GeoVisions Blog

Malawi Asks For Africa Volunteers-"It's more than Madonna"

Posted by Kevin Morgan on Sun, Mar 21, 2010

Volunteer, travel and citizen exchange leaders gathered in Miami last week at the WYSE Work Abroad Conference.  Exciting times with great meetings.  We had new meetings with partners for upcoming new volunteer Conversation Corps partner programs in China and Paraguay, paid internships in Moldova, and paid full-time teaching through Asia and the UAE.  We'll announce new programs as they come on line.

A feature of the meeting was an appearance by Muwa Mutharika, the daughter of the President of Malawi.  She called for volunteers to come to this impoverished nation, which has been in the news mainly because of Madonna's adoption of her Malawian child.  But Ms Mutharika told our gathering that Malawi is much more than being about Madonna.  They need help to train people, to help build infrastrusture, to develop skills.  She also asked the gathering to consider Malawi students to come to other countries as Student Workers and as Au Pairs.

GeoVisions is looking to grow our offerings to Africa in 2010.  We currently have opportunities in Africa -- help artists in Ghana improve their English conversation so they can sell their works, assist in whale shark conservation projects in Mozambique, or work with orphans, street children or animals in South Africa.  Coming soon - programs in Senegal too.


Tags: Teach Abroad, Conversation Corps, South Africa, Volunteering Abroad

Volunteer Abroad in Rural Areas Around Cape Town

Posted by Randy LeGrant on Wed, Nov 25, 2009

Child patient in Capetown.In the rural communities around Cape Town, South Africa, there is an immense lack of medical facilities, staff and resources. Volunteers can make a profound difference in the lives of people living in these surrounding communities of Cape Town.  Both medically trained and not trained may participate with this project.  The mornings are spent helping in the medical facilities and the afternoons are spent assisting in the local community. (Full days at the clinics are also possible.)

On this project, it is possible for volunteers to:

  • Assist clinic supervisors with the patients, especially the sick children;
  • Assist in administering HIV tests (if medically qualified);
  • Assist in administering pregnancy tests, baby weighing, checking of vitals, as well as sit in on consultations if agreeable by the doctor and the patient;
  • Assist in the clinic pharmacy with sorting and labeling medications;
  • Administration work in the clinic.

Hospital staff in Capetown.Thus far, on this project, volunteers have contributed over 2,600 hours to medical and clinic assistance in Cape Town, South Africa, through their work in township clinics.  This project, together with the support and advice of our charitable foundation team at The Happy Africa Foundation, are continuously assessing this work and project strategies to ensure that these hours are meaningful, with measurable outcomes.  Volunteers have helped convert patient filing systems to computer, as well as having assisted the community by showing their support and commitment to improving general health and wellbeing.

In a city of contrasts, Cape Town's private sector health care and provision is extensive, but it is the rural communities that suffer from an immense lack of facilities.  While there are some structures in place for an effective health service, there is an enormous deficit in terms of staff and resources.  This is why the volunteers' help is very much appreciated by the nurses and doctors we work with.

This placement will give you the chance to make a positive impact on the health service in these underprivileged areas on the outskirts of of Cape Town, and to make a profound difference in the lives of people living in the surrounding community.  Both qualified and non-qualified volunteers can join.  Furthermore, qualified volunteers would be able to offer advice to the day care and after care centers that they will be working with in the afternoon.  There are many children at these centers with special health care needs.

You can download a more extended project guide or you can visit the GeoVisions web site and look over the program description.

Tags: Medical/Health Projects, South Africa, Volunteering Abroad

Volunteer Abroad And Help Save The Cheetah

Posted by Randy LeGrant on Mon, Nov 23, 2009

Baby CheetahAfter a year hiatus from wildlife conservation, GeoVisions is back with two really good projects involving Lions and Cheetahs.  We took a year to do a lot of investigating and risk management analysis and have come up with two very good projects.  We want to use this post to introduce you to our new Cheetah conservation project.

When was the Cheetah placed on the Endangered Species list?  Answer: June 2, 1970.  Watch Conservationist Jeff Corwan's new program airing on MSNBC this Thanksgiving Day at 11:00 a.m. ET and he'll talk about many animals only 100 heartbeats away from extinction, including the Cheetah.

What a unique opportunity to be very involved in Cheetah research and conservation.  This Cheetah project is located approximately 275 miles from Pretoria, South Africa.  The goal of the project is to create a safe environment for Cheetahs, Lions, and Leopards, as well as many other animals...but focus is on Cheetah research.  The project has established a new conservation reserve for all wildlife in the area and have started re-introducing Lions to the area after the success with the Cheetahs.  There are Leopard and Hyena research projects conducted here as well.

Volunteer with Cheetah.This is a very hands on project.

Volunteers are busy tracking, collaring and monitoring Cheetahs and other animals.  Volunteers are also involved in game capturing, management and relocation efforts.

Help is needed on vegetation management and general reserve management and maintenance, such as fence monitoring and poaching prevention.  If you are interested, there is a great community education involvement and awareness training that goes on and you can be involed if you like.

Tags: South Africa, Wildlife Conservation, Volunteering Abroad