VOLUNTEER BLOG IN SWAZILAND: Bethany Neave – Day 15 of Swaziland experience


I finally arose from my bed at nearly 12 and I did not look good, at all!  Linda and Michael’s  words were ‘you look like shit’!   This may seem harsh but I really did!  I felt bad as well as having a headache and my small eye was very sensitive to the sun.  It  was not a good feeling or look.


Once I had taken some tablets and recovered a little bit after a refreshing shower, Michael and Linda took me to the land that they had been planning and buying and will hopefully have official ownership of very soon.  We took a back and very bumpy route.  Michael told me that a previous coach of SKRUM,  Matthew,  had said “Thank God our office isn’t down this road!”  This of course isthe exact road where the new office will be!


37 and 37 ½ are the two bits of land that they own.   They are joined together and it had a slight slope so the plan is to have the big house at the top and the accommodation for the volunteers at the bottom with a small river splitting the two bits of land.  This was all a very exciting concept and was just the most perfect piece of land.


To the left is a game reserve with all the wildlife.  We saw zebras while we were stood looking at the land.  As well as this, there is just the most beautiful view of the mountains from all angles of  where the house is going to be and the sun sets nearly right in front of them and was just simply stunning.


We were minding our own business just taking in the amazing view when Michael noticed in the distance Spadge, their dog, rolling around on the floor.  The next thing we knew he was trotting over to us covered from head to paw in cow shit and he stank!  He kept trying to come over for a stroke but we were having none of it.


Returning to the house we were all very hungry and so set about cooking Sunday lunch. We made beef wellington and it was divine!   I wish I could have had seconds but I was simply to full!  I had never had it before but all Michael had to do was describe it as a big pie and I was sold!

Finally, me and Linda watched the final Harry Potter movie and were very highly disappointed with the ending as they didn’t even look old enough to have kids and it was just a shit ending.

The only benefit to watching this film was it gave the amazingly gorgeous food a chance to go down and stop making me feel like I was going to burst!  It was a very nice day today to be a part of the beginning of 37 and 37 ½ and I thank Michael and Linda greatly for letting me share it with them.


After watching a few more laughs and watching TV, sleep was very much needed

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


Bethany Neave
0044 7833 208 158/  0044 1483 331551

About www.volunteervacations.co.uk

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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