(Kennedy +VESA) 2018 = Africa

I have the great honor of being selected as one of the 200 students to travel alongside Volunteer Eco Students Abroad (VESA) to experience the many faces of South Africa as part of a three-week tailored program when I reach my goal.

I will be living as a local in the tribal community of KwaZulu-Natal, I have the unique opportunity to blend the adventure tour with improving local living conditions and assisting in vital conservation efforts. As part of my South Africa Experience, I will complete a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on community-based volunteer work.

All in a week's work includes:
     -Teaching English to orphanage or community crèche children
     -Building sustainable farming units to help local families develop an income
     -Observing and recording wildlife in the local wetlands
     -Helping at the crocodile centre, from moving crocs to clearing vegetation
     -Volunteering at the Emdoneni cat rehab centre and meeting beautiful VESA-sponsored cheetah named Autumn
     -Learning about resident species in the Isimangoliso Wetland Park - from trees to birds and hippos plus many more

No true South African adventure would be complete without a safari. So I will spend my second week being fully immersed in local culture and surrounds. Always hopeful for a glimpse of South Africa's awe-inspiring 'Big Five' - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino.

When I reach my goal by February 1st, I will be able to add an additional week on in Mozambique, one of Africa's hidden gems. Our small group will travel through an area with the best diving, the coral reefs are saturated with marine life including one of the highest Whale Shark populations in the world. I will also enjoy local and traditional food with beach BBQs and lunch with a local family with the chance to visit local markets.

For me, the VESA program presents a life-changing experience.

I can be contacted for any questions or inquiries. You can also check out the website at vesabroad.com

To follow my journey, follow my blog www.throughkennedyseyes.wordpress.com. I will be posting updates and thanking everybody who helps me along the way.

Thank you to everybody for donating and sharing.


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Kennedy Elliott-Pohl 
Lethbridge, AB
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