Get a head start on preparing to volunteer in South Africa with these essential tips and interesting facts. Hugged by both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, dominated by mountains and populated with some of the most magnificent creatures on earth, South Africa is a...
South African food is a culinary experience that will delight more than your taste buds. As you break a piece of bread and dip it into a piping hot Durban curry, you can learn about how South Africa’s complex past led to the creation of the dish. South Africa’s...
Like in many new businesses around the world, most South African startups aren't able to last past the three-year mark. However, there are specific contextual constraints unique to the region. Below we have listed some of the main challenges faced...
Back in the summer of 2013, my life changed when I decided to volunteer abroad for the first time. I was an unhappy and unfulfilled first-year University student who had contemplated dropping out on a near-daily basis. With Summer holidays just around the corner, I...
The magnificent continent of Africa is home to over 50 countries and innumerable diverse cultures speaking more than a thousand and a half distinct languages. Known as the ‘Cradle of Humankind’, many believe the secret of human origin lies hidden beneath its soils....
We all know the importance of water but how much is it something that we Western’s take for granted? Cape Town’s infamous water crisis is virtually impossible to ignore, but is that what we have been doing? Haven’t we all been ignoring the warning signs and hoping the...
The school holidays may have been quiet for some, but here at GVI Cape Town we seized the opportunity to repaint and decorate classrooms with educational murals, with the primary goal being to help enhance students overall learning experience. Over the course of two...
Sometimes, the best experiences are unplanned and unpredictable. If travelling has taught me anything it’s that going with the flow is the best mantra to live by. Going against my own advice, I pre-booked a ziplining canopy tour with some of the volunteers only to...
Gordon’s Bay is the Western Cape’s best kept secret. This small seaside town offers both relaxing beaches and adrenaline pumping activities which makes it the perfect retreat for backpackers and families a like. Here is a list of five ‘must-do’s’ in and around Gordons...
One key aspect of a good childcare program is the use of trial and error and willingness to adapt classroom structure to fit the fast-moving and malleable class dynamic. As the children's capabilities shift throughout the year, so should the programs attentions and...
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