Wine = Cheese = happiness!

Wine Tasting in the Winelands

Our Volunteer Road Trips aim to incorporate volunteering at indepdent, community run projects, adventure activities, cultural experiences and location specific activities. All this while 4x4ing off the beaten track in rural South Africa.

In order to put our itineraries together, we explore the areas we want to take you to. We don’t include anything we haven’t tried, whether thats volunteering at a project or taking part in activity.

Our Director, Lottie Reeves recently tested out a Wine Tasting tour to add in to the upcoming Western Cape Volunteer Road Trips. Find out more about her experience, and what you can expect if you join us, here. Continue reading

Landy + Sunset = Perfect Road Trip

Who Doesn’t Love a Road Trip?

Driving through a hot and humid Durban, what started off as a meaningless conversation about what we wanted to do in our own lives led to a series of questions;

“What if someone wanted to spend their vacation doing good, not just lying on a beach?” “And if they wanted to see more of a country than being limited to one place while volunteering?” “How about if they were able to spend their free time doing awesome activities?” “Or getting involved in the communities?”

Global Handprints’ Volunteer Road Trips were born. I mean, who doesn’t love a road trip? And what better way to improve an old classic but to add volunteering in to the mix. Continue reading

Six Reasons Why You Should Volunteer Abroad

With continued controversy over volunteering; whether it does more harm or good to communities and the idea that it is a selfish action, it’s easy to forget the that volunteering (when done right) can be highly beneficial. Often getting lost, when focussing on what communities are gaining from the experience, these points primarily relate to the personal and professional benefits to the volunteer.

As part of a mini series of posts about choosing a volunteering placement, Steph from the Worldly Adventurer travel blog has identified 6 reasons why you should volunteer.

“Travelling, whether it’s a three months or two years trip abroad, has become a popular approach to taking a holiday. And while spending your time moving between cities, carting your weighty backpack with you as you go, is a great way to encounter new countries and spectacular locations, volunteering in one place for a few months can equally satiate your appetite for adventure. Not only this, but it can completely change your perspective on your job, your life and leave you with the most incredible memories that no other form of travel can rival.”

Click here to read the full article, originally appearing on Worldly Adventurer’s travel blog. Following @worldlyadventur on social media will keep you up to date with all her news and travel musings.

The rise of the ‘Voluntourism’ package

“Today, people around the world are looking for ways to make their travel and holidays more meaningful. Gone are the days where people want to return home with a suntan, local crafts and the need to up their exercise regime to burn off the results of an all-inclusive resort.

We want to return home knowing we have seen and experienced somewhere new to us, to it’s fullest extent; that we have infiltrated somewhere as more than a tourist and also left our mark on a little piece of the world.”

To read more, click here to go to the original article written by our Director, Lottie Reeves for Above and Beyond’s travel blog.