Bethany Neave – Travelling to Swaziland

SKRUM Swaziland Experience

Monday, 17 September 2012
1st day – Travelling

After being dropped off at the at Heath row airport and saying the goodbyes to my mother I was able to explore the ridiculously huge departures lounge. It was bigger than my local city’s biggest shopping center! The flight was 11 hours long with South African Airways. It was a very comfortable flight with good food and new film releases for entertainment. I was sat next to a South African couple and young male who were very friendly and chatty.

Once arriving into Johannesburg airport and collecting my luggage I walked through to the arrivals gate and unfortunately missed the sign with my name on! Fortunately the family recognized me and I was soon busy traveling to there home in Johannesburg, 15 minutes from the airport. Neil (my mums cousin) was kind enough to take me to his house and I was able to meet his daughters Maxi and Suzi who we worked out are my 4th cousins! Small world! They gave me lunch and a chance to freshen up in the gap between me landing and getting the bus.

Niel then dropped my at the terminal B bus bay. The bus was quick and easy to find with clear markings of what bus Service it was. The journey took 4 hours with a 15 minute break in the middle. The bus driver was very efficient and obviously knew what he was doing. I sat next to Annie from California and Morris from Swaziland. They were both very pleasant to talk to and helped make the journey go a lot faster.

After crossing the border into The Kingdom of Swaziland there was only a 30 minutes of very foggy drive, which was quite scary! Finally, we got to the drop off in Mbabane (the capital of Swaziland). Linda and Micheal were there to greet me and then we made the 20 minute drive to their home.

Once at their house I was greeted by some very cute and very wet dogs. The weather was not very nice at this point. Finally, after been shown to my very lovely room. We had some devices food cooked by Linda, some very nice wine and then it was time for bed. Who knows what sort of adventures in will get up to on my first full day in Swaziland.
Posted by BethNeave at 12:30

(Bethany is doing a volunteer placement with the charity SKRUM in Swaziland.  The placement involves rugby coaching to schools and the community, AIDS education, painting of the charity logo on the outside of schools and generally being part of the team and getting involved in all aspects of running this charity.)

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We send gap year students, university students, families, people on Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and people on career breaks to coach sports, teach and work in orphanages, work in marine conservation, primates conservation, land conservation, looking after rescued jungle animals, animal welfare, women's empowerment programs (sewing/fashions), men's empowerment programs (carpentry, plumbling, electrics, DIY), medical shadowing (doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists), after schools clubs, reaching out to underprivileged children and adults in South Africa, Kenya, Swaziland, Mozambique, Ghana, Ecuador and The Galapagos, Thailand and India. In Swaziland we offer bespoke rugby coaching placements with the charity Skrum where volunteers (18 ) can take their Level 1 rugby coaching certificate and then travel on to other placements and coach rugby. In India, the placements are suitable for families and undeer 18's are accepted providing they are accompanied by an adult. India is also suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. We also offer building renovation and reconstruction in India in July. India placements can be from 2 to 12 weeks.
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