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Michel teaching Samba for the Children at a Daycare in South Africa

Michel has been teaching samba rhythms to the children of a daycare in Masiphumelele, Cape Town. The children enjoy playing with him, and say even “I Love you Michel”, and “Come to South Africa”.

A picture tells more than thousand words, here are the videos clips:

Samba rhythms at the daycare:

“I love you Michel”

“Please come to South Africa”

How to be a Child Care Volunteer in South Africa?

Visit our page with the child care volunteering project in Cape Town, where you can teach children at Doreen’s Crèche in a poor neighborhood on the southern peninsula.

As a volunteer teacher, you can bring something of you culture, like Michel brought Samba. The children will appreciate!

There are so many beautiful stories of our volunteers working with the children in Masi:

Isabella Neves - Freiwillige Kindererzieherin in Südafrika

A dream come true: Isabella traveled to South Africa and cared for children in a kindergarten

This trip was first and foremost a dream come true, I had long wanted to visit South Africa and this ...
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Camilla Bartholomei Santos volunteering at Doreens Creche

Camilla has been Volunteering in a Creche with children in Cape town

I volunteered in a creche with children of 0 to 6 years old in Masiphumelele, a Township in Fish Hoek ...
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Hugo Tolomai lawyer Brazil advocating for children

Advocating for Children in South Africa: Dr. Hugo Tolomei from Brazil

Dr. Hugo Tolomei, a lawyer from Brazil, advocating for children in South Africa. With lawyers like you we can surely ...
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Rodrigo from Brazil makes children smile in South Africa

Rodrigo from Brazil makes children smile in South Africa

Rodrigo Lima Custowichi from Brazil made children smile at Doreen’s Crèche in Cape Town, South Africa. But where is Rodrigo on ...
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Teaching Children in South Africa

Teaching Children in South Africa: Marsha from New York and Enzo from France

Enzo from France and Marsha from New York City enjoyed teaching children at Doreen’s Crèche in Cape Town South Africa ...
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Enzo Klein mking children smile in South Africa

Making children smile in the Childcare & Teaching program in South Africa!

Enzo Klein, from France, smiling and making children smile in the Childcare & Teaching program in South Africa. Thank you ...
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Tour guides in Rio learn English with Frederikke from Denmark

Volunteer Frederikke Cronquist from Denmark is teaching English for tour guides in Rio de Janeiro and teaching drawing techniques for young people. Many thanks Frederikke! You make us believe that a better world is possible!

Teaching English for Tour Guides in Brazil

For tour guides, among other professions, learning English is essential to their work. So your help as a volunteer teacher makes all the difference in people’s lives! As a volunteer teacher, you can choose whether you prefer to teach some students or give a full class in Rio.

The best practice for volunteer teachers in Rio would be to create their own lesson plans. Often, volunteers work together, planning their English classes for future tour guides or other people who want to work with tourism.

Visit the volunteer program to teach English in Brazil on our Homepage.

Volunteer of Visual Arts in Rio de Janeiro

Frederikke Cronquist Denmark drawing techniques

Frederikke Cronquist Denmark drawing techniques

When you feel like sharing your creativity and passion for the arts, take a trip to Rio de Janeiro as an arts and design volunteer. As Rio has already inspired many artists and musicians, you can find young talents and help them grow. During your stay, you will work with children and teenagers from the favelas of Rio, developing their artistic talents.

Working with children from various communities in Rio, your efforts will play a valuable role in helping a project desperately without resources, allowing you to absorb Rio’s artistic vibes.

Visit the arts volunteer program in Rio de Janeiro. While working in Brazil, you will know the country as no tour guide could show for you!

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Volunteering in Sri Lanka: Rewarding Projects in a Tropical Paradise

Join one of our projects for volunteering in Sri Lanka, a charming country with no equal in the world. In this tropical country with a smiling sun all year round and golden beaches, you can participate in fascinating and rewarding volunteer projects.

Volunteering in Sri Lanka at fascinating locations like Badulla or Colombo

You can choose between social and educational projects, an environmental volunteer program in the preservation of sea turtles or stages of medicine and psychology at the modern Hospital of Colombo.

After all, you can even participate in meditation at a Buddhist monastery.

Whatever voluntary program you choose, you will discover ancient cities, take in exciting safaris, and experience the rich and colorful culture. In addition, you can practice adventure sports and make friends with lovely people … where else can you get all this in one place?

