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Dianne reports on her recent visit to our education and community volunteer programme near Kruger, South Africa

Dianne reports on her recent visit to our education and community volunteer programme near Kruger, South Africa

I have recently returned from a visit to the project we support at Hazyview, run by our local partners Good Work Foundation.  They have been developing a revolutionary model of learning for rural Africa – Digital Learning Campuses, designed to bring children and young adults from rural areas into the 21st century by showing them how to access to the world’s body of knowledge and opportunities available through digital technology. I was last at the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre in…

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Paul defined the word “authentic”

Paul defined the word “authentic”

Paul Miedema changed our lives. It is through Paul that we connected with the A.V. Bukani Primary School community, a wonderful place we now consider our second home. But Paul did more than connect us – he was our support, our mentor, our ally, and our friend. Just a few weeks ago, we had a long conversation with Paul about a possible sixth volunteer trip to Nomathomsanqa.   Paul defined the word “authentic.” He had no tolerance for BS and…

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international accolades for Paul

international accolades for Paul

“This world is in desperate need of people like you, who always keep asking questions, care for others and are never afraid to say what needs to be said – but now we must soldier on without you.” Freya Zandatra journalist “A great guy…I will never forget sharing the panel with him at the WTM Africa conference in Cape Town and he opened his presentation by showing how disgraceful and unacceptable it was for South Africans to be attacking people…

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how I became a volunteer with Paul at Calabash

how I became a volunteer with Paul at Calabash

(the following is a story from volunteer, Anke) Paul and I met more than three years ago, when he left a short message on a people and places Facebook post about my volunteer placement in The Gambia. His comment turned out to be the beginning of an exciting chapter of the lives Paul and I shared for a while as colleagues, passionate advocates for responsible tourism and social justice, co-authors, and friends. It seems appropriate telling our story through the…

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recollections & respect from volunteers

recollections & respect from volunteers

We have been touched by all the messages we have received from volunteers. “I have fond memories of Paul when he took us under his wing in Port Elizabeth back in 2010. I am sure he will be greatly missed and I hope Calabash finds the strength to continue his legacy. And thanks should go to you, too, for providing me with the opportunity to meet such a great guy and to take part in such a worthwhile project.” Sue…

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Master’s student & volunteer – Lisa’s placement was a clear ‘win-win’

Master’s student & volunteer – Lisa’s placement was a clear ‘win-win’

people and places has facilitated several such placements – Master’s students who need ‘in situ’ experience to complete their research & assignments. The key for us is that such placements will also be of benefit to the communities / projects where volunteers such as Lisa are placed … Lisa’s report shows how this can work, and what we mean about this being a ‘win-win’ volunteer placement. Lisa worked in Port Elizabeth (PE) with our local partners at Calabash in one…

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a great volunteer story from South Africa

a great volunteer story from South Africa

Finnish volunteer, Roosa, is a professional in the art of graphic design. She worked for 6 weeks with the  ‘media team’ in Hazyview Digital Learning Campus – and my goodness, her work was hugely appreciated! “Even with years and years of experience in graphic design, when you ask Roosa if she will be able to help in that field she always replies saying: ‘I will try.’ And then delivers a masterpiece.”              

NEW local partner, NEW project, NEW volunteers

NEW local partner, NEW project, NEW volunteers

It’s so exciting: a new local partner and project near Kruger National Park … about to welcome NEW volunteers! The latest addition to our programme is about to welcome their very first ‘people and places’ volunteers. Ray and Catriona recently took early retirement from full-time work in training and mentoring, as well as business and hospitality management … so, what better match for their placements than in the amazing Hazyview Learning Centre in South Africa? Needless to say, Ray and…

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South Africa: 2 community projects & 1 great volunteer story

South Africa: 2 community projects & 1 great volunteer story

Gosh – where to begin ? Best to let Sonia tell you something of her six months in the townships of Port Elizabeth, where her work involved counselling in both Emmanuel Advice and Care Centre and in Emafini School, which is one of a cluster of township schools supported through the education development programme. So, in her own words, here are some extracts from Sonia’s blog and volunteer report.