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Volunteer in Africa

Volunteering in Africa is a new trend that is rising in the world. Many people are looking to Africa and find ways to help the local communities. Volunteering in Africa provides a host of new opportunities and challenges to whomever who wants to volunteer abroad. Africa is the second largest continent in the world. Second to Asia, it has a billion people with a diverse set of cultures. There are over 1000 languages spoken from Kiswahili to Arabic. Sudan is the largest country while Seychelles is the smallest.  The main official languages spoken are English, French and Spanish. There are also two main religions which are, Christianity and Islam, although there are many more traditional religions or folk religions. The African continent lies on the equator, making most of the countries in Africa being tropical. The main seasons in Africa are mainly summer and autumn. The rainy seasons are mainly in June to July and November and December. During the rainy seasons there could be flooding which occurs in areas near rivers and lakes. Other than that it’s usually sunny all throughout the year. Except from the southern African countries, where they experience winter in the middle of the year.  The African Geography is also unique with the highest point being in Mount Kilimanjaro, the second largest mountain in the world, while the lowest points lie in the Rift valley in Kenya. The largest desert in the world lies is the Kalahari Desert which cuts across several countries. The longest river lies in Egypt, River Nile. All these make volunteering in Africa to be a unique and a beautiful experience.

 

Volunteer programs and projects

 

Despite the rich beauty and the bountiful resources that are available in Africa, there are a number of problems that continue to plague the continent. One of the main problems that Africa has is unstable governments and human rights abuse which are seen in a couple of countries. For example in the democratic republic of Congo, it is referred to as the rape capital whereby 1 in 5 women have been raped. But in the stable democratic countries in Africa, they have unique volunteer programs and projects available for whoever wants to volunteer. Depending on the country you go to you will find a project where you can be useful. The programs and projects include: orphanage work, teaching kids in primary and secondary school; teaching English as a second language; Health/ Medical work; HIV/AIDS work; community development work; care for the disabled work; conservation work, working with wildlife; teaching basic computer skills; teaching sports; work on marine conservation projects and preserving habitats; help build homes. The opportunities are all different in the countries, like teaching English in Kenya is very different from teaching English in Ghana. The programs prices differ greatly depending on the living standards and the volunteer travel company you use.

 

 

Wildlife and tourism

 

There are over 50 million tourists who visit Africa to see the beautiful landscape and the wild animals. The most popular places visited are the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the azure waters in Mauritius, Cape Town in South Africa and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. In Africa there is the largest diversity of animals and plants. It the best continent to tour if you are looking at adventure tours.  The best time to come to Africa is between Julys to December but unfortunately it is the high season. Africa boasts the great wildebeest migration where they move from Kenya and go to Tanzania across the Mara. Africa is the host of the big five animals which are lions, buffalos, elephants, rhino and leopards. For bird lovers, there are ornithological tours which you get to see a great number of species and variety found in certain areas. There are a great number of beaches available to those who prefer lying on the coast.  The tour prices range between the travel agent you are using and the season in which you choose to travel.

 

 

African Culture

 

When you really want to visit and experience Africa then you should see the African culture. With over 1 billion people; 3000 tribes with the Bantu being the largest; 1000 languages, and 1000 folk religions.  Africa is said to be the cradle of mankind with most of the early man being found here. And with the oldest civilization being Egypt, there are many unique and beautiful cultures in Africa to see from sharing a meal in Morocco with a family and doing chores in an orphanage in South Africa. Most African cultures are welcoming and love seeing new people. There are many cultures and tribes which vary from each other across the continent. For example the Zulu are the largest tribe in South Africa; Luhya is the second largest tribe in Kenya. These two differ greatly not only in language but in how they do most of the things but they also share some common habits.

 

Zablon Mukuba is the Director of Volunteer Capital Centre the leading provider of quality and affordable volunteer abroad work programs and opportunities in third world countries visit http://www.volunteercapitalcentre.org and http://www.volunteercapitalcentre.blogspot.com

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Safaris in Africa

Safari has become more and more popular for travellers who love adventure. Since African heartland was discovered by David Livingstone in the mid 1800s, travellers have been fascinated by its romance of nature’s wilderness, which used to be the realm of only the rich and the brave. Nowadays, with so many choices available, you can consider a wide range of things when planning a safari.

 

Where to go.

 

First and foremost you should consider where you want to go on safari. Every location offers a different experience, so it’s worth researching the wildlife, climate, safari style and accommodation available in each destination.

 

African safaris.

 

Africa is the most popular destination for safaris and is home to some of the world’s most spectacular natural scenery and wildlife. Safari goers can witness the ‘Big Five’ in their natural environment, as well as hundreds of other rare and exotic species, including cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes and hippopotamuses. Although tourism remains a threat to the continent’s ecosystems, Africa retains its allure and mystery, and is one of the few remaining places in the world where travellers can witness exotic animals in their natural habitat.

