Sao Tome Project

Dates
July 5 - 14, 2018
Location
Sao Tome and Principe
Participation Fee
$1,320
What's Included

* Maps may indicate region where project will take place, not a specific site location.

Overview

Join Maranatha on the island nation of Sao Tome, located off the western coast of Africa. Maranatha recently completed a One Day School Campus and the Adventist leadership has asked for assistance with new churches as well. Many congregations are meeting in people’s homes or in makeshift building. Funds are limited and there is no money to build permanent worship spaces. Maranatha have committed to building eight One Day Churches for these congregations in need.

Volunteers on this project will help construct churches throughout the island. 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. All volunteers are welcome on this project. We are in special need of volunteers who speak English and Portuguese.

At the end of the project there is an optional excursion available for those who wish to extend their time on the island.

Click to See the Need in Sao Tome

Scope

One Day Churches

Community Outreach

Leaders
Sheena Smith,
Project Coordinator
Itinerary
Thursday, July 5
Arrival in Sao Tome
Friday, July 6
Work Day
Saturday, July 7
Worship with the Local Congregations
Sunday, July 8
Work Days
Saturday, July 14
Worship with the Local Congregations. Evening Departures from Sao Tome
Sunday, July 15
Optional Excursion
Tuesday, July 17
Evening Departures from Sao Tome
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Sao Tome (airport code TMS) in the evening of Thursday, July 5, 2018. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers who join only the project will depart from Sao Tome (airport code TMS) in the evening of Saturday, July 14, 2018. Those joining the excursion will depart from Sao Tome (airport code TMS) in the evening of Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
Agosto Neto Hotel
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 corporatetravel@ciazumano.com

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at nathan@butlertravel.com

Kayak:
www.kayak.com

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

Excursions
Optional Excursion: Ilheu das Rolas $345

At the end of the project, volunteers can choose to 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 snorkeling, scuba diving, or spa appointments at an additional price. The optional excursion has an additional fee of $345 per person which includes housing, food, transportation, and insurance.

Sao Tome and Principe Facts & Figures

CAPITAL

Sao Tome

POPULATION

197,541

LANGUAGE

Portuguese and Forro

CLIMATE

Tropical; hot and humid

RELIGION

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

CURRENCY

Dobra

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.