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2021 Christmas Teams in South Africa and Ecuador

This year marks a highlight for ER supporters. With your help, we will have hosted 25 years of Christmas outreaches by the end of 2021. In recent years, we’ve celebrated in Ecuador, South Africa, the Philippines and Nepal. Hundreds of you have joined our Christmas teams in these locations.

Together, along with our partners, we’ve brought the joy of Christmas to many thousands of vulnerable people. At each gathering, we share food, gifts and the Christmas story. For our staff and partners, Christmas outreaches often highlight a year’s worth of pouring into local communities.

This year we need volunteer teams to serve in two locations, Ecuador and South Africa. We already have a team committed to supporting our Christmas celebrations in the Philippines.

For Ecuador, the dates are Nov. 21-29. The cost is $1,550 plus airfare. You’ll fly into and out of Quito and help host Christmas gatherings in conjunction with ER partners located in the greater Quito area. To fill out your application for the Quito, Ecuador Christmas team, click here.

For South Africa, the dates are Nov. 28- Dec. 8. The cost is $2,150 plus airfare. You’ll fly into and out of Cape Town and participate in Christmas parties with ER staff and partners in this beautiful country. To fill out your application for the South Africa team, click here.

To join these teams, please fill out an application. DO NOT SEND IN FUNDS FOR YOUR DEPOSIT OR MAKE AIRLINE RESERVATIONS. Covid regulations are changing in both South Africa and Ecuador. We’ll be in touch with you later this year to provide final details once we know you can travel.

We are excited for you to participate!  Email us with any questions at Christmas@extremeresponse.org and we’ll help you get you started.


Can’t go but want to help? Click below and designate your gift “Christmas Celebrations”.


Last year was the first since 1998 that we did not have a travel team to help us put on Christmas parties. It was a difficult year for the families we minister to. Nearly all of the adults have been out of work. There are few funds to provide food for their families, let alone small gifts or treats for Christmas. As we look ahead to our 2021 Christmas Outreaches, we see a big opportunity to be a light in this time of struggle.

How you can help… to do this, we need help financing this year’s Christmas Outreach. Would you donate to these parties so more children can receive a meal and a present, participate in some fun and hear the Christmas story? This year, $20 will cover the costs for a child and possibly an entire family. Any amount will help.


Donate here and select “Christmas Celebrations”. Thank you for helping!

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 as we provide gifts, food, games, crafts, face painting and lots of hugs. 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 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.

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 contact us at christmas@extremeresponse.org.

Quito, Ecuador

Dates:  November 21-29, 2021*

Price:  $1,550 plus airfare

*The arrival and departure dates depend on flight times. A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person or $500 per team is required by September 30, 2021. 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.

South Africa

Dates: November 28 – December 8, 2021 (plus travel days)

Cost: $2,150 (plus airfare)

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

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


During a normal year, we average 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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