Are you tired of the usual holiday routine? A volunteering holiday is different yet rewarding. You’ll still be on holiday whilst helping the needy. Unfortunately, not all of us have thousands of rands lying around, but your hands are just as good. We list the top 5 volunteering holidays worth signing up for.
• Magwa Volunteers
This volunteer centre is situated in the Wild Coast at the Magwa Falls. Volunteers can help with making bricks, working in the organic gardens and playing sports with the local youth. Volunteers stay in a house boastings an amazing view and get to interact with the rural Xhosa communities.
• Wildlife ACT
They do work such as implementing anti-poaching technologies in the field that help in monitoring animals. They also partake in conservation education and community outreach by reintroducing specific species in the wild. Volunteers need to be physically fit because it’s physically demanding but worth the experience.
• SANCCOB – The South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.
SANCCOB’S goal is to help protect sea birds that are under threat in South Africa. Volunteers will partake in preparing meals for the chicks, scrubbing pens, feeding penguins. The centre also partakes in educational programmes, which teach young kids about the importance of preserving these animals.
Monkeyland is situated along the Garden Route. It’s a centre that rehabilitates and sets free previously captured animals. It’s also a home for various primates such as Owl Monkeys, French Lemur and Capuchin Monkeys. Volunteer work includes working in the curio store and taking visitors on walking tours. Volunteers can also sign up for specialised volunteering holidays.
• Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage
It’s a registered NGO, which aims to educate the local children about conserving wild animals and the importance of maintaining the environment.
Volunteers will spend a day with a group of children teaching them about wildlife heritage, teach them basic Grade 8 subjects, feeding the animals and checking on their health.