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 Port Saint John’s, leaving King Shaka (DBN) airport at 1pm.

Evening : Check in and settle at the backpackers followed by dinner in their restaurant.

Day 2 : Sunday

Morning & Afternoon : Explore Port St Johns while learning about the history of the local area. Treat your body to a soak in the local sulfur springs system, a natural healing site. Refuel with a traditional Xhosa lunchtime meal.

Evening : Enjoy a South African braai and sundowners at the top of Mt Thesiger.

Day 3 : Monday

Morning : Get flexibe with an early morning yoga class. Drive through the Wild Coast Transkei, taking in the sights on your way to the Hole in the Wall.

Afternoon : Hike across the coastal rocky cliffs from the Hole in the Wall to Coffee Bay.

Evening : End the day with well-earned sundowners overlooking Coffee Bay followed by dinner.

Day 4 : Tuesday

Morning & Afternoon : Spend the day volunteering at the local community horse welfare project; dipping, bathing, shoeing, cleaning wounds and maintaining treatment records.

Evening : See how the locals brew their beer and enjoy a few ‘dops’ at the shebeen (drinks at the pub to yo and me).

Day 5 : Wednesday

Morning & Afternoon : Explore the nearby Mapuzi caves, including the Bat Cave then visit a traditional healer (Sangoma).

Evening : Enjoy locally caught fish on the braai (season dependent).

Day 6 : Thursday

Morning & Afternoon : Spend the day as a community volunteer at local projects; bead making workshops, financial and budgeting workshops, being a Big Brother or Sister at a nearby children’s home.

Evening : Relax, chill out and collect your thoughts with free time after dinner.

Day 7 : Friday

Morning & Afternoon : Spend the day as a community volunteer at local projects; bead making workshops, financial and budgeting workshops, being a Big Brother or Sister at a nearby children’s home.

Evening : Let your inner drummer out hitting the bongo drums in the drumming circle.

Day 8 : Saturday

Morning & Afternoon : Stop off at the Nelson Mandela museum to learn all about his legacy and the impact of apartheid before continuing en route to Underberg.

Evening : End this long day of travelling with a relaxed dinner amongst new friends at the backpackers.

Day 9 : Sunday

Morning : Get up and going early, heading out on a horse ride in the ‘Berg. Before leaving the region, call in at the local cheesery for a chance to sample THE best Gouda. Ever.

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 10 : Monday

Morning : Spend the morning as a community volunteer at local projects with the local Xhosa tribe: planting vegetable gardens, supporting reading groups, being creative at children’s centre.

Afternoon : Swing from the trees on your own tree top adventure!

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

Day 11 : Tuesday

Morning : Fly high above the ‘Berg in a helicopter ride.

Afternoon : Spend the afternoon as a community volunteer at local projects with the local Xhosa tribe: planting vegetable gardens, supporting reading groups, being creative at children’s centre.

Evening : Relax, chill out and collect your thoughts with free time after dinner.

Day 12 : Wednesday

Morning & Afternoon : Spend the day as a community volunteer at local projects with the local Xhosa tribe: planting vegetable gardens, supporting reading groups, being creative at children’s centre.

Evening : Hear the world famous Drakensberg boys choir sing their hearts out (season dependent).

Day 13 : Thursday

Morning & Afternoon : Spend the day as a community volunteer at local projects with the local Xhosa tribe: planting vegetable gardens, supporting reading groups, being creative at children’s centre.

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

Day 14 : Friday

Morning & Afternoon : Spend the day on the Midlands meander stopping at a local brewery, chocolatier and craft shops as well as visiting the Nelson Mandela capture site and monument.

Evening : Meet up with fellow Road Trippers from the North 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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