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SOUTH AFRICA

TEACH DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS IN KNYSNA

Teach disadvantaged children in township schools in the beautiful coastal resort town of Knysna. You'll begin by assisting the teacher but you may, depending on your ability and your confidence, take classes on your own. Class sizes can range between 15 and 40 students.

Generally you'll teach conversational English but you can teach a variety of other academic subjects if you'd like to, as well as Sports, Drama, Arts and Music. This is a very fulfilling project and most volunteers end up in tears when it's time to leave. You'll certainly leave your heart behind!

So far what is the best thing about your placement? "I don't think I could actually define my "best experience" as one moment. What with teaching at the school, rehearsals for my play, the dance classes, soup kitchen, orphanage, hanging out at home with the other guys, going for a drink, the worlds highest bungee jump, trips to the beach, and countless other activities we really are spoilt for choice. I have been here for over 2 months now and I can honestly say there has not been 1 day that I haven't enjoyed!!" Luke Brennan

SPRING SPECIAL OFFER!
£200 / $275 OFF THIS PROJECT

If you do any placement in South Africa,
you'll get a £200 / $275 REDUCTION
Spend a rewarding volunteering Spring break helping
children and the community in colourful South Africa!

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SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £795 for 1 week
£200 for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & Other Currencies
Duration: From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates and Availability: All year round - you choose your start and finish dates - but subject to school holidays.
Requirements: No qualifications or experience required, just lots of enthusiasm and a love of children. Minimum age 16.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Food
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Free T-Shirt
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 16.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, teaching projects abroad, or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in South Africa, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching..

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten overseas volunteering holiday into South Africa and its diverse cultures.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

Our teaching programme is in the beautiful Western Cape’s Garden Route are situated in Knysna. We work with a few schools that cater for many children from the poorer township community. Our programme has been running in this region for many years and the impact our volunteers have had is amazing. The result is a community that has benefited tremendously since we started.

Standards in the schools are generally very high, but materials and resources may be scarce. Even with the lack of facilities, the enthusiasm of students and staff more than make up for this. The children have such energy and you'll be welcomed with enthusiasm - it's difficult to stop them smiling!

You'll begin your placement by assisting the teachers but, depending on your ability, you may progress on to being given complete control of a particular class or group. You'll receive a lot of help and support from the teachers and staff at the schools, but you should be prepared to use your own initiative and ask when you need something.

TEACHING ENGLISH & OTHER SUBJECTS:
You will normally be asked to stand up in front of a class and teach conversational English - you are not expected to be an expert on grammar or literature. The important thing is to help people speak English. You may also be asked to help with other subjects, but this is optional and only if you feel confident.

The Teaching Suggestions Booklet we provide you with has ideas for teaching English and will also help structuring lessons in other subjects. Video facilities are available in some schools and audio equipment is quite commonplace.

You will most likely teach in more than one school. Most of the schools are State schools, both secondary and primary. You will generally be asked to help out with any age groups. The average class size ranges from 15 to a manageable 40.

The best way to describe this project is to let one of our previous volunteers tell you about it in her own words. Felicity du Pulford taught at Sunridge Primary, and this is how she describes a typical day on her project (but please note that this is only one school and that work in other schools may vary slightly):

We didn't anticipate how much there would be to do in Knysna, so our only worry is fitting it all in. Last week, after meeting all the other guys, we went out on Friday which was lovely. Pauline gave us a tour drive around Knysna, so we got to see the beautiful views of the lagoon and town.

Our headmaster is so approachable and welcoming. It’s difficult to describe just how welcome the children make us feel, the atmosphere at the school is just so happy, the teachers so willing to help and we just seem to have slotted into place. We have been to both the soup kitchen and the orphanage. Lewis and I are keen to go to both as much as possible, and love getting to know the kids. We're going to be very muscly by the end of the month though - all of them want picking up and swinging around all the time!

Knysna has absolutely everything we could want or need, and we are being well looked after. We're just starting to regret that we are only here for a month!

EXTRA ACTIVITIES YOU MAY BE ABLE TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR PROJECT:
You may also have the opportunity to provide help and support to the local community through the various afternoon activities we have to offer. This is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the African culture, but most importantly to give a caring hand to the local community. The activities could range from helping out at:

  • Monday Homework Club at the Safe House: Once a week, in the school terms, our Knysna Manager goes with our volunteers after their school placements to a local safe house where the volunteers give the children one-on-one help with their homework for an hour. As the syllabus can be quite stressful for the children, this little bit of extra help will hopefully assist them to get better grades and make their school work more fun. And if we have a volunteer who prefers playing with the little ones, they are always welcome to keep the little ones busy playing fun while the other volunteers focus on the school-going children’s homework and extra lessons. This normally takes place on a Monday.
  • After-school drama or sports - Take some time out after school to set up after school sports or drama clubs, the children love it and it's a great way to get to know them better in a relaxed and fun environment. If you'd like to set up a drama or sports club, please let us know when you apply so that we can arrange it with the school before you arrive.)
  • Other community projects - Past volunteers have helped to paint the outside of a crèche that was in desperate need of a lift. The crèche is now looking very cheerful with brightly coloured walls. A jungle gym was donated to this orphanage and volunteers also helped to put it together for the crèche too! There may be other similar projects available at the time you're there that you might want to participate in.
  • Township Soup Kitchen: On days that your school roster might allow you to finish a little early, our volunteers sometimes help at a local township soup kitchen.

SCHOOL TERMS IN SOUTH AFRICA:
Please note that this placement is not available during the school holidays, so it’s important to consult the school terms below to plan your placement dates. Your project coordinator will also assist you with your placement planning, as well as suggest alternatives and exciting things to do during the holiday periods.

Dates for the 2016 school terms (semesters) are given below.
Term 1: 13 January – 18 March
Term 2: 5 April – 24 June
Term 3: 18 July – 30 September
Term 4: 10 October – 7 December

Dates for the 2017 school terms (semesters) are given below.
Term 1: 11 January – 31 March
Term 2: 18 April – 30 June
Term 3: 24 July – 29 September
Term 4: 9 October – 6 December

Generally the last week before terms end is given to exams and tests. This means that you will find your work load dropping during this week and you will usually find more free time than normal school time. Exams are written by classes from Grade 3 upward three times a year. For the last three weeks of term 2, 3 and 4 it would not be suitable to volunteer in the classes doing exams. The younger children would still welcome volunteers, but individual requests for these dates would have to be discussed first.

Weekends and school holidays are free for you to sight-see and do activities, tours and trips! Please see some of the amazing Add-On trips we've put together for you to complement your placement. More information can be found on the ‘Optional Activities’ Tab on the left.

ACCOMMODATION

The volunteer house in Knysna is within walking distance of the town, yet set against a natural green belt. The bird life is prolific and often the local Vervet monkey troop comes to visit to entertain the volunteers with their antics. The sunset views from the top balcony of the volunteer house of the Knysna lagoon are beautiful and great way to relax after a day working at your placement or to catch up on your tan in the summer. See photo on right-hand side.

The house is large and spacious and also has a self-contained flat downstairs for couples and families. y volunteer placements. The bedding in the two same sex dorms and the towels in their ensuite bathrooms are changed regularly every Friday by our much loved cleaner, Pretty, and there is plenty of cupboard space to store your clothing.

Facilities include a kitchen kitted out for cooking, dining area, a few bathrooms, TV, DVD player, free Wi-Fi, garden and several wooden verandahs.

There is an outside courtyard and garden in the secure grounds where you can have a typical South African barbeque known there as a ‘braai’. Make sure you try the local spicy sausage known as ‘boerewors’ and the Karoo lamb chops are to die for on a ‘braai’, but if fish is more to your taste then a fish ‘braai’ with South African ‘snoek’ is a must.

FOOD:
You'll be given a food budget which will cover your basic essentials (but not extras like alcohol, snacks and eating out). The kitchen has all the cooking amenities that you might need to take advantage of preparing meals with some of the great seafood, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables South Africa has to offer.

There are supermarkets and local shops where you'll do your food shopping.

There are plenty of excellent restaurants within walking distance that offer the most incredible local and international cuisine which our volunteers rave about. Knysna is also famous for its oysters and even has an annual Oyster Festival where everyone eats and drinks far too much!

