On November of 2017 I had one of the best experiences of my life doing volunteer work with children in Masiphumelele Township, South Africa. The purpose was to help, but it was much beyond that. I had a life lesson, a very great personal growth. Everyday in the morning, when we arrived at crèche (me and the other volunteers), the children were waiting for us with a smile on their faces. Receiving those smiles, hugs, and kisses every morning was the best way to start the day. Playing, teaching a few words in English, helping in the distribution of snacks, it was a better way to brighten their lives because they need more love, affection and care. They need us!
I am very thankful to Iko Poran for the whole experience. They were always there from airport pick-up to accommodation, showing me the way and placing me at the project. It was unique experience without a doubt! My thanks to everybody who is part of this organization that has been helping all who need it. – Mariane
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About one of the greatest adventures.
Ended up getting more then I was giving.
All the smiles, all the sincere “Thank you teacher”, all those hugs were worth every second.
Porque no final, acabei por receber o triplo daquilo que dei.
Cada um daqueles sorrisos, cada um daqueles abraços fizeram valer cada segundo daquele lado. Aprendi que a simplicidade e a humildade são qualidades que fazem as pessoas lindas , e estes pequenos são tão ricos nisso que me fizerem sentir ridícula quando penso que tenho problemas na vida, bullshit… São pequenos adultos que irradiam amor pelo olhar e que aquecem a alma com um sorriso e talvez por isso vá sentir saudades…
Sara Ferreira de Matos
Mariana Oliveira, who has been volunteering with the children in South Africa, now has brought a the gifts for donation to the Crèche:
Today when I arrived with gifts at school for donation, I could not imagine such happiness, both of the children when they saw the presents as mine to see all those smiles and glitter in the eyes.
No doubt it was one of the happiest moments of my life! See all those kids screaming, jumping and saying “thank you, teacher”.
The schoolteachers were as happy as they were. They thanked me very much!
I told them I had help from many friends and family! Yes, this was only possible because many people helped with donations or sharing the post. We got a total of R $ 3,015.00 which converted into the African currency equals RAND 12,964.00.
With the money was bought 72 toys, cakes, juices and fruit for child, totaling RAND 10,230.00. The remainder of the money will be donated to the school for the purchase of carpet / floor carpeting where the children play.
I want to thank everyone for the trust, the help (those who made their accounts available and shared), those who contributed, those who sent a message of support … No doubt we made these children’s day much Happier !!!
Thank you – Mariana Oliveira
You can find Mariana’s post on Facebook here.
If you would like to find out more about the volunteer project at Doreen’s Crèche, find it here
Hoje quando cheguei com os presentes na escola para doação, eu não poderia imaginar tamanha felicidade, tanto das crianças quando elas viram os presentes quanto a minha de ver todos aqueles sorrisos e brilho nos olhos.
Sem dúvidas foi um dos momentos mais felizes da minha vida! Ver todas aquelas crianças gritando, pulando e dizendo “thank you, teacher”.
As professoras da escolinha ficaram tão felizes quanto eles. Elas me agradeceram muito!
Eu disse a elas que tive ajuda de muitos amigos e da família! Sim, isso só foi possível de acontecer porque muitas pessoas ajudaram com as doações ou compartilhando o post. Conseguimos um total de R$ 3.015,00 o que convertido na moeda africana equivale RAND 12.964,00.
Com o dinheiro foi comprado 72 brinquedos, bolos, sucos e frutas para criança, totalizando RAND 10.230,00. O restante do dinheiro será doado para a escola para a compra de tapete/ carpete para chão onde as crianças brincam.
Eu quero agradecer a todos pelas confiança, pela ajuda (aqueles que disponibilizaram suas contas e compartilharam), aos que contribuíram, aos que mandaram mensagem de apoio… Sem dúvida nós fizemos o dia dessas crianças muito mais Feliz!!!
Muito obrigada ❤❤❤
Obs. Os comprovantes estão anexados juntos com as fotos. Após a compra do carpete/tapete, eles estarão me encaminhando o último comprovante e eu estarei anexando tbm.
Eu não tenho palavras para expressar os meus sentimentos… Talvez amor, felicidade e simplicidade sejam elas.
Trabalho voluntário ❤️❤️❤️
Mariane Oliveira, Brasil
Brazilian volunteer Mariane Oliveira sharing her love and bringing joy to a childcare in South Africa. Volunteer Abroad, the best travel experience.
Olá pessoal! Muitos de vocês me conhecem outros não…Meu nome é Mariane, tenho 26 anos, e iniciei um projeto na África do sul com crianças carentes recentemente.
Estas não possuem muito e o que tem são extremamente simples, como alimentação, brinquedos…
Então nos últimos dias eu pensei em uma forma de ajudá-las.
Conversando com alguns amigos surgiu a ideia de arrecadar dinheiro para comprar algumas roupas, sapatos, brinquedos ou um dia com uma merenda bem gostosa para elas.
Que tal fazer parte desta ajuda? Doando 10, 20, 30 reais… Quanto você puder ❤❤❤
Work as a South Africa child care volunteer and teach and care for children at Doreen’s Crèche. The Crêche is located at Masiphumelele Township, around 45 minutes from central Cape Town. Whilst you are volunteering with children in South Africa, you also will learn about township life, culture, and history.
