Sao Tome Project

Project Full
January 11 - 23, 2018
Sao Tome and Principe
Participation Fee
What's Included


From the early 1950s until 1975, the Seventh-day Adventist Church operated a Seventh-day Adventist school on the island of Sao Tome. However, when Sao Tome gained independence from Portugal, the new government took over the Seventh-day Adventist school buildings. When the facilities were returned to the Church after 15 years, they were not usable. The President has given the Seventh-day Adventist church a beautiful piece of property for a brand new school and they have asked for Maranatha’s assistance. Volunteers on this project will help construct an eight classroom One Day School Campus. If enough volunteers join the project, there may also be the opportunity to reach out into the local community through activities such as children’s ministry programs and health education.


One Day School Classroom Construction

Community Outreach

Karen Godfrey,
Project Coordinator
Peter Thomas,
Construction Superintendent
Thursday, January 11
Arrival in Sao Tome
Friday, January 12
Work Day
Saturday, January 13
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, January 14
Work Days
Saturday, January 20
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, January 21
Tuesday, January 23
Evening Departures from Sao Tome
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Sao Tome (airport code TMS) in the evening of Thursday, January 11, 2018. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Sao Tome (airport code TMS) in the evening of Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Sao Tome. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is enough space on the project. More information including arrival and departure airports and time will be available in an information packet once registration is available. Booking outside these windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project. Sao Tome is a little more difficult to get to than some other African countries. The best fares we have found are achieved by working through a travel agent and doing two round trip tickets: one to Lisbon, Portugal, and one from Lisbon to Sao Tome and back.

Travel Resources

CI Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle or Azumano Team at

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at


When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for the best fares.

Ilheu das Rolas

At the end of the project, volunteers will travel to the southern part of the island of Sao Tome and take a boat to a smaller island off the tip called Ilheu das Rolas. There, the group will stay at a resort hotel located right on the beach with a pool looking over the ocean. The group will visit a monument that is built on the equator line and will have the opportunity to relax at the resort or enjoy other activities such as scuba diving or spa appointments at an additional price.

Sao Tome and Principe Facts & Figures


Sao Tome




Portuguese and Forro


Tropical; hot and humid


Catholic 55.7%, Adventist 4.1%, Assembly of God 3.4%,



Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of intended return.
  • No tourist visa required for stays less than 15 days
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.