13 Day South African Adventure

  • Duration: 13 DAY(S)
  • Type: Conservation, Wildlife Protection, Volunteer – The excitement of Africa!
  • Project Rating:
  • Physical Rating:
    – Low to Medium level of fitness.

Live on a Big 5 game reserve, and help at-risk children and so much more!


An incredible African Volunteer Experience!

You will live in a Game Park, find and remove poacher snares and track rhinos. You can visit a Zulu Village, meet the biggest elephant you have ever seen and come face to face with a cheetah.

This program has everything Africa has to offer. And, you will help us build shelter and provide food for at risk children and AIDS orphans.  

You will be totally immersed in the African culture. And you can go Shark Diving, scuba diving at Cape Vidal and even pat a cheetah at the rehabilitation center.

There are exciting optional activities allowing you to enjoy a BBQ at Cape Vidal, take the hippo & crocodile boat cruises and interact with rescued elephants. 

Then we head up to coast to Kosi Bay for a boat cruise on the lake with a BBQ lunch. Evenings will be spent bonding around campfires as you listen to the sounds of wild animals. 

This program truly gives you the very best of Africa while allowing you to make a difference by being there!

Basic Itinerary
DAY 1 Itinerary

Arrive anytime on the first day. If you have purchased the Airport Add On your team leader will be waiting for you in an ROV shirt holding an ROV sign. Alternatively, you can meet us at the accommodation listed in your 4 weeks prior to program email.

There is a walking tour of St Lucia in the afternoon and a group dinner giving everyone a chance to get to know each other.

Meals Provided: Dinner

DAY 2 Itinerary

This morning after breakfast you will head out to the local village and receive an introduction to the Creche project. You may be building a new classroom, a soup kitchen, or other meaningful projects. Each program set the projects undertaken will vary slightly and this will be due to the current needs of the community.

After lunch, you'll have some free time to relax.

Later in the day, there is an optional sunset boat cruise where you can see hippos and crocodiles. You will be absolutely amazed by the number of hippos you see. Check out the add ons section for more information.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 3 Itinerary

Today you will continue work on the creche project. There will be cement to that needs mixing, holes to be dug, or walls to be painted. The children at the creche are always up for a game and their beautiful smiles will make it impossible to say no.

You'll continue work on the creche project before returning for some time to relax before dinner.

In the evening you'll be treated to a local dancing performance.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 4 Itinerary

Your day will be busy undertaking the Creche project.

During the afternoon we return to the accommodation where you can relax by the pool, read a good book, play cards games or catch up on some Netflix.

After dinner, there will be some free time.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 5 Itinerary

This morning we will go to Veyanne Village to see a traditional Zulu village. You'll be able to dress up in traditional clothing, learn the art of weaving and reenact hunting dances. After lunch, there is the optional add on to visit Cape Vidal. You'll drive through iSimangaliso in our Game Park vehicles to Cape Vidal. It's an absolutely stunning drive and it will lead you to a private beach where we'll enjoy a traditional Braii (BBQ). For those who haven't purchased the add on, you can spend your afternoon relaxing by the pool. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 6 Itinerary

This morning we will be leaving our accommodation in St.Lucia and making our way to the game park where you will be living for the next three days! On the way, you'll visit a Cheetah Rehabilitation centre where you can get up and close with the cheetahs and the other cat species who are residents there.

There will be time to settle into your new accommodation before an orientation tour of the game reserve,

Enjoy dinner sitting around a campfire, listening to the sounds of the wildlife around you.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 7 Itinerary

Today you'll be up bright and early! After a quick light breakfast, you'll head off on a game park walk exploring your surroundings, and will begin tracking wildlife on foot. 

On return, you'll stop for a break before starting on the next tasks. This might be more animal tracking, removing alien plant species from the reserve or learning about telemetry.  

You'll enjoy Dinner at the Game Park followed by a night drive.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 8 Itinerary

It will be another early start today as you explore the game reserve. You may be lucky enough to see the animals as they make their way to the waterholes. 

Like yesterday, you'll rotate between tasks which will consist of animal tracking, plant removal, telemetry and more!

Dinner will again be spent around the campfire and you'll be treated to another night drive.  