The waterfront and marine is beautiful and full of restaurants and cafes with cuisine that ranges from breakfast, coffees, cakes and snacks, through to sumptuous meals and various different nationality menus.

The area is beautiful and travelling is easy. The house we stay in is lovely and the Travellers workers are such kind, loving people which really makes it feel like a home away from home. What with all the other volunteers and the Travellers staff, it really does feel like our own little family ... well, our own very big family, I suppose!! Luke Brennan

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:
When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

TRAVELLERS' SUPPORT AND BACKUP: Read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme.

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Cage Dive with Sharks in South Africa

CAGE DIVE WITH SHARKS:
Price: £99, includes breakfast/lunch and return transfer from Cape Town.

Getting into the cage with the sharks around is truly breath-taking and gets the adrenaline going! When feeding actively around the boat, the sharks may occasionally brush their tail against the cage, but they NEVER attack the cage. They are curious and often come close-up to the cage to look at the diver. You’ll usually see at least two or more members of the Marine Big Five - sharks, dolphins, whales, seals and penguins.

You’ll be collected from your arranged accommodation in Cape Town between 3.00 and 5.00 am) and driven to Gansbaai, the shark capital of South Africa. Enjoy a light breakfast while the safety briefing and other formalities are concluded, including sizing you for a wetsuit. After an exhilarating 20 minute boat trip, it anchors in or nearby “Shark Alley”. The shark diving then commences and lasts around 2 hours, sometimes longer.

On return to the harbour, you’ll receive a light hot lunch while viewing the video of the day. A copy of your own personal experience is available on DVD after the tour (optional extra).

Duration: Total duration from meeting point until departure is about 5 hours with around 3 hours at sea. Please note: Due to tides and collection schedules, exact collection times from Cape Town will only be confirmed after 16h00 the day prior to your tour.

Included:
• Hot tea / coffee and light breakfast, plus snacks, drinks and sweets on-board the boat
• A hot light lunch upon return (beef lasagne, rolls and Greek salad)
• Educational information and safety briefing
• Diving equipment and wet-suits available at no additional cost
• Scuba diving in the cage for experienced divers (conditions allowing)
• Assisted snorkeling in cage for inexperienced divers
• View Cape Fur Seals from the boat (conditions allowing), plus enjoy land-based whale watching in Hermanus (July – Dec)

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1-Week Rehabilitation of Wildlife

1-WEEK WILDLIFE REHABILITATION:
Price: £295, includes accommodation and food, plus transfer to and from Durban Airport. Does not include transfers from elsewhere in the country.

Spend a fantastic week working hands-on with abused, abandoned and orphaned animals - a time you will never, ever forget! You can do this placement either before starting your main project or afterwards.

You'll work with over 400 different animals and birds, and lots of monkeys! Your responsibilities can include feeding the animals, grounds work, cage enrichment and assisting in the construction and improvement of enclosures to raise the quality of the daily lives of the animals.

This Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is glorious. The grounds are beautiful and tranquil and the location is superb. It's also a wildlife hospital that cares for injured and orphaned wild animals and birds, and is the only centre of its kind in the Province. Any wild animal (not domestic or agricultural) that has been injured, rescued or abandoned, is admitted free of charge. Almost 90% of animals admitted to the Centre, have sustained injuries due to human negligence.

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Penguins at Boulders in Cape Town

1-DAY CAPE PENINSULA & WINE TOUR:
Price: £45.

ITINERARY: We begin the morning with a leisurely stroll along the cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses of the Bokaap while sampling some of the local traditional snacks before heading through the exclusive seaside suburbs of Clifton and Campsbay where we have a short photo stop.

We then carry on along Victoria drive, through Houtbay and along the scenic Chapmans Peak Drive eventually arriving at The Cape of Good hope Nature Reserve where we have the option of doing a 40 minute hike from the most south west tip of Africa, Cape of Good Hope to the Cape Point Light House.

We then start driving north to Boulder Beach Penguin colony, where on a nice day you can actually swim with these sea birds! By this stage you would have built up quite an appetite. We stop for a traditional Cape lunch of fish ‘n chips in the old Kalk Bay harbour where the local fishing community goes back generations.

After everyone has had their fill, we stop briefly at the Shark Spotter, entrusted by the local surfers of Muizenberg to look out for Great White Sharks. From here we travel through the lush Constantia Valley to one of the oldest wine farms outside of Europe for a relaxing end of the day wine tasting experience, where we also learn about the history of farming in the Cape in beautiful surroundings.

Included Highlights: Lunch and refreshments in Kalk Bay, Cape of Good Hope Entrance Fee & Boulders Beach Entry Fee to see penguins, Wine Tasting in the Constantia Wine Valley, Walking tour of Bo-Kaap.

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Bungee jump

3-DAY WEEKEND WILDLIFE SAFARI & BUNGEE ADVENTURE:
Price: £180, includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner. Leaves Cape Town every Friday and returns to Cape Town on the Sunday afternoon.

Jump on this 3 day rip-roaring adventure through the Garden Route where we fit as much as we possibly can into 3 awesome days. On this trip you can experience a Game Drive, enjoy some treetop ziplining, visit a local farmers market, an elephant and a monkey sanctuary, the Cango Caves AND The World’s highest Bungy Jump!

Day 1 Friday ǀ Overberg, Garden Route, Myoli Beach: We leave Cape Town, heading past Swellendam, to a Private Game Reserve on the Garden Route. Here we go on a safari where you can see Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah and Giraffe in their natural habitat. After lunch we will enjoy some fun with a canopy tour, experience the thrill of crossing rope bridges, wobbly crossings and zip wires high up in the trees. Next we carry on our way to Sedgefield.
Included Highlight: Game Drive Safari
Optional Activities: Treetop Adventure & Zipline

Day 2 Saturday ǀ Garden Route, Knysna, Tsitsikamma: After a morning visit to a popular local farmers and craft market in Sedgefield village, we make our way to the Crags where you have a two of options to choose from:
1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you have the opportunity to experience this adrenalin pumping activity! From here it’s back to Myoli beach to carry on with the festivities.
Included Highlight: Local craft and farmers market
Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungy jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour.

Day 3 Sunday ǀ Little Karoo, Oudtshoorn, return to Cape Town via Route 62. We head to the Town of Oudtshoorn, the “Ostrich Capital of the world”. Here you can choose between:
1. The Cango Caves where we will embark on a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. If you enjoy spelunking and don’t mind trying to squeeze through some smaller gaps then you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!
2. Go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view and learn about many rare and endangered animal species.

Included Highlight: Cango Caves (Adventure or Standard Tour) OR Cango Wildlife Ranch
Optional Activities: Pet a cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles.

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3-day Garden Route Safari in South Africa

3-DAY ELEPHANTS, CAVES AND BUNGEE SAFARI
(One-way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth or Knysna):

Price: £180. Leaves Cape Town every Monday morning (early).

The 4 Day tour is ideal for volunteers to use to get to our Wildlife Sanctuary project near Port Elizabeth, or one of the Knysna projects. You save on a connecting flight from Cape Town and get to take part in a fun-filled experience with lots of amazing activities. The tour bus will drop you off at either project destination mentioned above on Day 3.

Day 1 – Monday ǀ Cape Town to Oudtshoorn Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Wildlife Rehabilitation Ranch: We head into the semi-arid Little Karoo along the scenic Route 62 driving to the town of Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital of the world. Here you can choose between:
The Cango Caves: a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. Or if you enjoy spelunking and smaller gaps, you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!
A guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch: you can pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view and learn about many rare and endangered animal species.

We then head over the Outeniqua Mountains to the lush coastal region known as the Garden Route where we will head to the beach town of Sedgefield for our first night. If time allows we will also head to the beach for a swim in the Indian Ocean.
Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves OR Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch.

Day 2 – Tuesday ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park. This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have two options to choose from:
1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you can experience this adrenalin pumping activity. Finally, to end the day, we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest.
Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour.

Day 3 – Wednesday ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping time (Jeffrey’s bay). There are 2 options to choose from this morning:
1. Sleep in then explore the town's many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson.
2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo has the Big 5 and also the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!
Included Highlight: Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo Entrance & Game Dive with tour Guide
Optional Activities: Surf Lessons, Shopping OR Addo Game Drive with National Parks guide (morning).

