by Julie Mitchiner, Greenheart Travel Volunteer in South Africa
Last day in South Africa and very sad to leave (also sad to have 36 hours of travel ahead of me). I’ve had a wonderful two months in this great country. Highlights of the last several weeks include: a trip to the mountainous and enchanted town of Hogsback, where we got our fairy cards read and climbed a huge treehouse; a safari with a friendly ostrich and lions that were far too close; concerts given by students at both Bulugha and Cintsa East schools; a Lantern Festival including children from all areas of the community with beautifully handmade candle lanterns, songs and sunset; and a final trip to Cape Town to see the wonderful wine lands, Cape Peninsula, Table Mountain and enjoy amazing cuisine.
I think above all else, though, I will have appreciated most my time spent with the wonderful community and great people of Cintsa East.
I’ll miss everyone greeting each other on the street, the enthusiasm of the school children and incredible self-sufficiency and discipline they display at such a young age, the rich culture, traditions and beautiful language of the Xhosa people, and, of course, the community leaders that set a wonderful example for all those that live or visit this great part of the world.
I can’t say enough positive things about this experience or my unwavering appreciation of it. “Cheers” and “Enkosi” to all my new friends and the very special town of Cintsa.