Moving onwards and upwards: Bean, Bali, Angoras, Mitsels and Myself have now entered the world of real, full scale blogging (not just the micro-blogging option offered by Twitter etc).
After nearly 4 years of blogging, tweeting, facebooking and website editing our adventures from various corners of the world (particularly about our work: MozVolunteers based in South Africa and Mozambique – more to come!) and trying to keep up with the fast-pace, quick-moving technological advances of the 21st century, we have finally found wordpress.com and aim to keep the outside world up to date on the trials and tribulations, successes and dilemmas of our life while we try to succeed at running a self-founded NGO and volunteer project called MozVolunteers all from the beach, the bush and of course beyond.
So what do we have to talk about? Beach? Bush? Beyond? Who are we? what actually do we do?
We are as mentioned above, the founders of MozVolunteers (www.mozvolunteers.com) NGO that was founded by Myself (…), Bean (pro-surfer/intrepid ranger) and Bali (dog) with a later addition of Mitsles (pampered princess) and Angoras (11 goats). Each of whom deserve an individual blog post and will get one! We live in Monzi, a “picturesque, golf estate in the heart of Zululand” (reality: a selection of farm houses from the second world war, with dodgy water supply, a fence with holes in it and sporadic electricity connection from Eskom). We try to help communities in our area, who are sadly afflicted by HIV/AIDS (more about that later too) through education, trade and healthcare initiatives. This also means that we have volunteers, mostly from the UK/Australia who become welcome (or otherwise in some isolated cases…!) house guests for prolonged periods of time.
Clearly, MozVolunteers is not a fortune-making industry, so we each have our own sidelines (side being the operative word in most cases!) myself: trying to complete a PhD in women’s health, Bean running safari and golf tours (Zululand’s premier provider of course: http://www.safariandgolf.com )
Consequently this blog is a mixed bag of assorted amusing (hopefully) inspiring (definitely) exciting (occasionally) truly bizarre (myself = a British bird in the bush) hints and titbits to keep you occupied when you should be working, cooking, looking after children, working on your dissertation (students) and may hopefully inspire you to one day book a volunteer place on one of our projects and come and join us for a period of time to enjoy the beach bush and beyond of Zululand, South Africa.