Why I (and hundreds of others) think you should volunteer

By | October 29th, 2014|Volunteering|

I was 21 the first time I volunteered overseas.  Fresh out of University I travelled to South Africa to undertake a 5 weeks sports coaching programme in Port Elizabeth. It's safe to say that I had the time of my life, and that those 5 weeks were a game changer. Whereas before I was about [...]

Volunteering in South Africa – I went to teach, but ended up being taught

By | June 26th, 2014|Volunteering|

In the week where England flopped out of the 2014 World Cup with little more than a whimper, it took a typical piece of sarcastic English humour to ever so slightly cheer me up.  Nice bit of advertising for Mastercard too no doubt. Anyway, so England flopped, the 2014 World Cup is a flop?  Well [...]

Volunteer accommodation – What to expect

By | October 10th, 2012|Volunteering|

Volunteer accommodation can range between all sorts of property types and standards. I suppose where you end up resting your head each night can depend on a number of factors, such as the country you're volunteering in, the area of that country, the budget of the organisation you're working for and even your own budget (there may [...]

Planning a Gap Year: Pros and Cons of Volunteering Abroad

By | July 27th, 2012|Volunteering|

If you’re planning a gap year at the moment, you’ll know there are a huge amount of things that everyone tells you that you simply have to do. Things you should do, people you should meet up with, strange and foul sounding drinks you have to try on a beach in Brazil... spend even five [...]

Africa vs. South America – Where to Volunteer?

By | July 4th, 2012|Travel, Volunteering|

Having decided you want to do some volunteering overseas, you’re probably a thoughtful, responsible and caring person, and the idea of two continents fighting for your attention probably isn’t what you imagined. But that’s what’s happening here: South America vs. Africa, where should you go? They are the two most popular continents amongst young people [...]

South Africa – Volunteer football coaching

By | July 1st, 2011|South Africa, Travel, Travel Diary, Volunteering|

21 and having never left my parents home for any length of time, I knew something wasn’t right.  The buzz of turning 18 and being able to go out drinking all weekend had flittered away, the girlfriend who I had stayed at home for had left me, and my uni experience hadn’t been all that [...]

Volunteering – is it worth the money?

By | June 1st, 2011|India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Travel, Volunteering|

Volunteering can be quite expensive, it looks great on your CV and promises to get you as close to living in a local community as possible, but prices can sometimes reach into the thousand’s, add to that  the costs of your flights,  travel equipment and insurance and it can all seem very pricey.  But is [...]