 

Of course, not all African safaris are the same. Some locations, such as South Africa, lend themselves best to first-time safari visitors, while more seasoned safari enthusiasts may seek more challenging experiences and rarer species elsewhere. Accommodation and services can also vary wildly, with countries such as Botswana being renowned for their luxury lodges, which are sold at premium prices. Package deals and self-drive safaris can offer much more affordable options, so it’s important to consider what kind of experience you are looking for.

 

Top destination.

 

Tanzania.

 

Tanzania gets only 20% of the number of safari tourists that visit neighbouring Kenya, allowing it to offer a much more natural safari experience. Amazingly, Tanzania is home to three of Africa’s top five natural wonders; Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, which combine to provide a stunning backdrop for safari travel. Lake Tanganyika offers a further attraction and its wildlife-rich waters constitute over a third of all fresh water on the planet.

 

Alternative safari destinations For those seeking something a little different from the classic African savannah safari, there are a number of exciting alternatives:

 

Mountain gorilla safari in Uganda – trek through dense jungle to witness imposing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Chitwan National Park safari in Nepal – explore the Ganges river plain where one quarter of the world’s endangered Asian rhinos live, alongside tigers, otters, crocodiles and a myriad of birdlife.
Polar bear safari in Canada – traverse frozen tundra landscapes to spot polar bears, arctic foxes and snowy owls

 

When to go.

 

Deciding when you go on safari is another important consideration. Many locations offer seasonal highlights that can make your safari truly unforgettable. In Tanzania, for instance, the ‘Great Migration’ takes place on the Serengeti between December and January, when swarming herds provide a sensational wildlife spectacle. Another highlight is the calving season in February, when safari goers have the opportunity to watch excitable lion cubs stalking their prey.

 

You should also research seasonal and climactic variations in your chosen safari location. In Africa the best time for a safari is during the dry season, when animals congregate around water holes, improving your chances of a successful safari. The lack of vegetation also makes the animals easier to spot. In East Africa the dry season takes place in January-March and July-October, while in the south of the continent it occurs in May-October.

 

Before you go.

 

The most important thing to do before you go on safari is to research your chosen destination and find out exactly what you’ll need to enjoy your wildlife adventure. In terms of clothing, you should bring outfits that let you blend into nature as much as possible; greens, browns and khakis are best. Depending on the climate you may also need to buy waterproof or lightweight clothes, to cope with both unsettled and hot weather. Other essentials would include a camera, binoculars and insect repellent, but your packing list will depend heavily on your chosen safari location.

 

More info http://www.i-volunteerabroad.co.uk/destinations/tanzania/tanzania-wildlife-safari/

 

Kate

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Umbrella thorn acacia tree (Vachellia tortilis) at sunrise in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, East Africa
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Umbrella thorn acacia tree (Vachellia tortilis) at sunrise in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, East Africa

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Cairo “Twin towers”.
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Cairo Nile city towers from Al Zamalek area just a few minutes after sunset.

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CHENINI
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Image by titoalfredo
Enclavado en la ladera de una cadena montañosa, Chenini, que data del siglo XI, se descubre majestuosa, protegida por antiguas fortificaciones y por agrestes rocas. Se trata de un conjunto de viviendas excavadas dentro de las rocas en diferentes niveles y tiene su origen en la formación de un antiguo ksar.

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Apartheid in South Africa

Apartheid literally translates as “apartness” from Afrikaans. Apartheid was a system of racial segregation that was enforced in South Africa from 1948 to 1994.

Racial segregation and the dominance of whites had been traditionally accepted in South Africa prior to 1948, but the general election of that year, Daniel F. Malan officially included the policy of apartheid in the Afrikaner Nationalist party platform, bringing his party to power for the first time. Although most white acquiesced in the policy, there was bitter and sometimes bloody dissension over the degree and stringency of its implementation.

Under apartheid, people were legally classified into a racial group – the main one being White, Black, Indian and Coloured – and were geographically, and forcibly, separated from each other on the basis of the legal classification. The purpose of apartheid was separation of the races, not only of whites from nonwhites, but also of nonwhites from each other, and, among the Africans (called Bantu in South Africa), of one group from another. In addition to the Africans, who represent about 75% of the total population, those regarded as nonwhites include those people known in the country as Coloured (people of mixed black, Malayan, and white descent) and Asian (mainly of Indian ancestry) populations.

The Group Areas Act of 1950 established residential and business sectors in urban areas for each “race” and strengthened the existing “pass” laws, which required nonwhites to carry identification papers. Other laws forbade most social contacts between those of European descent and others, authorised segregated public facilities established educational standards, restricted each group to certain types of jobs, curtailed non-white labour unions, denied non-white participation in the national government, and established various black African “homelands”, partly self-governing units that were nevertheless politically and economically dependent on South Africa.

