Edge of Africa
95% Rating
(11 Reviews)

Edge of Africa

EDGE of AFRICA is committed to ethical volunteering and responsible traveling, providing volunteer and internship placements in Africa for gap years, career breaks, university internships, school groups and corporate team building projects. EDGE of AFRICA is all about EMPOWERING communities; INSPIRING conservation; and RESTORING biodiversity.

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Someone
Female
24 years old
Malaysia

Great

9/10

Good experience and you can see the impact you make which makes this a very rewarding experience with great guidance and company.
The other volunteers were great as were all the teachers, guides and other people we met doing our various projects.
Working with the little ones at the preschools gave me a very rewarding feeling. Working at the elephant sanctuary was hard work physically but seeing these animals up close and observing their behaviours was fascinating.

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Gelyn
Female
32 years old
Manila, Philippines
Other

Unforgettable!

10/10

Ive never met such a helpful staff from day one of inquiry up to my last day of volunteer. I only stayed for a good 2 weeks (allowable time off from my job). The staff was just a delight! Ive never felt so at home. We stayed in a volunteer house, which was occupied then by 3 Germans, 1 Australian and Me - A Filipino. Interacting with different cultures in the house was such a great experience. I signed up for community outreach and I would say I miss the kids and the people everyday up to this date. The immersion was more than I expected.
As for safety, the staff makes sure you get to your placement and back to the house as safe as possible!
Free time was never a dull moment too. Free time was spent with my housemates - biking around the moutains, going to the beach, eating out or just watching dvds.
This has been such a memorable experience! Its totally worth it!

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Shawnigan
Female
57 years old
Vancouver Island
Other

Group experience was wonderful

10/10

Experienced with other international volunteer global service initiatives, I was hesitant about using a company that I did not know to facilitate our South African group experience. I found Edge of Africa online, and the testimonies of others caught my attention. I contacted locals in the Knysna area whom I knew, and I asked about the company, and only good things were said about Edge of Africa.

Our school's Global Service Leadership program is called E.D.G.E. (Engagement, Development, Gratitude and Experience), so I must admit I was hoping that the company would serve us well. I had no need to hesitate. My queries were treated professionally, honestly and promptly.

Not only was the communication good before we arrived, but our experience was positive from the time we were gently picked up from the airport after our 30 hour journey, to our tearful good byes when we were returned to the airport at the end of our stay.

The program was varied yet meaningful everyday. There were opportunities for change when it seemed advantageous and we were treated as family - with humour, respect and caring. Our students benefited from taking responsibility to teach young children about the environment, to have fun with local children and one another in working and playful experiences.

Our students were also given the opportunity to visit and work on a local game reserve (arriving with the new lions roaring not far from our tents was exciting, and getting to know the elephants by name and scent was heart-warming). The entire experience was fantastic - nothing was unpleasant, even the soaking rain and mud and hard physical work on the reserve; it made wonderful memories.

I have no hesitation in recommending Edge of Africa as an outstanding company with which to work, and they facilitate an excellent volunteering experience in South Africa.

This is the online blog written by our students, which accompanies photos we took in Knysna, on the reserve and our visit to Cape Town: http://2011edgesouthafrica.wordpress.com/

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Mike
Male
24 years old
Chester, England
University of Chester

By far, the best 2 months of my life.

10/10

I had no idea what to expect when going to South Africa, it was the most I've ever been out of my comfort zone. When I got there, it was unlike anywhere I'd ever been in a brilliant way. The work I did out there was the most fun I'll probably ever have in my life, working with the kids, on the nature trail and the events we staged were all as excellent as each other.

We staged an information awareness event, a football competition and a talent show. They were all a great success and were so much fun to organise.

The social aspect was awesome, the clubs, the safaris and especially the Bungee Jump.

I can never thank Edge of Africa and their staff enough for what was the best 2 months of my life.

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AnnaBaker
Female
24 years old
Chester, UK
University of Chester

Unforgettable!!

9/10

My experience in Knysna, South Africa was absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!!

I was on the Sport Development programme as it related to my degree course. I went to the after schools clubs and youth centres and helped out in some of the sport sessions. I helped coach some teenagers living in the townships volleyball. The most rewarding aspects of this programme was volunteering at MAD (Mad about art) centre who worked with TackleAfrica. This programme was about educating and informing the kids about HIV/AIDS through the game of football. First thing I thought was how on earth are they going to do that??!! But it was brilliant. The kids listened, learned and had great fun. I loved being part of that.

I also volunteered in a pre school in the townships. I was very nervous about this part as I did not have much experience working with children of that age and this it was not related to sport. However this experience was incredible. The ladies who worked at the pre school were amazing people who worked so hard and the children were so lovely. I taught them how to count to 10 in English and I also taught them to Hoaky Coaky which was loads of fun!!

The volunteer house is great as well. Really good friendly atmosphere, always clean. Sometimes a little squished as there was like 20 volunteers there at one time but it just added to the fun of it.

I WOULD WELL AND TRULY RECOMMEND EDGE OF AFRICA TO ANYONE!!!

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