Please note: This is where the 3 Day One Way to PE/ J-Bay/ Knysna will end.
• Volunteers destined for our Wildlife Sanctuary placement are dropped off at the project.
• Volunteers destined for the Knysna projects will be dropped off at our accommodation.

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Caves, Elephants Safari

4-DAY ELEPHANTS, CAVES AND BUNGEE SAFARI:
Price: £195, includes accommodation and food. Leaves Cape Town every Monday morning (early), returning to Cape Town on Thursdays.

Day 1 – Monday ǀ Cape Town to Oudtshoorn Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Wildlife Rehabilitation Ranch: We leave the Mother City behind and head into the semi-arid Little Karoo along the scenic Route 62 driving to the town of Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital of the world, it is situated in a beautiful, fertile valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. Here you can choose between:
1. The Cango Caves where we will embark on a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. Or if you enjoy spelunking and don’t mind trying to squeeze through some smaller gaps then you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!
2. Go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view and learn about many rare and endangered animal species.

We then head over the Outeniqua Mountains to the lush coastal region known as the Garden Route where we will head to the beach town of Sedgefield where we spend our first night. If time allows we will also head to the beach for a swim in the Indian Ocean.
Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves OR Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch.

Day 2 – Tuesday ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park. This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have a number of options to choose from:
1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you have the opportunity to experience this adrenalin pumping activity. Finally, to end the day we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest.
Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary OR Monkeyland. Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour

Day 3 – Wednesday ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping time (Jeffrey’s Bay). There are 2 options to choose from this morning.
1. Sleep in and take some time in the morning to explore the towns many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson in one of the most famous surf spots on earth.
2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo is home to the Big 5 and it also has the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!
Included Highlight: Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo Entrance & Game Dive with tour Guide.
Optional Activities: Surf Lessons, Shopping OR Addo Game Drive with National Parks guide (morning).

Day 4 – Thursday ǀ Sedgefield to Cape Town: Return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass. After breakfast we start our journey back to Cape Town. For our first stop we will enjoy some fun with a canopy tour, experience the thrill of crossing rope bridges, wobbly crossings and zip wires high up in the trees. We then visit an Aloe factory, where you can purchase a variety of Aloe Ferox products. Finally, enjoy a wonderful scenic drive back to Cape Town, arriving early Thursday afternoon.
Included Highlight: Visit to an aloe factory.
Optional Activities: Treetop Adventure and Zipline.

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5-day sharks and wildlife safari

5-DAY WILDLIFE, SHARKS, CAVES AND BUNGEE SAFARI
(One-way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth or Knysna):

Price: £265. Includes Accommodation and Food. Leaves Cape Town every Saturday morning (early).

This is the ideal tour for volunteers to use to get to our Wildlife Sanctuary project near Port Elizabeth, or one of the Knysna projects. You save on a connecting flight from Cape Town and get to take part in a fun-filled experience with lots of amazing activities. The tour bus will drop you off at any of the destinations listed above on Day 5.

Day 1 – Saturday ǀ Cape Town to Struisbaai: Overberg, Whale Route, Cape Agulhus: Departing Cape Town at 8:30 am and Stellenbosch at 9:30 am, our exciting journey begins on the world famous whale route in Gordons Bay for a stunning drive along the picturesque R44 mountain pass overlooking False Bay to the vibrant coastal town of Hermanus. After a picnic lunch on the seafront, we continue to Birkenhead Brewery to sample some fine beers before moving on to the southernmost tip of Africa in Cape Agulhas National Park.

We then make our way to the harbour where there is an option to embark on an exciting ski-boat cruise to search for dolphin and whales (June to November). After our cruise we walk back to our accommodation along “Die Plaat”, the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere. This day is a relaxing one for you to get to know your fellow travellers and to get used to travelling in our vehicle and life on tour.
Included Highlight: Land Based Whale Watching in Hermanus/Shopping Beer/wine tasting at Birkenhead Brewery
Optional Activities: Shark cage diving.

Day 2 – Sunday ǀ Cape Agulhas to Sedgefield: Canoeing & Hike: After breakfast we drive inland again, towards the famed Garden Route! After a scenic drive we begin a beautiful canoe trip down one of the many tranquil rivers in the area, followed by a short hike to a stunning waterfall. We finish off the day with some beach time down at Myoli Beach.
Included Highlight: Canoe trip & hike to waterfall.

Day 3 – Monday ǀ Oudtshoorn day trip: Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Wildlife Ranch: We begin the day with a drive over the picturesque Outeniqua mountain range into the semi desert region of the Klein Karoo and Oudtshoorn. Known as the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. The Cango Caves will be the first stop with a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. If you enjoy spelunking and smaller gaps, you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!

Next is an option to view and ride ostriches on a working ostrich farm, or go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view many rare and endangered animal species.
Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves Optional Activities: Tour of a working Ostrich farm + riding (weight restriction applies to riders). Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch.

Day 4 – Tuesday ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay: Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park: This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have a number of options to choose from:
1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.
3. Kloofing trip through a spectacular gorge with jumps, abseils and swimming.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you can experience this adrenalin pumping activity. Finally, to end the day we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour.

Day 5 – Wednesday ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield: Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping. There are 2 options to choose from this morning.
1. Sleep in and then explore the towns many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson in one of the most famous surf spots on earth.
2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo has the Big 5 and also the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!

We then take a relaxed drive back towards Sedgefield for the night. If there is time available we will visit the famous Knysna Heads for some absolutely amazing pictures where the ocean meets the inlet to the Knysna Lagoon.
Included Highlight: Storms River/Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo & Knysna Heads
Optional Activities: Black Water Tubing, Canopy Tour, Surf Lessons, Shopping, Addo Elephant NP tour (morning)

Please note:
• Volunteers destined for our Wildlife Sanctuary placement, can get dropped off at the project or choose to be fetched in Jeffrey’s Bay after the activities.
• Volunteers destined for the Knysna projects will be dropped off at our accommodation

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7-day extreme advanture safari in South Africa

6-DAY WILDLIFE, SHARKS, CAVES AND BUNGEE SAFARI:
Price: £295. Leaves Cape Town on a Saturday morning and returns to Cape Town the following Thursday afternoon.

This is the ideal tour for volunteers wanting to arrive at our Wildlife Sanctuary project near Port Elizabeth, or one of the Knysna projects. You save on a connecting flight from Cape Town and get to take part in a fun-filled experience with lots of amazing activities. The tour bus will drop you off at any of the destinations listed above on Day 5.

Day 1 – Saturday ǀ Cape Town to Struisbaai: Overberg, Whale Route, Cape Agulhus: Departing Cape Town at 8:30 am and Stellenbosch at 9:30 am, our exciting journey begins today along the world famous whale route in Gordons Bay for a stunning drive along the picturesque R44 mountain pass overlooking False Bay to the vibrant coastal town of Hermanus. After a picnic lunch on the seafront, we continue to Birkenhead Brewery to sample some fine beers before moving on to the southernmost tip of Africa in Cape Agulhas National Park.

We then make our way to the harbour where there is an option to embark on an exciting ski-boat cruise to search for dolphin and whales (June to November). After the cruise we take a walk back to the accommodation along “Die Plaat”, the longest beach in the Southern Hemisphere.
Included Highlight: Land Based Whale Watching in Hermanus / Shopping. Beer/wine tasting at Birkenhead Brewery
Optional Activities: Shark cage diving (MUST be pre-booked in advance).

Day 2 – Sunday ǀ Cape Agulhas to Sedgefield: Canoeing & Hike: After breakfast we drive inland again, this time towards the famed Garden Route! After a scenic drive we begin a beautiful canoe trip down one of the many tranquil rivers in the area, followed by a short hike to a stunning waterfall. We finish off the day with some beach time down at Myoli Beach.
Included Highlight: Canoe trip & hike to waterfall

Day 3 – Monday ǀ Oudtshoorn day trip: Little Karoo, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Wildlife Ranch: We begin the day with a drive over the picturesque Outeniqua mountain range into the semi desert region of the Klein Karoo and Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Oudtshoorn is situated in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. The Cango Caves will be the first stop, a 1-hour guided tour of the cave system to view its massive caverns and a wonderland of stalactite and stalagmite formations, millions of years old. Cango Caves is a world heritage site and one of the great wonders of the natural world. If you enjoy spelunking and smaller gaps, you are also welcome to take the 1.5 hour adventure tour!

