“You went to Africa…by yourself?”
YASSSSS I did!!!!
But, not really. I did prepare, pack, and fly by myself, but as soon as I landed, I was never “by myself.” When I finally arrived at the airport in Livingstone, Zambia, I was greeted by an IVHQ sign, and a few other volunteers. From then on, I spent nearly every waking moment getting to know these incredible people from all over the world. Sounds like something you’d be interested in? Check out the link below!
Did you? Don’t keep reading until you click it and at least browse a little!!! 🙂
The organization has been going for ten years now. It was started because a guy named Dan Radcliffe wanted to make traveling to foreign countries to volunteer more affordable/safe. While in Zambia, I actually met him, which was super cool. He travels to each location to check up on how the volunteers like that specific program, and he happened to be in Livingstone when I was!
When I wanted to volunteer, it was scary to know what websites to trust to send me to Africa alone, but this one is legit. They have like 35 different countries to choose from, and they’ve sent almost 80,000 volunteers so far. I know a few other people who have used this organization also, and loved it. You don’t have to teach in a school, either. You can help with construction, elderly homes, animal conservation, and more!
People ask me all the time how I got to have such an incredible opportunity, and the truth is, anyone can! I won’t lie, it isn’t cheap. (Cue me needing to write a post about how to survive on a tiny budget…) But it is SO incredibly worth it.
If you have ANY inclination to volunteer abroad, or if you even have a question or two, feel free to contact me! I’d be more than happy to answer any questions. I was very naive (to put it nicely) even on my way there. I legitimately struggled at the airport in South Africa because I didn’t know if going from South Africa to Zambia was international or domestic. (It’s international, by the way. South Africa is a country, not a region of Africa…..oops.) Point being- it’s okay if you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing! I’ve now gone to Zambia twice, and I still feel like I know very little about international travel. Just go for it. If I did, anyone can.
Here’s that fancy link one more time… 🙂
We only get 100 (tops) years, people. We gotta make the most of ’em.