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 

DAY 9 Itinerary

This morning after breakfast you will leave the game reserve and start making your way to Kosi Bay which is a beautiful waterway made up of four lakes before it meets the ocean.  Here we will be on the endless white beaches by the warm Indian Ocean coast. Kosi Bay is a  magical place of shimmering lakes, forests, bush and pristine seashore.

On the way, there is an optional visit to an elephant rehabilitation centre where you can meet Rambo the giant bull elephant and spend some time getting to know him and his very touching story. For more information see the add ons section in your profile. 

There will be some time to settle into the accommodation in Kosi Bay before you take part in a forest walk. The forest surrounds the lakes and ocean and is absolutely stunning!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 10 Itinerary

Wake up in the beautiful Kosi Bay where we will be taking a boat cruise through the beautiful lakes and viewing some breathtaking scenery.

In the afternoon you will be treated to a fish Braii (BBQ), sampling some delicious local seafood.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 11 Itinerary

After breakfast, we will be leaving Kosi Bay and making our way back to St.Lucia. 

Settle back into the accommodation before spending a relaxing afternoon at the beach. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 

DAY 12 Itinerary

Today you will be finishing up any last-minute work on the building project at the creche. 

We'll then have a party to celebrate the completion of the project and say farewell to the children in the community. This is a highlight for everyone and you will really feel a sense of accomplishment kowing that you have been a part of something incredible that really changes lives.

On return to the accommodation, you will have some free time to relax before your final dinner in St.Lucia.

This is a chance for you and your fellow team members to have a night in a local restaurant and celebrate the completion of an amazing two weeks together.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 

DAY 13 Itinerary

Departure day, enjoy a relaxed morning where you can say goodbye to your new friends. If you have booked the Airport drop off add-on, your team leader will drop you at the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch.

What's Included
  1. All accommodation All on ground transport Excl. airport transfers
  2. Entry permits for game reserves Game park guides Contribution to the Reach Out Soup Kitchen Project
  3. Cheetah Rehabilitation Centre visit
  4. ROV Team Leader
  5. Zulu language classes
  6. ROV t-shirt

For more details see your Program Booklet.

Included Meals
  1. Breakfast 12
  2. Lunch 12
  3. Dinner 10
  1. Airport Collection & Drop Off (South Africa) ($40.00)
  2. Extra Night Before Program (South Africa) ($70.00)
  3. Extra Night After Program (South Africa) ($70.00)
  4. Hippo & Crocodile Boat Cruise ($32.50)
  5. Cape Vidal Tour & Beach BBQ ($49.95)
  6. Save The Rhinos t-shirt (Unisex) ($17.50)
  7. Flight Booking Service ($65.00)
  8. Shark Diving ($375.00)
  9. Elephant Interaction ($79.95)
  10. Standard ROV T-Shirt (Unisex) ($10.00)
  11. Durban Arrival & Departure (South Africa) ($250.00)
  12. Airport Collection & Drop Off (South Africa) ($40.00)
Airport Information

Standard Arrival & Departure

  • Arrival:  Richards Bay (RCB) – you can arrive at any time on the arrival day
  • Departure: Richards Bay (RCB) – you can depart at any time on the final day

Arrival & Departure for "shark diving" add-on or "Durban Arrival & Departure" add-on

  • Arrival:  Durban - King Shaka Airport (DUR) – you will need to arrive a day early (Saturday) at any time and an ROV team leader will be waiting for you. 
  • Departure: Durban - King Shaka Airport (DUR) – you will need to depart a day late (Sunday) at any time and we will drop you off at any time.

Need help booking flights? Let us help. With over 10 years experience booking flights we can ensure you get the best value package. We can also arrange special arrival times & locations which are not available without using our booking service. As most of our volunteers use the booking service we can also try to pair you up with other travellers on the same flights.



