Get to know the culture, history and language of one of Africa's most hidden countries, Lesotho. Discover its natural scenery and learn about the challenges the country faces.
The Kingdom of Lesotho is a tiny but beautiful country hidden high in the mountains above South Africa which boasts a rich cultural heritage and dramatic scenery, including some of the highest waterfalls in the world. A hidden gem, Lesotho is quietly developing a reputation as a destination for adventure tourists thanks to its stunning scenery and activities like hiking, pony-trekking and even skiing. You’ll experience the rich history of this proud nation with lessons in language and customs and visits to sacred cultural sites.
Lesotho also one of the poorest countries in the world and suffers from one of the highest HIV/Aids infection rates on the planet. Almost 25% of the population is HIV positive and over 130,000 children have been orphaned by the disease, which has had a devastating impact on family and community structures and held back the nation’s economic development. You’ll join local non-profit organization Kick4Life as they use soccer to help support orphans and vulnerable children and give them the chance of a better future.
Regularly voted one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town is a bustling metropolis located on the Atlantic coast of South Africa. Cape Town possesses one of the most iconic skylines in the world, from the misty summit of Table Mountain down to the sophistication of the ultra-modern V&A Waterfront and the golden beaches of Camps Bay. Whilst here you’ll visit sites of incredible historical significance both for South Africa and the world such as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned alongside other freedom fighters against the apartheid regime. You’ll also visit Table Mountain (climb it or tale a cablecar – its up to you!) and experience some of South Africa’s best cuisine, as Cape Town is one of the world’s most multicultural cities and famed for its fantastic restaurants.
DAY 1: Fly out from your hometown.
DAY 2: Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. Check into hotel.
DAY 3: Fly to Maseru, Lesotho. Attend Lesotho Premier League Match (subject to schedule). Welcome dinner
DAY 4: Football for Hope Center Tour. Lesotho Language and History Session. the third half curriculum workshop #1 – Global Citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals.
DAY 5: Visit to Thaba Bosiu, historical site. Kick4Life curriculum delivery in local school (for 18 years +). Quiz night.
DAY 6: Transfer to Malealea Mountain Lodge. Evening band, choir, campfire. the third half curriculum workshop #2 – Conscious Leadership.
DAY 7: Pony trekking to Botsoela Waterfalls. Visit to local museum and village. Campfire reflections.
DAY 8: Travel back to Maseru. 11-a-side soccer game. Cultural performance by K4L Theatre Group. Awards night and Farewell Activity with local host organization.
DAY 9: Transfer to airport, fly to Cape Town, South Africa. Visit to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
DAY 10: Visit to Robben Island, site of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment. Visit to Amandla SafeHub in Khayelitsha, Presentation and Pick up game with local youth. the third half curriculum workshop #3 – Sustainable Development Goal #4 – Quality Education.
DAY 11: Visit to Table Mountain. Free time for relaxing and souvenirs. Farewell dinner at Gold Restaurant.
DAY 12: Transfer to airport, fly home.
Your trip will be hosted by the respected, local non-profit organization ‘Kick4Life’, an award-winning charity that uses soccer to provide holistic support for orphans and vulnerable children. Kick4Life’s approach is based on the belief that football clubs do not always have to be run for private profit and that we can more effectively leverage the enormous wealth and influence of the football industry for social development by becoming a part of it. Thanks to your visit, Kick4Life will be able to achieve goals like; 1,000 children tested for HIV through Kick4Life’s innovative ‘Test Your Team’ program 30 orphans and vulnerable children receive a year’s worth of intensive and holistic mentoring and support 150 orphans and vulnerable children complete a six-week health education and life-skills course enabling them to live a safer and more productive life