Next is an option to view and ride ostriches on a working ostrich farm, or go on a guided tour of the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for an opportunity to pet cheetah, cage dive with crocodiles and view many rare and endangered animal species.
Included Highlight: Standard or adventure guided tour of Cango Caves
Optional Activities: Tour of a working Ostrich farm + riding (weight restriction apply to riders). Cango Endangered Wildlife ranch.

Day 4 – Tuesday ǀ Sedgefield – Jeffrey’s Bay: Monkey Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary, Kloofing, Bloukrans Bungee & Tsitsikamma National Park: This morning we drive through Knysna on our way to the Crags where you have two options to choose from:
1. Elephant Sanctuary where you learn about, and interact with orphaned elephants.
2. Monkey Sanctuary where rescued monkeys roam free in a large jungle area.

Our next stop is the World’s highest commercial Bungee Jump at 216 meters where you can experience this adrenalin pumping activity. Finally, we take a beautiful walk through the indigenous Tsitsikamma National Park to the Storms river swing bridges before we head to the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay where we stay at a backpackers directly on the beach.
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma Forest Optional Activities: Elephant Sanctuary OR Monkeyland. Bloukrans bungee jump (216m), Bloukrans Bridge walking tour.

Day 5 – Wednesday ǀ Jeffrey’s Bay – Addo National Park – Sedgefield: Game Drive (Addo), Surfing, shopping. There are 2 options to choose from this morning.
1. Sleep in then explore the towns many surf factory shops, or go for a surf lesson.
2. Wake up early and head to Addo Elephant National park where we go on a morning game drive to view the multitudes of wild animals. Addo has the Big 5 and also the highest concentration of African Elephants in the world!

Included Highlight: Jeffrey’s Bay/Addo Entrance & Game Dive with tour Guide
Optional Activities: Surf Lessons, Shopping OR Addo Game Drive with National Parks guide (morning).

Day 6 – Thursday ǀ Sedgefield to Cape Town: Return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass: After breakfast we start our journey back to Cape Town. For our first stop we will enjoy some fun with a canopy tour, experience the thrill of crossing rope bridges, wobbly crossings and zip wires high up in the trees. We then visit an Aloe factory, where you can purchase a variety of Aloe Ferox products. Finally, enjoy a wonderful scenic drive back to Cape Town, arriving early Thursday afternoon.

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4-day Kruger  National Park Wildlife Game Safari Tour in South Africa

4-DAY KRUGER NATIONAL PARK SAFARI:
Price: £440 (Single) £410 (Per person sharing), includes game drives, tented accommodation, breakfasts and dinners. Leaves Johannesburg daily at 7:00.
Join this 4 day tour to the majestic Kruger National Park, one of the top wilderness reserves in the world and home to the highest concentration of lions in Africa. You'll stay at a private game reserve with permanent safari tents.

Day 1 Sunset Drive, Kruger National Park: We collect you from your hostel or Johannesburg Airport and travel via Dullstroom or Nelspruit to the lodge in a Big Five Game Reserve. Transfer to an open-top game vehicle for a Sunset Drive. After dark, spotlights are used to locate nocturnal animals. Dinner in the open Boma and overnight in air-conditioned chalets.

Day 2 Bush Walk, Kruger National Park:
Awaken at sunrise for an exhilarating day of unforgettable bush life. Drive to a remote part of the Balule Game Reserve, where you enjoy a 4h Bush Walk. Your experienced field guide will lead you through the bush. The thrill of following Africa’s large animals until you can take a photo will remain with you forever. Adrenalin surges will be acute, notwithstanding the presence of your armed ranger. Return for brunch. At around 14h30 we go on an afternoon game drive. Transfer to Marc’s Camp where accommodation is in tents equipped with beds and bedding, soap and towels, electric light and fan. Dinner and overnight at in the camp.

Day 3 Orpen Gate, Kruger National Park:
After breakfast you travel on the open-sided Gameviewer to the Orpen Gate of Kruger. The added elevation and absence of windows allow for excellent viewing and photographic opportunities. Your qualified guide will show you various animals, large and small, that frequent this outstanding wildlife paradise. The zone of Kruger you visit has the highest percentage population of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala that attract numerous lions and other predators. Dinner and overnight at Marc’s Camp.

Day 4 Bush walk at Kruger National Park, Johannesburg
We enjoy an early morning Bush Walk accompanied by an armed ranger. You will be shown various interesting details of the bush, including insects, spoor and scats. You have an excellent chance of encountering Buffalo, Nyala and other game on foot. After breakfast, we drive to the Three Rondawels of the Blyde River Canyon. We return you to your hostel or airport at around 17h00.

Includes:
• Return transfers from Johannesburg
• 3 hour Sunset Big 5 game drive in Big 5 reserve
• 4 hour Big 5 walk with armed ranger
• 2 hour afternoon game drive on Balule Game Reserve
• Full Day Kruger Park on open vehicle
• Breakfasts, Dinners, Accommodation and bedding
• Sunrise bush walk with armed ranger
• Blyde River canyon and Three Rondawels

Excludes: Lunches, Transfers, Drinks & Laundry

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SAFARI TOURS: OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES RATES:
Please note that these rates are subject to change without prior notice as per the service providers.
NB: The Shark Cage Dive MUST be booked in advance when making your Add-On booking. The shark operator company will fetch you from your Cape Town accommodation very early in the morning and the tour bus will meet up with you in the afternoon (after your dive) to continue the safari tour.
Activity Prices:

• Elephant walking and feeding R360 (plus riding R480)
• Monkeyland R150
• Bloukrans Bungee Jump R890
• Bloukrans Bridge walking tour R120
• Black Water Tubing R450
• Black Water Tubing R450
• Surfboard & wetsuit rental per hour R50
• Surfing Lessons (2 hours) R200
• Addo Game drive with National Parks Guide R380
• Oudtshoorn Cango Wildlife Ranch R145
• Cango Ostrich Farm R75
• Cheetah Petting R210
• Cub encounter R330
• Crocodile Cage Diving R330 (not available in winter months)
• Lemur encounter R170
• Reptile encounter R95

Please see www.xe.com to convert the SA Rand prices to your local currency.

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country while you're in South Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up there :-) KwaZulu-Natal comes a very close second, albeit very different. Knysna is where South Africans go on holiday, which gives you some idea of how lovely the region is. When you lie on the beach and watch dolphins jumping the waves, you'll think you're in Paradise.

LOCATION - KNYSNA:
Knysna is approximately 500km from the beautiful capital city of Cape Town and voted South Africa’s favourite town 4 years in a row! Its mountainous backdrop, impressively sized estuary and indigenous forests really give the town a natural feel to it. Although it still has that ‘small-town’ feel, Knysna is growing rapidly, and has all the amenities you could ask for such as banks, hotels, internet café’s, cinemas and shopping malls.

Knysna nestles on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’ of South Africa. It is surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.

Knysna is a vibrant town, buzzing with creativity and energy, and the pulse of good music. It's a place where the you can enjoy the mellow atmosphere of street cafes, watching the world go by. The main street is very leafy with trees along the pavements and it has a wonderful holiday atmosphere with sun umbrellas everywhere.

Most cafes have outdoors seating areas overlooking the street or on the pavements, with colourful sun umbrellas - a perfect place to sit with the sun on your face, watching passers-by ambling along, sipping a steamy cappucino or staving off the heat with a cold drink.

About 20-30 minutes' drive away from Knysna you'll find Plettenberg Bay (better known simply as Plett), which is a bit smaller than Knysna, but equally stunning. Its' pure white beaches stretch as far as the eye can see and there is a lot to do, from whale and dolphin watching, to hiking trails and awesome nightlife.

The Garden Route is famous for all sorts of activities from adrenalin sports such as bungee jumping, skydiving and shark cage diving to more relaxed pursuits such as hiking, quad biking in the forest or visiting one of the many animal sanctuaries in the area. Your local Travellers liaison will be happy to assist you in finding interesting things to do and places to see so make the most of it!

TRAVEL:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

DANIELA FRISCHKNECHT
Swiss
Teaching Township Children in Knysna

I had the possibility to spend January and February 2016 in a township school in Knysna. I was teaching English in Grade 6: I helped correcting homework and assessments, preparing lessons and also supported the teacher during his classes with some weaker students.

