EDGE of AFRICA is an award winning volunteer organisation based in South Africa providing unforgettable experiences for travelers wanting to experience the local culture and wildlife, and make a difference! We are a grass roots organisation offering carefully planned community programs and hands-on conservation programs in the beautiful Garden Route, South Africa's favorite holiday destination.
What we do:
-Focus on empowerment of local communities through education and support – we do not simply hand-out funds and goods, as we do not believe this is a sustainable approach
-Encourage and assist locals to become self-sufficient through skills transfer and business empowerment opportunities
-Work alongside specialists and local leaders to develop meaningful projects that truly benefit the local community
-Keep detailed records of our achievements and continually assess our impact to ensure that we are keeping in line with the our goals
-Provide thorough training and resources for our volunteers to give you the tools you need to help us meet our project goals
-Work with valid conservation and research institutions to develop meaningful environmental projects
-Encourage respect for the natural world through education and by providing opportunities for locals to experience first hand the wonders of nature
-Encourage cultural exchange and ensure that our volunteers gain an understanding of local culture and traditions
What we don't do
-Support captive breeding projects, such as lion breeding projects that have no genuine conservation value and breed animals simply for tourism purposes
-Create meaningless projects simply to attract volunteers. – All of our projects are ethical and sustainable and you can rest assured that your contribution will make a tangible difference to our communities and wildlife
-Drop you off and leave you on a project with no direction. – You will always have the support of our permanent team members who will ensure that you have a clear understanding of our project goals.
-Take advantage of poverty or local communities for profit. – the financial contributions of volunteers directly benefit the local community by funding our ongoing projects; and our volunteers work hand in hand with locals to achieve our project goals.
-Establish projects where the short-term presence of volunteers could be damaging, for example we do not work with vulnerable children (in orphanages or similar situations.)
-Take away jobs from locals. – Our volunteers are not filling paid employment opportunities, they are working alongside local people to provide additional support; and by supporting our organisation you are also enabling us to provide paid employment for local people as part of our core team (e.g. project coordinators, accommodation managers etc.)