Sabrina from Brazil ()
"For me, working at Children's Hospital was an incredible experience. I will remember for the rest of my life what I have learnt here. I'll be back to contribute even more to this amazing project. Thank you GHV for giving me this opportunity. I'll keep it in my heart forever."
Viktoria from Brazil ()
"I just spent two weeks volunteering, I met wonderful kids and people there. I did however spend most of my time with one baby girl. Every time she opened a big smile or laughed it made everyone happy. I saw her learning to clap her hands, learning to make noises with her mouth, I saw her struggling to stand. When she fell she would get back up. She never gave up. And finally I saw her first step! It was the best experience I have ever lived and I wouldn't change anything! These kids gave us love, happiness and big smiles. I just want to thank everyone for this opportunity, to see these kids growing and learning. Thank you Good Hope and Recovery Hospital."
Aina from Spain ()
"This experience has been exciting. I've been quad biking and shark cage diving and at the project I have gotten to see plenty of different animals: cheetah, lynx, crocodile, several cats, squirrel monkeys, etc. Also it's been great helping around with the feeding, giving water, cleaning enclosures, preparing food, etc. I've also had more hands on contact that I expected. It's great to have some real responsibility. The work involves getting pretty dirty but that's okay and the activities you can do in your spare time are mind blowing! The location is so amazing. All in all, great experience, would recommend it, THANK YOU!"
Allison from the USA ()
“The program was amazing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone and would even go back myself in a heartbeat. From start to finish the program had such an impact on my life and the only down side I can think of is that I was only there for two weeks. The program surpassed any ideas I had of it before arriving. I absolutely loved working directly with the elephants on a daily basis. I loved interacting with such beautiful creatures. More importantly, I was able to connect with a culture and people I would not have had an opportunity to connect with before. It was truly an amazing experience.”
Jessica from Brazil ()
"Africa was such an awesome experience for me. Thanks for all the support. All days I remember the children and I really miss to spend my time with them, to wake up and know that I gonna see them and receive their love and attention. This experience was really grateful to me. I want to donate my time and myself to people more and more now. I also gonna get in at a project here in Brazil with a NGO that takes care of children too. So this experience also gave me the necessity to continue helping people. And I hope that I never stop."
Maline from Switzerland ()
"I loved to be there, I felt like I'm home, in my second home. The kids taught me so much: That you don't need much to be happy, just love. The smile in their face when they played, or you did something that they like...this smile gave me the feeling to be important. I really loved to work there...thank you very much!"
Victor from French-Guiana ()
"Don't worry be happy, you're in good hands. You have an amazing team behind you. You will work during the day with breaks where you can eat. And after work you have some free time where it is very pleasant to go for a walk and see the wonderful views. During the evening you help with the evening meals as well. I very much enjoyed and appreciate the time I have spent there!"
Giulia from Italy ()
"My experience couldn’t have been more rewarding, I spent my time following learners either during remedial classes or during extra activities such as the astronomy group and gardening. The environment of the school is extremely friendly, everybody is always happy to help, answer any question or just spend some minutes with you chatting in front of a cup of tea. It really gives you the possibility to work in a multicultural environment where you can learn so much about the South African culture. Children are always enthusiastic to take part to any new activity, they are full of joy, curiosity, kindness no matter their personal and family situation which is often difficult and disadvantaged. I could not imagine a better way to get involved into the South African community, you can really see and try to understand the situation of some people in this beautiful country that has still a long road to do at which you can give your personal contribution. It has been a touching and beautiful experience that I will never forget. Thanks Good Hope Volunteers!"
Vanessa from Switzerland ()
"It was a wonderful experience to assist the teachers in this project. I also learned interesting facts about the culture and life of the people thru the children's eyes. Despite the poor living conditions the children were always full of joy, fun and laughter. The children and the people I spent time with will always be in my heart. I am so glad and thankful that I was able to experience this and I recommend the volunteer project to anyone from all walks of life."
Ariane from Brazil ()
"I loved the volunteer project with the monkeys, I think the points I would like to highlight would be the interaction I had with the local people working on the project, I learned a lot about African culture and of course about primates! I think it's worth the experience, and I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the good hope team!!"
Aline Christina from Brazil ()
"It was an amazing experience! The children are friendly and from the first day we learn a lot from them. I loved doing the volunteer work. The city is vibrant. The project coordinator does a beautiful job. We have contact with the sea and the township next to Muizenburg. Somehow I know I made a difference for the surf boys."
Jefrey from Brazil ()
"This kind of programme provides a unique growth. The feedback we have of these lovely animals is indescribable. It is a pleasure to help dogs in everything, we feed them, make them happy in many cases like walking around the Tears and also teach them how to respect people."
Camila from Brazil ()
"It was amazing to work at this project, see big cats every day and work with them, it's a great experience. I really felt useful there and had the feeling I was really helping the animals. The worst part was leaving there, but for sure I'll come back."
Maria from Spain ()
"My time in South Africa has been a great experience plenty of good moments, people and memories that I'll bring always with me. At first I didn't know the importance of helping the kids in the water, I had no idea how scary can be for them due to the past and the history their families lived. This made me see that what I've been doing here is more than pushing the kid in a wave but helping him to feel comfortable in the water and enjoy a sport that he couldn't do by his/her own. I've also learnt about how people live here and their customs thanks to my host family, at the end I've got a new brother as he said: I'm your brother from South Africa. I'm glad to have lived this experience and still surprised how a simple cookie can take the biggest smile of these kids."