This summer I had an unforgettable experience in South Africa. Thank you Iko Poran for this exceptional travel! Sure, I will do it again!
Volunteer in South Africa with Big Five monitoring – lions, elephants, buffalos, white & black rhino, and hyenas. You will be heavily involved in important conservation work to make sure the animals are healthy and the land is well balanced.
Your days will be spent tracking, spotting, recording and observing the movements and behavior of these African animals. The data you collect will be used to create files on the animals and monthly reports which will be analyzed and monitored by the park coordinators.
This project is responsible for all the conservation work and record keeping for the National Park Section, and the volunteers it receives provide its only source of income. Your participation is so important for the long term success of this project. Like your memories, your contribution will last for a long time.
If you have always dreamt of experiencing the wilderness of the African plains and you love animals, this project is for you.
Volunteer in South Africa holding, caring for and living with African wildlife is beyond most people’s wildest dreams.
Take part in essential conservation efforts in South Africa nursing animals in need back to health. In this once in a lifetime opportunity you will be working in a unique sanctuary filled with the most amazing species of birds and animals that Africa has to offer.
You will be doing incredible and meaningful work, giving your time and love to the rehabilitation of creatures big and small. You will wake up every morning to the chorus of the African dawn, living in a nearby lodge, and spend your days working hands on with the animals.
Staying only a few miles from the beach and the bush and other tourist attractions, this placement in South Africa has it all.
This experience will develop your insight into the wildlife of South Africa and really touch your heart.
Location of project: Animal sanctuary on South Africa’s world renowned Garden Route next to Port Elizabeth
Arrival airport: Port Elizabeth (code PLZ)
Shared dormitory style room in wooden lodge at project (2-8 persons per room)
Food: All meals are included
Available from 2 to 8 weeks
Find the full information about volunteering in South Africa here, and proceed to the application form.
Working as a volunteer on Big Five Conservation, you will hel protecting lions, leopards, elephants, buffolos and rhinoceroses in the African Bush.
At the game reserve in South Africa you will carry out a spectrum of important tasks, including caring for the animals and monitoring in the African Bush. The nature of the volunteer work will vary according to the weather and season.
Tasks may include, but are not limited to:
There will also be tasks in the petting farm and stables, caring for the horses.
You will get to go out on game drives & wilderness walks, and work hands on helping with the care of animals in the rehabilitation and education centre. The volunteers on Big Five Conservation visit and work in different parts of the reserve. You will be given the opportunity to try a hand at all the different tasks and activities whilst you are staying in South Africa.
Even though you know that Africa and South Africa are so much more than the Big Five, the familiar images soon begin playing in your mind: lions roaring; elephants trumpeting; buffalos lurking in long grass; rhinos standing stately under a thorn tree; leopards prowling in the gathering darkness.
It was originally a hunting term used by the so-called ‘great white hunters’ in the hunting heyday of the 19th and early 20thcenturies, when professional hunters bagged as many trophies as possible in as short a time as possible.
Find the complete information about volunteering in South Africa here.
Great White Shark volunteering in South Africa is a unique opportunity to monitor and conserve one of the most incredible creatures of the marine world. Volunteer in South Africa in our marine conservation project.
Today the population of sharks worldwide is under threat. This is your opportunity to play a vital role in helping to monitor and conserve one of the most incredible creatures of the marine world, the Great White.
You will be working alongside marine biologists researching and observing the sharks and their environment. You will have the task of sharing this research and knowledge with visitors going shark diving, and may get the chance to assist in tagging and tracking sharks.
Most exciting of all, you have the unforgettable experience of going cage diving to meet your subject face to face – just try not to drop your camera! In your spare time you will be free to enjoy and get to know the beautiful Western Cape and even travel further afield to explore the rest of South Africa.
Learn to surf in South Africa and volunteer to help underprivileged children at Muizenberg, close to Cape Town.
The volunteer program takes place in Muizenberg, Cape Town. The place is renowned for its gentle rolling waves just calling out to be ridden, you will be learning to surf in one of the best places in the world. The surf is free from rips and currents, giving you the safest & best opportunity to hone your skills – it’s not as easy as it looks!
You will first learn the art of surfing, along with the addictive and electrifying feeling that comes with riding a wave all the way into the shore; then you will be working will kids from the disadvantaged areas surrounding Muizenburg, teaching them how to surf.
These are bright, enthusiastic children who have been unfortunate to grow up in underprivileged communities. Their upbringing will often have been marred by violence and tragedy, as well as limited access to money. This is why this work is so important, as it gives them the chance to get away from all of that; to spend a few carefree, laughter-filled hours in the water, where they can have fun and make friends. It provides them with a freedom that really is priceless and makes a huge impact on their lives.
This is only made possible through the help of volunteers like you. You will get to spend sun-soaked days on the beautiful beaches of South Africa, while giving new experiences and skills to these wonderful kids, letting them escape the difficulties of their lives and helping to broaden their horizons.
In your free time you will also be able to explore all the amazing places in Cape Town with the city right at your feet.
Find the complete information about volunteering in South Africa.