Sri Lanka: a gem located at the Southern tip of India

As Sri Lanka is located at the tip of India, this small exotic island provides a tropical climate. The island reveals itself as gem that is abundant with wonderful discoveries for any tourist or volunteer. Whether it’s a journey of exploring the desert, a holiday of Ayurvedic well-being, a relaxing getaway in the sun, or even that quick business trip, there is something for everyone.

Read some reviews of our volunteers in Asia:

Nepal was Alice's favorite experience as a volunteer

You stay my Favorite. You are my Nepali family! – Alice from France

For Alice Garnier teaching in Nepal was her favorite as a volunteer, since she felt like a Nepali family.  What ...
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Valérie Medical Volunteering in Thailand

Valérie had a hands on Medical Volunteering Experience in Thailand

I participated in the Thailand Medical Volunteering project in Surin province and was placed at Takook Community Hospital. I had ...
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Patricia with her students in India

Teaching at school in India: Patricia and Rui from Portugal

Patricia Oliveira & Rui Falhas Santos have been teaching at school in India. Both volunteer teachers com from Portugal and ...
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Caregiving & Teaching in Cambodia

Caregiving and Teaching for Children at a Day Care in Cambodia

Caregiving and Teaching children in Cambodia. There are no words to describe the magic, the love, the kindness, and the ...
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Volunteering at a Buddhist Monastery

Volunteering at a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal was the Best Decision of my Life

I must say volunteering at a buddhist monastery in Nepal was the best decision of my life. Not only do ...
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Lailana Smith Australia caring for children in India

Lailana from Australia caring for children in India

We would like to thank Lailana Smith, who was caring for the children in Jaipur, India. Lailana came from Australia ...
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A dream come true: Isabella traveled to South Africa and cared for children in a kindergarten

This trip was first and foremost a dream come true, I had long wanted to visit South Africa and this country did not leave anything to wish for, was everything I expected and a little more. The voluntary work option came because I’m passionate about this type of trip, so I went to an NGO where most of the money was spent on the project and found Iko Poran, who also had the advantage of being much more into account that tourism companies that offer this kind of trip, I chose a project with children in a township, and then, with the tickets bought (TAAG airlines) I went to what would be the best and biggest adventure of my life.

My first days in Cape Town

Crianças na Creche de Doreen

A dream come true in South Africa

The first few days were quiet, I was introduced to the other residents of the house (who later became good friends) and then the next day I met the group of children I would be a volunteer teacher, I was received with shouts and celebrations, “teachá” was like they called me every day, it is impossible not to fall in love. The Township where I worked was called Masiphumelele, but called Masi affectionately, it was not the hostile and dangerous place they painted, so the importance of entering a culture before to judge her, as soon as I arrived, the transfer company’s own girl said that it was very dangerous to take the vans leaving from the townships, that was the transport I took every day and I never had any kind of problem, people from the townships are cheerful, friendly and very helpful and the children are very well cared for despite all the poverty that can not be denied that exists there.

Volunteer work at the day care center during the week and weekend trips

I worked about 3 hours a day in the morning and had the afternoon and the free weekends, I usually stayed with the other volunteers at home during the week and during the weekend we would make group tours to explore the region. In contrast with the poverty of Masi, it was the place where the volunteers’ residence was located, Fish Hoek, is a rich region and I did not suffer any kind of harassment or insecurity during the whole stay there, definitely a place I recommend, mainly for those who will stay longer, besides having one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen in life. Fish Hoek is an hour by train from Cape Town and is 20 minutes from Muizenberg, one of the most famous beaches there and where are the largest surfing schools, I even took a chance and got waves, I got to stand on the board by 20 seconds, what for me is a win hahaha :D

Dream like Beaches: Penguin Beach near Cape Town

Praia dos Pinguins

Praia dos Pinguins

Because of the distance from the Cape Town sights, I only got to know two (yes, I did not go up to Table Mountain, I did not go to Robben Island or Cape of Good Hope) but I want to go back to do everything, I met the V & A Waterfront and to Boulder’s Beach, the famous Penguin Beach, I really enjoyed Cape Town and despite the reports of harassment and insecurity I was able to walk around quietly without any of it, my tip is: do everything in a group if possible and try to stay close to the tourist areas.

Trip to Jacobs Bay

In my penultimate week we made a trip to Jacobs Bay which was amazing, starting with the hostel called Jacobs Bay Backpackers and had a whole fairy tale, one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed, no doubt. The beaches were indescribable and the Peaceful feeling was something present in any corner, very few tourists and much to be admired. The trip cost 600 rand (about 200 reais) per person, including car rental, gasoline, hostel and food, we were in a group of 9 people .

