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Volunteering myths busted: myth #3 – volunteering in communities does more harm than good

Community programmes are a great way for volunteers to experience a foreign culture, engage with local communities, and develop empathy for people from diverse backgrounds. However, there are a number of ethical factors to consider if your African dream is to work with vulnerable communities, particularly children.   The negative belief that volunteers who work in communities …

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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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Volunteer reviews of our Elephant Conservation & Community Programme in Namibia

Volunteers, Stefan, Luca and Megan, share their experiences in Namibia, working hard to conserve desert elephants and support rural farming communities. The goal of the Desert Elephant Conservation Programme is to overcome and minimise situations whereby humans and elephants come into conflict. The desert-adapted elephant lives in areas also home to rural farming communities, and …

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Community Outreach in Victoria Falls – what will I be doing?

Volunteer at our new community programme in Victoria Falls! We are proud to have partnered with Greenline Africa on a new volunteer programme just outside Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Greenline Africa is a registered Zimbabwean trust dedicated to funding and initiating community focused, long term projects in the rural area around Victoria Falls. Their four …

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Earth Hour 2019: #Connect2Earth

Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement in support of the environment. Since 2007, it has become so much more than an hour-long lights-out event, and is now a movement which has achieved massive environmental change, through harnessing the power of the crowd.   The Hour  Saturday 30th March 2019 – 8.30pm your time Every …

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Volunteering myths busted: myth #1 – volunteering is just for youngsters

Volunteering is definitely not just for gap year students and teenagers. We firmly believe that older volunteers bring an amazing dynamic to volunteer groups, and bring unique sets of skills and experience to a team.   The myth that volunteering is just for kids, stems from the early days of volunteering, when it was mainly the realm of …

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Volunteering in Africa: the adventure you’ve been looking for! (Part 2)

Following on from part 1 of our favourite volunteering photos, here are a few more that will have you booking tickets to join us in no time! Beware, when you volunteer to work with local ECD nursery school children at our Community Outreach Programme in Victoria Falls, they will definitely make themselves comfortable in your heart. This is often …

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Community Outreach in Victoria Falls

We are very excited to be launching a new volunteer project just outside Africa’s adventure capital, Victoria Falls! Working alongside the Greenline Africa Trust, volunteers will support rural communities with livelihood development, water aid, education, and healthcare projects. Here are some quick answers to some initial questions that you might have! Where will I be based? …

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