St Lucia is a tropical paradise, based on the East coast of South Africa and surrounded by a World Heritage site, meaning once-in-a-lifetime wildlife opportunities for you to see. A tourist town, it is host to the biggest population of hippos and crocodiles in the country and is where you will be staying and working during your time volunteering.
As an area which is still ruled by the Zulu Royal Family, the villages surrounding the town are still considered very traditional and unfortunately suffer from poverty, a lack of development and are in need of resources and access to facilities. This is where our volunteers work each day, on our Education and Medical initiatives which aim to combat some of the issues you will see on a daily basis.
Living in these villages are some of the friendliest and most welcoming locals, but these won’t be the only characters you’ll meet during your time here; you’ll get very used to the monkeys who regularly come and visit the volunteer house, as well as the hippos who take their nightly stroll through town. On safari, you can spot some of the most elusive of these characters, everything from jackals to hyenas and even Africa’s Big 5 animals, including the magnificent elephants who live in the area.
That’s just on land, wait till you hear what you can see and do in the beautiful waters surrounding St Lucia!
Whether it’s setting sail on the Ocean to spot whales out to sea (June – Nov), or watching endangered turtle hatchlings take their first swim in the warm waters (Nov – Mar), St Lucia’s marine life is amazing. You can even take a trip to Mozambique to swim with wild dolphins or grab your scuba diving gear and head under the water yourself.
Failing that, you could always just relax at the volunteer house, which is fully equipped with everything you need (including a pool!) and spend the night under the stars having a traditional South African braai (BBQ!) with your fellow volunteers and staff.