Dica para futuros voluntários na África do Sul

My tip for anyone who wants to do any kind of volunteer work, especially in South Africa is: ONLY GO! I hope it changes your life, just as it changed mine. – Isabella Neves, Brazil

Read Isabella’s original post on “Mochileiros” (portuguese).

Visit our project for volunteer work with children at Doreen’s Day Care, in Cape Town South Africa. There you also find, how to sign up!

More experiences from our volunteers in South Africa

Michel teaching Samba in South Africa

Michel teaching Samba for the Children at a Daycare in South Africa

Michel has been teaching samba rhythms to the children of a daycare in Masiphumelele, Cape Town. The children enjoy playing ...
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Rescue Cats and Dogs in Cape Town South Africa

Volunteer to Rescue Cats and Dogs in Cape Town

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Camilla Bartholomei Santos volunteering at Doreens Creche

Camilla has been Volunteering in a Creche with children in Cape town

I volunteered in a creche with children of 0 to 6 years old in Masiphumelele, a Township in Fish Hoek ...
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Ricardo Ramajo orphaned animals

Caring for Orphaned Animals of the African Bush: Ricardo from Brazil

Ricardo Ramajo from Brazil has been caring for orphaned animals in the African Bush during his volunteer project on wildlife ...
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Hugo Tolomai lawyer Brazil advocating for children

Advocating for Children in South Africa: Dr. Hugo Tolomei from Brazil

Dr. Hugo Tolomei, a lawyer from Brazil, advocating for children in South Africa. With lawyers like you we can surely ...
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Ana Elisa Pena Dr Fernanda Rangel health Screening South Africa

Health Screen of the Children in South Africa: Dr. Ana Elisa & Dr. Fernanda Rangel

Dr. Ana Elisa Pena & Dr. Fernanda Rangel de La Peña doing a health screen of the children in South ...
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Medical Volunteer Program in Ethiopia: Dr. Emmanuel Ehiwe gives an interview

Dr. Emmanuel Ehiwe, a consultant sonographer and public health practitioner from Birmingham, England talks about his volunteer program in Ethiopia. The interview was published on GoOverseas, find the full interview here.

Dr. Ehiwe served in different NHS Hospitals and currently teaches public health with health and social care courses in higher education colleges and universities in the United Kingdom and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He works as a clinical instructor for reproductive health (maternal and child) ultrasound program for obstetricians and gynecologists.

Why did you choose this program?

I was inspired to undertake this program as part of the need to give back and contribute to human development and society. My experience of working and providing care to patients gave me the inspiration to meet obvious gaps in practice and level of medical training among youths who are future leaders of the African continent.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The program organizers provided me the forum to meet with some youths who are members of the indigenous communities in Addis Ababa. They helped with local arrangements of lodging and accommodation, as well as guidance on moving around the city of Addis. The organizers also provided me with the training environment.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone going on your program?

One piece of advice I would give to anyone considering this program is to be very open minded and prepare to meet new people. This is because I found the Ethiopian community locals to be friendly and warm towards volunteers and tourists. I would also advise that you make detailed enquiries about the specific roles and duties you would be involved in before you set out for the program.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day in the program was filled with one tutoring activity or the other. A typical day involved helping the kids review their school home work and getting involved in one public health advocacy seminar or the other in the evenings. Each workshop focused on teaching the youths life saving skills in emergency situations where there is no doctor. We also worked on learning first aid treatments for common injuries and accidents amongst other things.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I did not really have any fears or negative expectations before setting out for this program. This was because I knew and read from the web that Ethiopia is a peace loving and friendly country, particularly when you stay and work within the capital city of Addis Ababa. I had planned and limited my visit to this part of the country.

How can I participate in a volunteer program in Ethiopia?

Find the full detail on our page about volunteering in Ethiopia  on our homepage. There, you also can read about the wellness and health program in Addis Ababa.

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Valérie had a hands on Medical Volunteering Experience in Thailand

I participated in the Thailand Medical Volunteering project in Surin province and was placed at Takook Community Hospital. I had initially intended to stay 2 weeks in this program. Yet, since the first week I was there, I knew instantly that I wanted to stay longer which I did. Felipe from Iko Poran was incredibly helpful in sorting out pre-departure fees and was also available to answer all my questions.

Valérie

Valérie

As for the program, I was astonished at how hands-on it was and how incredibly lovely and welcoming the Thailand team was. I got the opportunity to partake in wound-dressing on locals of a rather indigent part of the countryside. The team gave us training in the first week, but by the second, we were given a lot of autonomy for house calls, obviously accompanied by one of the nurses. The people of the village were also incredibly friendly and giving.

