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Orphan Day Care and Community Support in Zululand

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    7

Awesome Internship at St Lucia

I think that having an internship at St Lucia is an interesting and unique experience. Since the village is so small, you get to know locals quite well and you start feeling at home within days. St Lucia and its surroundings are beautiful, and working with the community was amazing, and you can really feel like you've made an impact in the couple of weeks that you've spent there.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Overall review

I have had a wonderful time volunteering for AI. I think everything is very well organised and the work we do in the communities is very worthwhile. The staff at AI were all very helpful and I felt safe at all times.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    6

Kat in Africa

My experience has been amazing out here! I would recommend it to anyone! I was quite apprehensive and nervous going somewhere out my comfort zone but i feel its made me more confident and appreciative.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Amazing!

Africa Impact is am amazing organisation run by people who truly care about the community that they work in and the volunteers that they work with. Much more a family than a business.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Jameylynn's review

Volunteering in St. Lucia, African Impact has been the best 2 weeks of my life. I've met some amazing people and learned a new language. (Zulu) going to creche and the communities has honestly been a life changing experience I'm glad i was apart of this amazing organisation.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

African Impact St Lucia - Education

Thank you to the team at African Impact St Lucia for an unforgettable experience. The education program was really good and it was loads of fun helping out at the creche. I also enjoyed the family empowerment projects as it offered a different experience which was really valuable.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

3 Weeks that changed my life...

Having wanted to volunteer for a while but never quite having the courage to do it, I finally took the plunge in May 2013. I came to South Africa with a complete open mind and I was so excited to be travelling by myself to do something good. The 3 weeks that I spent in getting to Durban was slightly nerve racking but as soon as I got through those arrival doors and smiley, happy face was their to greet me, this smiley face was Monique.

The journey to St Lucia was long but the landscape was pretty incredible and made that final part of the journey very enjoyable. As soon as I got to the volunteer house the other volunteers were all there and showed us around the house. I was surprised how nice the volunteer house was as I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from the house but it was comfortable which was exactly what was needed after a long day on projects.

I chose this project because I love children and I wanted to help teach about HIV in the rural areas. And I really wasn't disappointed, the Zulu staff are proud of their communities and really appreciate the volunteers being a part of that while the international staff bring a passion that I just hadn't seen before. I fell in love with Khula Village the moment I stepped into Impumelelo Creche and saw all of the happy and smiling children just wanting a hug or a high five. They absolutely love the volunteers and really enjoyed the lessons that were given each morning from weather, family, clothing or animals. The babies are adorable, one fell asleep on me one lunchtime dribbling all down my dress but just you couldn't be annoyed at her cute little face.

I participated in many other incredible projects from mother's support group, gardening, HIV Education in the local primary school, After School Club and Reading Club.

You cannot underestimate the difference that is made to the communities by this volunteer organisation and its charity counterpart The Happy Africa Foundation. Although I was only in St Lucia for 3 weeks as a volunteer I could see that my time there had helped to achieve the goals of African Impact.

I loved every moment of my volunteering from meeting new people from all around the world, making new friends, learning about a new culture, learning new skills and sharing hugs and smiles with so many people in the local communities.

Sometimes a smile, hug, or kind word is enough to give someone hope and anyone can do this, if you have ever thought of volunteering just do it. You should never look back and think what if!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

Volunteer 2013- 8 weeks

Deciding to volunteer with African Impact was the best decision that I could have made last summer. Every part of my experience could not have been better. The staff in St. Lucia is amazing, and they make you feel at home from the second that you arrive. The volunteer coordinators are there 24/7 to answer any questions you have and help with anything you need. The Zulu staff are so fun to be around, and I learned so much from them. The volunteer house is very nice, nicer than I was expecting when I decided to volunteer in South Africa. The town that you live in is perfectly safe, and I never felt unsafe at any point.

Now to the best part - the volunteering. Since I was on the education project, I spent my mornings at the creche (or preschool) teaching and playing with the precious kids. This was so much fun for me, because I was at the same creche for four weeks. By the end of the four weeks, I felt like I really knew all of the kids. I also got to be a part of primary school HIV education, adult english lessons, reading club, after school club, gardening, brick building, and more. For the last three weeks, I got to be involved in the holiday club because the kids were out of school. We basically organized fun activities and games for the kids, so that they would have a safe and fun place to be during their break. This was one of my favorite parts!

