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Upliftment and Sustainable Development

African Angel Tours acts as an intermediary to assist community-based micro-enterprises. Promoting responsible and sustainable tourism in South Africa and is geared towards the upliftment of underprivileged communities. African Angel Tours has been directly involved in fundraising and assisting the development of these organizations through tourism. All guides used throughout the tour are specialists in their field and are usually indigenous to that area. This is done to ensure that travelers get a deeper insight into the different cultures. Community Research shows that for every eight visitors to South Africa, employment is created for one person.


WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?

Sustainable development is the practice of building, developing and utilizing available resources so that they are either continually renewed or preserved for use by future generations.
African Angel Tours is dedicated to building the South African dream. We have dedicated our lives to dismantling racial myths, borders and fears. We have always believed that cultural exchanges are the best way to build relations across the social, economic and political divides that our societies have established. We started our relationship by experimenting with utilising music as a means to cut through cultural prejudices. AAT takes these beliefs and initiatives to the next level.

AAT believes that black economic empowerment should be the core focus of South African tourism. The aim is not to have a few more low skilled jobs in an industry dominated by a few traditional big-business players. The whole point is to empower previously disadvantaged individuals to start businesses that can directly benefit from the growing volume of tourist trade. We believe tourism focused on cultural exchanges makes the greatest contribution to this goal

  1. Why African Angel Tours
    1. For the last 7 years AAT has run numerous successful Study Abroad Programs for various International universities, colleges and schools across the USA.
    2. In South Africa AAT has mainly focused in the Western Cape and Gauteng areas – the most popular regions of visiting groups. We are well connected and familiar with these areas
    3. Our price structures are highly competitive to support the low budget student pocket. For example, all safaris in Kruger Park will include all meals, entrance fees, transfers from Johannesburg and game drives at very good prices.
    4. AAT is a pioneer in Sustainable Volunteer & Community Tourism, and can facilitate a short term community experience which mutually benefits both the International student and local community. We have worked with the best volunteer programmes throughout South Africa and have accumulated the most reliable experiences through trial and error over the last 7 years.
    5. Security of our students is our number one priority and AAT will never risk endangering the safety and well-being of our young visitors.
    6. We have in place top quality travel insurance policies which cover volunteer students in the disadvantaged communities of South Africa.
  1. Tour Management

AAT has managed numerous Study Abroad Programmes in South Africa with the overview that the most important credentials when running a programme should include the following:

    1. Highly qualified, experienced and multi-lingual tour guides in all provinces visited.
    2. Registered and fully insured transport companies with experienced drivers in areas concerned. Public Driving Permits will be held by all drivers utilised.
    3. Qualified day guides will conduct all cultural and educational excursions.
    4. Night guides will accompany the students through Cape Town's night life and not sign off until the last student is back in their accommodation.
    5. Luke Angel will personally meet and greet all arriving groups and manage the tour daily to ensure the smooth running of the programme. He will be in constant communication with the group leader/professors to maintain feedback and deal with any problems which may arise.
    6. All students will receive a complementary gift from AAT.

African Angel Tours has all the necessary insurance and legal support offered by the Tourism Industry. We can also supply testimonials and trade references from current groups who have travelled with AAT.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

  1. Our experience in planning and managing the design, price and daily running of the itinerary.

AAT has managed numerous short term Study Abroad Programmes mainly from California, USA and has repeat business from all concerned institutions. The success will always be measured in the final response of the group and Professors, manifested in annual returning programmes.

The main objective is a long term relationship with the various international universities to ensure an annual set programme which allows a sustainable relationship with the communities.

  1. Systems and Processes to Manage and execute the Study Abroad Programmes

AAT has long term relationships with the tour and travel industry. This involves reliable guides, transportation and unique managerial skills to ensure the smooth daily running of the group. We have managed very large groups of up to 500 passengers.

  1. Detailed Planning

All aspects of the itinerary are double and triple checked with suppliers to ensure no delays and unhappy clients. The programme must be signed off by the relevant professors ensuring all details are confirmed with all parties.

  1. Contingency Plans

In travel one always needs a good plan B and C to ensure there are no problems if unforeseen circumstances arise. This will separate the good from a bad tour operator.

