Olivia de Vahl Rubin Review

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

How do you rate your arrival overseas and orientation (if applicable)?

What were the highlights of your trip?

Spotting 6 out of the super 7 in Kruger, playing racing games with the kids in Swaziland and swimming with whale sharks in Mozambique.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Would have liked to have been aware of the Kruger to Cape course that some people were on as the Kruger to Coast course was with that company anyway.

Tips for other travellers?

Be prepared for serious surprise thunderstorms in Swaziland, restrain yourself from buying too many snacks from Gables, the local supermarket, and don't bring clothes that you don't mind getting grubby. You are working with little kids after all!

Any other comments?

As I was only volunteering for two weeks, we didn't really get to work properly with the kids, so we couldn't really get to know them well enough to think about sponsering them. The first week we were put on sports where we visited a different school a day and played with the kids. This was tiring, but great fun. The second week though, we were put on building, which sounds great, but wasn't. We were meant to build a new kitchen for an NCP (school) but instead we were painting another layer of paint onto the inside of the classroom and waiting for the building supplies to arrive. We only spent a day and a half building the kitchen, and only managed to get the foundations going which was frustrating and disappointing. Hopefully this can be better organised for volunteers in the future...? Besides this, we all had a great time and have memories that we will cherish.