#TEP2018 – Rearview mirror

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For two weeks in April 2018, a team of four traversed a route not travelled since #TEP2012, from Soweto to Cape Town, re-visiting towns and projects as well as identifying new collaborators.

Read on for project highlights and volunteer Alessia’s personal review!

#TEP2018 Route
From Soweto to Cape Town, passing through Hoedspruit (Panorama Route), Kruger National Park, St Lucia, Hluhluwe National Park, Drakensberg, Coffee Bay, Chintsa, Natures Bay and Oudtshoorn, our volunteers undertook the Coastal Adventure Route and drove an impressive 4481 km overall!

 

Umhkondo Big-5

The team volunteered at the Umhkondo Big-5‘s private game reserve and experienced close-up encounters with South African wildlife such as wild lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinos and leopards.

Partner since #TEP2012

Nourish

A revisit to Nourish was in order. Aiming at community upliftment, social responsibility and environmental education, the team believe in initiating grassroots projects to assist rural communities and urban slums where help is needed most to make a difference.

Partner since #TEP2012

Natures Valley Trust

The volunteers spent a day at Natures Valley Trust learning about the different bird species of the area and their monitoring.
The team at Natures Valley Trust focus on four areas, namely Conservation, Education, Community and Research projects to help shape how people live and interact with the environment towards the contribution to the conservation of the natural world.

Partner since #TEP2013

Cintsa Horses

The team at Cintsa Horses organises trails incorporating the beach and bushes with scenic views above Buccaneers Backpackers at Cintsa looking back toward Morgan Bay and Kei Mouth. Their project is based on “horses working for horses”. They fund, through trails, the rehabilitation of horses in need with the help of the New Hampshire Equine Rehabilitation Centre.

Partner since #TEP2017

Ecolabel

Ecolabel initiates and manages projects within rural KwaZulu Natal, mainly focussing on the basic needs of children, namely those left parentless due to HIV/Aids. When our volunteers visited, they had the chance to play with the children enjoy singing and dancing performances they had prepared for the visit.

Partner since #TEP2012

Protrack Anti Poaching Unit

The Protrack Anti Poaching Unit in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces has as a mission to provide specialist rural security services to protect farms and their animals, as well as animals in the wilderness.

Partner since #TEP2017

“A total life changer”

“When I decided to come to South Africa and do my internship at Nourish, I never thought about travelling during my Easter Holiday. I heard about The EXPEDITION Project and I thought ‘Why not?’. Little did I know how this 16 days of travelling would change my life.
The EXPEDITION Project in 2018 was a 16-day road trip through South Africa. Every day we travelled to different places along the coast. We started in Johannesburg and we ended up in Cape Town. I have seen so many beautiful places – but if I have to name one memorable place, for me, it would be Coffee Bay. Oh, I love the ocean and what I loved the most about Coffee Bay were the waves! They were so high and I could not stop myself from jumping into them. I left a little piece of my heart in that ocean!
I liked how we could also be a part of charities. We planted Moringa trees, we played with kids at a school for kids left parentless, we rode horses on the beach and many more things. It feels great how we could enjoy beautiful moments and support a good cause at the same time. Besides exploring this beautiful country, I’ve met a lot of awesome people during our stay in backpackers and I made some new friendships. We travelled with a small but lovely group of 4 people from different countries; Austria, South Africa, Canada and Belgium and they made this trip complete! There wasn’t one day we didn’t laugh, we’ve had a lot of fun together. The three people I have travelled with have already visited quite a few countries and because this was my first real trip, I enjoyed listening to their stories. They convinced me to travel further and make my dreams come true.I really want to thank the organizations that made this rally possible. You have shown me beautiful places and people and I can say that I really enjoyed this experience! It was not only the best vacation ever, but it changed my life. I know what I want now; travelling and discovering what more the world has to offer.”
Alessia Garlisi
Volunteer
Stay tuned for more details on the #TEP2018 route, projects and activities!
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