Furthermore, we had plenty of time after volunteering hours and on our three-day weekends to discover other parts of Surin as well as the beautiful islands such as Koh Samet, Koh Chang, and many others.

I highly recommend this program to anyone who has not previously had much medical experience or anyone who wishes to extend their current skills to communities that cannot usually access such care. – Valérie Pierre-Louis, from France

Video of Valérie measuring blood sugar

How to join the Thailand Medical Volunteering Project?

Visit our page with the full description of the medical internship in Thailand, and sign up! You may have a look at more volunteer projects in Thailand as well.

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Camilla has been Volunteering in a Creche with children in Cape town

I volunteered in a creche with children of 0 to 6 years old in Masiphumelele, a Township in Fish Hoek – Cape Town. Most of the time I worked with children from 5 to 6 years old, who at home would speak a language called Khosa, and at school they learn English. So, the volunteers teach them the shapes, colors, numbers, and among other basic things in English. In addition to literacy we play a lot, give hugs, lap, care, dance and sing. It is very fun and rewarding, a unique experience and difficult to explain with just words. My heart has multiplied!
I lived in a house with more volunteers from all over the world, I met and made many friends. Moreover, the region is beautiful and has many places to visit, adventures and food to try.

What is your advice to future travelers volunteering at the Creche?

My advice is to volunteer de maximum of time you can. Just 1 or 2 weeks is not enough! All the volunteers I met that only went for a short time were sad they didn’t stayed for longer. So what recommend that is the perfect amount of time is staying for 1 month. The time will pass so fast that you will not even notice. I know it’s hard because you think you will miss your family and friends a lot, but you will make so many new friends in your new home, will go to so many adventures that the time will fly! – Camilla Bartholomei Santos, from Brazil

How to volunteer at th daycare in Cape Town, South Africa

Visit our page with the volunteer project at a daycare in Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek in order to find the full information and sign up!

You may also read about more volunteer programs, like wildlife volunteering in South Africa.

More volunteer experiences at Doreen’s Crèche

Michel teaching Samba in South Africa

Michel teaching Samba for the Children at a Daycare in South Africa

Michel has been teaching samba rhythms to the children of a daycare in Masiphumelele, Cape Town. The children enjoy playing ...
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Isabella Neves - Freiwillige Kindererzieherin in Südafrika

A dream come true: Isabella traveled to South Africa and cared for children in a kindergarten

This trip was first and foremost a dream come true, I had long wanted to visit South Africa and this ...
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Hugo Tolomai lawyer Brazil advocating for children

Advocating for Children in South Africa: Dr. Hugo Tolomei from Brazil

Dr. Hugo Tolomei, a lawyer from Brazil, advocating for children in South Africa. With lawyers like you we can surely ...
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Rodrigo from Brazil makes children smile in South Africa

Rodrigo from Brazil makes children smile in South Africa

Rodrigo Lima Custowichi from Brazil made children smile at Doreen’s Crèche in Cape Town, South Africa. But where is Rodrigo on ...
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Teaching Children in South Africa

Teaching Children in South Africa: Marsha from New York and Enzo from France

Enzo from France and Marsha from New York City enjoyed teaching children at Doreen’s Crèche in Cape Town South Africa ...
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Enzo Klein mking children smile in South Africa

Making children smile in the Childcare & Teaching program in South Africa!

Enzo Klein, from France, smiling and making children smile in the Childcare & Teaching program in South Africa. Thank you ...
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Teaching at school in India: Patricia and Rui from Portugal

Patricia Oliveira & Rui Falhas Santos have been teaching at school in India. Both volunteer teachers com from Portugal and are giving back & making a difference in Jaipur.

Volunteer teaching at school in India

Rui with his students in India

Rui with his students

As an assistant teacher, you’ll be teaching English at a Community school in India, situated in the southern part of Jaipur. Since the school is catering to children from an economically weak & marginalized area, quality English teaching with all other required amenities provided are a great advance for the young students.

Our in country partners have supported the school with all the furniture, infrastructure & teaching materials like boards etc. There are around 54 students who are studying in 1st to 5th grades. As a volunteer you will teach the students the necessary things that will help them in developing their interpersonal skills. You will also help the local staff in daily operations of the school. The top-most requirement of the project is to develop the overall personality of the students by encouraging extracurricular activities, art & craft, group discussions, teaching & communication.

Visit the teaching volunteer project in India on our homepage, and sign up!

On our blog, you can find more volunteer projects in India.

