Loves and life on the Garden Route in South Africa

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

The final post February 5, 2014

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Volunteer Jasmine Burford’s experiences while volunteering in Knysna, South Africa-this is her final post

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Here it is, the last post (for the foreseeable future) of my trip to South Africa. I’ve enjoyed blogging so much and it is definitely something I intend to keep up. As promised, I have set up another blog, which I will try to post as regularly as I can, on anything and everything. I have kept up the enchanted theme, so if you fancy a read please take note of my new blog – www.enchantedeternity.wordpress.com 

Excuse the slightly cheesy name, I wanted something generic and without going into it all, I guess it is sort of philosophical which suits my nature.

Anyway, back to Africa! 

This is one of the things I’ve been most looking forward to sharing – my last day at the school! I hadn’t been aware that anything special would happen. I didn’t expect it, of course – I didn’t go to volunteer to get…

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A month back in the UK! December 3, 2013

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Volunteer Jasmine has updated her blog

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It has been a while since I last posted as I have simply been so busy! I was so excited as I went home for the weekend, the first time since I had returned from South Africa. It was so lovely to see my family! And yesterday as I opened my first chocolate of my Advent calendar, I realised it was a month ago that I was landing back at Heathrow. It has gone exceptionally quick and I am still feeling the effects and impact of my trip every day. You might think I’ve been going on about it long enough, but it really has made me think about things differently and sometimes it’s nice and also a little heart-wrenching to think of those children back in the school – the children I taught, the teachers I worked and laughed with, and the entirely different world that I had the…

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South Africa – Days 3 and 4! November 22, 2013

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Days 3 and 4 of Travellers Worldwide volunteer, Jasmine Burford, in Knysna, South Africa

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Back again, and filling everyone in on days 3 and 4! Thank you if you’re still reading!

So, after an exhausting 72 hours, I was looking forward to a lie in. However, at 8.30, my sleep was interrupted (although quite pleasantly) by church bells. The volunteer house is close to 4 churches, but the bells sounded lovely so it was quite a nice alarm clock (which makes a change!) We had nothing planned for the day, but I was adamant I didn’t want to sit around wasting precious time. 

Myself and the three other volunteers decided to get a taxi to Leisure Island which is approximately 5 miles away from Knysna (the town where I stayed). The two are complete polar opposites; Leisure Island has a predominantly white population and it is very wealthy there. The weather was forecast as rain however it was a really warm morning and we…

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South Africa – Day 2 November 19, 2013

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Have to share this Jasmine!

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My second day in South Africa was again, incredible! Whilst I was planning my trip, I knew if there was one thing I did culture wise, it would be to ride an elephant. I’d found a sanctuary which was the best place to do it as the other parks are very touristy and there are rumours that they can be very cruel. I guess you never know what goes on “behind close doors” but I’d done my research and made sure I was going to the best possible place. When I arrived in South Africa, however, I wasn’t expecting to fulfil one of my life long dreams (and a huge thing to tick off my bucket list!) on my second day in the country!

I’m not sure how we managed to fit all of this into one day but anyway here goes! So first off, myself and the other volunteers…

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One month and twelve days to go!! September 3, 2013

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This post is just a quick to explain a bit about what I’ll actually be doing whilst I’m away! I’ve been crazy busy these last few weeks but I hope to be able to post a lot more regularly about my upcoming trip over the next few weeks. 

Ok, so my two weeks in Knysna (and I am already wishing I could afford to stay for longer) will be spent assisting and teaching in the schools around Knysna to a variety of ages. 

I have opportunities to teach:

– After school and lunch time activity classes – drama workshops and dance classes

– Assist in creating small-scale productions for the local community 

– Be involved in the choir at one of the schools

I also have the opportunity to teach conversational English classes to both adults and children alongside my other work which is something I’d definitely love to do!…

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Animal affairs July 5, 2013

I work for an international volunteer organization that has numerous volunteer placements in disadvantaged communities, schools and NPO’s in my area. One of our newest placements is with our local animal welfare. I have my first volunteer there for 4 weeks from America. She is studying Veterinary Science with 7 years of studying under her belt already.

This has given me a chance to get a glimpse into the world of an animal welfare. I’ve always known how well run and above board our local animal welfare is but I’ve never realized the extent of the sadness they must be faced with daily. Just this morning on dropping my volunteer off I witnessed a man who had brought in his sick 7 month old Greyhound. They will now diagnose her and see what is wrong with her. I hope it’s not serious as the love this man had for his pup was clear to see.

2 minutes after that I spoke to a local chap that I know. He was there to see his pit bull puppy that had been attacked twice in the space of a week by neighbors dogs. Despite a fence around his property other dogs had got to her. He had brought her in yesterday and came in to see her this morning before work. She jumped all over him with excitement but unfortunately she is scared of strangers especially in this strange surroundings. She still bares stitches across a huge scar on her jaw where the other dogs ripped her open and now has fresh wounds to be treated. Poor chap is going to need to speak to his neighbors about making the fence higher and securing his property more as they will undoubtably kill her otherwise. In actual fact these neighboring dogs should be off the streets as they are far too vicious but in poor communities its a lot harder to afford to do home improvements if not possible at all due to lack of funds.

Plenty of cats sitting in their cattery either lost or looking for homes. The cattery is great, plenty of soft bedding, scratch posts, fresh food and water and clean litter trays. Not to mention lots of stimulation in the form of climbing apparatus and toys. But there is a lack of volunteers looking to come and spend an hour playing with the cats. They have plenty of volunteers that come into walk the dogs but sadly not for the feline friends. As a lover of cats with 3 of my own I think I must look into volunteering an hour of my time once a week to sit and play with these gorgeous creatures.

And talking to my volunteer has been really interesting. Apart from the number of dogs that have been hit by cars that they have needed to treat there is also a total lack of preventative care which comes down to education on caring for your animals.

It’s been quite an eye opener to me and has only made me more appreciative of the people that work in this heart breaking industry

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It’s cold out there June 25, 2013

A friend of mine who works for Tours for South Africa received a large donation of new blankets from an unknown donor- well known to us. She immediately thought of me with the request that they been earmarked for children in these cold winter days. Picked up 3 large boxes yesterday and today took one if the boxes to our local clinic and handed them out to mothers with you babies. Tomorrow the rest will be distributed to the children at a local youth center and other children from the surrounding community. It’s very chilly in South Africa at the moment!!!

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