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Friends of Mutale Programs

South Africa

Education & Youth Facilitator, Volunteer, South Africa,

This Friends of Mutale programme based in Venda, Limpopo Province South Africa allows volunteers to be directly involved with the local community as volunteers live with

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South Africa

Rivoningo Private School and Outreach Program, South Africa

We are looking for dynamic, independent and adaptable volunteers to help create a sound and productive educational environment at our school and within our outreach programmes. Rivoningo...

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South Africa

World Parks, World Cup, Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

This is a unique opportunity for those volunteers wanting to explore, learn, share, have an adventure, and live in unfenced Big 5 territory. Friends of Mutale, through...

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Friends of Mutale Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

A life changing experience

Do you want a true raw African experience? then Friends of Mutale is for you. It's a laid back program that gives you more control of your time there. You feel like you are a big part of the team that your input is valued and adhered to. my time there over the course of three months was an absolute beast of a roller coaster from bowing down to the chief to cheeky sunny children. It's a beautiful place that you can really get stuck in to the Villages life. You wash your clothes in the river together. You collect water together. You share food and listen to stories. Being in Mutale gives you a sense of purpose, it centres your life in reflecting upon your self. Not only do you see the wonders of rural village life, but you are right next door to the kruger park where you have a incredible safari experience. The main focus is on the children and you are theirs, you are a doorway into a different world of views and knowledge and wisdom. in the end you will probably learn more from them and become a changed person. i would never change a thing about my time there if you are reading this and thinking about going from the bottom of my heart take that leap and do it. you will not regret it. xx

Program: Education & Youth Facilitator, Volunteer, South Africa,

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Living an adventure in Africa

During my gap year between high school and university, I volunteered in Bennde Mutale for four months. It was an amazing time and I would not want to miss it for anything!

With Kruger Park right next door and a stunning bush landscape, a homestay with lovely and very welcoming people - you are in the middle of African life. On weekdays, I was primarily volunteering in the crèche and the after-school program, helping out with teaching, which was a very rewarding experience. The kids, no matter how young, were very eager to learn something new as well as to teach you new things too (such as counting in Venda or their favourite ball games). On weekends, we mostly went out and explored the surrounding regions - Kruger Park (bucket list: tick; AMAZING!), Makuya Park, Phalaborwa, and even a short trip to the amazing scenery of the Drakensberg! Or, just stay in the village for some peaceful hours, enjoying local life, and a delicious braai in the evening.

All in all, I had a very rewarding experience, that I would recommend to anyone looking for some amazing adventure in the African bush with lovely people!

Program: Education & Youth Facilitator, Volunteer, South Africa,

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Experience of a lifetime

Having volunteered with Friends of Mutale a number of times over the course of a few years, I can absolutely say that the experience of volunteering and living in Bennde Mutale is an experience of a lifetime.

Bennde Mutale is the most northeastern village in South Africa, so the remote location without access to "city life" and it's amenities requires complete immersion into the daily life and culture of the Venda people. The Venda are very warm and welcoming - the highlight of my trip may have been the homestay with village elders.

Wait - perhaps the highlight was living next door to Kruger National Park and the weekend get-aways into the bush.

Or, wait...maybe the highlight was working with the children in the village - who so desperately need a quality education and promise of hope.

Tough to choose the highlight of my experience with Friends of Mutale - as the children, culture and weekend activities all qualify as an authentic African experience.

Program: Education & Youth Facilitator, Volunteer, South Africa,