a safari at Thula Thula and enjoying some sea and sun fun on the beautiful Dolphin Coast.

Crossroads is following all guidelines and requirements from the CDC, local authorities in South Africa, and any rules of vendors, venues and partners. If the guidelines change prior to the trip we will adjust the expectations. Current requirements are:

  • If you are vaccinated, you will be required to show proof of vaccination, and will not have to have COVID test before the trip.

  • If you are not vaccinated, you will be required to test within 72 hours of departure and show proof of a negative COVID test.

  • All trip participants are required to show proof of a negative COVID test to return to the US.

Signup Deadline: 7/31/2022

When: 11/18/2022 - 11/27/2022

Deposit: $300

Size of Trip: 25

Crossroads Community: Churchwide

Focus: Vulnerable Children, Poverty

Audience: All

Minimum Age: 12

Restrictions: Background Check Required

Total Cost: $3,200 

Day 1

Depart US

Day 2

Arrive in South Africa

Day 3

Worship, Sightsee in Durban, Visit Luthuli Museum, play in the Indian Ocean

Day 4-7

Workday at Waterfall Schools

Day 8

Safari and Lunch @ Thula Thula

Day 9

Morning rest and solitude time, Shopping, Depart South Africa

Day 10

Arrive home

Les Mouettes

Les Mouettes condo complex is located in Ballito, a small, bustling, modern village nestled between the rolling sugar cane hills and the warm Indian Ocean Coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Situated just 30 minutes north of Durban, in the heart of the Dolphin Coast, Les Mouettes is on the beachfront. The condos are three bedrooms, furnished in “beach house style” with stunning views over the warm Indian Ocean and “Granny’s Pool”—a small, semi-private beach.

Enjoy a catered breakfast with your trip mates; you’ll have choices like eggs, bacon, toast, pastries, cereal, yogurt and fruit with coffee, tea and juice. Lunches will be bagged lunches of PB&J sandwiches, fruit and chips. Dinner will be a catered buffet with a salad, usually chicken, beef or pork entrees with plenty of potatoes and veggies and dessert.


Build The Future was founded in 2006 to facilitate the early learning development of children in the informal settlements around Johannesburg. They believe that to encourage these grassroots communities, they must be “in the trenches”. So they are working to start pre-schools in these communities around South Africa, knowing that children who are given healthy food and an ideal learning environment today will be the successfully employed, tax-paying citizens of South Africa’s tomorrow.


South Africa has been called the most unequal country in the world, and is the nation with the most people living with HIV/AIDS. Our partner, Grace Bible Church, is one of the largest churches in South Africa, centered in Soweto, a mega-township just outside Johannesburg. Grace Bible is a true force for change in the country and a beacon for hope.



That may sound like a lot, but you should know this covers everything (flight, hotel, meals, activities, etc.), and this is a number you’re meant to tackle with your friends and family. Of all of our trip participants, only 5% have had to contribute to their own trip.
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It's about 18 hours.

Long enough to watch the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and still get a solid 8 hours of sleep. Awesome!