South Africa

Global Vision International (GVI)

I would think long & hard before I do another volunteer placement with GVI. I found it to be a mediocre experience at best. The program at the orphanage appeared to be very disorganized.
We seemed more like sitters rather than teachers.
One coordinator who shall go nameless seemed to be on her laptop more often than doing anything hands on at the orphanage.
Before I booked the trip the organizer, James, strongly encouraged me to book side trips during my free time. I can only assume that GVI receives some sort of kick-back from these companies.
My suggestion is to look at Globalteer.org, I had a much better experience in Peru.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Aug 14, 2012
Overall:
5
Support:
7
Value:
4

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I was very satisfied with IVHQ - South Africa. I spent 3 months volunteering there (teaching) and I had the time of my life. The program is very organized and the 2 leaders are always available when you have concerns or need support. Financially, I didn't break the bank on my experience and I am grateful for that. For a relatively small cost I got to take part in the adventure of a lifetime. IVHQ is the only program I found that seems to take into account the fact that young people don't have thousands upon thousands of dollars to spend. You don't have to be rich to do a trip like this. So thank you IVHQ for your AFFORDABLE volunteering!

The experience is what you make of it and if you go there with a positive attitude you will have the greatest time of your life. Be ready for adventures of a lifetime. Expect the unexpected. I miss the kids I taught and the beauty of the country of SA. What an experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Aug 11, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Thanks for sharing your experience from South Africa. We're happy to be able to provide affordable volunteering opportunities and it's always great to hear from our volunteers making the most of the experience!

Global Vision International (GVI)

My trip with GVI was absolutely incredible and I would gladly recommend GVI to any of my friends. Before arriving in South Africa, GVI sent me a wealth of information on my trip and pick-up plans from the airport. I felt very comfortable and prepared for everything, even though this was my first time flying alone internationally. The program itself was amazing; we went on drives around the reserve twice a day and spotted every different kind of African animal you can imagine. The safety procedures on the trip were all very thorough and the training for our field work excellent. The staff were all very helpful and friendly, showing us exactly what we needed to do and how to conduct the research. Also, the social life on base was great! We even had party nights which were really fun and went to a local bush pub. I plan on going on another GVI trip next year and can't wait!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Aug 5, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

In July 2012 I went to South Africa to volunteer in construction with GVI and now, writing this review, I can honestly say that I wish I was still there. I only went for two weeks and two weeks was by far not enough time for me. I ended up being the only person there who had volunteered with construction in the Gordon's Bay base in Cape Town, which actually meant that for a majority of the time I was helping out with the kids in the orphanage (where the construction was) as there wasn't a whole lot we could get done without materials.
The whole program was amazing, the people were so nice and experience is one that will be memorable for the rest of my life. I will always remember the kids that I worked with and how, even though I was only there for two weeks, I was able to help them and help GVI in there overall plan of helping in the orphanage.
I would recommended EVERYONE to do a program through GVI as the people you meet will last for a lifetime and for people my age, it is not that expensive for what you get to do. It worth the trip and for me personally, I learnt a lot about myself and how amazing our world can be.
EVERYONE should be going on a trip with GVI and going to volunteer in a place they have always wanted to go to, but have never had the guts to like I did.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Aug 3, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

Askari WCP

I am in love with Askari! I would go back tomorrow if I had the opportunity. The staff were friendly, supportive and informative. The house was always clean and tidy. Learning about the African flora and fauna was fun and interesting, as well as our daily activities. If you're looking to take a vacation with some kind of purpose, this is the program for you. I left feeling accomplished and like I made a difference. I would recommend Askari to everyone! Memories to last a life time!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Jun 15, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

As a 52 year old past international volunteer through Rotary International I admit I wanted to do this volunteer experience for both selfish and altruistic reasons. Selfishly I have always wanted to travel to Africa and go on a safari. Volunteering I have found addicting and has left me with powerful feelings for people from other cultures and other life experiences than my own. I signed on to this particular program because of the selfish reasons and because I felt I could use my past teaching experience to possibly help others. When asked how I enjoyed my trip I have found that the more exclamation words I use (Fantastic! Life changing! Amazing! Awesome!), the enthusiasm I feel of my experience is best communicated. I enjoyed the raw beauty of South Africa – pristine beaches next to mountains with clouds below the peaks next to colourful wine country. The weekend adventures (including my safari!) were memorable and my picture portfolio proves this. My fellow volunteers from Australia and United States and England and Columbia and Scotland made the trip so much fun. (I like to say I gain another son or daughter in every country I visit). Teaching subtraction with carrying to my 4th grade boys and playing dice with them and seeing their progress was well worth the days of flying to get there. I am so lucky to have been able to experience this South Africa teaching project. Thank you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Jun 14, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
10

Askari WCP

I was amazed from the moment we stepped off the plane, at the friendliness and thoughtfulness of the staff. The Askari team are great, there was never a question I asked that went unanswered. If I was curious they readily pointed me in the right direction. Bongani and Cedric were both friendly and a pleasure to have around. The programme was hard but very fulfilling. I would recommend it to anyone interested in conservation or helping animals. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Jun 10, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

I just got back from a month with Askari. My time at there was absolutely amazing. It’s one thing to go on a safari and see African animals but this program gives you the unique experience of actually working to help run the reserve while enjoying the same sights (and many others). The volunteer house is lovely, the staff is so friendly and knowledgeable, the activities are a blast, the experience is unforgettable! You can read about my experience on my blog at http://goingplaces.blog.usf.edu/?tag=south-africa-summer-2012

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Jun 10, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

If you are looking for a holiday with a difference, then you can’t pick a more suitable places than Askari. From the friendliness of the staff to activities planned, they’ve got it spot on. There’s a good range of activities from researching herbivore numbers to cutting down and injecting alien plants. Cheetah tracking is very exciting, to know just how close you are to the magnificent animals. There is a huge variety of animals to see on your many trips out. Activities are broken up during the day so there is always an array of different and enjoyable tings to do. Always expect the unexpected too. You NEVER know what you will see or hear. The sleep out is lots of fun with plenty of nocturnal animals to be seen and heard. The house itself is clean, tidy and well looked after by Bongani who will also do washing twice per week. The food is excellent, with a wide variety of choices to suit all taste buds. The staff, both at Askari and the reserve management team are friendly, very welcoming and very knowledgeable. There’s nothing that is too much trouble for them and there’s no such thing as asking too many questions, which is great. If you want an exciting holiday, whilst helping to preserve Africa as it should be, then look no further – you’ve found it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Jun 9, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

The Askari Conservation Programme has been a life changing experience. You get to do various activities that are key to the success of conserving the Pidwa Wilderness Reserve. There is more to conservation than just collecting flora and fauna data, for instance, removal of invasive species, collecting garbage, protecting trees from elephant etc. are all key components that are important and you learn this here. The accommodations are awesome, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the area is breathtaking. The skills and knowledge I have gained here is something I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. It is rare to see successful conservation in action.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: May 30, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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