Feed your mind and soul
There’s something invigorating about this point in the Summer that makes you want to shed your skin and start something new, like a snake or a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Perhaps it’s the imminent new academic year and all the fond memories of excitement that brings from a new pencil case and notebook, to meeting new people and learning new things, that makes us think about how we can improve ourselves for the remainder of our time on the planet and tick off items from our Bucket List.
Look no further. We are here to help. How about improving your English – which liberates you to travel more, enjoy more, meet more people and go further in your career…. But combine it with a volunteer programme in South Africa where you can work with animals or within a community?
When you choose to learn English in Cape Town and volunteer you have incredible experiences. Meet Elephants, antelope and big game or a whole host of other creatures great and small on land or go underwater to take part in the marine adventure where sharks, whales and seals await. The meeting of land and sea, the coast, also gives an opportunity for bird lovers to work with seabirds including the African penguins which are also native to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison. You will have chance to handle the birds, prepare food and feed them too and get them ready for release, amongst other duties.
The community projects involve the care of children of all ages; you get to nurture them and use your personal skills and English skills to teach through play and give them attention they so desperately need.
These programmes will test you – and not just your use of English grammar and vocabulary! These will challenge you to see the world and your own
You can also reward yourself at the end of your stay with a 2-day game drive and see Africa’s ‘Big 5’ in unforgettable scenery and sit around the campfire regaling stories of your encounters and sights with other travellers.
If this doesn’t excite you, you can also learn to surf or go hiking in one of the most majestic locations on the planet, with other like-minded travellers, there to pursue their own dreams.
And the best part is that October to March is Summertime in Cape Town so you can also escape the cold winter, and an extra bonus is that it is in the same time zone as mainland Europe, so jetlag is minimised too.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to study English in Cape Town and take a life-changing volunteer programme.