Loves and life on the Garden Route in South Africa

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

Hillbrow – Between Heaven and Hell August 27, 2014

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“Award-winning filmmaker Clifford Bestall goes back to the place where he grew up to explore this microcosm of chaos, crime and corruption in urban South Africa and discovers a place where human spirit, hope and enterprise triumph.George ‘the brick’ is an aging boxer, a hard-lived survivor. Around him and his gym are the characters that make Hillbrow the high-rise melting pot of South Africa.Busi and Mimie are female boxers, punching their way out of their troubled backgrounds beyond the South African borders. Les is a local nightclub entrepreneur with an eye for an opportunity.And Bernice is a frail old Jewish lady – one of the very few whites still living in Hillbrow.This beautiful, personal film elegantly draws them into its fold as their stories unfurl, revealing a rich seam of today’s urban South African experience”

Hillbrow – Between Heaven and Hell

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Monkey madness! February 5, 2014

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Volunteer Jasmine Burford’s experiences while volunteering in Knysna, South Africa

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I’d already had a wonderful experience seeing various species of monkeys at Monkeyworld on my second day of my visit. 

However, there were two more experiences with monkeys (one which I was lucky to capture on camera), and the other which I unfortunately was not there to witness but heard about from our volunteer liaison, Sharon. 

On my first day, I had been warned that there were vervet monkeys very close by which were often seen in the garden and were relaxed around humans, but we were of course advised not to approach them. I had been desperate to see them up close, as I wouldn’t have believed it unless I had seen them. (The whole being in Africa thing still hadn’t sunk in!) But fortunately, I did get to see them. 

I’m not sure what day this was exactly, but we had just returned from somewhere and were bringing…

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The penultimate post!

Volunteer Jasmine Burford’s final days in Knysna South Africa

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I’ve finally made it on to post about  my final days in South Africa, albeit a little later than I intended to!

It is really strange to still be writing and sharing my adventure when it seemed so long ago now. It is really nice to reflect though, as I get to relive the incredible experiences all over again!

Okay, so here goes…

The last two full days of my trip (Tuesday and Wednesday) held some of the most moving experiences of the whole trip for me. After school had finished on the Tuesday, me and the other volunteers went to the local Children’s Home in the township. This is a place I had been really hoping I would get a chance to visit, because I knew how much the children would appreciate people like us, who just wanted to give them some attention and a bit of a distraction…

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The final post

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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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Another great blog from the “Going Homeless Project” :Photostory : Clifford’s Cave

You can find the webpage at:http://www.goinghomeless.co.za/photostory-cliffords-cave/

Photostory : Clifford’s Cave

August 15, 2012 by stu | 4 Comments

While hiking to Victoria Bay from Wilderness along the old Tjoe Tjoe Railway track, i encountered the cave dweller Clifford. Here’s the photostory.

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You can read about the Going Homeless Project’s time in Wilderness here

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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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