This December I will be travelling to Swaziland and South Africa with a volunteer programe called VESA. I will be aiming to make a difference in their community.
The volunteer work will include working with children in an orphanage teaching English and basic sanitation, hygiene and nutrition through games and activities. Also renovate and revitalise the sometimes run-down facilities with fresh coats of paint, new play equipment and the construction of bathrooms or kitchens.
I will be helping build and install sustainable farming units which allow for families and, in particular, single mothers to start a micro business and through this gain employment and income for their family.
VESA has also begun a house building program in which the local Prince (Anduna) identifies less fortunate families and VESA constructs houses and bathrooms for these needy families.
There's more! I get to work with animals too!! I will be helping in the national parks authority areas of conservation within the wetlands area in the observation, capture and release of crocodiles, the counting of crocodile eggs as well as feeding and cleaning the enclosures of the smaller crocs and alligators. Also work with Cheetahs and Leopards in a rehabilitation, breeding and release program; preparing the food, feeding the cats and constructing new enclosures for the breeding pairs.
Of course its not free, I need to raise $5000 to help me get there, eg flights, accommodation and food. It's not all for me though! Much of this money will be going to the VESA charity to help with the resources that will be needed in order for us to do our work.
check out VESA's website http://www.vesabroad.co.nz/volunteer_travel_program_africa.htm
This is a way for you guys to help me to there and make a difference!