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Events Management Work Experience in South Africa

This Work Experience Programme allows interns to gain experience in all aspects of planning and running events, from budgeting and marketing to team management. If you want...

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Community Outreach & HIV Awareness, South Africa

Help us to provide education, social and health support and alleviate poverty in the beautiful township of Knysna. Through projects aimed at empowering locals we encourage...

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Garden Route Conservation Experience, South Africa

This program provides a practical conservation experience covering the key topics of basic ecology and biodiversity in one of the most attractive parts of South Africa- the...

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Sports Coaching & Community Outreach Volunteering in Africa

You will help local children to develop their love of sport. We feel that sports is not only important for keeping children active and healthy; but can also be an excellent...

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Pre-School Teaching & School Enrichment in South Africa

Volunteer as a preschool teacher in South Africa, and take part in school enrichment programs. Volunteer teachers work with children ages six months to six years. They help...

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Criminology Work Experience in South Africa

This Work Experience Program covers various aspects of the exciting field of criminology. Interns will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in some or all...

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Edge of Africa Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

What an amazing experience!

I spent 5 weeks with Edge of Africa and it was one of the best trips of my life! The community outreach programme let's you educate and support local people which is amazing. I lucky enough to do a lot of community projects like building a greenhouse from scratch with plastic bottles and wood, I taught young adults about HIV awareness, I got to spend time with elderly people playing bingo and other games to entertain them. I enjoyed every single one of them and I wouldn't have changed any!

Program: Community Outreach & HIV Awareness, South Africa

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Empower. Restore. Volunteer. Repeat.

"Empower. Restore. Volunteer." These three words encapsulate what the experience of volunteering can do, not only for yourself, but for an entire community. I would actually add an extra word, "Repeat", as this experience left me wanting to do even more volunteer work for EDGE and other organisations.

Now that I have graduated from the University of Chester with a degree in Events Management I look back at my past 3 years and my five week placement with EDGE of AFRICA stands out a million miles from anything else I participated in during my time at University, and further to say anything I had done in my life!

The Events Management programme with EDGE allowed myself to use the skills and knowledge I had acquired at University and put them into practice. Working as part of a team and on my own initiative allowed me to develop these skills in a place where I was completely out of my comfort zone, however the rewards pay off in the end. During my time with EDGE I got to help organise and execute two events, a school talent show in the Knysna town centre and an Eco-day at Judah Square to help raise awareness to local businesses and travelers that they are very welcome to come see how the Rastafarian's live, check out their backpackers place to stay and also help out with their Eco-trail conservation project.

Event design/development, team building, marketing, promoting, funding, negotiating skills, communication and many other excellent skills are part of what is required and needless to say they certainly helped build my confidence in these roles.

I could not fault my experience with EDGE at all and the staff were very helpful and welcoming, within 24 hours I felt like I was at home! I hope that one day I can return to do another project, but for now, I would highly recommend EDGE to anyone who wishes to volunteer overseas. Make the most out of your experience and even take the time to do a bit of travelling afterwards as I ended up going to Cape Town for a week with some friends which was again another experience I will never forget.

Empower. Restore. Volunteer. Repeat. Forever.

Program: Events Management Work Experience in South Africa