Friends of Mutale
Friends of Mutale Programs
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
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...
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...
Friends of Mutale Reviews
A life changing experience
Submitted by sebastian Potts - Worcester England | March 02, 2017
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
Living an adventure in Africa
Submitted by Ladina - University of Edinburgh | February 23, 2017
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!
Experience of a lifetime
Submitted by Erin Kaiser - Grand Rapids United States | February 07, 2017
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.