How Can You Help Out?
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Over the years, MCF has built close relationships with MORE Family Collection’s local communities in rural villages and urban townships. Visitors are welcomed into the community to meet the residents, visit MCF projects, and see something of life here – a humbling and rewarding experience. MCF Community Experiences are largely customised for each guest or group.
Please note that Community Experiences:
• Are subject to availability
• Include welcome drinks; bottled water, transport in an air-conditioned vehicle (except when a safari vehicle is used); and a tour guide
For guests of Lion Sands Game Reserve – Sabi Sand & Kruger National Park
Community experiences are offered to guests directly to our More Community Foundation supported projects in the villages of Huntington and Justicia B. This tour offers insights into rural village life and its everyday experiences.
Included in the itinerary are our Jabez Preschool in Justicia B and Henna Preschool and Wonderful Beginnings in Huntington – to meet the teachers, spend some time with the children, and see the work we are doing with them; and the MCF-supported Huntington Digital Learning Campus in Huntington – where guests can engage with the tutors and learners, and take a walk-through this world-class online learning facility.
Departure time: 10h30
Number of guests: 2–4 (LS vehicle to be booked if group is larger)
Travel time: ±1 hour (one way) – meet at lodge reception
Cost: R780 per person – Fortuner (PDP driver)
Tour duration: ±3 hours
We normally leave after breakfast and come back before lunch.
Optional experience (at an additional cost):
Visit to a local sangoma (traditional healer) – R100 per person per consultation (to be prebooked)
Community experiences on a closed vehicle (Fortuner) preferably for 3-4 guests: R780 (optional but with a charge)
Community Tour on an open vehicle: Complimentary to the guests
For guests of Marataba Luxury Lodges
This experience takes guests on an educational drive to visit some of our most-in-need projects. Heuningvley Primary School and Itsoseng Daycare Centre are included in this experience. Both schools are doing their best to provide a good education to the children of local farm workers and reserve staff.
Guests meet some of the teachers and children and are shown around the school to give them some insight into the work we do and the daily life of locals.
Departure time: 10h30 – meet at lodge reception
Travel time: ± 45 minutes (one way)
Tour duration: ± 2 hours
Cost: R3000.00 per transfer
Number of guests: 2–6 – arrangements can be made for larger groups and additional costs may apply
Refreshments included: water & cold drinks
For guests of Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel & More Quarters Neighbourhood Hotel
This experience gives a very personal and authentic look into life in the townships. The experience takes place at the MCF-supported Injongo Educare Centre in the Mfuleni township where guests can help to make or serve the children breakfast, read, play ball and have singalongs with them. This is followed by a short walk down the road to where the centre began at the home of inspirational founder, Mavis Ngcongolo who will be there to greet the group.
Departure times: After breakfast and lunch – meet at hotel reception
Travel time: ±30 minutes (one way)
Tour duration: 3–4 hours
Number of guests: 2–7
Cost: R2000 per vehicle for 1–3 guests
Cost: R3000 per vehicle for 4–7 guests
For guests of Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel and Ursula’s Homestead
This deeply humbling and inspiring experience introduces guests to the Woodlands community on the fringe of Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve that faces extreme challenges but is determined to build a better life for themselves. The experience centres on Masuwe Primary School where 164 children give it their all to learn, despite the challenges they face.
MCF is making extensive upgrades at Masuwe, and guests are invited to see the progress, meet with the school’s headmistress and a few of the community leaders, and get introduced to the children. MCF also has a significant conservation arm in the region, supporting the Victoria Falls Black Rhino Conservation Project. Connect with your Programs & Community Coordinator (PCC) for more information and on how to book a safari or rhino experience.
Departure time: After breakfast 9am – meet at hotel reception
Travel time: ±45 minutes (one way)
Tour duration: ±2 hours
Number of guests: 2–9
Cost: US$65 per person (transfer is in an open vehicle)
Our most popular way for guests to get involved by helping out with project tasks that address local community needs around education, health & environment, and infrastructure. These extraordinary social experiences bring them into the heart of Southern Africa and make for a more meaningful journey.
The activities on this page are an outline of what guests can expect, although each can be customised – guests choose where they wish to help and use their skills to make a difference. Tasks also constantly change and at any point – there is always a lot to be done.
Please note that Get Your Hands Dirty experiences are subject to:
– availability | current community needs | projects’ statuses | school terms and public holidays
Duration: ±3 hours, including transfers
Number of guests*: 2–10
Cost: US$50* per person
*Please note that this charge depends on property visited and transfer vehicle available
Mini teaching experience, supported by lesson cards on easy to demonstrate modules (e.g. colours, days of the week, numbers), or a pre-structured creative activity (e.g. finger painting or painting masks) with a small group of children.
One-on-one reading practice, with a primary school child in Grade 1, 2, 3 or 4.
± 3 hours (including travel time)
Roll Up Your Sleeves
Renovation and upgrades assistance (e.g. digging, building, painting) at one of MCF’s projects.
Keep It Clean
Infrastructure clean-up (e.g. washing and cleaning classrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, equipment) to maintain MCF projects’ facilities.
Health & Environment Activities
± 3 hours (including travel time)
Root to Mouth
Preparing, cooking and serving food for school children, starting with picking fresh produce from the school’s veggie garden.
Water collection, with community members from a village’s borehole water stations.
Pre-structured health education session (e.g. on personal hygiene, girls sanitary care), taught to a small group of high school learners.
Soccer and netball games, with high school learners as part of their sports and physical education.
Providing nursing home support and spending one-on-one time with a retiree, or offering day care support by feeding, bathing and changing babies.
Litter clean-up at predetermined sites (e.g. schools, churches, streets).
Planting, tending or harvesting a school veggie garden, or planting trees at predetermined sites in and around a village.