I was given the opportunity to volunteer again at the guest farm I went to in 2012. This time around they had started a rural farm school for the local pre-schoolers and I got to experience teaching 21 amazing four and five year olds with puzzles, colouring in and outdoor activities, it was an amazing experience that I will never forget!
Picture 1: Saying hello to Angel the Vaal deer who was being hand reared when I was last there.
Picture 2: Saying hello to some wild cattle who graciously to take a selfie with me.
Picture 3: Saying hello to one of my grand children. When I was last at the farm, on my second day, I had to find and carry back from a far off field two new born goats, one male, one female, so we named them after me, Lisa and Tony (my middle name is Toni). Lisa has now had two girls who are the most loving goats I’ve ever known!
Picture 4: Meeting a very outgoing cockateel who tried to nibble off my tattoos, a scab on my knuckle and then wear my sunglasses!
Picture 5: Being the school arm chair with Jane, Thando, Gift and Patience (who I later saved from drowning!).
Picture 6: Out on one of the trail rides, I will never get used to the epic view from up those mountains!
Picture 7: Swimming in a waterfall that we hiked too, what a spiritual experience! Nature is my church.
Picture 8: Swimming in a damn, again, so good for the soul.
Picture 9: Spotting a giraffe on our way into Nelspruit.
I highly recommend volunteering, you learn so much about the culture your sharing your experience with and grow so much as a person.
I will be doing a more extended post about my time volunteering on the farm so watch this space for an epic photo essay!