ABOUT VOLUNTEER & TRAVEL
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Volunteers get an opportunity to shadow our staff while they operate in our community centres.We also have roles in the kitchen for volunteers that are enthusiastic about preparing food. We try to grown our own food in our vegetable gardens and make effort in providing healthy food for the children and volunteers. One of South Africa's biggest supermarket provides our centres with food that we distribute to all the centres and the communities. Volunteers assist with packaging the distribution throughout all the centres.
There are gardening projects positions available to volunteers that are keen on being outdoors and maintaining the vegetable gardens in all three centres. We are at the revamping stage of all the centres so painting has been a big part of the process so we need volunteers to continue to paint the centres.
Our location is not in your typical traveller routes, these areas have a deep local history and culture. The culture is dominated by Zulu speaking communities that are proud of the culture and traditions. Volunteers are immersed in the Zulu culture and tradition throughout their stay. We prefer volunteers that are open minded, respectful and are willing to work as a team towards the betterment of the centres.
We provide a stable family environment and are supportive towards our volunteers. We guide you in dealing with culture shock and how to navigate in your new environment and our family structure.
Every Friday we travel to exciting locations around South Africa. We travel backpacker style to places like the Drakensberg Mountains, Lesotho, where we hike and enjoy the Basotho culture. Other locations are Johannesburg/Soweto, Kruger National Park, Kwa-Zulu/St.Lucia and Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Wild Coast, Addo Elephant Park, Garden Route and Cape Town. All these road trips include accommodation at backpacker/hostels, lodge or National Park . Also included are some meals and activities like Safari, hiking and walking tours. This is included in the price just depending on how long you are volunteering.
Volunteers do not have to bring any special equipment other than a positive attitude.
We arrange a video call orientation just to prepare the Volunteers just before they leave for South Africa.
Jenny Ngidi-Brown, USA
"San and the rest of the team at Volunteer & Travel, is amazing. They offer a true community oriented volunteer experience, where volunteers can offer their hearts and their hands to helping an organization that is already making a difference in people's lives, make more of a difference. This is not an experience or an organization to come and try to change and make more to your liking, but rather a chance to open your own mind and heart as a volunteer to learn and experience South African culture and community in its finest forms
Mari Loro, France
I came one month in the center of Umgababa, and it was too short. Everybody was so welcoming with me, San made me very comfortable with the city who scared me at the beginning, and I had a lot of goods moments after-works with him and the others volunteers. And at the center, Mazethu and Sbo were so welcoming with me and very nice people. (Thank you so much again!)
I really enjoyed my time in this center. Not really in the town, the view was so beautiful and agreeable. And the kids were so adorable. It was the first time I worked with children and It was more easy that I expected, and at the end I just don't want to leave them, kids, others volunteers, San, Mazethu, Sbo, Lucky...
I also had the chance to meet the San's mother and grandmother in the other center in the town.
Mikel Mangold, Germany
My time here was amazing. If you want to appreciate things when you go back home, you should definitely come here. My experience here was unique and I loved it. The children are smiling all the time, the people who are working there gives you a lot of attention and the working atmosphere is very comfortable.
The area where we were ;living is called ""Umgababa"" and it's a very special place. This place is different of every touristic places in South Africa and you feel the people there. There are greeting, singing and smiling. Being there was also for me understanding one of the culture in South Africa.
This is a growing organisation which need volunteer like us to progress. Come and help them !!!
Thank you San for the time you took for us. "
Sophie Warth, Switzerland
Hello I am Sophie and have spent two months here in Umgababa. The time there was incredibly impressive for me. San and his family (his grandmother, Sbo and Mazetu (the two women who work at the center)) were so friendly and made me feel most welcome. Umgababa and the whole environment is very different from what I know from Europe - but I fell in love with the culture and people very quickly. I have always felt comfortable and safe. All people I met were very nice and showed me their interest in me.
Lara & Sara, Germany
We felt very welcome and when the work was done we always had a lot of fun. U will spend your time with San on the weekends and he will show u nice places in Durban and surrounding. Our weekends were the best. We went out for dinner, went to concerts and other events. To live with Sanis very nice and u get closer to the Zulu culture and the real african lifestyle. We also visited the other children center in Kwa Mashu and celebrated the Heritage Day together. Best day in South Africa!
Lori Tiemer, Canada
Volunteering here has been an amazing experience; I would recommend this opportunity without hesitation to anyone! No matter what your skills and interest are, they can been utilized at the centers. You will be welcomed with open arms by everyone and be very well taken care of. The children at the centers are wonderful; loving, intelligent, energetic, motivated, and funny. Its hard not to fall in love with every one of them! Durban and the surrounding area is beautiful. This is truly a life changing opportunity