Volunteer Projects
AAT facilitates sustainable long-term relationships between the educational institution and the South African based community project. AAT first targeted a community project in Dennilton, Mpumalanga namely Youth with a Vision YWAV). We have a 5 year ongoing relationship with YWAV and have brought numerous study groups to this community. As Dennilton is en route to Kruger National Park this will ensure a flowing itinerary. AAT is instrumental in matching the skills of the students to the needs of YWAV.

All Study Abroad Programmes will therefore spend 3 – 7 nights in the community project and 2 – 4 nights on safari in the Mpumalanga province. AAT is happy to work with local ground handlers and accommodation suggested by MTPA. We hope to support the previously disadvantage individual (PDI) together with small and medium enterprises (SMME). AAT will appreciate suggestions for an authentic cultural experience to be included in our itineraries.

At this point, we have identified four projects that will also benefit from volunteer work. These schools are found within 50KM from the Kruger Parks Orpen gate.

a) SHILEKHISI PRIMARY SCHOOL
b) MARIA ASSUMPTA PARISH
c) GREEN VALLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL
d) FUNJWA PRIMARY SCHOOL

These projects have been selected in order to offer volunteers with different skills the opportunity to experience and develop the community they participate in. Not every volunteer may be physically strong enough to take part in building operations, so we have provided alternative activities.

The projects have been chosen with two criteria in mind:

Urgency of needs and safety of our volunteers:
AAT has had personal contacts with each project through various previous involvements with the principals of the establishments. We have personally been to the schools and parishes and have first-hand knowledge of the status quo of all four projects. While there are many more potential projects in Acornhoek, indeed all over South Africa, we have selected these projects because we know that they are in need of assistance. Once these needs have been satisfied, we may well include additional worthy projects in the future.

Safety considerations for our volunteers are paramount:
We have checked out any potential trouble-spots and will be monitoring the situation constantly. All four projects are located in areas where there have been no previous security problems. Our staff will drive all volunteers to the project localities and will remain with the volunteers all day. The communities appreciate the benefits that they are enjoying through the work of our volunteers. They will also do everything in their power to ensure that all volunteers are made to feel very welcome and that no harm befalls them.
AAT's previous experience in uplifting local communities has been noted and we are aware that the generosity of our volunteers is truly appreciated by the members of the communities.

The objective is twofold: the involvement of the student in these projects will not only be of great practical value to the beneficiaries but will also provide a truly wonderful sense of fulfilment to the volunteer.
AAT is instrumental in matching the skills of the students to the needs of the community

Next Aid is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization dedicated to creating sustainable solutions for African children orphaned as a result of AIDS.

NextAid actively links artists, musicians and the global community with some of the most impoverished and vulnerable children on the planet. By partnering with other organizations in the production of music benefits and awareness raising activities, NextAid channels emergency and long-term aid to African children in need.

WE HAVE TO ACT NOW BECAUSE:

  • Globally, 42 million humans currently live with AIDS, 28 million are in Africa. 8,000 people die everyday from AIDS, 6500 of them are in Africa alone. Of the 15 million children in the world who have been orphaned by AIDS, 95% are in Africa. At the current rate of infection, by the year 2010, there will be an estimated 40 million orphaned children worldwide. In South Africa, over 26% of the population is HIV positive. Child-headed household' is an official population category in South Africa.



Thembani Primary School Volunteer Program








Thembani Primary School in Langa is sixty-five years old and forging ahead under the leadership of a proactive principal. Historical disadvantages saw a steady deterioration in the condition of the school and subsequent despair on the part of the community, staff
and parents.

In recent years, however, the school began to put things right. Their Khanya computer laboratory is a sophisticated tool that enhances curriculum delivery. ICT skills give learners greater access to study resources, and better employment prospects for the future.

After extensive renovations and security installations the school now enjoys the support of a Khanya Curriculum Facilitator and is well on the road to fulfilling the Thembani motto: Strive for excellence!

School Details: (as at 2011-03-11)

Area:

Goodwood

Language:

Xhosa/English

Project Stage:

Curriculum delivery

Type:

Primary School

Number of PCs:

54

Educators:

28

Learners:

950

Learner/PC Ratio:

18:1

Facilitator:

Linda Ngesi






A learner discovering the
curriculum through
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A lesson taking place
in the laboratory


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