Volunteers needed to help with a social uplifting agricultural project in South Africa

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Are you sick and tired of the hustle and bustle of the city life or the repetition of your daily routined lifestyle? Do you want to take a drastic break and embark on an adventure that could also leave behind meaningful footprints?

    Then you might fit in very well with our project! :)

    We are working on an upliftment project in the Richtersveld, a remote area in South Africa, which is generally underrated in the volunteering community and therefore never receives the attention it needs.

    The current focus is on agriculture, employment and property renovation part of the project, but in 2019 we will also add a tourism component.

    We could offer you free accommodation and meals, if you help us with one or more of the following:

    gardening
    plumbing
    renovation
    building
    painting
    tiling
    mechanical skills
    electrical skills
    farming/agricultural sector
    carpentry
    photography/videography
    administration
    website building
    graphic design
    social media marketing
    business strategy
    knowledge of raising funds for social upliftment

    If you take some time off your schedule to help us, we will make an effort to make your stay a memorable one!

    The area where we are situated in is beautiful in its own unique way. Not only does it offer tranquility, sunshine, plenty of natural habitat and interesting cultural aspects, it is also situated close to the Namibian border and next to the Orange River, which means that trips to view the wild oryx wandering around in Oranjemund could be organised, sports such as fishing, kayaking and hiking could be enjoyed, trips to the ocean and the nature park nearby could be arranged and we will also organise a few social events to make you feel at home.

    We need helping hands from as early as January 2019, so if this sounds like something you would like to add to your 2019 bucket list, please inbox me for more details.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    In return for your help, we will offer accommodation, meals and an unforgettable experience exploring a road less traveled.

    The Richtersveld is a lovely area. There is a lot of natural scenes to see with oryx groups grazing on the river bed. We go fishing on weekends and the peace and quiet of the area is unimaginable. We have recently opened a farm stall on the farm where groceries/necessities can be purchased, but lifts to nearby towns could also be arranged. If there is time, we will also show them around so that they could explore the natural beauty that the Richtersveld and its surroundings has to offer.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for someone with experience in the field of mechanical engineering to help us with repairing farm implements, water pumps, irrigation pivots and other mechanical systems.

    We are also looking for people with experience in renovations to help us renovate the houses and buildings on the farm. This could entail anything from building to tiling to painting to repairing cupboards to removing old carpets - anything that will add value to the properties.

    We will also need help with the tourism component which we will add from early 2019. Renovators, builders, practical people and gardeners will be of great help here, but we would also appreciate help with photography/videography, website design, social media marketing and anything else that you think could add value to an existing campsite with chalets which requires an urgent makeover.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Afrikaans, German

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have various rooms available in a furnished farm house where the volunteers could stay. We could accommodate couples and singles as there is sufficient living space on the farm.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Workaway volunteers helping to build wind shelters at camp site
Beautiful wind shelters built by our very first Workaway volunteers all the way from Germany.
Sometimes the help needed is as simple as changing bulbs.
Before the gardening can start we first have to get rid of the dead trees
So much renovation work to do, so little time. There are just never enough practical hands to help!
With water we can create an oasis in the almost dessert landscape
We believe in a work hard, play hard philosophy, so there is always time on a weekend for some fishing.
The dogs love the Richtersveld as much as we do!
When the sun sets in the Richtersveld...
The lane of trees alongside the river mark the border between South Africa and Namibia.
The ocean is just a stone's throw away from the farm.
Early morning walks in the Richtersveld are the best!



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