2010 World Cup expected to drive volunteer vacation popularity

South Africa’s travel sector expects this year’s FIFA World Cup will bring an estimated 500,000 soccer fans and tourists into the country with many visitors extending their stay with visits to different cities and safaris adventures.

The hope is that South Africa will capitalize on this enormous influx of visitors, and encourage them to give something back to the communities they visit. Rhino Africa, a South African-based company that specializes in South and East Africa safari travel to destinations such as South Africa’s Kruger National Park, will also be promoting the voluntourism concept to its thousands of clients this year.

Rhino Africa will run its Challenge4ACause initiative for the second time this year, where adventure tourists will pay R15, 000 to take part in a cycle ride through Namibia. Each cyclist is also expected to raise a minimum of R15, 000 in sponsorship, which is donated to Save the Rhino Trust.
Rhino Africa notes that voluntourism has the potential of helping Africa greatly and those travellers who offered the opportunity, are enthusiastic to support a deserving cause.

“It’s important to get our hands dirty and I see voluntourism and responsible travel as the future of tourism to Africa,” said Anton de Wit, Reservations Head of Rhino Africa. “It will appeal to the CEOs of companies, to travelers who have been to Africa before and were captivated by its magic, and to older travelers at the stage of life where they feel the need to give back and are in a financial position to do so.”

Globe Aware has been working with communities in Africa for years, helping develop village infrastructure, educational projects and many other worthwhile causes, including the building of school blocks for kindergartners, instruction, or improvement of washrooms and facilities that the children use in Ho, the capital of the Volta Region, in southeast Ghana, near Mount Adaklu.

Globe Aware volunteer vacationers have also helped with the construction of wells, water systems, libraries and Internet training centers.

Globe Aware is particularly proud of being involved in Orphanage Home Support Projects in Ghana. These projects entail volunteers working to improve the facilities at a local orphanage. Efforts in Ghana have a great deal of support in the local communities, and volunteers will be cherished and appreciated as they help the people of Ho, and of Ghana, on projects that are important to them, and learn to see and experience their culture in a way that few rarely ever do.

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