  • Aaron de Koning
    12 Dec 2018
    ROV was promoting at my university and I was looking for an overseas experience to end my year and so I attended the information session and came on this trip. Africa has been a dream destination for me to go for a long time. The opportunity to immerse myself in wildlife while also making a difference for the less fortunate was very appealing for me. The most memorable parts of the project were seeing all the amazing wildlife, which I was entirely expecting before going on this trip. But interacting with the kids at the creche and playing with them was an unexpected highlight since I wasn't expecting them to be so friendly and outgoing towards us. I really enjoyed my project and if anything it exceeded my expectations in terms of organization and hospitality. I feel like we made a significant difference at the creche we worked at since we could tell how much the kids there appreciated our work. My team leader did a great job in terms of hospitality and taking care of us while also bringing energy and enthusiasm towards the activities we did. She is definitely the right type of person to be a team leader and she carried out her ole very well.
  • alana kendall
    20 Jul 2019
    I honestly couldn't have had a better experience these past 2 weeks in South Africa. The culture, organisation of the trip, my group and team leader exceeded every expectation. Iäó»m so thankful to have had this experience and Iäó»ll cherish the memories forever.
  • Alexandra Kennard
    29 Jun 2019
    "ROV is a great company to travel the world with and make a difference at the same time. From start to finish they are there to answer and questions and support you. Camping in a game park for 5 nights and seeing all the amazing animals up close is a life changing experience. Working to help build creches that you personally see change kids lives is unforgettable, and i'd strongly recommend taking part, you won't regret it! Jackson was an amazing tour leader he was there supporting you and making sure it was an amazing time for the group everyday. Any problems and he was there to fix it! It was a trip filled with adventure, laughter, happiness and a life changing opportunity."
  • Amelia Mackey
    29 Jun 2019
    The two weeks I spent in Africa were the best two weeks of my life. I got to immerse myself within the culture and the amazing people. This volunteering project changed my life forever. It was incredible to see the impact I had on the people. South Africa is such an amazing beautiful country with the most amazing wildlife imaginable. The experience was also made 10 times better because of the people I was on the trip with, especially our team leader Jackson. His passion for ROV is incredible. He is such an amazing role model and leader, and the experience would not have been as amazing without him. I would highly recommend this volunteering trip to everyone. It was the best decision I ever made to come on this trip.
  • Anne Bokenfohr
    20 Jul 2019
    AMAZING TIME! Definitely worth the money to be helping out the communities and seeing what your work and payments are going to. We also had an amazing team leader :) thanks for the great time Jackson.
  • Annjulet White
    18 Jan 2019
    "I chose ROV because they were advertised everywhere at my university. I also chose it because upon researching it, I discovered a variety of volunteer opportunities as well as the activities within the program. It seemed to have an appropriate balance of leisurely activities as well as volunteering work that actually makes a difference. The most memorable experience for me was by far living on the game reserve and seeing the variety of animals every day, from impalas to lions we all enjoyed seeing any animal. It was much more than I expected. The facilities were much nicer than I expected. The community project was an amazing experience. Having previously been on previous volunteer trips this was the first project that I felt we made a difference and contributed back to the community ie concrete making for the creche. Jade was an incredible team leader, I would not have asked for a better person to be a team leader than her. She has been so nurturing as well as supportive throughout our journey here in Africa. She always seems to brighten our day jo matter what, whether we are hungover or exhausted from work. Jade's perspective on life has made her an unforgettable person. I don't think I'll ever meet a person like her again, she has taught me so much about the world in this small amount of time."
  • ariel pena
    20 Jul 2019
    Jackson has been an amazing team leader, he's like my brother now! We had an amazing team, I learnt a lot from everyone. I have been volunteering with different organizations and ROV is the best one. This is my second project with ROV and the experience can't be better.
  • Austin Nilsson
    29 Jun 2019
    There are few words that can really describe what this trip is like. The whole experience is so incredible that even shovelling sand and rocks is a good time. Experiencing the African culture is amazing. Every person you meet is the friendliest person on the planet, which makes it even harder to say goodbye when the trip comes to an end. It is impossible not to like every single person that helps with the program. Jackson was an amazing team leader as well and made the experience so much better. This was my second project with ROV and it has been one of the best times of my life. There is no way you can regret going on a trip like this and I can guarantee I'll be going with ROV again.
