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Christmas Teams

Location: South Africa, Ecuador & Philippines

Each year, we celebrate Christmas with thousands of the poorest of the poor. 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 Extreme Response leadership. Christmas Outreach Teams are made up of people from various countries, cultures, races and religious affiliations. Because of the intense schedule, with the average trip lasting 8-14 days depending on the location, we require team members to be a minimum of 16 years old and in good health.

Learn more about the impact of our Christmas Teams.

We are planning three Christmas Outreach team opportunities for 2020. Sign-ups end Sept. 1. 

South Africa

Dates: Dec 1-11, 2019 (plus travel days)

Cost: $2,100 (plus airfare)

Click here for details and sign-up information about this Christmas Outreach team.

Quito, Ecuador

Dates: Dec. 2-10, 2019 (plus travel days)

Cost: $1,495 (plus airfare)

Click here for details and sign-up information about this Christmas Outreach team.


Dates: Dec. 1-10, 2019 (plus travel days)

Cost: $1,995 (plus airfare)

Click here for details and sign-up information about this Christmas Outreach team.

Signing Up For A Team: A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person is required by Aug. 1 for South Africa and Sept. 1, 2020 for Quito and the Philippines – along with your application. The ER Christmas Outreach teams have limited space. Your reservation is not confirmed until we receive your application and deposit. We accept volunteers on a first-come first-serve basis

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

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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