During our free periods I did some administrative work for the Principal on the computer and taught the teacher how to use Microsoft Word and Excel. Apart from this work I also had the opportunity to visit for some other free periods the Grade R classes.

What I liked the most about my volunteer project was the diversified and interesting work with the disadvantaged pupils. It was also very overwhelming under which unexpected circumstances for me the friendly teachers did a great job.

Knysna is a very lovely and charming town. It provides a lot of very nice restaurants, a nice Shopping Mall and last but not least an incredibly beautiful lagoon. I usually spent my Weekends with the other volunteers going to the beach, going out to a food market or a restaurant and just enjoying the whole environment in Knysna.

These two months were a big life experience for me, that I'm never going to forget.

HEATHER SANDILANDS
British
Teaching Township Children in Knysna

Well, my expectations have certainly been exceeded during my stay here!

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge Travellers Worldwide and especially Sharon [Travellers SA Manager] in terms of their excellent planning and organisational skills resulting in me getting the best experience I could have wished for. The school is fantastic, the children make the best of what is available to them and the teachers are very friendly and have been so appreciative of what I’ve been able to do for them.

Assisting with English has been great... not an easy language to learn for them as their first additional language. Helping coach sport and PE lessons has been fantastic fun and at times been quite challenging since they have only a small concrete area to play on due to temporary losing their sports field to the building of a new high school next door. Nevertheless, we have played games, had relay races and played rounder’s, tennis, French cricket improvised with tennis balls and mini cricket bats for rounder’s with stumps and paint pots for posts!

Before I arrived I wanted to make a donation for something worthwhile and in great need-whatever this might have been. As a result I have made a donation to the school for a selection of PE equipment including tennis rackets, tennis balls, mini cricket balls, discus etc.

One of the highlights for me was the schools athletics day at Hornlee with some great photos to boot. I have bought them a new notice board which is now displaying many photos of a memorable day for them.

My lasting memories will be the girls padded up playing cricket and the boys’ whole heartedly enjoying their native singing and dancing routines- something you would never see at home!

I am very sad to be leaving the school very soon and particularly sad that I will never know how the children will fair and where their lives will take them... all really good I hope!

Thank you, Sharon, once again, you have been a real gem and given me so much extra knowledge with respect to their lives in the township, Knysna, the area and South Africa all which has enriched my stay so much more. I will miss you and you’re always welcome in Bristol anytime.

KARA HEUBI
American
Teaching Township Children in Knysna

Not only are you seeing changes in the children through your teaching but changes in yourself being exposed to a foreign culture. I can't tell you how differently you see the world when you live in another country --- it is something everyone should experience, especially in such a beautiful, friendly country as South Africa!

The best thing about the placement was the kids. You can't get enough of them.

Can you describe a typical day?
We get up around 6:00 and rush to get a shower in and make a sandwich for lunch. Pauline comes to pick us up at 7:10 and we arrive right before school starts.

We usually have a few periods off here and there but otherwise we are busy teaching or grading papers.

After school, we all sit around for a cup of tea on the porch and chat before we head off to the soup kitchen. There the kids great us with the biggest smiles as they all line up with their plates ready for us to serve the food.

We take a taxi back home and watch tv until dinner is ready (around 6). Usually one of us makes it and another cleans up and we rotate throughout the week. Later on, we sit around the table and chat for hours until finally we hop into bed at 11 or 12.

The weekends are a different story as we travel loads, seeing sights during the day and enjoying a good meal and some drinks at a bar at night.

CHRISTOPHER BEACH
British
Teaching Township Children in Knysna

I believe I gained maturity and self-confidence from this placement. While I have no desire to teach when I’m older, doing the placement allowed me to experience what teaching is like, as well as learning the way in which children are educated in less privileged countries. Teaching in a township school for two months has given me a broader outlook on life as I now appreciate how fortunate I am. Were I to have another time at school I think I would be more polite and appreciative towards my teachers!

Obviously the teaching was great, however the most memorable parts of my placement was the trips that Jim [Travellers SA Asst. Manager] took us on. They were so much fun and well organised. This placement would suite anyone who is positive, laid-back and looking to have fun. This depicts South Africans and their culture quite accurately and therefore to fit in people should be prepared to arrive with this attitude. Things often don’t run on time or go as expected and people should be able to take this in there stride and go with it otherwise they may find themselves frustrated. I would absolutely recommend this placement to others, and have done already.

Can you describe a typical day?
My typical day started when I forced myself out of bed at 7.10, an entire 20 minutes after my alarm first sounded. With just five minutes before we all had to leave it was a real mission to get ready and be in the car by 7.15. In truth I was rarely in the car by this time but it didn’t matter providing I wasn’t the last person. Ten minutes later two other volunteers and myself would walk through the playground towards the staff block. On the way many children would run up and wrap their arms around us and hold on even as we walked. The older children would shake our hands. This happened without fail at the beginning and end of every day.

Once in the staff room Leon the headmaster will come out to see you. He’s a really nice man and will make you feel at ease. If you’re white then he will most likely call you David Beckham if you’re male, and Britney Spears if you’re female. After a fully Afrikaans assembly which seems to go on for eternity, school starts and I would wonder round the different classrooms and ask if any help was needed or take a class which had no teacher present.

I would either help teach a lesson on whichever topic the class was doing or I would choose something to teach them. I’d take them out and play football or rugby as a reward for good behaviour as that is what they really enjoy. The general behaviour in class is not particularly good and therefore rewards for good behaviour is needed. Fighting in and out of class is a regular occurrence, not helped by the fact that they love WWE Wrestling and have no concerns about practising the wrestling moves on each other!

After taking lessons and playing football or rugby I was usually quite tired and in need of some time to relax. School ended at 1.00 and the rest of the day was up to us. We would normally eat out for lunch and have a few cold South African beers with our meal. The evenings would either be spent watching videos and drinking some fine Stellenbosh wine or going out to Zepplins for a few games of pool and some more beer. At just 70p a bottle it would have been rude not to drink a lot of it. I was normally in bed by 11 and preparing myself for another eventful day in South Africa.

LAURA SIDDLE
British
Teaching Township Children in Knysna

I thought Sharon was fantastic! She really made you feel at home as soon as you got there, and went above and beyond what was required from her role. She really helped me get the most out of my stay in Knysna.

I really did have the most fantastic time out in South Africa. It is without a doubt the best thing I have ever done.

I spent 3 days a week at a Soup Kitchen in one of the local townships, just helping out with dishing up food, cleaning up the bowls etc. and playing with the kids, giving them lots of attention. It was an optional after-school activity which I was really keen on doing as it allowed me to spend time in a different township and different culture - and spend even more time with kids!

I think it was this that really affected me the most - seeing the conditions some of the kids live in, and getting a true experience of what the townships are like. But the kids really are truly inspirational! They are rarely without a smile, and are always willing to give you hugs and kisses. It really cheered me up and put a smile (or bigger smile) on my face, just spending time with them. Of course they were naughty at times and played up - which was difficult to deal with considering they spoke Xhosa! - but majority of the time they were just extremely cute and playful.

I have come home with a completely different attitude. Seeing these things first hand really makes you appreciate the nature of the situation in countries like SA. Everyone knows that poverty is out there in the world, but seeing it is something else.

I feel like I have experienced the real South Africa, spending practically all my time with the locals and in the townships.

This was the best experience I have ever had! I feel like I'm becoming more confident and more independent. I really feel like I've been able to experience true South Africa, having lived in Knysna for such a long time, and also spending so much time in the townships. And the best part of the project were the kids without a doubt!

Travellers in the UK were really helpful – Kath [the project coordinator] was in contact with me several days before I left to ensure any last minute queries were answered, and was very responsive to every email, no matter how small the detail! Sharon [the local project organizer in Knysna] was also fantastic! Really going above and beyond to make sure we got the most out of our stay in Knysna.

Anyone can join a Travellers project, really. But in particular, I think you have to want to help and do something worthwhile, you have to be open-minded, open to a culture change, and not go to the projects expecting everything to be the same as home. I think people need to be enthusiastic and willing to help wherever possible or wherever needed.

