Reimagine a Path Forward
If you have dreamed of traveling to the wilds of Africa, you might find yourself surprised to land in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. Set against the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean, the city is a vibrant mix of culture and contradiction. From beautiful restaurants on the city’s waterfront to corrugated metal shacks in the townships, you will witness the complete divide between the haves and the have-nots. It can be challenging to hear stories of inequality, racism, and lack of access to services. And yet, it’s precisely because of this opportunity to experience the universality of struggle and the resilience amongst people who have faced the devastation of apartheid, HIV, and lack of access to cancer care, that you will be inspired to serve the cancer community in South Africa and leave empowered to make a positive impact on the world.
An experience with cancer can make your world feel small and like you have lost the capacity to contribute. A Fresh Chapter’s Odyssey programs give you the opportunity to step beyond your story of cancer and connect with inspiring volunteer projects that will remind you of your strength and resilience. You will come home with a tribe of new friends and the resources and support to dream new dreams for your life. Long after you return home, you’ll still carry the memories of the stories you heard and the people you connected with in South Africa.
Your time in South Africa is only a part of the broader A Fresh Chapter Odyssey framework, which includes significant pre- and post-trip programming designed to help you explore and address the emotional scars of cancer and envision how you want to move forward to a life filled with renewed meaning, connection, and adventure. Through personalized support from our team – including on-the-ground support from our trained facilitators – and extensive online resources, our framework is designed to offer you a road map and an invitation to explore your life beyond cancer.