There are few international volunteer programs with a more idyllic locations than the village of Ponto D’Ouro. It is the favourite project of most Reach Out Volunteer Team Leaders. Accessible only by sandy roads, the town sits on a hill overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
It has beautiful white beaches and it is one of the best locations in the world for Scuba diving and dolphin watching. Its waters are alive with many species including Manta rays and schools of tropical fish that fill the coral reefs with an ever-changing spectrum of color.
Your volunteering adventure will be jam-packed with activities. You will get to know the locals during your volunteer project at a village community school, building new classrooms, houses for teachers, bathrooms, or assisting with teaching etc. You will go dolphin diving, eat dinner in the home of a local family, learn the local language, go swimming in the warm ocean, have the opportunity to go quad biking or paragliding and even practice some surfing!
For a relaxing time in a fabulous location there is no better volunteering program than Ponta D’Ouro in Mozambique.
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When you volunteer abroad in South Africa with Reach Out Volunteers you can have the peace of mind that our Team Leader will be waiting to collect you outside the arrivals area of the Richard's Bay Airport. They will be holding an ROV sign and wearing an ROV shirt, so you can’t miss them!
You will be transported to St Lucia by shuttle. It is about 90 minutes away. You will be spending the night in St Lucia and depending on your arrival time there may be time to visit the local markets.
After breakfast we will travel to Kosi Bay. We will check into our accommodation and then have lunch.
After lunch we will travel by 4x4 to the Kosi Mouth to snorkel in the pristine waters.
Today we will visit a traditional Thonga homestead. We will meet the family and spend some time with them observing their customs, traditions and watching their cooking techniques.
After lunchwe will walk the famous Indigenous foest that surrounds the lakes system. This is a four hour guided tour.
Today we will explore three lake system of Kosi Bay by boat. You will have the chance to see the fish traps set by the Thonga people
After lunch we will have a chance to swim in the crystal clear water, observe the abundant local bird life. We will be on a private boat.
Today, after breakfast we leave Sth Africa and cross the border into Mozambique. Don't forget to have your US$40.00 available for your Visa.
Late morning we will arrive in Ponta Do Oura and settle into our rooms.
After lunch we will visit the project site and familiarise ourselves with the work program. We will then visit the famous Ponta beach bar.
Volunteers will be up early in the morning for breakfast then its off to start work at the project site
Once again, an early start a we volunteers head back to the project site to continue work.
Today is a relaxing day. We will take an open Game Drive from Ponta to Mamoli, visiting local markets on the way. We return late afternoon.
Once again we start early on the project. Today we finish a little earlier so that we can go quad biking in the afternoon. There will be beach time as well but do look out for each other in the surf. Tonight, weather permitting we plan on having a bonfire.
Once again we start early on the project. Today we may finish a little earlier depending on progress so that we can have some shopping time in the local markets.
Before we head to the project today we will be going diving with the dolphins, providing we can find them! Then it's back to work at the project site.
Project work in the morning and then back across the border to St. Lucia during the afternoon.
Late morning we will leave St Lucia and head off to Durban where we stay overnight.
Saturday is fly out day for volunteers. You will be dropped at the airport in time for your flight.
St Lucia:A comfortable hotel. All linen, pillows, towels provided. Venue has 24-hour security and wifi availability.
Kosi Bay: A comfortable hotel. All linen, pillows, towels provided. Venue has 24-hour security and wifi availability.
Ponta Do Oura: A comfortable hostel. All linen, pillows, towels provided. Venue has 24-hour security and wifi is available but can sometimes be troublesome.
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Arrival Airport: Richards Bay International Airport (RCB), South Africa
Departure Airport: Richards Bay International Airport (RCB), South Africa
Arrival Day: Is the first day of your program
Departure Day: is the final day of your program.
Airport Collection Times: 8am -12pm (Midnight) on arrival & departure day.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. It is recommended to purchase travel insurance as soon as you've been accepted for your program or at least by the time you pay your Progress Payment or book your flights. When you volunteer abroad it is important to ensure that your policy includes emergency medical evacuation as well as program and flight cancellation.
We suggest that you check the policy you intend to purchase and make sure it has at least the following benefits (these amounts are listed as a guide only);
It is ultimately your responsibility to organize a visa for your program, and the information below serves as a guide only.
Citizens of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US do not need visas. If you are not a citizen of these countries please check the website of your nearest South African embassy. Once you are in South Africa you will travel with ROV to the border of Mozambique where you can purchase a visa for around $80.00.
If you need to arrange a tourist visa prior to travelling, we can assist you with documentation. Please send our admin team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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This was the most amazing experience of my life. I was terrified to fly to a foreign country by myself and meet up with a group that I didn't know. I was afraid the work would be too intense and there would be no room for fun, but I had so much fun and felt that I really contributed to the community. I only did a two week program and I'm so sad to be leaving that I'm already thinking about my next adventure with Reach Out.Mikayla, United States.