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Why Poor Schools Need More Volunteers

Schools with poor resources from across the globe rely heavily on government support and the efforts from volunteers and volunteer organisations to provide children with basic education. Volunteering in schools There are many opportunities available in the school system for volunteers and volunteer organisations, with a lot of school programs having only basic requirements in order to volunteer. Whether a volunteer is a high school graduate or a TEFL student,

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5 Tips for Making Friends While Volunteering

Volunteering abroad is not only a great way to experience new cultures but can also be a way to make new friends from across the globe. When you volunteer abroad for the first time, preparing for the culture shock and new environment can be a bit daunting, not to mention the fear of not being able to make friends or understand the rest of the volunteers in your group. And

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Maboneng Township Arts Experience

The Maboneng Township Arts Experience is a public arts festival aimed at turning family homes in townships into art galleries. ‘A place of lights’ Due to the Apartheid legacy of South Africa, townships are sometimes associated with a dark place. A place of poverty and destitution. But the Mobeneng Township Arts Experience is giving people a unique view of the creative exuberance and thriving entrepreneurship that is born and cultivated

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The Amy Biehl Foundation Gala Dinner

The 25th of August marked twenty one years since the death of Amy Biehl and the Amy Biehl Foundation has been instrumental in changing so many young lives and continue to do so daily. Together changing children’s lives The Amy Biehl Foundation is a non-profit organisation that offers programmes to develop and empower youth living in challenged and vulnerable communities within the Western Cape. The programmes place a focus on the

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Benefits of Having a School in Vrygrond

Schools in impoverished areas are in desperate need of resources and facilities to spark enthusiasm and hope of the possibility of a brighter future. Vrygrond’s history Vrygrond is reputedly one of the oldest informal settlements in the Western Cape, as it was originally created by Trek fisherman who erected informal houses to live near the beach. During the Apartheid era the people of Vrygrond has seen many hardships, and only

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Imizamo Yethu Like You Have Never Seen It Before!

Fashion photography meets African townships with Elle magazine’s New Talent Photographer Award, giving us a view of Imizamo Yethu like we’ve never seen before. Fashion in the Township With the rural conditions of township life being thrown into sharp contrast with the fashion forward and elegantly dressed model, photographer Freddie Child-Villiers has captured the essence of everyday life in Imizamo Yethu – and also bagged the New Talent Photographer Award

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Non-Profits Need More Talent

Time, talent and skills are the main assets of non-profit organisations and volunteer organisations need more people to help their business be a success. Time and talent most valuable asset For non-profits, the time and talents of their volunteers can be seen as their most valuable asset. Not only will it help the organisation with its strategic planning and create human resources to help implement and execute any activities, but

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The Best Video Apps for Your Volunteer Experience

If pictures tell a thousand words, then a video must tell a million. Capture and document your special volunteering memories on video to remember your time in SA. Capturing memories Volunteering with DTR takes you on an amazing journey of self-discovery and you need to capture every moment to be able to show others the friendly South African faces you have met and positively impacted. This means that going home

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Learn These Phrases When Traveling to Cape Town

While English is the majority spoken language in Cape Town, learn a few fun phrases in the local dialect to boast with back home. 11 official languages South Africa has 11 official languages, with even more unofficial languages that are not even listed! While English is the most commonly spoken language in public and business, it is only the fifth most spoken home language with isiZulu being the biggest home language

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5 Tips for Classroom Volunteers

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You don’t need to be qualified as a teacher to volunteer and the following tips will help you make the best impact in the classroom. Dreams To Reality’s Teaching program DTR’s Teaching program is aimed at providing basic education to children from previously disadvantaged communities, helping them learn and achieve a balanced set of life skills necessary to make a success of themselves. Our program provides volunteers from abroad with

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How Can I Contribute Without Donating Money?

Volunteering Facts

Donating isn’t just about money. Your time, effort, blood and remains can all contribute to a bigger cause, making just as big an impact as donating your money. Monetary donations Not everyone is in the position where they can donate money to various causes and charities. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot make a difference in the lives of others. We look at a few ways you can contribute

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The History of Gumboot Dancing

Gumboot dancing is not like traditional African dances with spears and shields, but rather an inspiring dance against the apartheid era and the working-class stigma associated with Wellington Boots. What is gumboot dancing? The gumboot dance, or Isicathulo, as the Zulu’s named the dance, is a dance that is performed in South Africa by dancers wearing wellington boots. In South Africa wellington boots are more commonly called gumboots which can be embellished with bells, so

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