Volunteer & Intern Travel News

Experiencing South Africa - First Impressions

I think it’s everyone’s goal to travel and see as much of this world as possible. For me, this wasn’t any different. I’d have to say that in my 22 years of existence I’ve been lucky enough to see many places and experience different life styles. 4 years ago, I had my first long term abroad experience when I did a gap year in Mexico. I missed this life changing experience so much, that I decided it was time for a new challenge. Exploring new cultures, meeting new people, realising different perspectives and discovering magical places is something I live for. It’s definitely a healthy addiction!

Broadening my perspective – Visiting the Projects

Most of the volunteers at Khaya work at Izizwe Projects, they leave home at 8:30 am and finish at 3:30 pm. I accompanied them several times to understand their involvement in the community as well as how the project operates. Celia is the manager and works closely with Lloyd, Leesah and Zweli. Everyone has a speciality, for Lloyd it is sport, Leesa deals with the education of children and Zweli is the dance master. This project offers many activities for the children of Walmer Township. These activities include basketball, tooth brushing, adult literacy, English lessons and dancing.

Broadening my perspective – Visiting the Projects

I've been working with Rushin for a month now. My job is to create content for sites like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. We work well together, he is my writer and I'm in charge of the design. We have put a lot in place to move in the right direction. The aim is to create brand awareness for Khaya as the ideal intern and travel volunteer organisation, to give insight into the experiences of volunteers and what we do. It is an exciting experience to be able to work as a marketing intern as well as a volunteer and to share this amazing opportunity with you.

Wildlife Conservation In Action

It’s 5AM, the sun is just showing its face on the horizon and Makalali Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park in South Africa, is waking up. Not that it ever sleeps because the night is full of action and life but not for me or the other volunteers. We sleep like the dead as it is hard work at this conservation program in the middle of Big 5 territory.

African Time

Waiting at a border post in Zambia it became clear again how time and the use and measure of it is so different in Africa from where I grew up. I am watching a man behind a desk standing in one of the queues I will have to stand in that morning.

Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa

Sitting on the warm sand of the beach in Cape Maclear on the southern part of Lake Malawi I have been pondering about this special country with the endearing nickname ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’.

Charity in Africa; helping or harming?

Some have given up on Africa, aid and charity have proven to be inadequate and merely keeps the industry of ‘international aid’ alive as so much of their funds disappear in the massive overheads of advisors and committees. Some however still believe that aid and charitable efforts in Africa help and improve something.

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