Thursday, 31 January 2013

Volunteers Join the Waldorf Nursery Project

The new term of 2013 has seen new little learners join the Waldorf Nursery School in Chintsa (including Nomakwezi's beautiful daughter Alizwa!). Catch the kids enjoying a day of creative learning and play with Tom, Veliswa and Ilana - our current Waldorf volunteer.

If you cannot view this slideshow properly click here to view the flickr gallery.

A big Thank you to Ilana for allowing us to share her photos :)

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

My First Week Volunteering on the Community Pre-School Project

By Patricia, Brazil.

This is me with Jess (left), Bianca (middle) and some of the
kids from Chintsa.
In my first day at the creche I was introduced to the ladies that work there, to the children and their routine.
There are two separate places to the creche: one for kids between the ages on 0-2 years and on the the 3, 5 and 6 years old.

My work is specially with the babies and everyday I support the ladies, helping with the food, helping the babies to sleep and stopping them crying.

After my first few days I was totally adapted and the kids were getting used to me. Now they know who I am and are not afraid to be with me.

It's not easy work as there are at least 14 children every day, but all the hard work is rewarded by their smiles and "bye-bye"'s that I get every day when I leave the creche.

I'm totally in love with these babies already!

To find more about the VA32 Community Preschool Project visit our website.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

10 Things You Need to Pack...

When you're volunteering in South Africa

It's a difficult one - you don't want to pack too much and carry the kitchen sink around in your rucksack, but you also want to make sure you have everything you need in a new climate, a new place that you've never been to before and doing a job that you might never have had experience in! We know it can be difficult so we thought we'd give you a hand with a VERY practical packing list. Here's our list of the top 10 essentials which should feature on your packing list for a volunteer trip to Africa.

Top 10 Essentials for your Volunteer & Travel Packing List

1. Clothing that is easy to wash and dry and doesn't need ironing. Consider materials which are comfortable against your skin in hot weather.

2. Basic, inexpensive clothing that can you don't mind getting covered in mud, paint, dirty fingerprints, sweat or anything else that may ruin it! A basic clothing list includes: