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A travel adventure after you graduate? - Volunteer Africa could be for you

By roger | Permalink | 1 comment | December 2nd, 2008 | Trackback

kids in africaAre you at a crossroads in your life where you are more interested in an adventure than in joining the rat race? Volunteering in Africa might be just what you are looking for. You can earn some invaluable experience while making a difference and having the adventure of a lifetime all at once. If you’ve just graduated high school or college, then this is definitely something you’ll want to investigate.

Volunteering offers high school and college graduates unique opportunities

This is a fascinating and fast-emerging part of the world, but traveling to Africa on your own can be expensive, confusing, and even sometimes dangerous. Volunteer Africa allows you to experience a unique, exciting global adventure while learning job skills, and doing it safely.

Benefits of Volunteer Work Abroad

By volunteering in Africa, you gain a real life perspective about the world around you. You make a big difference in the lives of people living in a third-world country, and you’ll experience first hand how important volunteer work is in Africa. Your mission as a volunteer is to help families and children who are in need. No other job can bring you that same feeling of joy and fulfillment. As an international volunteer, you make a global impact on the world.

When on your assignment you’ll realize that your talents and skills benefit Africans who don’t have the same opportunities you have in the U.S. Your love of science or music could instill passion inside the hearts and minds of African children. If you want to give back on a global scale, volunteer work in a foreign country is the perfect travel opportunity after graduation.

You choose your own job

There are many diverse jobs you can choose as a volunteer as part of this program. Teach math classes to children or build roads and houses. If you have a medical school or health background, assist with much-needed healthcare programs and medical services.

Learn about the culture up close

As a volunteer in Africa, you immerse yourself in the African culture. You live amongst Africans and learn about their political and government structures. On a program like this it’s hard not to earn invaluable skills and tools that you can take to your next job. Being able to list an exotic language that you’ve become fluent in will look impressive on your future resume, and show how well you adapt to challenging situations. You might discover that international relations or global health care will be your career move after working as a volunteer in Africa.

A program like this definitely isn’t for everyone, and this is a far cry from a summer camp, but if you are interested in a life-changing opportunity that you’ll never forget, you should at least do more research and consider the Volunteer Africa program at the link near the top of the page.


Danielle Enright | December 6th, 2008 at 9:14 pm
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The Umpalazi: Community & Wildlife Project, in South Africa, offers volunteer position for anyone over 18, including seniors. All that is required is a love and respect for animals and the environment and a willingness to work in a communal environment.

The Umpalazi Project incorporates local community upliftment, including skills training, environmental education and aid work; with the rehabilitation of injured and/or orphaned wildlife for future release and monitoring. Umpalazi also provides sanctuary for other displaced animals.

Volunteers will have a unique opportunity to work closely with South African wildlife, primarily the South African Vervet Monkey. Volunteers will have a direct and positive impact on the conservation of wildlife and the environment through snare/trap clearing; game counts; bird watching; invasive weed removal and other environmental management activities. There are also opportunities to live with a Zulu family (for a day etc.), and visit other attractions in KwaZulu-Natal (i.e. CROW, Game Reserves, St.Lucia Wetlands etc.)

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