Hippo Cruise & Jabula Beach

Hippo Cruise & Jabula Beach

Our first non-volunteer day had an exciting sunset cruise. We were going to be cruising along a nearby river, in an area that’s known as a hot-spot for hippos, and we were also going to be cruising in costume!

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SA Volunteering Day V & VI – Conservation

SA Volunteering Day V & VI – Conservation

While it felt implausible that my trip could possibly get any better, I had two more thrilling days of volunteer work ahead. One of those days included fulfilling one of my other lifelong dreams – seeing cheetahs up close and personal.

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SA Volunteering Day III & IV –Education… & First African Safari!

SA Volunteering Day III & IV –Education… & First African Safari!

Thanks to the group I was divided into, my volunteer days just kept getting better. My third and fourth days included interacting with kids at the elementary school and at a nearby daycare. Plus, we had our first of three safari experiences, and you can’t beat that!

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SA Volunteering Day I & II – Construction

SA Volunteering Day I & II – Construction

In a strange way, the only thing more daunting than facing a 12 1/2 hour flight followed by an 8 1/2 hour flight was finally fulfilling a lifelong dream. Don’t get me wrong – I was beyond excited – but there was something almost scary about taking a chance on a dream destination with the potential of it not living up to my expectations. In the end, though, South Africa surpassed them all.

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South Africa & Swaziland, 2014 – An Intro

South Africa & Swaziland, 2014 – An Intro

Welcome to the first post about one of my favorite, most life-changing trips I have ever taken (and likely ever will). My full feelings about this trip are full of clichés, but overall it can be summed up with a simple Avicii lyric – all this time I was finding myself and I didn’t know I was lost.

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