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Month: May 2019

10 reasons to volunteer with your family in Namibia

A family trip to Africa is not always the most obvious choice, but having lived and travelled extensively in Africa for many years, now that I have a child, I can’t think of anywhere more exciting for families to experience. And for a once-in-a-lifetime family vacation, Namibia is definitely a destination to be reckoned with. …

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Why do I have to pay to volunteer

Paying to “volunteer” seems like a strange concept, and asking why is a common question. When researching volunteer opportunities, you’ll find that the vast majority of organised volunteer programmes expect some level of fees to be paid.   Volunteering or Voluntourism? When you volunteer overseas, particularly in third world countries, the case for paying to …

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10 reasons to volunteer in Zimbabwe in 2019 – part 2

Five more reasons to get excited about volunteering or travelling to Zimbabwe! Despite often being in the headlines for the wrong reasons, Zimbabwe has remained on the bucket list of canny travellers throughout the last two decades. The welcoming locals, abundant wildlife and unspoilt national parks make it a destination not to be missed. Take …

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10 reasons to volunteer in Zimbabwe in 2019 – part 1

Thinking of volunteering or visiting Zimbabwe? An excellent idea! Despite often being in the headlines for the wrong reasons, Zimbabwe has remained on the bucket list of canny travellers throughout the last two decades. The welcoming locals, abundant wildlife and unspoilt national parks make it a destination not to be missed. Take the time to …

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When is a wildlife sanctuary not a sanctuary

Thinking of volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary? Read this article first! The thrill of working closely with iconic African animals is a big draw, and volunteering at animal sanctuaries in Africa is incredibly popular. However, before selecting a sanctuary programme and booking your flight, there are questions you should ask the project about the facility …

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Responsible Volunteering – 7 Ways to Choose an Ethical Volunteer Programme

With so many volunteer programmes offering a multitude of amazing opportunities, how do you pick through the maze, and identify a responsible and ethical project? In the 1970s and 80s, volunteer opportunities were limited to humanitarian aid projects run by churches and NGOs, and international government aid projects such as the Peace Corps. Today, there …

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