Photos by onne van der wal

Photos by onne van der wal

In March of 2020, UP will conduct its fourth adult-volunteer trip to Nomathamsanqa, South Africa. We understand that adults lead busy lives, and that getting away for longer stretches of time may be difficult. As a way to offer exposure to genuine side-by-side volunteerism with the locals, without having to forego too much time away from home, UP volunteers may opt for a 10-day, door-to-door, volunteer experience.

The tentative all-inclusive dates are March 20 - March 29, meaning that the volunteers intend to depart from the USA on March 20th, remain in South Africa until March 28th, and arrive home on March 29th. Anyone who is interested, but who has never volunteered with us before, will be asked to complete a short application.

The adult trip includes in-country transportation to and from the volunteer site, volunteerism, lodging, three meals a day (excluding those during free time), orientation, a safari, and other optional cultural activities: including possible visits to Daniell’s Cheetah Project, the seaside city of Port Elizabeth, and a lively Sunday church service, rich with culture, music, and warmth. The adult trip does not include round-trip airfare between the USA and South Africa or personal items, such as laundry, phone calls, snacks, alcohol, etc.

We know that the term life-changing has become overused, and almost cliche, but sometimes such terms just fit the bill. Please contact us for more information about prices, the application process, and availability.


We believe a virtuous legacy requires a sincere effort to enrich others’ lives, and we are honored to nurture that legacy through our volunteer program. Our volunteer experience in South Africa focuses nearly exclusively on service, so what will you do while there? Work. Happily work. You will start your volunteer day early, but what you will do depends upon current projects combined with your interests. In the past we have helped set up a computer laboratory, taught math and English, developed lesson plans, taught PowerPoint and Excel, planted trees, coached soccer, purchased and installed home essentials (beds, kitchen tables, kitchen cupboards, wardrobes), orchestrated a “free” market, overseen the installation of an electricity-producing wind turbine, installed a miniature soccer pitch and netball court, constructed a sandbox, supervised a jungle gym installation, helped lay concrete for hopscotch and other games, constructed a shaded region for kindergarteners, created a small-scale play village, laid a flower and rock garden, designed and helped construct a pergola, delivered and taught how to use tablets, learned Xhosa cultural dances, beaded, and more.

At the end of the day, you will be exhausted yet rejuvenated; you will sleep like a baby and dream, dream, dream. You will discover, firsthand, that we all yearn for the same things, but that we all do not get the same opportunities. And we guarantee you that every day you will laugh, hear music, dance (if you wish), feel purposeful, be appreciated, and meet people you will swear you have known for a lifetime and love instantly.

All our Addo friends are amazing people who speak from the heart. It was a privilege to get to know them. Once you experience the sincere appreciation the wonderful people express, you only want to return again and again. I now get it. I cannot wait to go back.
— Joanne, Volunteer