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Important Update: 2020 Christmas Teams

Changes to 2020 Christmas Outreaches in South Africa and Ecuador

The global COVID-19 pandemic has altered sign-ups for this year’s Christmas teams. Our staff living in Ecuador and South Africa are still planning to hold Christmas parties with local volunteers and those who can travel from other countries. However, because both countries are in the process of opening their borders and the airlines are just starting to restore flights, we’re accepting Christmas Outreach sign-ups, but not deposits, until we know more. Specifically:

  • We are not yet canceling team trips to South Africa or Ecuador and will make the decision in late September.
  • Both countries are currently closed to outsiders, but we anticipate they will open in the coming months.
  • If you are interested in joining a team, please contact us at Christmas@extremeresponse.org or fill out an application.
  • Do NOT send funds/deposit and do NOT purchase airlines tickets. We will respond to your inquiry with more information.
Here’s what you CAN do right now. Our Christmas teams from North America will be down substantially. Local staff and volunteers will still provide Christmas for the most vulnerable kids and their families. Please consider donating to these parties so the children can receive a meal and a present, participate in some fun and hear the Christmas story. It costs about $20/child to provide all this, but any amount will help. Donate here and select “Christmas Celebrations”. Thank you!
 
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Each year, we celebrate Christmas with thousands of the amazing people we serve. These celebrations bring hope to the hopeless, build trust and cultivate relationships that Extreme Response has developed with those who have been forgotten by society.

Christmas Outreach Teams serve with Extreme Response staff members, partners and local volunteers by providing gifts, food, games, crafts, face painting and lots of hugs. A sightseeing opportunity is included on every trip. We accept volunteers who are sponsored by their company, school or church, as well as those coming as individuals, all of whom form a single team serving under the ER leadership. Christmas Outreach Teams are made up of people from various countries, cultures, races and religious affiliations.

For the South Africa team, we require team members to be a minimum of 16 years old and in good health. Our Quito Team may accept family groups with children, depending on space and the ages of the children. Contact us for more information about this.

Learn more about the impact of our Christmas Teams.

We are planning two Christmas Outreach team opportunities for 2020. Sign-ups end TBD for South Africa and TBD for Quito, Ecuador. (Note: Our Philippines Christmas team is full for 2020, but will open again in 2021.)

South Africa

Dates: November 29 – December 8, 2020 (plus travel days)

Cost: $2,100 (plus airfare)

Email Dawn at Christmas@extremeresponse.org for details and sign-up information about this Christmas Outreach team.

Quito, Ecuador

Dates:  November 21-30, 2020*

Price:  $1,550 plus airfare

*The arrival and departure dates depend on flight times.  Please click on the link for more information.

Email Dawn at Christmas@extremeresponse.org for details and sign-up information about this Christmas Outreach team.

Volunteer Opportunities: You will be asked to serve in a variety of ways: Preparing gift bags, collecting supplies, preparing and serving food, face painting, crafts, games, crowd control, party admissions and other party-related tasks. See a short slideshow featuring our 2019 Christmas teams here.

For more information on our Christmas Celebrations, contact us at christmas@extremeresponse.org.

Join the Extreme Response Christmas Outreach Team and bring the joy of Christmas to those living in extreme situations. Can’t go but want to help make Christmas possible for a child? It costs about $20 per child for the food, gifts, crafts, photos and parties. Donate to cover one or more child.

Don’t Take our Word for It… See What Team Members Are Saying

 

On an annual basis we have an average of 200 volunteers helping our organization and our partner organizations by serving throughout the world. Here are a few testimonials from those who have served.

“I have been on 7 teams all to Ecuador. I learned how bad the poverty actually is in Quito and the surrounding areas. Each time I return to Ecuador, I am humbled and become more thankful that I can help make a difference in another part of the world.”

Evan Kleinhaus

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

“I have been a part of four Christmas teams in South Africa, the Philippines and Ecuador. Each trip was completely unique. I’ve grown and stretched out of my comfort zone every time. I love seeing how ER supports its partners. Caring for people in the field is so important. My passion is to encourage and uplift those who serve people who are needy and hurting. That’s why I love serving with ER. They go into communities with a heart to serve, equip and build people up. I want to be a part of that!”

Terri Ramos

Santa Maria, California

“I’ve been on 10 Christmas teams in ER’s three regions, as well as longer volunteer stints in Ecuador and Manila. I’ve been fascinated by the different partners ER works with to see the diversity of support and learn how locally run partner organizations use different approaches to support local needs. I love watching the children I have worked with grow up and I treasure the international friendships I have made at the parties.”

Louise Carver

Bristol, United Kingdom

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