Tips on Taking a Volunteer Vacation in South Africa
Released on: October 16, 2008, 11:25 pm
Press Release Author: Alexia Nestora
Industry: Transportation & Logistics
Press Release Summary: Surrounded by children aged five and under, volunteers will be dishing out lots of love (as well as the odd tissue) to the children at this home who have had a difficult start in life due to abandonment, abuse or neglect.
Press Release Body: Leeds, UK, October 17, 2008 -- South Africa is a big and unbelievably diverse country, stretching 2000km from the Limpopo in the north to Cape Agulhas in the south and nearly 1500km from Port Nolloth in the west to Durban in the east. This stunning diversity means there are countless opportunities for anything from wine tasting to wildlife tracking, to surfing and climbing. Travel in South Africa is always an adventure but for travelers wanting to do more than a safari, there are plenty of volunteering options in this country of economic contrasts.
i-to-i has been operating volunteer vacations in South Africa for over a decade and has a few tips to offer volunteers seeking a project in South Africa:
1. Learn a little Afrikaans, the locals will love you for it 2. Don't judge and be open to the different environments in which people live. Take everything in as a learning experience and make the most of it, don't complain, you are by far more privileged than the communities you will volunteer in. 3. Always walk with a friend at night, just as you would at home, don't make yourself a target for robberies by walking by yourself. 4. If you're brave try a surfing lesson, when you get home and watch the specials about great whites in South Africa you'll be able to say that you surfed among them.
For more travel tips check out this travel advice video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGJ64QKa-cI
Looking for a place to start the search for volunteering options? A couple volunteer vacations in South Africa offered by i-to-i are:
Animal Rescue near Cape Town
When the economy struggles the first charities to feel the pinch are those working with animals, so volunteers' efforts are much needed. TEARS is a great shelter which provides food parcels, veterinary treatment and animal care education for those that could not otherwise afford it. It also works with children who have had extremely hard lives and aims to break the cycle of abuse by teaching them to care and be responsible for animals. Volunteers will get the opportunity to visit local communities and visit animals there, and for those considering a future in veterinary care there is valuable chance to help the resident vet, who requires daily help.
This volunteer vacation in South Africa lasts for a minimum of 2 weeks and costs $1090, accommodations provided. http://www.i-to-i.com/volunteer-projects/work-with-animals-south-africa.html
Community Work with Children in Cape Town
Surrounded by children aged five and under, volunteers will be dishing out lots of love (as well as the odd tissue) to the children at this home who have had a difficult start in life due to abandonment, abuse or neglect. Working amongst the dedicated but over-stretched staff, volunteers will find themselves providing the children with stimulation and care in order to boost their physical and emotional development and enable them to go on to happier and healthier futures.
This volunteer vacation in South Africa lasts for a minimum of 4 weeks and costs $2490, all accommodation included. For more information visit: http://www.i-to-i.com/volunteer-projects/volunteer-work-overseas-with-children-in-south-africa.html
To see the wide range of volunteer vacations in South Africa now offered by i-to-i please visit: http://www.i-to-i.com/southafrica or call 800-985-4864 for more information.
Since 1994, i-to-i, has been the award-winning leader in volunteer vacations, TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) training and job placement abroad. Each year, i-to-i sends approximately 5,000 volunteers to 500 projects in 35 countries and helps 15,000 people gain the certification necessary to teach English overseas. i-to-i volunteers contributed approximately one million hours of service last year.
i-to-i offers volunteer vacations in countries such as: Ecuador, Brazil, Uganda, Indonesia, Malaysia, Madagascar, Zambia, Vietnam, Ghana, Costa Rica, Honduras, New Zealand, Australia and Vietnam.
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