join the Hands Short Term Service Team

There are two types of short-term service teams:  First, passionate people are invited to form their own team:  we encourage churches or just groups of passionate co-workers, friends and family, interested in forming a relationship with Hands at Work to come together and form a short-term team. Click here to hear more about what that looks like. Or the second option is to join a team of other individuals from around the world organised and facilitated by Hands at Work, serving and seeking the heart of God in poor and vulnerable villages in Africa.

Hands at Work accepts applications for Option 1 teams any time of the year. The Option 2 team of individuals facilitated by Hands at Work is offered once a year. Individuals will be brought together as a team at the Hands at Work HUB in South Africa, where you will start with a brief orientation on our response to the AIDS and orphan crisis in Africa.  You will then spend days with a long-term Hands at Work volunteer serving and learning in several local villages.  You will walk along side our local Care Workers to visit Care Points and the homes of the most vulnerable.  You will come to learn and experience, and be an encouragement to our local teams who care for the poorest of the poor every day.     



This opportunity is for people seeking to get a glimpse of how Hands at Work serves in local African villages, and to gain understanding of how they can make serving the most vulnerable a part of their life.  All ages are welcome, however under-18 requires being accompanied by a guardian. Hands at Work is a Christian organization. Though there is no faith commitment required, please come with a willingness to respect and participate in Christian devotions and prayer times.

Short Term Service Team Dates 2020

september 12-26 2020 in south africa

Cost - Contact your local international office for more information

Please note: we recommend arriving one or two days early to process jet lag and ensure you are ready to begin orientation on the morning of the start date. Each successful applicant is responsible for organising all of their own flights and visa’s.



Contact your local Hands at Work office for more information and to set up a meeting to discuss this volunteer opportunity. You can also submit applications to the following addresses, or, if you live outside of the following list of countries, email

United States


Closing date for Application: – 28th February, 2020

They deeply challenged us in what our story is about and what it means to truly be called by God into a better story.
— Jill, team memeber 2014