Simon A. Kudzo, International Volunteer Coordinator and Executive Director for STAESA
Rev. Simon A. Kudzo worked hard to get the education needed for humanitarian practice and community development work. He graduated from high school, majoring in English literature. In college, he worked toward an intermediate degree focusing on community development and volunteer work. Before joining Global Crossroad as the South African country coordinator, Kudzo worked with several reputable NGOs in Africa. Rev. Kudzo believes in cross cultural learning opportunities and promoting global peace through mutual understanding and friendship. He helps to bring these remarkable volunteer programs into South Africa and makes sure that they benefit both the local community and the volunteers involved.

Education: Degree: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK (ACCA) | Intermediate Education: Community Development and Volunteering

Experience: 1989-1993: Teaching in orphanage home / community hospital | 1993-1995: Work as a rural volunteer coordinator for Youth Link of Africa, South Africa | 1995-Work as executive director of Travel and Exposure, South Africa

Interests: I have been working in the international volunteer area for many years. I love working with international volunteers and exchanging ideas with them. Wonderful South Africa has many things to offer for volunteers who love adventure. I assure you that I will try my best to make your volunteer abroad experience memorable and pleasing.

Luc Davaine, Director Asia Pacific and United Kingdom

Luc has been with us since 2014 after having participated in our volunteer programmes and seeing first-hand how we are involved in the communities of Togo, Ghana and South Africa.

Coming from customer service, technical and marketing backgrounds, Luc brings to STAESA a diverse range of attributes that we can utilise at both higher corporate functions and in the field. He also has a long history of being involved with fundraisers and events for a many charitable organisations at local and international levels.

Educated in Australia and having lived and worked in Australia, Asia and Europe, Luc is well travelled and well versed in the cultural differences experienced in areas across the globe – both socially and in business.

Interests: My interests have always related to travel and languages. After travelling the world a certain amount and seeing how I can help the global community, I decided to increase my volunteer work and support for charities to another level beyond my own borders. I enjoy working with STAESA as we don’t like to limit our focus – we help man, woman and child, as well as animals, environment and commerce.

Mission Statement

To enhance and promote a safe, fair, and sustainable future for both local and foreign students, non-students, NGOs, schools, colleges, universities, and communities in Africa and Asia. We support global friendship through culture, work exchange, education, and friendly tourism; we support the advancement of quality of life of the African communities socially, economically, and spiritually. Together with you, we build a healthy world community.


STAESA has a dream of equal opportunity and economic empowerment.  It is our goal to give those in need the resources and training they require to become economically productive citizens and achieve a higher standard of living - achieving as much as those more fortunate.

We invite everyone to join us and uplift the less fortunate communities through our sustainable development programmes, striving to achieve continuous economic growth in these areas.

Financial Statements

Below are spreadsheets from 2003 to 2014 that show how we spent our money. Please note that all numbers given are in South African Rands.

NPO Documents

Students Travel and Exposure South Africa is a NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) and NPO (Non-Profit Organisation) registered in South Africa, and all the 17 countries we work in.

We have existed since 1995 and work closely with groups, individuals, schools, colleges, universities, communities, and other NGOs to make the world a better place. STAESA has sent hundreds of volunteers to more than 50 communities in 17 countries in Africa and Asia. We connect over 100 foreign NGOs and individuals, school, colleges, and universities to programmes, events, and community projects across the two continents.

We also continue to work with our past and present volunteers to help us grow our work across Africa. Our dedicated STAESA team of volunteers remain committed to educating future volunteers of the rewards in volunteering with us and the benefits to our communities in Africa.

Apply to STAESA Now

Your application is read thoroughly by your country coordinator. We encourage everyone to apply since our infrastructure can handle many more participants. We want more people to walk away with a great African experience, so we look forward to reading all your applications.

Send an email to info@staesa.org with the following elements:

  1. Filled PDF application form
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Résumé

If you have problems saving or reading the PDF file, download and install the latest Adobe Reader. If you are still having problems, please contact us and we can provide you with another method of submitting your application.

If we accept your application, you will be notified via email and will be asked to pay the $75 processing fee as soon as possible to ensure that we can reserve your placement. The deposit is not part of your programme fee. The entire programme fee should be paid before your arrival in Africa. Our preferred method of payment is wire transfer to our bank account in South Africa.