More volunteer experiences in India

Lailana Smith Australia caring for children in India

Lailana from Australia caring for children in India

We would like to thank Lailana Smith, who was caring for the children in Jaipur, India. Lailana came from Australia ...
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Joseph Guzman Teaching Children in India

Teaching Children in India: Joey’s Uplifting Presence

Joseph Guzman chose to volunteer teaching children in India. With his joy and dedication he was a great and positive ...
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Karen's Volunteer trip to India

Karen’s Volunteer Trip to India: Friendly People, Solid Organisation, Unique Experience!

When Karen from Norway planned her volunteer trip to India about six months ago, she wanted to travel together with ...
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Painting Signs for a School in Jaipur

Painting Signs for a School in Jaipur: Construction Volunteer Experience in India

Jakob and Aiden from Norway went to India as construction volunteers, in order to paint signs for a school in ...
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Women's Empowerment Project India

Iko Poran Women’s Empowerment Project India – AMAZING EXPERIENCE!

I highly recommend Iko Poran’s Women’s Empowerment project in India! Every level of it was perfectly organized from the first ...
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Claire: Women Empowerment in Jaipur

Interview with Claire: Women Empowerment in Jaipur

Claire came with Iko Poran to Jaipur, to work with a women empowerment project. She felt, she could offer something ...
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Emmanuel volunteered on Health Coaching for Children in Ethiopia

Emmanuel enjoyed working on Health Coaching for children and youth in Ethiopa and included first aid techniques as well. Great Job!

I had a great experience volunteering and working with children of the Ethiopian Education Foundation (EEF). It was a grand experience coaching the youths on the basics of health and wellbeing lifestyle initiatives. Everyone involved learnt and practiced basic CPR and resuscitation techniques to save lives in emergency situations where there is no doctor.

The students learned how to handle and respond to various forms of first aid treatments for common accidents. It was also a pleasant experience as various groups explored how to recognize and manage signs of worms, diarrhoea and dehydration in children.

The youths loved it as much as I did as they also helped in showing me around the local places of relaxation at the weekends. Would relish an opportunity to work with the staff and organising team again as they made my experience a fantastic one.

I would recommend Iko Poran and EEF to anyone who would like to consider volunteering in Ethiopia. – Emmanuel

How to volunteer on Health Coaching for the children and youth in Ethiopia?

Join our volunteer program for wellness coaching in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the program you may include yoga lessons, wellness coaching, wellbeing strategy and more.

Since there are several different ways of thinking about health and wellbeing, students will get in touch with these different kind of exercises. Finally, they will find out, what is best for them.

Understanding the benefits of having a lifestyle in accordance with their body, mind and soul is crucial for health and wellbeing. Moreover, yoga, meditation and physical exercises help to achieve and maintain physical fitness and mental stability. This is a positive definition of health and wellbeing.

More volunteer opportunities in Ethiopia

Emmanuel Health Coaching Ethiopia

Medical Volunteer Program in Ethiopia: Dr. Emmanuel Ehiwe gives an interview

Dr. Emmanuel Ehiwe, a consultant sonographer and public health practitioner from Birmingham, England talks about his volunteer program in Ethiopia. The interview ...
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Gardening in Ethiopia

Volunteer on Gardening in Ethiopia – Educational Project

While volunteering on the gardening and landscaping project in Ethiopia, you can educate the students at a college in Addis ...
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Women Empowerment in Ethiopia

Women Empowerment in Ethiopia: Volunteer Work with the Female Students at the Hostel

If you want to stand up for Women’s rights, volunteer on women empowerment in Ethiopia with Iko Poran! Volunteer on ...
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Visual Arts and Photography in Ethiopia

Teaching Visual Arts to Students in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Caring for Orphaned Animals of the African Bush: Ricardo from Brazil

Ricardo Ramajo from Brazil has been caring for orphaned animals in the African Bush during his volunteer project on wildlife rehabilitation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

It was a lot of fun. I made many friends and learned a lot. – Ricardo Rampajo, Brazil

Volunteering on Wildlife Rehabilitation in South Africa

If you decide to volunteer for the rehabilitation of wildlife in South Africa, you can take care of orphaned and injured animals of the African bush. Throughout your stay, you will live near these magnificent wildlife. You will develop a deeper understanding of African wildlife. While working on wildlife rehabilitation, you’ll have a unique experience that goes beyond the wildest dreams of most people.

Care for Orphaned Animals in the African Bush

During this voluntary journey into the African bush you will be fully dedicated to the rehabilitation of large and small wildlife in South Africa. At the same time, you spare neither time nor effort and make a valuable contribution to the conservation of endangered species from the African bush. Since you live in a nearby lodge, the song of African birds will wake you every morning. After breakfast, spend your days looking after the animals.

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