The four-week experience, which departs on October 14th, is open to British and Irish nationals aged 18 plus, and entails participants getting involved in four projects, three of which might include painting classrooms, constructing sports facilities and helping in community-based initiatives in Johannesburg.
The fourth assignment is a week-long wildlife-based conservation project located 450km north of Pretoria in the bush, which offers an insight into a completely different South Africa than that experienced in the city, and may even involve the likes of tracking rhinos!
On arrival, volunteers receive basic orientation to settle them in to life in South Africa and to help them get to know the others they will be working with during the group volunteer programme.
Accommodation is in a comfortable guesthouse in a trendy suburb in Johannesburg for the first three weeks and in a tent in a bush camp during the conservation project week.
A number of outings and cultural activities are also included during the four weeks, such as visits to Soweto, Mandela House, a local village and an elephant sanctuary. Plus, an amazing three-night, four-day trip to the famous Kruger National Park, is one of the highlights of this memorable trip to South Africa.
Operated by BUNAC, the specialist in overseas work placements, the group volunteer programme gives participants the opportunity to pull together with others from around the globe to make a real difference to communities who would otherwise find life much more difficult.
Participants may incorporate the trip within a longer visit to South Africa, or add optional excursions to enhance the volunteer experience such as visits to a lion park, bungee jumping, skim boarding and a drumming workshop!
The deadline for applications is 31st August and the price of £1595 includes transfers, BUNAC benefits (see website for full details), 24-hour support and advice, accommodation, three meals per day, transport, dedicated project supervisors, activities and outings during the programme, as outlined.
For further information or to apply, contact the BUNAC Volunteer Team on 020 7553 6180 or visithttp://www.bunac.org/volunteer/southafrica/groupvolunteering/.