I had heard the volunteers giving passionate speeches about the joys of volunteering overseas. The excitement, the adventure, and thrill of it all was enough to peak my attention.
So, out of curiosity, I decided to look into it further and even filled out an application. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would actually be accepted. It was a sign. I was going to do this.
After sending in a deposit for the programme fees did it hit me. I just agreed to travel all the way to South Africa on my own. I had never been travelled that far before, let alone going there by myself. This was huge for me. But I was excited, I was ready for it.
I’ve always been a bit of an adrenaline-junky. Bungy jumping, white water rafting, spelunking, I’ve done it all. I’m always looking for a way to escape my ‘comfort zone’ and live life on the edge. Or in some cases, jump of the edge with an exhilarated scream and swing madly on the rope that is all that’s keeping you from falling into the rushing waters below.
So a trip to South Africa where I will be up close and personal with lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants and more? Hell Yeah.
Not only is this an amazing experience and adventure for me, but going to South Africa will be serving a purpose.
International Student Volunteers (ISV) are dedicated to helping those that need it. And my time in South Africa will not be wasted. We will be building schools and playgrounds to underprivileged children, and monitoring and protecting endangered wildlife. As a natural born philanthropist and animal lover, I was all for it.
South Africa, here I come.