Loves and life on the Garden Route in South Africa

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

Volunteer feedback from Lucy Morris May 6, 2016

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Travellers Worldwide volunteers in Knysna

I am now coming to the end of 11 fantastic weeks teaching Arts and Culture, English and Life Orientation at a primary school in a South African township. Without a doubt, this has been the most rewarding, yet challenging experience of my life.

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It has been wonderful, as a gap year student with no teaching qualifications, to be able to walk into a school and teach the children what I think they will benefit from learning, with no moderations, reports or curriculum to stand in the way. As the daughter of a primary school teacher, I am very aware of how much the paper work now dominates a teacher’s role in England; here, I’d say 90% of the role is teaching, and 10% lesson planning and marking work. It is more simple here and in many ways the schools are about 30 years behind English schools! Having few assessments (twice…

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Volunteer feedback from Ayesha Akre

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Travellers Worldwide volunteers in Knysna

Ayesha volunteered at the youth development placement in Knysna

IMG_3037When I arrived in South Africa I had no idea what to expect but still managed to keep an open mind of what I would be dealing with. My project was to work with children in a youth centre located in the township. The first time I saw the township I wasn’t as emotional as I thought I would be probably because I already had a vision. I think the cultural shock kicked in when I heard the stories of the lives of the children were forced to live. It is hard to believe the struggle children as young as 5 go through every single day. At first, when meeting the children I was a little worried if they would accept me or because to them I was a stranger. The language barrier was also a little difficult to deal with in the…

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Feedback from volunteer Amy

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Travellers Worldwide volunteers in Knysna

Youth Development Centre – South Africa – Volunteer Experience

Amy Coombes and the youth

To Start off with I would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Travellers Worldwide and Sharon Dreyer in particular, my time in South Africa would not have been as valuable without her!

My volunteering at the Youth Development Centre, located in the Nekkies township of Knysna is by far the most life changing experience I have ever done; the information and experience you gain from doing this is something you can’t begin to understand until you do it! Not only did it feel great to make a difference to a community less fortunate but the skills and view of life you gain are SO valuable; you make a real impact on the children’s life but more so the other way round; you learn so much from these amazing youngsters and see life from a totally different view point.

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First Day Jitters

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Great blog post on Malaysia and the world famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehab centre

Jet-setter Jones

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And suddenly it’s real. Lush greenery everywhere (Including the palm oil forestation surrounding me whilst landing which was not such a welcome sight).
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I had landed in Borneo. After 18 months of waiting, I was here. This bucket list item was about to be ticked off. And I was petrified.

I hadn’t given it much thought over the past six months, travelling around it seemed so distant in the future. It didn’t seem real. Suddenly, I was on a plane, headed there and it was all I could think about.

What if I’m awful at it? What if the people judge me? What if they all hate me? What if I hate them? What if I accidentally hurt an orangutan? What if, what if, what if…

When I met my fellow volunteers, that anxiety was all gone. A mixture of all ages and everyone is awesome. We have eight weeks…

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