Volunteering in South Africa is a Life Altering Adventure
Posted by :GreciaPosted date : December 21, 2014In African HolidayComments Off on Volunteering in South Africa is a Life Altering Adventure
South African culture is one that not many people in North America completely understand, or appreciate. If we’ve had no invested interest in the southernmost tip of Africa—its people, its music and literature, its geography or politics or wildlife—then it’s as mysterious as any other unplumbed corner of the world. But don’t let a current lack of knowledge, your age, or the normally exorbitant travel costs stop you from truly exploring this gorgeous, completely unique nation. Become more than a tourist or casual investigator, and see South Africa in a wholly new way—become a travelling volunteer!
Anyone aged eighteen and over is invited to look into the wide array of volunteer programs South Africa has to offer. These charitable operations appeal to travellers from around the globe from almost every walk of life—those in need of a holiday or break from school or work, students who have extended periods between semesters, retirees looking for something radically new, and people passionate about helping those less fortunate and endangered animals in need of rescue. Volunteers receive free meals, accommodations, and travel options within the country; in exchange, they work an average of five days per week at a designated location involving a chosen field of interest (either animal or human-related charity work). The professional organizations running these programs are committed to safety and security, work hard to make volunteers feel welcomed and prepared, and even work to alleviate feelings of homesickness that arise in those unfamiliar with extended periods away from home doing something very different.
As mentioned, there are currently a variety of projects volunteers can choose from. Some involve working with wild animals native to the region, including big cats, great white sharks, penguins, horses, and other forms of endangered wildlife. Visitors would spend several weeks with these animals, exploring sanctuaries and getting to know the local geography on guided safaris. This kind of experience would appeal to people interested in animal rescue operations, veterinary health, conservation initiatives, or to any animal lover—someone for whom the ecosystem is vividly (and correctly) understood as interdependent and extremely delicate. All projects are proudly eco-friendly and committed to the welfare of both animal and plant species.
Other programs allow volunteers to assist with the care, education, and development of orphaned children, or children suffering from illnesses. Working with needy children in South Africa is a completely life-altering experience that helps volunteers become better teachers, caregivers, nurses, and early childhood educators. It also helps volunteers discover elements of life and work that truly matter, offering a much-needed reprise from the sometimes out of touch and irrelevant concerns of day-to-day life.
The projects related to volunteer-tourism are so fulfilling, environmentally friendly, safe, cost effective, and educational that it’s surprising more people aren’t rushing to sign up. If you’re eager to learn more about how you can make a positive impact while seeing the world, be sure to visit the Volunteer SA website to get the full spectrum of choices available. South Africa is a gorgeous country that needs to be seen and experienced to be appreciated—and there’s no better way to appreciate this awe-inspiring nation than through altruistic travel!
Grecia is the author of tournavationmke.com. She loves to travel around the world and share her experience and knowledge about the travel industry, features about travel trends. Prior to travel writing, Grecia covered Internet and Technology articles and contributing for many other web blogs.