Giving feels so good
We believe a virtuous legacy requires a sincere effort to enrich others’ lives, and we are honored to nurture that legacy through our volunteer program. Our volunteer experience in South Africa focuses exclusively on service, which resonates with the UP mission and allows us to reduce the cost of the trip and include airfare at the same time. The cost covers your flight, lodging, and all meals, transfers, and transport within the country. It does not include alcohol, gratuities, and personal expenses, such as laundry, phone calls, etc. You may further reduce your cost by paying for your own travel, as long as you arrive on the appointed day.
Now, what will you do while there? Work. Happily work. You will start your volunteer day early, but what you will do depends upon current projects combined with your interests. In the past we have helped set up a computer laboratory, taught math and English, administered free medical exams and HIV testing, planted trees, coached soccer, purchased and installed home essentials (beds, kitchen tables, kitchen cupboards, wardrobes), orchestrated a “free” market, overseen the installation of an electricity-producing wind turbine, installed a miniature soccer pitch and netball court, constructed a sandbox, supervised a jungle gym installation, helped lay concrete for hopscotch and other games, constructed a shaded region for kindergarteners, created a small-scale play village, laid a flower and rock garden, designed and helped construct a pergola, delivered and taught how to use tablets, and more.
At the end of the day, you will be exhausted yet rejuvenated; you will sleep like a baby and dream, dream, dream. You will discover, firsthand, that we all yearn for the same things, but that we all do not get the same opportunities. And we guarantee you that every day you will laugh, hear music, dance (if you wish), feel purposeful, be appreciated, and meet people you will swear you have known for a lifetime - people you will love instantly.