The Black majority, in particular, legally became citizens of particular “homelands” that were nominally sovereign nations but operated more akin to United States Indian Reservations and Australian/Canadian Aboriginal Reserves. In reality however, a majority of Black South Africans never resided in these “homelands”. In practise, this prevented non-white people – even if actually resident in white South Africa – from having a vote or influence, restricting their rights to faraway homelands that they may never have visited. Education, medical care, and other public services were sometimes claimed to be separate but equal, but those available to non-white people were generally inferior.

The end of apartheid started in 1993 when a draft constitution was published , which guaranteed freedom of speech and religion, access to adequate housing and numerous other benefits, and explicitly prohibiting discrimination on almost any ground. Midnight on 26-27 April 1994 the old flag, which represented an all white nation, was lowered. The old national anthem was sung, followed by the raising of the “rainbow flag” and the singing of the other co-official anthem. Since then the day is celebrated as a public holiday in South Africa known as Freedom Day.

Apartheid was a reality for many South Africans!

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The Mother Land Africa

There has been a lot going on in Africa lately and not too much have been good. Killings and the raping of the black woman it all seems so insane. But yet little has been done as far as support for the mother land. And to me the big question is why? As we look at this world today we see so many countries in turmoil and most of them because of internal civil war but some are having a little help from out side sources. And it all boils down to resources one faction wants to control it and not share in the wealth. Just like in Africa, a place rich in resources as well as beauty and wonder.

The mother land of life an all its wonder as we know of it. The epic center of all wonders a fantasy as well as true joy of the heart. But why is there so little help for Africa. Well manly because just that it is Africa. As history has showed us any time there is a problem over in Africa it must be dealt with by us! We must step up and give support to our home of origin. To make the world take notice of what is going on and then finally, maybe the world will step in and say hey we can’t stand by and watch this happen we must do something!

And then that something starts out to look like a very good thing.

You hear about it on the local news stations for a while maybe a week and then it dies. And just like the news stories the effort dies and you hear nothing else. But only the independent news stations show you what really is happening there! Because when the next tragedy happens over there and the independent stations have been telling us about it for weeks. Finally the local

News will show or are allowed to show something about it that again last for maybe a week and then you hear nothing about it again.

And if you want to know the real truth, check out your independent news stations for all real news. Now if what is happening over in Africa was going on any where else in the world it would be treated as a world disaster and you would here about it everyday and see all the countries of the world getting together to do something about it. But because it is Africa the same old routine is being put into place and will not change until we make it change! This change must come from the United States of America. Because we are the standard of this big ball or wax. When we get involved the other countries take notice and say well we can not just let them take all the glory!

And that’s when things start to happen for the good and changes start to happen. But it is just that it takes the USA so much time to decide to get involved that usually when they do it has gotten so bad that it calls for a major move to calm down the turmoil! Why! It is not like we don’t see what is happening why does it always take a major disaster or tragedies to get us to do what is right. Why!

As I sit here at 5:46am writing this I can’t help but to wonder who will be reading this after I submit it and if it will get anyone’s attention to move them to action for the cause of Africa to stop the tragedies?

This article is a product of Robert Richardson

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Herds of animals in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, East Africa
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Herds of animals in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, East Africa

The Paradise
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The beach in front of the Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA) headquarters.

@ Lakka, Western Area Peninsula, Sierra Leone, Africa.

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Ponte Tower, Hillbrow Johannesburg
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simien mountains ethiopia
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Prehistoric Rock Paintings
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These prehistoric rock paintings are in Manda Guéli Cave in the Ennedi Mountains, Chad, Central Africa. Camels have been painted over earlier images of cattle, perhaps reflecting climatic changes.

My island, my cloud, my life – Meine Insel, meine Wolke, mein Leben
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Image by Daniela Hartmann (alles-schlumpf)
© Daniela Hartmann, flickr.com

Das Leben ist nur ein Traum,
wenn man aufhört zu träumen,
hört man auch auf zu leben.

Ein einsamer Junge sitzt auf einer Sandbank.
Es schaut ein bisschen aus als wäre er dort verloren gegangen und jenseits aller Zivilisation, aber der Eindruck täuscht. Es ist nicht weit zum Strand. Einfach paradiesisch!
Aufgenommen in Kenia, von einem Boot aus.

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Life is just a dream,
if we stop with dreaming,
then at the same time
we stop to live.

A lonely boy is sitting on a sandbank. It looks like that he is far away from civilization but that is not right. It is not far away from the beach.
Just paradise!
Photographed in Kenya.


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