Loves and life on the Garden Route in South Africa

Through the eyes of volunteer coordinator and crazy cat lady, Sharon

A small-town’s struggle for freedom against apartheid January 28, 2015

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A small-town’s struggle for freedom against apartheid.

 

1 week down! January 26, 2015

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Georgia Hudson's Trip to South Africa

So I have been away from home for a week and it has gone extremely quickly! This week has been great as I have had a chance to settle in and get to know the City. I have met life long friends who I have been able to share experiences with and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself. Michelle my friend from the hostel is great company, we’ve done everything together this week and we’ve had a ball. Smile 90.4 is such a great station to be working at, I’m one lucky person to have been given this internship. Everyone at the station is so welcoming and helping get as much out of this experience as possible. The past week has been a nice gradual introduction to the station, next week is going to be more full on as they are currently on ‘downtime’. Today I shadowed the news team, helping them…

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The Wilderness Secret – Clifford’s Cave January 21, 2015

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Bob on a Budget

Underneath the N2 freeway, just before you drive down into the little coastal town of Wilderness, lives a man in a cave named Clifford.

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Another great blog by the Going Homeless Project

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Wild walks and cave dwellers …

 

My volunteer did some facepainting with some kids in Knysna January 12, 2015

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Lion and a butterfly

Face painting with the kids from the local township and safe house in Knysna in South Africa. All done by my volunteer

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Lion and a princess

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Another butterfly

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Lion and a cat

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Tiger

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Smiling tiger

 

And another outing for the safe house kids with my volunteer in Knysna…

“Today my volunteer had a special outing planned for the kids from the safe house, a boat trip on the famous Knysna lagoon followed by a lunch of KFC.

Knysna is one of the most famous and well loved estuary towns of South Africa with the lagoon being a huge integral part of its tourism industry. Sadly though the lagoon is not often experienced by the kids of the township so it was extremely special that my volunteer could give them this opportunity.

Getting ready to board...

Getting ready to board…

We went down to the Knysna Waterfront and waited in line for our turn to board “Three Legs” the boat on which the kids would be going. As it is still school holidays the boat was really full but the kids managed to get great places with Thombi and Angelo sitting right by the end of the seat close to the water. Even little Toffee was excited sitting quietly with a huge grin.

This is the life

This is the life

The navigator started “Three Legs” up and off we went on the open water with the guide entertaining us with great commentary full of jokes. “Three Legs” went all the way up to the Knysna Headlands were the sea comes into the lagoon and the kids loved it when the swells became more choppy and the boat rolled around. Luckily our navigator was very experienced so we were never in any real danger. The kids got to see what Leisure Isle and the other side of the lagoon looked like from the water with the cliffs jutting out and their caves at the water’s edge.

Enjoying the experience

Enjoying the experience

We then turned back to the Waterfront and set foot on dry land after a good 75 minutes on water. You could see the enjoyment on the kids’ faces and the happy smiles. Then it was time for them to have their lunch with KFC Streetwise 2 meals for all of them-a big favourite- before heading back to the safe house. Once again the kids all nodded off in the car after a very successful and fun-filled morning.

Yummy!

Yummy!

My volunteer has lots of fun filled activities planned at the safe house over the next few days. They will be decorating (and eating) gingerbread men, face painting, arts and crafts fun and making their own pizzas from scratch (and once again eating them) so they will only have an outing again next week although they will be far from bored and extremely entertained.

If she wasn’t volunteering at the safe house and also thanks to the fundraising she did, the kids would be sitting bored stiff at home so I think they will truly have a school holiday they will never forget and cherish these memory”

 

What I get up to as a volunteer liaison part 2

Once again I have taken my volunteer’s name out for anonymity

Swimming like fishes

Swimming like fishes

“After the yesterday’s previous outing to the forest it was decided on-pretty much by the kids- that the beach would be the outing for today. I use the term “beach” very loosely as in actual fact we ended up going to the “Green Hole” at Leisure Isle which is really just a shallow type of moat which circles the island on the one side and is really safe for little kids especially as our local municipality and 4 lifesavers on guard. That in itself was a great relief as ALL the kids were in the water apart from Lamla, one of the teenagers, who was not feeling 100% that day.

As soon as we got there my volunteer smothered the kids in factor 60 sunscreen before they all ran down to the water’s edge and started splashing around. Some of the kids are really good swimmers considering they have had no formal lessons and there is no public pool in the township for them to practice swimming. They were like little fishes apart from little Beauty who was a little bit more cautious and got really animated every time she saw a crab.

I had bought my laptop with so caught up with work leaving my volunteer fully in charge with the kids which is no mean feat when you have 11 kids ranging from 4 years old to 17 years old but she coped like a natural. She is actually so good with the kids, firm yet gentle and patient and the kids are already showing trust and respect with her.

After quite awhile the kids got tired of splashing around and came back for cool drink and to dry off. On the way back to the safe house we could not resist to just let them have a little bit more fun and stopped at a local park where the kids got to play on the swings, slide and round-about. Little Beauty was particularly enthralled with the slide-which seemed abnormally high to me- and went sliding down it repeatedly. Even little Toffee got into the “swing” of things and braved its heights and finally slid down it after a bit of nervousness.

Slide in the sky

Slide in the sky

My volunteer and Lamla then spent time working on their biceps and triceps pushing the younger ones on the swings while I got to bail out of the hard work by taking photos.

Once again on the drive home-just like the day before- heads started nodding, everything went quiet and the kids started dropping off drained from expending so much energy”