Can you describe a typical day?
On a typical day, Sharon would pick us up at around 7.30 to go to school. School started at 8 on Mondays, the first session was assembly, followed by maths, so lessons didn't start until 9.25. All other days lessons started at 8.40 after the maths session. You are given a timetable/schedule which tells you which classes you are working with in which lessons, so I would then go to my first lessons. First break was at 10.10 for 25 minutes, followed by a Reading period throughout the entire school. As I was helping with the English teachers, I spent this time with a class helping them with their English reading.

There are then 2 more periods up until second break which was at 12.30 for 20 minutes. There are 2 final lessons in the afternoon, with the school day finishing at 2.00, which is when Sharon comes to collect you. I was working in English classes, and spent the majority of my time with Grades 4, 5 and 7. In Grades 4 and 5 I helped with reading and writing assessments, and assisting the class teacher wherever possible and wherever needed. In Grade 7, I took some of the classes under guidance of the class teacher - he would take the first class, and then when the next class came in I would take the lesson.

In addition to all of the above, I lent a hand quite a lot with the marking of tests and homework, even exams and exam moderation. So be prepared to help with the administrative side of working in a school too! I also spent 3 days a week in the Soup Kitchen after school, helping with dishing up food and basically playing with the kids and giving them some much deserved attention. I would go after school at about quarter to 3 and stay for just over an hour, dishing up the food, cleaning up the bowls, and then playing with the kids.

ANDREW KEMP
British
Teaching Design to Township Children in Knysna

Andy Kemp is now Operations Director at Travellers :-) He is an ex Volunteer who did his Teaching Project in Knysna and then joined the Travellers UK team afterwards.

I was lucky enough to do the teaching placement myself during my industrial placement year at university in the beautiful town of Knysna and now have the great job of sending out volunteers to do gain similar experiences as I did during my placement.Travellers work with three towns along the garden route which is situated between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and I worked in Knysna.

During my time in Knysna I taught at three schools and one of the subjects I taught was conversational English. English the main Languages in SA (South Africa) and African which is very widely spoken and Xhosa which is spoken by people depending on their tribe and region that they are from. Other tribal languages spoken in South Africa are: Zulu, Swati, Venda… in total South Africa has 11 official languages.

I also taught Design Technology during my placement, because the schools are very poor, short-staffed and short on other facilities, so they're very keen to utilise any skills you do have. Other past volunteers have helped with subjects such as maths, science, art, dancing, sport and many more. You will often find that the schools are extremely for the children to try new things that they don’t usually have the opportunity to learn, like musical instruments, for example.

During your free time you'll find lots to do, whether you fancy abseiling off the Knysna Heads, sailing along the Knysna lagoon, body surfing on the beautiful beaches of Plettenberg Bay, cycling, doing the worlds highest bungee jump (216m) at Bloukrans ... and yes, it is scary! But at least you can get a video and T-shirt after the jump.

One of really nice things was to just relax and read a book on the beach. Plus you’ll find that the towns have plenty of Bars and Restaurants to relax in and enjoy a sundowner at the end of a hard day on the project.

I had great project and now I'm arranging for other volunteers to do the same thing - it's great! And I very much hope you gain the same unforgettable experiences as I did. With any luck, I may even get to see you out there while I'm on a work trip to visit SA!

LAURA SIDDLE
Scottish
Teaching Township Children in Knysna

I feel have become much more independent, self-confident and improved my ability to extemporise ten-fold. I also think I’ve become better at communicating. Being quite quietly spoken, I really had to project my voice in class to have any chance of holding the attention of 50 or so chatting kids. Also, talking to kids and teachers whose first language is not English, and especially with my broad Scottish accent, I had to learn to speak slowly and clearly to make sure I was understood. Mind you, even when I thought I was enunciating perfectly I still got many a blank look or smile and nod - and that was from the English guys.

Perhaps more than anything, working with kids in the township who have literally nothing, yet still greet you every morning with huge smiles on their faces can’t fail to change your attitude to and outlook on life. It’s cliché, but it really makes you think about how much we take our lives and opportunities for granted, and what an outrage it would be to waste them.

The best thing about the placement was undoubtedly the kids. Although they could be hard work at times, the huge smiles on their faces when you waved or said hello to them in the playground (especially the wee ones) would melt your heart.

No matter how bad a day I’d been having (a lesson not going quite to plan or a class being especially naughty) the smiles on their faces made it all worthwhile. Not once did I leave school feeling anything other than happy to be there and thoroughly glad I’d come. Outside of school, I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know some great people, going on some fantastic trips (cheers Jim - Travellers organiser) and all-in-all leaving with many fond memories that I’m sure will last a lifetime

Can you describe a typical day?
A typical day starts early: somewhere between 6 and 6.30, depending on how many times I hit ‘snooze’ on the alarm clock. That gives me just enough time for a quick shower, a bowl of cereal and a few cups of strong coffee before Jim arrives to give us a lift into school. We usually get there at around quarter to 8, just in time for the bell (which has to be a contender for longest school bell in South Africa - if not the world – you honestly think it’s never going to end…) and the occasional sporadic staff meeting. On Mondays and Fridays, the kids have ‘Devotions’ first thing and assemble in the car park (for want of an actual assembly hall) to sing hymns and prayers. To hear all 800 sing the Lord’s Prayer in perfect note and harmony would bring a tear to your eye – beautiful doesn’t do it justice - it’s an awesome spectacle.

For my first few classes another teacher sat in to make sure the kids didn’t eat me alive (I’d been forewarned they were a “naughty class” and the kids, bless them, did their utmost to live up to this tag throughout. After that, I taught the class on my own. From 8 until 8.50 the whole school has a reading period to try and improve their English. Once this is over, each Grade follows its own timetable, with 2 periods before short break, 2 after, and then long break (which, at 20 minutes, isn’t really all that long). The kids have afternoon classes after long break, but since we were picked up again at around 1, we only really had 4 teaching periods a day, plus the reading period.

The rest of the day we had to ourselves to indulge in such multifarious activities as laundry, lesson planning, nipping to the internet café, taking a stroll down-town for some lunch or even going for a wander to the waterfront. Oh, and napping. You do get terribly good at napping in South Africa. Dinner was usually around 6-ish, lovingly prepared by Pauline, bless her heart, and was most often enjoyed in front of a riveting episode of Isidingo or Backstage – depending on the preferences of various housemates. After that, it was either a night in front of the TV (and South African TV really does have to be seen to be believed… it’s so horrifically bad it’s actually quite entertaining) or out to Chillis or Zanzibar for a few drinks. Either way, it was always relatively early to bed, to recharge the batteries in time for an early start and another hectic day in Knysna.

I had an amazing time in South Africa, truly one of the best experiences of my life. It’s a fantastic country, full of friendly people, and I’m definitely endeavouring to return at some point in the future. Many thanks to all at Travellers for making it possible.

MARK HORRIDGE
British
Coaching Sports to Township Children in Knysna
Plus Teaching Children in Schools.

I have just completed a 3-month volunteer teaching program in Knysna, South Africa and would like to give some feedback to maybe inspire others to do the same.

I graduated from university in England with no clear direction of what I wanted to do for a career and wanted to see the world before I became stuck with a family or in a job. I had no previous teacher training, only limited exposure to children and had not travelled anywhere more exotic than Falaraki or Magaluf. But after it all I can honestly say it has been the trip of a lifetime and I would recommend it to anyone.

I mainly taught English and sport, but also did maths, geography, history and technology. I was the only volunteer at my school but that only resulted in more attention and pampering from the staff and a much closer relationship with the pupils.

We would wake at around 7am and be picked up by the legend James our driver, who dropped each of the volunteers off at their respective schools that were scattered throughout the Knysna townships. The journey involved a humbling drive with the strange backdrop of James’s dodgy CD’s along with the sight of him trying to avoid the many animals that ran riot in the townships. Personally the morning trip through the townships put what we were doing into perspective as it forced home the huge responsibility we had volunteered to undertake.

Of course the townships were home to most of our pupils but to see their smiling faces in the face of such adversity was a memory that will stay with me for life. Once at school I mostly stuck to a timetable which was uniquely drafted for me and my wishes and involved most subjects, breaks and free periods. In English for example the English teacher and I would mainly stick to the syllabus but I was also free to create my own lesson plans and worksheets in what I thought would help the pupils learn more effectively. The children had their own stationary and workbooks, spoke good English, and we would do most of our work from the blackboard.

