Volunteer & Intern Travel News

orphansSo you’re thinking of getting out into the wide world and volunteering overseas? It’s worth your while to take a bit of time to learn about volunteering both as an industry and as an experience. In all likelihood, there could be things that surprise you, even you’re not a ‘first timer’.

South Africa

South Africa is a rewarding place to volunteer. It has struggled to recover from the many changes that have developed in the last 20 years and many people live on less than a dollar a day. While townships have started to improve, poverty is still widespread. If you're an international volunteer in South Africa you will have the opportunity to provide the underprivileged population access to better education and healthcare. Fight for human rights and help build a working infrastructure!

Visiting a country as a tourist or as volunteer. What are the differences?

There are quite a few differences between visiting a country as a tourist or participating in a structured volunteering program.

Schedule and Responsibilities
games with childrenIf you are part of a volunteering program you will have some kind of schedule of where and when you need to be at your chosen project. There there will be certain responsibilities placed on you as well.

Volunteering abroad during a sabbatical

There are many practical reasons why you might be thinking about taking a break. Are you tired of chasing that promotion? Feeling run down and have a loss of direction? Bored? Need some time for yourself and your family? Lost a job? Changing careers? Craving adventure?

Volunteering overseas in South Africa can be the reset button you need in your life. It can revitalize a career, bring families closer together and give you a greater sense of yourself.

If after reading the previous there is still a shred of doubt left about volunteering during your sabbatical, here are four more reasons why you should definitely book your ticket soon.

Volunteering with your family: An unique experience

children groupIt’s not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your next family holiday.

Going to a beautiful country like South Africa, Malawi, Tannzania or Zanzibar to do voluntary work instead of relaxing in a hammock with a cocktail in your hand while the kids are out on an organized holiday program.

Thousands of people visit facilities where they interact with lion cubs. They are encouraged to pet, cuddle and have their photographs taken with a cute lion cub. Thousands of people get involved in lion walking.  Thousands of volunteers wish to work at wildlife sanctuaries, particularly if they have lion cubs to take care of, to bottle feed, to hand raise and post the pictures on social media sites. Unfortunately those volunteers are contributing to an ugly industry; the industryof canned hunting and lion carcass trade.

The Kingdom Wildlife Sanctuary

cheetahThe Kingdom Wildlife Sanctuary is an initiative led by the well-known lion conservationist Kevin Richardson. It is located on a Big Five reserve in Gauteng, South Africa. This volunteer program needs volunteers who are enthusiastic about wildlife and animals. It also offers volunteers an opportunity to be able to transform the way humans think of large cats.

Cape Town Community Projects

cape town childCape Town community project is a non-profit organization that aims to deliver care and support to improve living conditions for the community of Lofdal, Cape Town. They deliver through education, volunteering and self-development. This way they respond to a large number of needs in the communities.

Missionvale Care Center

kids at missionvaleThe Missionvale Care Center is a non-profit organization that was founded by Sister Ethel Normoyle in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This organization’s aim is to focus on uplifting the community of Missionvale and as well as empowering the youth. The Missionvale care center has different types of projects that everyone can relate to.

Working as a volunteer with the Big 5

zebrasThe “Big Five” Safari Reserve is a unique volunteering project that allows animals to be re-introduced to the area where they once travelled aimlessly. This initiative is located in the Eastern Cape and is the kind of a project that requires the love for animals and nature. This project mainly focuses on monitoring and researching the “Big Five” (Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Buffalo and Leopard) and it also focuses on taking care of the reserve and provides you with the opportunity to live and work in the conservation area with these incredible animals.

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