Global Handprints | Independent Volunteer Experiences at Locally Established Projects

Global Handprints - Independent Volunteer Experiences at Locally Established Projects

Global Handprints | Independent Volunteer Experiences at Locally Established Projects
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Global Handprints | Independent Volunteer Experiences at Locally Established Projects

Itinerary

Future volunteer Road Trippers! Here it is, this road trip’s itinerary in all it’s glory. Please click each day to see just how you will be making a difference through volunteer work, or what exciting adventures are planned for you.

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Day 1 : Saturday

Morning : Meet Global Handprints Guide and fellow Road Trippers at King Shaka (DBN) airport.

Afternoon : Travel from Durban to Dukuduku Village, leaving King Shaka (DBN) airport at 1pm. And stopping at the Luthuli Museum en route.

Evening : Check in and settle at the Zulu cultural centre followed by a traditional Zulu dinner with dancing and cultural activities.

Day 2 : Sunday

Morning & Afternoon : Spend the day at the fabulous Cape Vidal beach in iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Getting to and from Cape Vidal involves driving through the Eastern Shores of Lake St Lucia enabling you to see a variety of the African big 5.

Evening : Following a Hippo 'N' Croc boat trip on St Lucia estuary, enjoy a dinner in town.

Day 3 : Monday

Morning : Spend the morning hanging out with African cats including getting up close and personal with the fastest land mammal.

Afternoon : Volunteer at a local school and spend the afternoon starting and finishing a project; painting or reflorring a classroom or organising a sports event.

Evening : End the day settling in to your accommodation near Lake Sibaya, your home for the next few nights.

Day 4 : Tuesday

Morning & Afternoon : Spend the day as a community volunteer with a local agriculture Guru, collecting data in the community and visiting local homes to check in on their gardens.

Evening : Help out local families cooking a traditional meal, all sitting down to eat together giving you a chance to practice your language skills.

Day 5 : Wednesday

Morning & Afternoon : Spend the day volunteering at a local primary school; decorating and revamping old classroom benches, teaching, reading and organizing sporting activities.

Evening : Get involved in a community Karate lesson!

Day 6 : Thursday

Morning & Afternoon : Spend the day voluteering at a local High School helping with reading, maths and essay writing support groups.

Evening : Enjoy a sunset yoga class overlooking Lake Sibaya followed by home cooked dinner.

Day 7 : Friday

Morning : Spend the morning helping out in community gardens; weeding, planting and harvesting.

Afternoon : Learn how to make traditional Grass Mat from reeds.

Evening : Relax on an after dinner evening drive around Lake Sibaya.

Day 8 : Saturday

Morning : Enjoy a bright and early start ready for a morning of learning how to dive followed by a dive in Sodwana bay, known for it's excellent diving conditions.

Afternoon : Take in the stunning views across the Drakensberg mountain range making your way to Champagne Castle.

Evening : Check in and get settled at the backpackers followed by a 3 course home made, vegetarian dinner.

Day 9 : Sunday

Morning : Enjoy the morning on the beach in Sodwana Bay; snorkeling and swimming.

Afternoon : Travel along the coast of the Indian Ocean, 4x4ing through sand dunes en route to Rocktail Bay.

Evening : Check in and get settled at the backpackers followed by dinner.

Day 10 : Monday

Morning & Afternoon : Spend the day as a community volunteer at a local projects with the local tribe; planting vegetable gardens, teaching nutrition, finance and budgeting skills. Attending support groups and being creative at a children's centre.

Evening : Get competitive with fellow Road Trippers at games night.

Day 11 : Tuesday

Morning & Afternoon : Spend the day as a community volunteer at a local projects with the local tribe; planting vegetable gardens, teaching nutrition, finance and budgeting skills. Attending support groups and being creative at a children's centre.

Evening : Check out Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles as they nest or hatch on surrounding beaches.

Day 12 : Wednesday

Morning : Continue traveling up the coast towards Kosi Bay.

Afternoon : Volunteer with the local fisherman; making and fixing fish traps to support their sustainable and eco friendly livelihood.

Evening : Free time to chill, relax and gather your thoughts.

Day 13 : Thursday

Morning : Snorkel the spectacular coral reefs in Kosi Bay, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Afternoon : Travel from Kosi Bay south to the Zululand Rhino Reserve area.

Evening : Vegetarian braai with songs and stories around the fire.

Day 14 : Friday

Morning : Get up and going early for a morning game drive, another chance to see Africa's Big 5.

Afternoon : Interact with elephants, the gentle giants before traveling to Balito.

Evening : Meet up with fellow Road Trippers from the AmaPondo Land Trip and exchange stories over dinner.

Day 15 : Saturday

Morning : Spend the morning at the beach surfing, swimming or just topping up your tan.

Afternoon : Drop off at King Shaka airport.

When designing the itinerary, we aim to keep time in the Landys to a minimum. However, South Africa is a big place! So that you get to see and experience as much as possible, there will be the odd day where you are in the car for longer periods of time. Luckily, you’ll be accompanied at all times by our Guide who will while away the hours with fun facts about the area and culture as well as spotting any interesting animals along the way. These drives also give you time to practice your newly acquired language skills with each other, catch up online using the Global Handprints tablet (network connection permitting) and also play any of the games listed in our handy little ‘Road Tripper’s Games’ book. Got a great game you want future Road Trippers to play? Feel free to add it in and leave your mark.

Please remember that, although we do our best to put together an itinerary that is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and mindsets, we understand some people may want to sit out on the odd occasion. Unfortunately, because our itineraries are organized in advance with community project and business partners, we are unable to offer a discount for any activities that are not taken part in.

We endeavour to provide volunteer work and adventure activities exactly as they appear on the itinerary. However, TIA! (This Is Africa) That means that sometimes things will change due to weather, cultural holidays or sometimes what side of bed people get out of that morning. We will keep all Road Trippers up to date with changes along the way and should itineraries change once bookings have been made, we will let you know!

Global Handprints | Independent Volunteer Experiences at Locally Established Projects
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