Tshega Christian Mission

Tshega Christian Mission


Transforming lives - The early mornings bring to Tshega vibrant voices - dust dances around people`s feet as they disembark from their taxis. As the painted sky allows the sun`s rays to tickle my shoulders, I hear the uncontained laughter of children. Today the TCM family, - staff, volunteers, missionaries, children, parents, and villagers, have an opportunity to share love, bring hope and joy... and I know this is going to be another fabulous day! Tshega Christian Mission (TCM), was established in 2004 to transform the surrounding villages, by bringing in quality education, skills development, and outreach programs. Surrounding villages has a staggering unemployment rate of 95 %. Women and Children are left alone for months when fathers and husbands migrate to look for work. Some never return, putting the burden on the unemployed mother to support and feed her children. It is here in the mountains of Bolubedu, Limpopo, South Africa, where you as a volunteer will make a difference!



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Yes, I recommend this program

The entire team at Tshega Missions were incredibly helpful, and made settling in as a volunteer so easy. Their excellent integration of the volunteer program into their projects made sure that as a volunteer I felt both useful and valued, and I'm really pleased to say that I feel like I have helped them in making a great contribution to this community, as this is a community where even the smallest change can make a profound impact.
Marina, the volunteer coordinator, and Ellanie, the project founder, made sure that the volunteer's experiences were always positive, right from the moment we were welcomed to the project by the lovely children of the Lighthouse Academy.
They also ensured we had a wonderful time during our time off, as we enjoyed the swimming pool at the volunteer house, weekly evening trips to town in Tzaneen, as well as incredible weekend trips, including an amazing day at a local wildlife conservation centre with some young lions, as well as a truly incredible safari in Kruger National Park.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Tshega South Africa is an excellent programm which is supporting the community of Fobeni Village in a way of partnership to improve sustainable development.
The focus of the Programm consits of education,health and income for disadvantaged families and children.
The staff is using resourrces and skills which are already there.
As a Volunteer I could bring my own thoughts and ideas in and was feeling part of the Tshega family.
Because of the different programms I could have an input in several fields.
(School, social work, health prevention, youth work, handcraft...)
The support from the staff members to help me settle in was awsem, they really became friends.
The work with the children made my stay very special because I could see and hear from them the real African culture.
If you want to look inside Africa and outside of the tourism picture?
Than you are right at Tshega Christian Mission South Africa!
Cant wait to be there again :)

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Yes, I recommend this program

I did the volunteering program of Tshega Christian Missions during August and September 2014. From Monday to Tueasday we went to the the Lighthouse Acadamy and Lamb's Haven Kindergarten, what is the "main" project of Tshega. There we supported the children from Grade R up to Grade 3 during the classes and helped the weaker ones in reading and writing.
There are also 3 Outreaches in which the vonunteers are included. The first one ist Sara's Pirmary,a public School. At Sara's we had to teach the children of grade 1,2 and 3, because they don't learn that much from their teachers. So all the children were always really happy, when we learned with them!
The second outreach program is the disability centre. There we played, danced, painted, read... with the disabled children.
The last Outreach is the feeding scheme. The children can go there after School to get a warm meal by two ladies who cook for them. After lunch we volunteers did homework with them or played with them outside.
I really had fun with the children and all the members of Tshega. Everyone is so friendly, that you always feel very welcome and also "needed". And the most amazing thing is, that you really can recognize that your help is worth it. You can see an improvement and the children are really willing to learn something.

On the Weekends we always did great excursions. Marina, the volunteer manager, always brought us to very nice places. We did a Panorama tour in the mountains, visited Baby lions and tigers, went to the Kruger Nationalpark and so much more.

For me the volunteer project of Tshega Christian Missions was a really, really good decision. I learned so much about their culture, their way of living and I got so many new impressions. I really felt like beeing a part of a family with the other volunteers, because I got along very well with all the others.

What would you improve about this program?
When I had to change something about the program it would be the garden. I would like to plant a bigger garden nearby the school, to start planting vegetebles there. It would be a good improvement, because then thay didn't had do buy all the food for disability centre and feeding scheme.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I was overwhelmed by the work of the whole Tshega Team under the leadership of Ellanie van Royen. Everyone does a great job in the kindergarten and school and cares about the people in the villages. Tshega offers a much better education than the government school system to help children to escapes the circle of later unemployment and poverty.

What would you improve about this program?
For me it was perfect. Maybe one small thing: If the volunteers could have samples of the schoolbooks that are used, they could get a better impression of the lessons in which they assist.


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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Jacky Van Tonder

Job Title
Volunteer Manager
Jacky works for this amazing organization with the volunteers that visit the project throughout the year. She loves working with people from different countries and cultures.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Exploring the beautiful country of Ireland.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I grow every day. there is so much to learn from people.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

All of our volunteers love the project and are always very sad to have to leave. We offer amazing weekend excursions for our volunteers.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

All our programs involve serving the poorest of the poor. I am happy to be involved in all the programs.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We bring hope to the hopeless. Our team is always helping and spreading love.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Serving - giving more than you take.