Children from Mlindazwe Neighbourhood Care Point (NCP)
Children from Mlindazwe Neighbourhood Care Point (NCP).

Trip for a trip

Imagine if your vacation could pave the way for an under privileged child to take a trip somewhere too...if your travels could pass on to a child the chance to see something of their home country they may never have seen before and to marvel at the very same sights that you as a visitor have travelled across the world to see.

Our Trip for a Trip programme aims to do just that. Every time you buy a Responsible Travel vacation, if you wish, then we will fund a day trip for a disadvantaged child from a developing country to visit or experience something totally new. Their experience gives them the chance to appreciate the wider value their culture or ecosystem has and, you never know, hopefully they will grow up more likely to want to preserve it.

We hope the travel industry will join this movement and that together we can help 1 million children travel by 2020. That is our dream.

Michael Palin, December 2016:
Trip for a Trip sounds an excellent idea. My appetite for travel began with day trips, so I know how much they can mean to a child. Good luck and thanks to all who can make this happen.

PROGRAMME: MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, SWAZILAND

We have worked with our partner in Swaziland, All Out Africa to devise a trip for children that attend the local Neighbourhood Care Point (NCP) centres. These centres were started by the communities who live there and most of the children who attend have lost a parent, or in some cases are orphaned. As part of their curriculum, they have been studying wildlife. The children have never visited Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, despite living nearby, so this trip gives the children a chance to see up close some of the animals they have been learning about. Traveling by minibus and stopping for lunch ensures a fun-packed day out for the children plus they see some of the local sites and wildlife that too often, only tourists to their country have the privilege of viewing.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is in Ezulwini Valley, located between Mbabane and Manzini. Translated as 'Little Fire' in siSwati, its name comes from the fires started by lightening which struck on the Mlilwane Hill. The Sanctuary started a conservation movement in Swaziland that saved many species from local extinction.

TRAVEL JOURNAL

Date: 10th Feb 2017

Explorers: 18 children from Ekuzukekeni Neighourhood Care Point (NCP), aged between four and six years old, as well as nine volunteers, two drivers and Teacher Zodwa.

The weather was: Bright and sunny.

We saw: Impalas, zebras, buffalos, horses, monkeys, wild hogs and a crocodile.

We ate: Rice, chicken with salad and orange juice.

Some of our favourite parts of the day were:
  • Getting the chance to see animals and wildlife that we learn about during our school time and lessons.
  • Walking around the campsite area of the game reserve and seeing a few wild hogs, while doing the walk about.
  • Having a field trip for once in my life (all the children felt the same way).

Quotes from the day
I was so excited to go on my first trip, and leaving the classroom environment
- Bavukile Dvuba (age 5)

Seeing an Imphala was very nice, I would like to come back again soon
- Ebony Dlamini (age 5)

I saw 6 Zebraís all in one morning so I enjoyed my day
- Snako Langa (age 4)

I saw a guide and two others riding horses
- Thabani Kubheka (age 5)

I was excited to see a kudu, it looks different from our workbooks at school
- Tiphe Dlamini (age 5)
Children walking and zebras

Travel journal

Date: 1 November 2016

Explorers: 24 children from Mlindazwe Neighbourhood Care Point (NCP) aged three to six as well as the NCP teacher, three cooking ladies and Frank the Lion (a cuddly toy!).

The weather was: drizzling

We saw: Impalas, zebras, buffalos, bucks, and crocodile. We also watched a film about the History of Mlilwane and the story of Jezebel the Flying Landrover, the Landrover which Ted Reilly, the Founder of Mlilwane used to drive when he first started Mlilwane.

We ate: Chicken, rice, potato salad and coleslaw. There was such a lot of food, we all took the leftovers home.

Some of our favourite parts of the day:
  • Seeing the animals and learning about wildlife we hadnít seen before.
  • Watching a film where we saw a big jeep that went flying in the air, lots of animals and a man catching a zebra.
  • Seeing Jezebel the Flying Landrover in the museum. It was a big jeep!
  • Playing games under the shelter.
  • Going on a trip on a bus and singing with my friends (They were singing to Melusi the Driver).
  • Eating a delicious meal with a big piece of chicken!
Quotes from the day
This was our first time visiting Mlilwane and we had a great time! - Wakhile (age 6)

It was good. I have never seen buffalo and zebra in my life!
- Nomthandazo (age 8)

It was good to go to Mlilwane. I was happy to see zebras and a crocodile in the water
- Nosipho (age 6)

I was very happy to go to Mlilwane. I was very excited to see all the animals
- impala, zebra, buffalo. I was scared to see the crocodile in the water
- Mahlubi (age 6)

It was good to go to there because I have never been there. I was happy to see all the animals
- Sinenkosi (age 6)

I was very excited to go with my friends and see all the animals and the view of Mlilwane
- Delisile (age 6)

Children with cuddly toy Frank and on the bus
All Out Africa logoAbout our Partner organisation: All Out Africa is a social enterprise comprising of a group of companies and a non-profit based in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana. It caters to people looking for a wide variety of African experiences from volunteering, tours, research, internships, and University field studies, whilst at the same time, building sustainable long-term projects.

All Out is serious about giving back to the community and the environment. That is why they set up a Foundation to help expand and sustain their project development, which include support to the six care centres for vulnerable children, a sports development program for local children and youth, community building projects, child sponsorship program to support vulnerable children at primary and high school levels to assist them with school requirements, and facilitate conservation research projects at the wildlife and marine research centres. All Out shares their passion for Southern Africaís people, places and wildlife with the world and offers adventures that change lives.

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