If I took a sport lesson I would alternate the classes and grades to ensure that most children got to go outside, which they all loved to do. Apart from a few essential baseball lessons I simply asked the kids what sport they wanted to do which usually resulted in a lot of soccer, cricket and rugby. We would then march to the sports field and organise teams in some fun way that ensured every child got involved. If I can offer any advise for sport teachers it would be to organise the lesson before hand in your head and get the kids doing something instantly. This is because they get rather excited, ok chaotic on a biblical scale, if they are left outside with no local teacher present.

In other lessons I would mostly assist the local teacher by walking around the class and giving individual help or simple assistance with spoken English.

COACHING SPORT:
during my stay I took over the football team where I hosted training sessions, picked the team and more importantly organised friendly matches against other volunteer schools. Needless to say we won which ensured a close volunteer relationship and a good time had by all.

Having returned home from Africa I have since acquired a donated full football kit that I will be shipping out shortly. Also during my stay I organised a fund raising fun day for the school where we all basically had a big party on the local playing field. The non-school aspects of your trip will provide as many memories as your time at school.

Knysna is a lovely little town which gets very busy with tourists from time to time and has a good night life to let your hair down at the weekends. My biggest surprise was just how developed Knysna was, and my decision to bring everything with me in a rucksack was instantly regretted as soon as I drove onto main street and past KFC and shops just like Boots and WHSmiths.

During the week we would hire many DVD’s, visit the cinema, go to the beach or visit the town. There is enough on offer to keep anyone with an ounce of personality going and if you get to Knysna I am confident you will fully enjoy it.

Your trip to South Africa will be as good as you want it to be. If you are enthusiastic, motivated and can use your initiative you will have the time of your life, but if you want a holiday with a permanent base this is not the place, as the first priority is the children and not yourself.

SARAH COWAN
British
Teaching Township Children in Knysna

I am a primary school teacher based at Warmsworth Primary School in Doncaster. In the summer I took part in a placement in the townships of Knysna, South Africa as a volunteer teacher.

Many of the youngsters from the townships, live a life of hardship and are seldom, if ever, given the opportunities in life they deserve. The township school is situated in the Hornlee region of Knysna. The school has few if any educational resources, the standard of education is extremely poor and many teachers are untrained. The local children live a life of hardship; many are hungry and lack even the basic of clothing. Despite many obstacles, the children of the townships are warmhearted, welcoming and surprisingly happy but above all keen to learn. Touched by my experiences and with a growing desire to make a difference, I set to work on establishing international links.

Children at Warmsworth Primary have since enjoyed learning about a different culture and as a school we have worked hard to raise funds for the school. Year 6 pupils from both schools made initial contact through a letter- writing project and it has been my aim since to maintain and further develop these links.

My main focus has been to develop awareness of global issues and appreciation of cultural diversity, and with the support of my school, Warmsworth Primary, I returned to Knysna, South Africa for a period of 3 months (on unpaid leave) to reestablish and further develop links with the school.

During my time in South Africa pupils have written letters to the UK, developed drama ideas and participated in a school film. It is hoped that Warmsworth will also be able to send film footage to South Africa, providing pupils with an opportunity to compare and contrast their own school environments. By the end of my placement we had completed 2 short films which the children had taken part in writing and performing. Short drama sketched with a moral or message. These were wonderful and each child was able to take one home to share. Joint work projects took place and opportunities were available to share cultures, traditions and opinions.

My key concern was to support teaching and learning and I worked hard to create a document outlining UK practice to share with the school. This document may go some way in helping to implement basic systems, support changes in planning routines, provide staff training on teaching strategies and support staff in the assessment process. I do hope this sharing of good practice is an ongoing process and an exchange project in the future would be a valuable extension of this work and a possible consideration.

Whilst working out in South Africa, I was involved in a range of other projects, including a soup kitchen, a township orphanage and a youth development programme. A small collection was held back in the UK and approx £ 270 raised. We were able to purchase much needed resources such as nappy creams, underwear, bottles, play mats, and many other essential items. The children at the orphanage were most pleased with the bottles of bubbles, which we bought, with some of the spare money!

The Youth Development programme takes place at a centre for youths with social and emotional difficulties. Many live on the streets, have been excluded from education and have often turned to a life of crime. It is a wonderful support centre, which aims to provide youngsters with opportunities to keep clean, have food and most importantly have some form of education. Many of the youths are keen to return to school and really do want to learn. The centre is their key support in doing this. Unfortunately the centre is in the early stages of development and at present lacks structure, funding and a clear education program.

During my time in Africa I joined a working party and worked closely with another volunteer, Paula Stokey, to create a basic English program for volunteers to follow. The aim was for each child to have an individual file and wherever possible one to one tuition from volunteers. The program was intended to provide structure, continuity and support providing all individuals with the opportunity to succeed.

By the time I left South Africa the system was up and running! The first day of the trial was amazing. Every child was sat with a teaching file (they decorated these to personalise them and were so proud). Volunteers were spread around the room and following a program we had created. The children loved it. We were so overwhelmed with the success and the hope it provided. Only a small step but it was so clear that every child wanted to learn and we had given them a structure and the tools to do it. I definitely shed some tears that day!

I really do hope Travellers continue to place volunteers here as so much help is needed. It was a wonderful extension of my placement and feel I achieved so much there in such a short time.

Whilst organising projects in the area, Jim Morel (Manager Traveller’s Worldwide, South Africa) has unearthed an abundance of pure, raw talent in the townships of Knysna. It has been his objective since, to develop a music and arts centre in the town. Many of the youngsters from the townships live a life of hardship and Jim’s aim is to provide a musical skills project, run by volunteers and music pupils from local schools in an attempt to develop performing arts within the town. Some of the younger children from the townships are also invited to rehearsals and regularly participate in singing, dancing, rapping, gumboot dancing, etc. The project has progressed in leaps and bounds since its inception, and there is a great deal of scope for a very successful future.

DAVID CORBET
British
Teaching Township Children in Knysna

What experience do you feel you are gaining?
Regarding the teaching placement alone, I am beginning to develop my skills in the classroom. For example, keeping the children's attention throughout the lesson is becoming a less frantic task as my placement progresses, as is the planning of lessons; this is due to my increasing teaching skills but also because of the close relationship I am building with many of the students. I am also becoming more aware of how the skills they are gaining at school will eventually determine their futures, inspiring me to make the most of my time in the school.

What is the best thing about your placement so far?
Number one: the other volunteers, who, over just two weeks, I have bonded with greatly; it was very sad to see the first two, Jack and Tim, leave this weekend. Close second: the school-children and their constant enthusiasm, (despite their rowdiness in certain lessons!) The weekends are definitely up there with the first two, the world's highest bungee jump certainly hitting the top spot in that aspect of my placement.

Would you recommend this placement to anyone else?
I would recommend this placement without hesitation.

What type of person do you think this placement would suit?
I think the placement is quite versatile, you choose what you want to do at the weekend and on evenings (and there is never a shortage of things to be doing at the weekend!) so anybody who is willing to get on with other volunteers (a massive, and possibly underestimated part of the placement, or at least, it was for me before I arrived) Obviously, somebody with a willingness to teach the basics of subjects and with enough enthusiasm to last the day with excitable children!

What, if any, improvements could be made to the placement?
Erm...... how about a giant Jacuzzi/Swimming Pool for the house? Oh and champagne delivery on a weekend wouldn't be too bad either....

Was there anything that you weren’t told before your departure that you think future volunteers should know?
Not at all, you quickly adjust to the requirements of the placement.

ANUJ CHAHAL
British
Coaching Sports to Township Children in Knysna
Plus Teaching in Schools in Knysna

Woah! Where to begin?! It was the first time living away from family, and I most definitely felt somewhat homesick during the first couple of days. It would be difficult to relate to the current housemates as conversation often revolved around past events and people, which you would not know anything about! But as soon as you became intergraded into the house, the housemates became your family, and homesickness dissipated into nothingness.

I feel my ability to relate and communicate to people has much improved. Having people of different ages in the house was definitely a benefit. Originally I thought it would be difficult for teenagers to get along with people 24 years and above. In fact it was enlightening being with these people, through talking about their past experiences, and having some of their maturity rub off on you (I hope at least!).

