Volunteer Journal

I was told that when you come to South Africa, you have to go to Cape Town, also known as the Mother City.  So, a few weeks back, I decided to go there. One of the other volunteers and I took the bus on a Friday evening to start off our big adventure.

One of my favorite things to do in South Africa, is hiking. The country is so beautiful with its nature and mountains and the weather is perfect, so nothing better than going on a good hike. I’ve done quite a few so far, but there are three that got a special place in my heart, because I liked them so much! 

So I have been in South Africa for a while now, and so far I have gone on a few adventures. I already told you about the project visits and about the trips to Barneys and Beershack, but there is so much more to do in this city!

I am a very lucky girl because I work at the Khaya office and we are constantly in need of new content for our social media channels, I get to visit the projects every now and then. I get to see what our volunteers actually do and how much they contribute to some people’s lives. I get to see how grateful everyone is to have volunteers helping them and how happy the kids get from playing with them.

My first two weeks in South Africa, flew by really fast. I spent a lot of time with my new friends and they dragged me along everywhere they went. It was a bit overwhelming in the beginning, but it actually turned out to be a really good thing. I got some good impressions of life in South Africa and the volunteer house. Most volunteers have been here for a while and know all the nice local bars and places to go to have a good time.

Hi, I’m Lien, a 20-year-old student from Belgium. I am currently doing my final internship in Port Elizabeth with Khaya Volunteer Projects. I’ve been here for a while now and I thought it was about time to tell you about my experience.

Rubbish and pollution are major problems in South African township communities. Wherever you go you will see trash laying around on the street.  

The public waste collection is not working properly and all attempts from the government to solve the rubbish problem have not been successful. 

I have had a lot of questions on how I sourced and booked my program "The Big 5 Wildlife Conservation". It had taken me a good few months to look at a number of programs, to figure out what I would like to do. There are literally so many programs out there and in my case the internet made it super confusing.

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