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Trip Highlights
Trip code: BAFS

  • Assist orphaned and vulnerable children and help build safe havens for their growth and development.
  • Go for the Mantenga Cultural Village and get immersed in the Swazi culture.
  • Become a pro-builder and learn innovative ways creating your own construction supplies from the Swazi people.
  • Bring forth your creativity and get to decorating the community structures.
  • Go shop hopping and get your hands on some great Swazi candles and also witness the amazing Ngwenya glasswork.

Tour Details

Get amped up and come share your passion for South Africa’s people, places, and wildlife in The Kingdom of Swaziland. The Scenic Swaziland located between South Africa and Mozambique has huge travel possibilities and is brimming with fun, adventure activities and it all awaits you to put on your traveling pants! The country oozes of royal charms through its strong traditions, vibrant cultural festivals and also the friendly laid back Swazi people. 

Jolting back to reality, HIV is still the biggest stumbling block in the path of Swaziland’s economic development and one of the saddest outcomes of this illness is hundreds and thousands of orphaned and vulnerable kids in the king’s land. We are bidding our best to change this for the better and putting YOU, our driven volunteers in the middle of it. You will be building basic shelters and other physical structures needed at care points to help bring a positive impact and promoting early childhood education in the local community all the while immersing yourself in the beautiful Swazi culture.
 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival at Johannesburg

Touchdown in Swaziland. You will be flying into Tambo Airport, Johannesburg where you will find our GDA’s welcome wagon and our dedicated local staff to greet you, meet you, pick you and transfer you to the Kingdom of Swaziland by roadways through Johannesburg. 

Day 2 - Orientation Session

Waking up fresh, on the African clock you’ll kick off the second day with an informative brief about the country, culture and also how to put your best foot forward and make a strong impact with your volunteer work.
 

Day 3 to Day 5 - Volunteer work starts

These including the other weekdays during your stay in Swaziland will be exclusively spent on building a future with us and helping our cause. You will be spending these days doing the volunteering work and your jobs may vary depending on the building project at hand. Your volunteering responsibilities may include-

  • Cleaning and preparing land for building structures.
  • Digging out building foundations.
  • Making clay bricks.
  • Building entire structures, including roofing.
  • Planting and maintaining gardens to grow nutritious food for children.
  • Painting the structures.
  • Fixing up swings and other play equipment for the children to play with.
     

This same itinerary and tasks will continue for the upcoming 4 weeks as well, on all weekdays.

For the weekends, you can spend time exploring Swaziland or make a quick escape to South Africa as well. Get in touch with the coordinator who can assist you better!
 

Day 29 - Goodbye Swaziland (If you’ve chosen the 4 week option)

Alas, every great adventure draws to an end and so have this. This is your last day in Swaziland and you’ll be moving out of backpacker lodge in Swaziland and catch your flight back home from Johannesburg. Don’t sweat about airport transfer cause we’ll be transporting you back to Johannesburg by roadways, given you leave on the designated departure date.
 

Day 29 - Continue (If you’ve chosen the 4+ week option)

Continue with your volunteering experience in Swaziland and leave a more lasting impact on the local community and the kids!
 

Weekends are free time to explore the beautiful kingdom of Swaziland

  • Don’t just lounge about, Swaziland has lots of amazing adventure activities to offer like Canopy Tours, Mountain Biking, Adventure Caving etc.
  • Explore the unique craft of the local artisans and bulk up on souvenir shopping at the amazing Swazi Candles Craft Market.
  • If you’re an eco-tourism novice, then you’ll surely enjoy the Shewula Mountain Camp and its village walking tours amidst the beautiful natural reserve of Shewula.
  • Revel in the amazing wildlife population of the country and make fun weekends out of amazing game drives through the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Mkhaya Game Reserve etc. 
  • Pump up your adrenaline and get-set-go for a daring hike up the Sibebe Rock, the largest exposed granite dome in the world. 
     

Dates & Cost

Price Includes
  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Info
  • Airport transfer to and fro Tambo Airport Johannesburg and Swaziland on Arrival and Departure Date
  • 24/7 assistance from our in-country support team.
  • Program and country orientation
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Volunteer house
     
Price Excludes
  • International/Domestic Airfare
  • Visa Fees
  • Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost)
  • Local transport and personal expenses
  • Local tours and weekend tours apart from the ones included in the itinerary.
  • Cost of Vaccinations
     

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GDA has a fantastic range of voluntours, adventure tours, internships, work abroad opportunities and responsible traveling options which will surely add a new meaning to your gap year. Pick whatever suits your interests and book your flight tickets for your dream destination. It's time to tickle your wanderlust cells! Calling out all backpackers, gap year students, solo travelers and adventure seekers - it's time that you take the leap and Go, Discover Abroad!

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