I'm fundraising money so that I can volunteer abroad in South Africa (May 24-June 7, 2014). Volunteering abroad in developing countries has been one of my dreams since I was a child, I have always had the desire to help those who need it. This experience will help open my eyes to different perspectives of other people in the world. This volunteer trip will be the first time that I will travel outside of North America.
During the trip, a group of us will be working with children in an orphanage teaching English and basic sanitation, hygiene and nutrition through games and activities. We will also renovate and revitalise the sometimes run-down facilities with fresh coats of paint, new play equipment and the construction of bathrooms or kitchens. This also includes helping build and install sustainable farming units which allow for families and, in particular, single mothers to start a micro business and through this gain employment and income for their family.
We will be working with the national parks authority areas of conservation within the wetlands area in the observation, capture and release of crocodiles, the counting of crocodile eggs as well as feeding and cleaning the enclosures of the smaller crocs and alligators.
We will also work with Cheetahs and Leopards in a rehabilitation, breeding and release program; preparing the food, feeding the cats and constructing new enclosures for the breeding pairs.
At the end of the program, I'll have the amazing opportunity to go on an adventure tour taking in two countries and a huge array of fun activities such as experiencing the safari and snorkel in the warm Indian ocean.
Help me make one of my dreams a reality and I will be forever grateful of this unique experience!
Program Fee - $2095 CAD
Flights - Approx. $2000 CAD
Immunizations - $100 CAD
Medical Insurance - $110.26 CAD
Food during Travel/Miscellaneous - $100 CAD
If you're unable to donate by credit card, you can send bank e-transfers to [email redacted]
For more information about the organization I am volunteering through, click here for the link to VESA Abroad's website.
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