Our newly published blog will keep you updated with all the latest news, stories and photographs from our volunteers in Southern Africa, including their experiences, volunteering highlights and the memories they would like to share.
Good Hope Volunteers is running a brand new and unique project, Photography with a Professional. I (Naomi, Volunteer Coordinator at Good Hope Volunteers) had the opportunity to join the first ever one week course that offers an experience Cape Town through the lens of a camera. The course is a perfect mix of fun and work as you learn your way around a camera and Cape Town. You learn the basics of photography before going out into Cape Town to practice portraits, landscapes, social documentary photography and architectural photography.read more
Good Hope Volunteers is proud to be part of the Imizamo Yethu community in Hout Bay. We support 2 children’s projects in the area, and our volunteers assist with school/teaching classes as well as after school care for the children at the Home of Hope. Children in the IY community are supported throughout the day by kind and nurturing staff and caregivers, and our volunteers are an integral part of this process. Volunteers assist with feeding, teaching, education and supporting the children, and they grow together, learning from each other as the days go on.read more
A popular activity for both tourists and locals alike in South Africa is the petting and cuddling of cute lion cubs as well as visiting circuses. Being entertained by tricks and cuddling adorable lion cubs may seem harmless but the truth that lies behind these 'fun' excursions is a dark and twisted one.read more
Africa has our very own big friendly giants, the African Elephant. There are two sub species of the African Elephant, the Savannah elephant that lives in grassy plains and woodlands, and the smaller forest Elephant that prefers the equatorial forests of central and western Africa. African Elephants are the largest land mammals in the world, reaching up to 7.5 m in length, 3.3 m shoulder height and weighing in at 6 tonnes. Elephants organise themselves around a system of herds made up of related females and calves with males usually living independently or in smaller groups.read more
The Safe Haven Children Foundation is one of the projects supported by Good Hope Volunteers. Safe Haven was inspired by Kim Highfield's personal experience when her daughter was suddenly struck with cancer at 3 years old. Whilst her daughter was being treated at a children's hospital, Kim met many other parents who had come from all around the country with their children also affected by cancer. Kim realised the need for accommodation for these parents when one mother was raped after spending the night under a bridge near the hospital. The project began as a support system for sick children and their parent through offering accommodation throughout hospitalisation and recovery.read more
Good Hope Volunteers supports the surfing smiles project that aims to make a positive change in the lives of Cape Town's underprivileged children. Some of the main risks these kids face daily is the path towards gangsterism, crime and drugs, activities that often start at a young and impressionable age. These often act as forms of escape for kids who long to run away from the harsh realities of their lives. Surfing Smiles offers a way out for them in something unexpected, surfing.read more
South Africa is any travellers dreams, you have the BIG 5 and Table Mountain, both at the top of the to do list. But we have so much more to offer, especially if you love a little adrenaline.read more
There are thousands of places in different countries around the world that need volunteers in order for their respective projects to continue running and inevitably become a success. So what makes South Africa a unique place for volunteers to offer their time and energy, and what could volunteers take away from this special country?
Here are 3 reasons why you should consider volunteering in South Africa and how it could potentially change your life:read more
I don’t know about you but for me living in 2016 and being on social media, I basically get wanderlust fever twice a day!
If you are still wary about taking the next step, read on to find out why a volunteer trip may be a great option to cure your wanderlust.read more
Volunteering in a foreign country is an amazing and exciting experience, not only do you get to make a difference in someone else’s life, you also experience new cultures and cities, eat different food and enjoy new scenery!
Here are 3 of the top experiences not to miss while volunteering in Cape Town.read more
People are drawn to vegetarianism by all sorts of motives, a healthier life, or to do our part for the earth and animals. The other day we received some really interesting feedback from one of our past volunteers, Sabrina who volunteered at our Cheetah Conservation project.read more
Ever wondered about the act that South Africa has 11 official languages? Here is a quick summary of our rainbow of language.
While countries around the world usually have one or two official languages, We recognize 11 official languages as part of South Africa’s multi-cultural heritage.read more
You never have a dull moment working with animals in South Africa, everyday is a new adventure and you never know what the day will bring.read more
Valley of a 1000 Hills is literally situated in a Valley with a 1000 hills in Kwazulu-Natal. Skateboarding is fast becoming an attractive activity amongst youths throughout South Africa as it's an expression of freedom without limits and boundaries.read more
Our Namibia Wildlife Conservation project is by far one of our favourite projects – if I have to choose a few. The work they do is absolutely remarkable and makes a dramatic change in conservation of a wide range of animals. We recently learned of the loss of one of their Lions.read more
Carnivals are celebrated in many countries but the one in Brazil is most famous. Different cities of Brazil have their own way of celebrating this week long festival of revelry and fun.read more