South Africa Trek 2018

South Africa Trek 2018

Thank you for your interest in Room to Read’s trip to South Africa in October 2018! This trip will be an opportunity to get active and travel with Room to Read CEO, Geetha Murali, to see our successful Literacy Program in action, and witness the incredible impact you've helped us achieve.

You and a small group of Room to Read investors will meet with our in-country team and interact closely with the parents, teachers and students involved in our Literacy Program. Included below are details about the trek itinerary, costs and required forms. This site will be updated as details are finalized so be sure to check back frequently. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or would like additional information. We look forward to traveling with you!

Travel with a purpose. Secure your spots today!

Register and submit deposit by March 30th

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Individuals are not able to participate on a Room to Read trip without signing our Site Visit Participant Agreement, Release and Waiver. Please do so as soon as possible and mail to the attention of Gouri Srinidhi at Room to Read, 465 California St, Suite 1000, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA. You can also send the form via email (

By signing this waiver you are acknowledging and agreeing to abide by Room to Read's Child Protection Policy

You can access our Site Visit Participant Agreement, Release and Waiver here

In order to enter South Africa, you will need a valid passport with at least two blank pages and six months validity remaining. The passport and any other required travel documents are to be presented along with the appropriate visa to the Immigration Control Officer at any entry point, such as border station, airport or harbor. To see visa requirements and apply for a visa, please visit or your country of residence's South African Embassy or Consulate office. 

For anyone planning to travel with a minor, please review South Africa's new requirements

Requirements for entry into South Africa differ from country to country, and are subject to change. Always make inquiries before travelling to South Africa by checking with the appropriate embassy or consulate.

Additionally, we highly encourage US travelers to register with the US Government Smart Traveler Enrollment Program by visiting the STEP website.

Parents travelling with children to/from or through South Africa need to provide an unabridged birth certificate of all travelling children under 18 years old.

The following needs to be produced when entering South Africa with a child:

Child and both parents

  • An unabridged birth certificate
  • A valid passport for the child


Child and parent
Parent must produce

  • An unabridged birth certificate
  • A valid passport for the child
  • A court order / death certificate / affidavit confirming the absent parent has given permission for the child to travel


Child and guardian
Guardian must produce

  • An unabridged birth certificate
  • A valid passport for the child
  • A court order / death certificate / affidavit confirming the parents have given permission for the child to travel
  • Copies of parents / guardian ID documents
  • Contact details of parents/guardian

All trip participants should visit their doctor at least 4-6 weeks in advance of their departure date. While Room to Read can advise about the risk of certain diseases, such as malaria, in areas where participants will be traveling, the organization cannot make recommendations for specific medications. Participants should ask their doctor for recommendations about malaria pills and other travel medications and immunizations.

For more information on immunizations either recommended or needed for travel to South Africa, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

Room to Read strongly recommends that participants purchase travel insurance, or ensure that their regular insurance plans cover travel-related illnesses and injuries. All participants will be requested to provide insurance information prior to travel.

There are several companies that offer travel insurance. Below, we have listed two that you can contact directly. You can also call your insurance agency to see what is already included in your plan.




For custom insurance packages our travel partner, TravelStruck, can work with you to ensure that all areas important to you such as trip cancellation/interruption, baggage delays and medical expenses are covered. Packages start around $50 USD per day. Click HERE to learn more!


International SOS 


This company offers membership to a complete network of travel assistance including travel advice, medical assistance overseas, and a global ‘911’ service including emergency medical evacuation. Sign up at least one day in advance of your trip. Membership is generally under $15 per day. Click HERE to learn more!

Below are some external resources that may help you learn more about South Africa, traveling within the country, and the culture and customs:

Have questions about the trip? Contact:

Gouri Srinidhi +1.415.849.0044

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