I was so taken back by the children. They showed so much affection at the school. Indeed it is very difficult at times to carry out a teaching role. But it was also very rewarding at the times when the children show an understanding of what you have said. It soon dawned on me that kids just love having fun, so some of the sports lessons I took were just a huge mess about with the boys and girls. I think those are the lessons that are most memorable, spinning the kids around, picking them up upside down and the kids playing with our hair, holding our hands and hugging us non-stop.

The smiles and love that they all radiated was immense. To think that some of these kids have so little in terms of material possessions, and the hardship some of them face, it just astounds me that they can be so happy and good individuals.

The experience highlighted to me how much value I put on material things, and how much of my happiness is associated with that. At several points I thought to myself I should be the happiest person alive since my life was so easy and privileged. But I think wherever you are in life, you fail to appreciate your current circumstances because it becomes second nature. Only when you leave your environment, your comfort zone, do you really appreciate what you have and look to better yourself. But then you enter a vicious circle where by you fall back into your privileged circumstances and take it for granted once more. Which is why I think travelling is a good thing, keeping you on your tip toes, and giving you many worldly insights in a short period of time.

Scenically Knysna, or in fact South Africa, is outstanding. Around every corner you would be met by a postcard image. Even in this winter season, the weather was great, sunny and warm. Because the pollution is at a much lower level in Knysna than back home, the sunsets and stars at night were so much more spectacular!! Even the memories of climbing the hill to get back to the house were good. As much as it was a pain to climb, many CRAZY events would have never transpired without it. The children at the school obviously played a big part to the placement. In that respect, so did the teachers.

Leon, the Principal, is a character I’m not going to forget any time soon. His passion for the kids, his affectionate nature and his energy in the way he speaks makes him a unique person I am privileged to have met in life. Living with the other volunteers was a fantastic experience. I think it has put me in good stead for campus living at university. It was great to be around such diverse people 24/7, which allowed me to gain much insight into how other people live. But to become such great friends, almost a family unit, is one thing I am going to miss the most and what I think has been the best part of the placement.

Would you recommend this placement to anyone else?
Who would I not recommend the placement to would be the better question. I had such a fantastic time and so did the other volunteers around me. Indeed we all looked forward to getting back home to see family and friends again, but we didn’t want to leave either since each day brought about a new adventure, leaving little time to be idle or become bored. So yes this placement has my full recommendation, and I believe a couple of my friends will be pursing it in their gap year next year.

What type of person do you think this placement would suit?
As I have said, communication and ability to relate to people is fundamental to this placement. You are surrounded by people 24/7, whether it is other volunteers, children or students. And to enjoy, learn and appreciate the experience fully, you also need to talk to the local people. So confidence is another important faculty. Having a caring nature and consideration towards others is vital, especially when living in a house with other people so that the place stays clean and everyone gets their fair share of food. Being open minded, wanting to learn and contribute in all respects I would say would be a good thing.

The placement was different to everyone’s preconceptions. But in the majority of cases including my own, it was just SOOO much better! It helps therefore to have the open mindedness to expect something different, to learn because there will be so many opportunities to discover new things about people and yourself and lastly to contribute to all activities such as being entertaining and caring to those around you, making the experience more enjoyable for all.

KATIE DUNBAR
British
Teaching Township Children in Schools in Knysna

Just a note to thank you again for all of your hard work in enabling my trip to South Africa ... it meant I got to visit not just another country, but another continent. South Africa, and particularly the Garden Route, surprised me with its beauty, complexity and friendliness. I am so pleased that I got to experience this fantastic part of the world which I wouldn't otherwise have thought of during my gap year travels.

I was welcomed very warmly with a speech by Mrs Josephs and a finger buffet in a decorated staff-room. (The poster said, KATIE DUNBAR WE WELCOME YOU! and there was a huge Union Jack on the wall.) ... My lessons are going very well and I'm in demand with the children who keep sending me letters and asking for my presence in class.

I would definitely recommend teaching in Knysna, and I have already. It’s a lovely little town and the people are generally very laid-back and friendly. The staff were thrilled to have us and there was plenty of opportunity to get involved in classes and (occasionally) extra-curricular activities.

It can be a bit intimidating standing up and addressing a class of 50-odd boisterous kids (and they are boisterous), so it would suit someone with a bit of confidence in themselves. Mind you, no matter how confident you are to begin with, it is something that grows with each lesson, so really anyone with a bit of enthusiasm and who’s prepared to get stuck in will do fine.

Since the organisation in the schools is generally terrible, it would suit someone who’s prepared to relax and go with the flow a bit. You never quite know what you’re going to be doing day-to-day and occasionally you just have to embrace the chaos and make the best of it. Anyone who takes themselves too seriously and gets uptight when things don’t go to plan (and they never do) will just go mad.

HEIDI ROWLANDS
British
Teaching Township Children in Schools in Knysna

First impressions .... it's soooooo beautiful! Everyone who's visited England always says its really green, but in fact it is so much greener here! There are so many trees and hills, and of course there is the gorgeous view of the Lagoon! I just love it!!

Everyone is so friendly as well. All the children came up to me and started hugging me on my first day, which was so sweet!! Yes, I've met Leon [the Principal]. He made me introduce myself in Assembly on the first day, which was nice of him! Yeah, he's really nice, though, as you said. He also said he's going to take me to the Law Courts, which is nice of him, because next year I'm going to study law at University.

Thanks for all your help with planning my trip.

JESSICA CLENSHAW
British
Teaching Township Children in Schools in Knysna

I have gained so much confidence with the teaching that I wouldn't think twice now about getting up in front of a class and just teaching whereas before I wouldn't know where to begin. There is also obviously lots of other things, like I've gained confidence with travelling and met lots of different kinds of people and learned a little about their culture.

The teaching experience as a whole was great, even when the kids were naughty it was always a good learning experience. When I could see the progress that I'd made, though, it obviously felt good. Like when I took some kids on the computer and just taught them simple things like how to write capital letters.

What completed the whole experience and made it equally unforgettable was the trips that we did, particularly the trips that Jim [Travellers SA Assistant Manager] organised. We had such a good time.

Can you describe a typical day?
Jim would drop us off at school at about 7.35 and we would wait until 8.00am until the bell rang and we would then go to the classroom. Normally the teacher I was working with would introduce the lesson and then I would help with what she was doing.

Twice a week I took out a class for netball when my teacher had a free period. There were two lessons and then a reading period before first break.

The lessons were generally about 45 minutes but this often changed from day to day so we never really knew! There were then two more lessons before second break and then another two afterwards. During break times we tended to sit in the staff room where there was always a lovely cup of tea waiting for us! and we were able to eat the food we had brought with us. Sometimes some of the children, particularly the older ones, would come in and chat to us.

I had such a wonderful time. I look through my photos so often and often wish I was back there!

JO SOHN-RETHEL
British
Teaching Township Children in Schools in Knysna

I've had a really fun, interesting and fulfilling experience. I definitely think my confidence has built and my communicational skills have developed due to the experience. It's been a very different experience to any other work I've done as it is much more interactive and less stressful!

The best thing about the placement was communicating with the children by helping them paint, playing sports and helping out in the classroom. It's been really rewarding leaving a mark on the school and seeing them happy.

I've also made good friends of the other volunteers.

I would definitely recommend this placement as you can derive so many skills from the experience whether you want to teach or not. I also think all the volunteers make a big difference to the schools they are at. I think it would suit any sort of person really. You have to be enthusiastic about working otherwise there's not much point. It's good to be a bit outgoing, but I'm not and I did fine.

DENISE BENNETT
British
Teaching Township Children in Schools in Knysna

There was nothing else that could have been done to make my placement any better than it was! I found all the Travellers staff, both in the UK and South Africa, really helpful and friendly. The information provided on both my school and on Knysna was accurate and correct.

The placement was a life changing experience for me and I am so glad that I met so many wonderful and amazing people while I was there. I really enjoyed my time there and would love to do it all again.

Sharon [Travellers South Africa Manager] is an absolute star. I cannot speak highly enough of her. She made my stay in South Africa go so smoothly and made it an experience I shall never forget. She is always willing to go above and beyond the requirements of the job, which was never expected. She really made me feel at home especially during the times when I was finding being away from home hard. I would have been lost without Sharon.