  • Breanna Payne
    20 Jul 2019
    I heard about reach out through my university and I knew before hand I wanted to go on a mission trip because it's something that I would never think of doing before. I went to the information session and south africa instantly caught my eye. I got the best of both worlds with seeing the animals and the kids. Coming to South Africa, and especially coming through reach out has been the best decision of my life. It has humbled me in every way and opened me up to human connection more than ever. My team leader, Jackson was absolutely perfect. He made sure everyone felt comfortable at all times, there was never a moment I felt alone or homesick because Jackson quickly became like a brother figure to me. He took time in getting to know about the deepest facts on my life and cared for everyone as if they were family. Even though this was my first reach out trip, I really think Jackson is the best team leader out there. And this definetly won't be my last trip!! I'm so Thankful for the friendships reach out has brought to me from all over the world. I will never forget the impact south africa made on me.
  • Caitlin Groebmair
    29 Jun 2019
    The South African program was amazing. Accommodations and food were excellent. The work we did on the game reserve and at the críÂches was so rewarding. I really felt that the work we did made a direct impact to the people and animals in the community. I feel I truly experienced Zulu culture! All of the cultural emersion activities were so fun and very educational. The locals were so friendly and welcoming!! Our team leader Jackson was so amazing. He was always so enthusiastic and fun. There was never a dull moment on the trip! I couldnäó»t imagine a better person to lead us in South Africa! Everything about this program was so fantastic and truly changed my life!
  • Chloe Fernandes
    18 Jan 2019
    "I have always wanted to travel to Africa to help and this project was a perfect way to do that! I loved this experience because it helped me to appreciate the life that I have and allowed me to immerse myself in another beautiful culture! I loved the project I think it was amazing, it was awesome to see all of our hard work coming together!I loved the cultural activities because they gave us more insight and understanding of the culture! They were very educational Jane was an amazing team leader she made this experience so memorable! She always made sure that everyone was happy and everything was done they needed! There is a very positive stigma around ROV!!"
  • Hannah Smith
    29 Jun 2019
    The African experience with reach out volunteers was the most inspiring, amazing and life changing experience that I will cherish for a life time. Throughout the two wonderful weeks we got the privilege to meet and interact with beautiful wildlife, people and communities that will forever be in your heart! I gained new perspectives, confidence and passion to do more good in the world. If you want to have a great impact in the world and meet great people, this program is for you. With team leader Jackson and guides bheki and sanele I have never felt safer and valued as a person. They become your family away from home while providing such a unique experience !
  • Hayley Parker
    07 Jun 2019
    Working on this project was one of the greatest experiences that I've had. We were completely immersed in the communities we visited, which allowed us to see exactly what it's like to live in South Africa, giving me a new perspective on the world. While living on the game reserve, we went on many drives to look for the animals, and we were lucky enough to see both lions and rhinos right along the road. We were also able to look for snares set up by poachers and remove alien plants that cause a lot of problems in South Africa. During the second week in St. Lucia, we fixed the playgrounds and made bricks for the creches. This was hard, but seeing and spending time with the kids each day while knowing this was all for them made it completely worth it. Also while in St. Lucia, we went on a boat cruise where we saw hippos and crocodiles, and we went on a night drive where we saw more hippos walking through the streets. This trip was amazing; everyone in the group became great friends, and it felt like we had all known each other for much longer than the two weeks that we were together. Jackson was amazing at being a team leader and made the entire trip fun for everyone through his excitement for each activity that we did and by showing how much he cares about each member of the group, as well as those that we worked with in the community throughout the program. From the beginning of each day at breakfast, until we all went to bed, he was very enthusiastic and continuously made us all laugh even through the hard work that we did. We all learned so much, and I hope to come back again.
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    29 Jun 2019
