Join us this January in South Africa! 

This website offers more information about the Mamelodi Initiative January Mission trip.

This video gives you a glimpse of what the project is all about.

Here is the application if you want to apply. Application deadline is October 15.

Got questions? Here is a FAQ sheet for the January trip.

Contact me or Pat.mcleod@cru.org if you have any questions or want to meet or talk more.


One factor that has caused the Kingdom of God to advance over the centuries has been the active response of Christians to the great needs of their day. This is what our J-term and Summer Mission trips are all about; meeting these needs in Mamelodi, South Africa, a vast township left in the wake of Apartheid where a significant number of residents still live with no electricity or running water. Less than 11 percent of students qualify for university, as they often struggle with entrance exams given in English rather than in their home languages. Here, we have the opportunity to model the Gospel in both word and deed.

Twice a year we invite you to join us and other students from around Boston and across the U.S. for a mission trip to South Africa. While there we will serve as intern teachers for the Mamelodi Initiative, a non-profit educational enrichment program that strives to empower youth to create positive change in their community.  The program utilizes the students’ 3-week break from school to build foundational mathematics and English skills, with the aim of moving learners towards performing at or above grade level. Each of us will partner with a South African university student, teaching a small group of learners in the morning and then leading creative or activity-based workshops in the afternoon. (Past examples have included spoken word, dance, rugby, and photography.) Teachers will build connections with learners by facilitating team building activities and sharing their stories. We want to come away having humbly revealed Jesus to those we meet in Mamelodi and with a vision to advance the Kingdom wherever God has put us for college.

But as much as you will contribute to the life change of these South Africans, you won't return the same. Our hope is that this time will help students who attend the mission grow closer to God through their involvement in his Kingdom work. We will have discipleship groups, evangelism training, leadership development, and of course lots of fun together!

To learn more about this mission, please view the following video. Or click here to apply. Trust us, you won't regret it.

join us this summer or J-term!

To find out more about how you can be involved, contact us and we'd be happy to meet with you and share more!