Where in the world can you in one day plunge into one of two oceans, hike up a mountain, visit a vineyard to taste world class wines, pat a lion cub or stare at a bull elephant? The answer is South Africa and particularly, Cape Town, voted by the New York Times and The Guardian newspaper as the top holiday destination for 2014.

One of the most distinguishing aspects about life in South Africa is its breathtaking amount of diversity, both in terms of its culture and in terms of its physical environment. Few other countries can claim to be the natural habitat of such a wide range of animals, from hippos to dolphins and from zebras to penguins.

When you’re there, you can explore many different dramatic landscapes, from the Kalahari Desert to Kruger National Park’s wildlife-stalked savannah, to the iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point’s enchanting beaches. 

Since the end of Apartheid, South Africa has strongly embraced its unique multicultural character, which is now integral to its national identity. Its status as a “rainbow nation” is especially clear to those traversing the urban center of Cape Town.

South Africa's evolution to democracy has seen the implementation of a new constitution, new educational policies, new economic priorities, new health challenges and a reintroduction of South Africa to the world stage. It is a nation experiencing an incredible amount of growth, being the continent’s second largest economy (and 28th in the world).

Volunteering was a simple way to both give back to my host country a well as to enhance my own understanding and experience abroad. ”

Jamie Snyder

Arcadia University Student, Community Development Program

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