Overall, I highly recommend the education project in St. Lucia. I also encourage everyone to look at all the different African Impact locations and projects, as each one is doing great things in the communities that they are working in. When I left St. Lucia, I really feel like I had made a difference by being there. African Impact is very well established and respected by the communities, which is what I loved about it. We were invited to a Zulu wedding and a couple of funerals while I was there, which really shows how much the people respect African Impact. If you have the opportunity, you should definitely go. You won't regret it!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Volunteer from Summer 2012 - 4 weeks

African Impact is a truly wonderful organization! Trust me, I do A LOT of online research and African Impact is number one in my book! While no amount of research can prepare you for your experience volunteering in Africa, African Impact was great at providing all information you could need, and your questions prior to travel.

When I was in St. Lucia, there was a great framework of support from the staff, as well as the other volunteers. We were fed enormously well, had great accommodations, and were a short walk away from town with all amenities, internet, and restaurants. Every weekend, there were opportunities to go on excursions that the staff would coordinate and book for us. I spent a weekend in Mozambique, spent a day on a game drive, held a baby crocodile, went on a cultural experience night, fed elephants and spent a day on a self-guided game drive and relaxed on a beach.

The project itself is well established in St. Lucia. The notion of sustainability, and sustainable growth is key to African Impact, and you can see that focus first hand in the project, from teaching english to preschool age children in the creches, to weeding the community gardens, to teaching an adult literacy class.

The days were split into mornings, lunch break, and afternoons, then dinner, with free and social evenings. On this project, my mornings were either spent teaching basic english lessons/playing in creches or teaching primary school children HIV/AIDS education. The afternoons were varied, depending on the time of year and the current needs of the community. One day we refurbished a playground, made beds another, gardened another, or did games and activities at after school club.

The staff were approachable and open to all ideas, and if you had specific talents or ideas, the staff utilized them to the best of their abilities.

My advice is to go in open minded, and to try everything you possibly can! I honestly had the most amazing time, and can say my experience in St. Lucia affected both my academic and professional aspirations.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

T.I.A

I found this experience really an eye-opening experience, even though I travelled a lot already. Everyone has been so amazing here. Right from the beginning we had huge laughs which made me feel really comfortable with the persons who surrounded me. Normally I feel homesick real quick but I didn't had that experience. Thanks so much to the staff from St Lucia. I could call it my home for 6 weeks.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    7

  • Social Life

    10

Amazing time with amazing people!

The work African Impact is doing is so amazing! The community is very grateful what makes it even better. The staff members are so sweet and do everything to make your time useful and fun! Met some nice people.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

My experience

The experience was absolutely outstanding and it was nice to bond no juts with the volunteers but also with the staff - true sisters.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Safe and sound in my one away from home

This is by far one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. I bonded with my fellow volunteers and the community and i would highly recommend this trip to anyone who loves to travel and wants to make a difference.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

My 3 weeks in Zululand

I loved my three weeks with African Impact. It really felt like a family and the impact on the communities is so large and so positive.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    7

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    9

What a wonderful adventure

I have had the most amazing two weeks here with African Impact. The people I have met will keep in contact with for the rest of my life. The food was to die for, and the projects were so incredibly rewarding.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Enjoyed

Enjoyed the majority of the projects, the other volunteers and staff were amazing - I have made some really good friends.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Amazing time I will never forget!

Volunteering for African Impact was my first time volunteering abroad. I didn't know what to expect. I was really nervous about traveling alone. Once I was picked up from the airport all my nerves where gone. The first day you get all the information you need. Communication with the staff was really good. When I was on project I got even more excited. I signed up for Community projects. I helped at creche, after school club, reading club, support group and more. I have had such an amazing time being here! I definitely want to do this again!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Impact

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

My week in St Lucia

An amazing experience to see more AI projects. Good to see the differences. Would love to see more AI projects in the future.

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