    Going on this trip was the best decision I've ever made! It started out with a week long safari in a game park where we saw lions, elephants, giraffes, and leopards! We spent the second week in St. Lucia where we helped build day care centers in the local villages. I'm so glad I chose ROV because I was able to see the direct impact I had whether it was removing alien plants, collecting snare traps, or helping build the day care centers and playing with the children! My favorite part of the trip was getting to know amazing people from all around the world, including our tour guides and team leader Jackson! Without such an amazing group of people, such a meaningful trip would not have been possible!
  • Jasmine Wood
    18 Jan 2019
    "Seeing the lion hunt at Somkhanda was incredible, and no I never expected to experience something like that Also the elephant experience is something i won't ever forget. Yes, it will make a difference, just by seeing how happy the kids were and how much they loved the creche that had already been completed She was amazing, so kind and passionate about the project, so open and friendly to everyone. Very happy with the way she does her job."
  • Jessica Panettieri
    29 Jun 2019
    Working on this project was hands down one of the most incredible experiences of my life! Our two week journey through South Africa was made up of two completely unique experiences. Our first few days were spent living in a Big Five Game Park where we camped under the beautiful stars of South Africa. Here we were able experience many up close sightings of the wildlife here that is like no other. The remainder of our journey was spent working at two of ROVäó»s community creche projects in St Lucia. This was a whole new experience in itself as we were each able to do our part in the development of the creche. This was extremely rewarding and I truly cherish the moments we were able to spend interacting with the beautiful children who have have so little yet are so incredibly happy. This journey could not of been possible without the beautiful team it was made up of. Sanele and Bheki were guides like no other, their knowledge and their humour just completed this trip. Busi was incredibly hardworking, providing us with three meals each day. Gideon and Sam were both super supportive in our contribution the creche. Jackson our team leader was welcoming from the very beginning. He genuinely cared about each and every person involved in this project, that included the volunteers, as well as all the team members mentioned above as well. His energy and passion for this project truly had an effect on each and every volunteer, it is clear that he is truly making a difference in this community. I couldnäó»t have asked for a better team leader or group to share this experience with. This inspirational journey is one that I will most definitely remember and cherish forever.
  • Jessica McDonald
    03 Jul 2019
    To put it simply this trip was the absolute best experience of my life. I joined this program to make a difference to the lives of people who are less fortunate than me and this project exceeded my expectations in that aspect along with all other aspects. During the first week at the safari reserve we removed a total of 12 snares set by poachers ultimately saving the lives of 12 animals that inhabit the game reserve. We also removed alien plant species from the game reserve that out compete the native plants that the animals feed from. These removals greatly impact the conservation of the game park and it was fulfilling to know that Iäó»ve made a difference to the lives of endangered species who need even the littlest of help. During the second week at the críÂche we made bricks for future buildings, laid concrete pavements and cleared shrubs. Although the work was quite physically demanding seeing the smiles on the kids faces and knowing that we are making a huge positive difference to their future was very rewarding and worth every blister. Learning about the culture in South Africa was interesting and Iäó»ve know acquired a better understanding and appreciation for it. The locals were very welcoming and made me feel completely at home. Our group was amazing and we became one big family and we have all gained a true friendship. Overall, this experience was life changing and has a very special place in my heart along with each and every member of our new acquired family. I was not at all ready to leave and upon leaving it was one of the hardest goodbyes Iäó»ve ever had to do. I 100% recommend this project it will change your life and I promise you will have zero regrets.
  • Jewell Klemp
    20 Jul 2019
    "The African experience was such an A-MAZ-ING trip. It was a really cool experience to get to be able to help the wildlife on the game park and also be able to help the Zulu community. The locals and the team lead do so much for this part of rov. You can really tell how much work goes into this project and being able to see it complete is truly a one of a kind experience. The people in my group were really the ones who made it so memorable that Iäó»ll never forget it! This place and the people will have a special place in my heart forever! I met the team lead, Jackson as a volunteer last year on a project in Cambodia and seeing him step into this role of becoming a team lead is amazing. Anyone can obviously tell that this is the job for him. Once you go on this project, you will be able to see all the amazing things this project was able to create and how it helps the community. Iäó»d give this project an 11/10. Team work really does make the dream work. Being on 2 trips really showed me that rov does äóìchange the world one village at a timeäó?. Itäó»s definitely a trip I would highly recommend!!! Abousha! (Cheers!)"
