“You went to Africa…by yourself?”

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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!

volunteerhq.org

Did you? Don’t keep reading until you click it and at least browse a little!!! 🙂

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Why IVHQ?

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!

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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. 

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Dive In

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… 🙂

volunteerhq.org

We only get 100 (tops) years, people. We gotta make the most of ’em. 

 

 

 

 

17 Comments

  1. kailey

    September 22, 2017 at 11:19 am

    wow. What a cool experience.

    1. Erika

      September 25, 2017 at 10:18 am

      you could do it too! 🙂

  2. Southern & Style

    October 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    This sounds incredible, I love that this group is making it more accessible to us every day folks-I definitely am checking it out!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  3. SometimeSaturday

    October 11, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    So brave of you! I’m glad you had a wonderful time!

  4. Nicole Booz

    October 11, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    This is super cool! My best friend just got back from a volunteer trip to Africa is well. I will have to check with her to see who she went with. If you were to volunteer again, which country would you go to?

    1. Erika

      October 11, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Hey! I will probably go back to Africa, but I also am interested in Bali and Nepal!

  5. Emily

    October 11, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    wow this is awesome! I have friends who have been to Africa but have yet to go myself. Kudos to you for being brave and doing this out of the goodness of your heart- so inspiring!
    -Emily
    https://norepeatsorhesitations.com/2017/10/11/how-to-get-your-stranger-things-fix-while-waiting-for-season-2/

  6. Paige

    October 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    How very cool! What an amazing experience. I have not gone abroad before, but my mom really enjoyed a similar volunteer trip she took to Sierra Leone a few years ago and said it was so eye-opening!

  7. Christine Anne

    October 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    This sounds like such an amazing experience! I would love to volunteer somewhere.

  8. The Southern Thing

    October 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    What an awesome experience! Those animals are so precious!

  9. Alix Maza

    October 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    OMG this looks like so much fun!

  10. Sydney Power

    October 13, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Awe, such a beautiful photos! I’m sure that you had fun experience with them!

  11. Tori Dunlap

    October 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Absolutely love that you had this incredible opportunity! Definitely something you’ll remember for the rest of your life!
    Tori || Victori Media
    https://www.victorimedia.com

  12. Taylor

    October 16, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I love reading peoples travels so inspiring and to volunteer even better! Looks amazing!

    http://www.seauxtailored.com

  13. Silvia

    October 18, 2017 at 9:46 am

    This is absolutely incredible! Glad to hear about your experience!

  14. Elly

    October 20, 2017 at 4:53 am

    lol at this title. But the trip sounds amazing and visiting an African country is so high on my bucket list!

  15. Rachel

    October 20, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Thus sounds like it was a life changing experience in the best way possible! So amazing that you did this solo!

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