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Volunteer Weekend

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By Tijana Ivacik

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I was stuck in traffic to Pretoria while the last group was waiting for me at Karens house. She assured me that they are still loading tents and sleeping bags into Andrews car, and it was true, just like all the other events with the final preparation adventures.

After an hour drive, surrounded by beautiful scenery, we arrived at the peaceful camp site and proceeded to the main house where we got to bond with the group and learn more about the history and formation of SOAPkidz, which was followed by a delicious dinner and heart throbbing bonfire evening.

The next day we engaged into inspiring team building activities and had a lot of time for self inspection and growth while learning how to deal with the children that SOAPkidz makes possible for us to work with. We also learnt about the importance of the activities we carry out with the children. The group afterwards went on a hike where we got lost but thanks to the watch dog from the farm, we were found again. After the fun day followed a tasty dinner and another bonfire social under the stars in the mountains.

As it always goes, even the ones that were reluctant about the weekend, didn’t want it to end on Sunday, the last day of the volunteer weekend. We said goodbye with a couple of more team building activities. We went for lunch at the Deck at Hartees with the group and we headed back home.

From smiles, to breaking my nails while rock climbing, to making friends from all over the country and World, to being chased by a baboon with the French volunteer who was my tent neighbor, to not being able to sleep because of Phillips snoring, it was a memorable weekend away in the beautiful surroundings of Hartebeespoort Dam, with a bunch full of people dedicated to service, and fun.

I hope an even larger group will get to experience the SOAPkidz volunteer training weekend in 2011, and for the volunteers convenience we promise to add that false nails are not recommended for rock climbing in the safety regulations.

Volunteer weekend 2010

Event Info

Dear Volunteers,

To show our appreciation SOAPkidz has once again arranged a fun filled adventure weekend at Outer lodge near Hartebeespoort Dam, approximately 60km from Pretoria

If you have ever dreamed about a weekend where you will make great friends whilst trying your hand at hiking, archery and various other adventures – Now is your chance!

Places are limited, so hurry and book your adventure trip before 28 February. It is bound to change your life forever! At the special price of R500, you will get the following during the weekend from Friday afternoon 19th March 2010 till Sunday the 21st of March 2010

  • 5 Meals
  • 2 nights camping (tents are available if you do not have your own camping equipment)
  • A hike with a difference
  • Obstacle course
  • Archery
  • Target practice
  • Team building activities designed to enhance your volunteering experience
  • A chance to de-stress amongst beautiful mountains, next to the Crocodile river
  • Make new friends/adventure buddies and have a load of fun

The R500 excludes drinks, snacks and transport but once we know who is all joining us for the weekend we can certainly arrange lifts or a bus.

Click here for a report of last year’s volunteer weekend as well as some great pictures.

Please note that the weekend has become one of our annual highlights and is therefore very popular and places are limited. Contact me at noeksie@soapkidz.org a.s.a.p to check availability and book your place. The R500 must then be paid into the SOAPkidz bank account.

Banking Details:

Account Holder: SOAPKIDZ
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: Hatfield
Branch Code: 01 15 45
Account No: 61170593

In order for us to keep donations separate from the volunteer weekend, please use the following as reference: Volunteer + Your name

Please fax proof of payment to 0865105032 or email it through to me at noeksie@soapkidz.org before the 5th of March 2010

We look forward to enjoying a great team building weekend with you and welcoming you to the SOAPkidz family.

Kind Regards

Karen (Noeksie)
083 975 2700

Click here for MAP to Outer Lodge

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