  • Kevin Chu
    22 Jul 2019
    "An amazing experience that offers a variety of cultural and natural experiences in South Africa. I do feel like there was a little too great of a focus on the natural side (looking for animals on the game viewers), but I enjoyed it nonetheless! While I understand this isnäó»t always possible logistically, I think it wouldäó»ve been best to go to the game park second rather than first as it would then serve as a bit of a spiritual and personal (deeper) experience between the volunteers as well as a break after a week of hard work on the críÂches as opposed to a nice äóÖgetting to know youäó» experience as it were, which would happen naturally as you work together. Jackson (TL) is a medley of eccentricities with which he can get along with anyone and everyone both personally and professionally. Our group had a wide range of personalities, all of which he managed to appropriately cater for. He showed genuine care for everyone he interacted with, allowing for a relaxed and open environment, going well beyond his call of duty. Heäó»s one of a kind, someone who Iäó»ll miss dearly. He is approachable, funny, calm and genuine all while maintaining a sense of professionalism and authority. Having had Domdin as my TL on my Cambodia trip years ago, Jackson has confirmed my belief that ROV selects the best people possible for the role of Team Leader. Theyäó»ve set the bar high for my next projectäó»s team leader, who I know will be just as amazing. As a whole, Iäó»d highly recommend this project for anyone who is looking for an authentic experience in a different, but not too outlandish area (some roads, cars and brick buildings) whilst putting in a bit of hard work on the críÂches."
  • Kurtlin Hladchuk
    20 Jul 2019
    Jack daddy was a total babe. Loved him like an uncle that you'll never see again but bring up in fond memory often. Whatever that means. Anyways the trip was awesome, Jackson was super helpful and fun but so passionate and pensive. Wonderful man, I give you an 11/8 stars. Love you bb
  • Lauren Tanner
    26 Jun 2019
    Out of all the things I could have done this summer, I am so happy I made the choice to volunteer with Reach Out in South Africa. Both weeks, while quite different from each other, were so amazing and rewarding in their own way. I strongly believe it was the people that made this trip so special. From our inspirational and passionate group leader, Jackson, to our knowledgeable tour guides, and the amazing locals of South Africa, everyone was so kind and motivational. There is nothing I would have changed about this trip. Definitely an experience Iäó»ll never forget!!
  • Lauren Williams
    18 Jan 2019
    "I did a lot of research and chatted to people that had done it before. I was worried about how legit it was and if it was a not-for-profit organization. Based on my research I found it the best option. HOWEVER, I think there needs to be more info given by ROV so that people feel comfortable giving their money and signing up for the program. The night drives, all being so exhausted and laughing about it. Was just great bonding and everything was AMAZING! Loved the hard work!!! Was very rewarding! Yes! I was in Africa to volunteer and thatí¢ä‰åä‹¢s it. I wasn't expecting the cultural activities so it was an added bonus. Omg she was AMAZING!!! She was everything we needed her to be! She had everyone's respect and was a great role model. Perfect leader for this type of adventure!!!"
  • Max Boulton
    18 Jan 2019
    "I've always been interested in animals and South Africa has amazing biodiversity which I've always wanted to see. The game reserve was one of the greatest things Ií¢ä‰åä‹¢ve ever done and seeing the kids at the creche was just incredible. I had an amazing time and feel like we helped a lot of different communities. Jade was amazing. She made everyone feel extremely comfortable and made sure everything was organized so it ran like clockwork."
  • Megan Shelley
    20 Jul 2019
    The entire project was amazing! I learned so much about the culture, people, and wildlife in the area.
  • Regina Manalo
    21 Jul 2019
    Overall this experience was one of a kind and well worth the expense. The memories and bonds that were made have helped to shape me into a better person and understand true privilege. I would do something like this again in a heart beat, the children and culture were beautiful and so heart warming. Jackson was an amazing, caring, outgoing and friendly team leader, he respectfully made everyone feel welcomed and comfortable. His energy was uplifting and inspiring. Thank you Jackson and thank you ROV.
  • Sienna Pioli
    20 Jul 2019
    One of the best experiences of my life. Spending time with the kids at the críÂche was my favorite part. More specifically when we had a party with bubbles and candy!!! along with the people leading and assisting with our group. Our leader, Jackson, worked hard to make sure we were happy at all times and having fun even while mixing cement!!! Bheki and Sanele are excellent guides, drivers, tire changers, and incredible human beings. I give them all 10/3 stars!!!!
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    • Program cost $1,895.00/ person

    • Program cost excludes flights.

    Program cost $1,895.00