Volunteer Journal

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.

The main subject of this blog, also my last blog, is crying crying crying :(

The time arrived to say goodbye to the township, the country and everyone I had met – the housemates I lived with in the volunteering house, people from the township I worked with, the children in the township, and all the other locals. I wanted to give something to the teachers from Ilitha Day Care.

In this blog I will tell you about my trip to the Drakensberg, Durban and Port Saint Johns. The Drakensberg mountain region is a beautiful place. We took a trip over the Sani Pass (which borders between South Africa and Lesotho), in a Jeep over the mountains to the kingdom of Lesotho, and saw African snow on the mountaintops!

The children at Ilitha Daycare this week were as happy as always. They give you lots of hugs and love to dance. We played games and learned our shapes, numbers, months of the year etc. We also had to be at the high school for the registration for the soccer tournament.

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