Marcus is our first official volunteer to work on the ground in Swaziland.He travelled out with Lynn at the beginning of May (2011). Lynn spent two weeks helping Marcus to adjust and introducing him to the community - she then left him and returned to the UK! Marcus is due back in the Uk on July 6th having spent a very busy two months getting "stuck in" to various challenges that have come his way!
March/April/May are very busy months - maize needs to be harvested, prepared and dried - it is then taken to the mill and ground to be used to feed our orphans and vulnerable children over the coming months. The vegetable garden also needed weeding/clearing following ploughing and over 2,500 seedlings planting. Marcus' first day saw him heading up the mountain to assist in the maize harvest, closely followed by clearing and planting the vegetable field.
Marcus also played an active role at pre school making a kiddie size basket ball hoop, playing with the children and taking an active role teaching the children. Since Lynn's return Marcus has also been responsible for the pre school administration and has proved an invaluable asset.
Marcus also found himself on the roof of the Home of Hope in the pitch black one night performing emergency repairs on the roof that had been damaged by high winds - fortunately both Marcus and the roof have survived in tip top condition! He has also got stuck into the work required to finish the Home of Hope - most recently painting both the interior and exterior of the property.
We always need people prepared to assist at the pre school and help cook for the feeding programme and in the long December/January summer break to run summer activity sessions.
We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds.
Currently volunteer accommodation does not have electricity or mains water (electricity may be available by next year - watch this space) and toilet facilities are very basic pit latrines. The village/projects are a 45 minute bumpy car journey away from the nearest town but a regular bus service operates from the village/projects to Manzini for a minimal cost. If you have ever camped in the UK this is a similar experience but in the beautiful mountains of the Kingdom of Swaziland sleeping in huts/houses rather than under canvas.
All major airlines operate 2 or more daily flights to Jo'burg, South Africa from where South African Airlink will transport you the extra 40 minute flying time to Swaziland.
Direct flights are offered from Heathrow by Virgin, BA and SAA whilst cheaper options include KLM, Air France, Lufthansa & Emirates with many others also offering indirect routes with only one change.
SA Airlink offer 6 flights a day from as little as £60 each way if booked far enough in advance. Holders of British passports are automatically given three months stay on arrival in South Africa but the maximum stay in Swaziland is 30 days. If you are staying longer a quick drive over the border to either South Africa or Mozambique will provide another 30 days entry - arrangements for this will be facilitated by our project manager in Swaziland.
All volunteers must undergo an enhanced CRB check before being accepted onto the project.
You can't change the world but YOU CAN make a difference and we are confident that working with our wonderful children will make a huge difference in your life which will never be the same again - in the best possible ways.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us in Swaziland please do not hesitate to contact Lynn on 07903 941 565 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you to our ever growing family - you won't regret it!