Hello everyone and Happy December!
Let’s face it! Going on holiday is fantastic but how much of the country do you see beyond the tourist hot spots? Most people barely have time to scratch the surface of their surroundings before they need to get back on the plane. By becoming a volunteer, you have a chance to thoroughly explore, become part of a vibrant community and enhance your career prospects all at the same time. Not convinced? Many countries run brilliant volunteer programs – these are just a few of them!
Taking a childcare course at high school or embarking on an Education degree? What better way to gain some hands-on experience than by joining a kids program in Cape Town, South Africa. Here, you’ll be based in a township in the Table Mountains providing much-needed support to local organizers by playing games, reading stories, planning group activities and looking after anyone from newborn babies right up to boisterous teenagers. You’ll also get plenty of free time to explore the local area, visit the majestic Table Mountain and check out Cape Town’s nightlife as well head to Boulders Beach, famous for its noisy colony of Jackass Penguins.
If you spend most of your free time with a nose in a book, love writing and make a point of enhancing your vocabulary, then a placement teaching English is ideal. However, you need be at an intermediate level in Spanish so you can talk to your students! As a Costa Rica volunteer you’ll be going to San Ramón, in the Alajuela province where you’ll be planning and delivering lessons, assisting teachers, grading students, and encouraging your pupils to practice their conversational English. By staying in a dorm, you’ll soon make friends with your fellow travelers, heading out to explore the neighborhood and trying Gallo Pinto, or spotted chicken, Costa Rica’s national dish!
Passionate about animal conservation? Love hiking? Ever wanted to see a wild bear? If the answer to all these questions is yes, then you’ll be the perfect volunteer for wildlife tracking. Head deep into the Swedish wilderness, learning about magnificent animals such as bears, beavers, reindeer, moose and others that call the Sonfjällets National park home. Breathe in crisp, clean air and drink from unsullied waterfalls before making camp under the stars. You’ll also learn how to make a proper outdoor fire, identify various flora and fauna and even try canoeing!
Welcome to the small Island Of Mafia, Tanzania! Here, a four-week beach conservation project will see you helping to protect the coral reefs, observing a variety of marine life and helping the organizers to record data that’ll assist in the fight against unregulated tourism, as well as guard against and hazardous fishing. You’ll also have the chance to get up, close and personal with turtles and dolphins, ideal for any Marine Biology students, and go into schools to teach children all about the incredible biodiversity of this tropical paradise
What about you my dear readers? Have you ever thought about volunteering? Which place would be the ideal for you? Personally, i would choose Sweden but I am going to tell you more about it in the near future.
As always, thank you for visiting and have a great day!
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