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Volunteer Africa 32 Fair Trade Certified Wild Coast Schools Program Does this sound familiar?  You are a person with sought-after technical, teaching, and/or artistic skills that would love to combine your passion for travel with your pay-it-forward attitude.  You have the drive, but are unsure about whether that volunteer program that looks good to you (and your family) will actually help the community. How do you know that it will be a rewarding experience socially and environmentally?

Eco-certification goes a long way toward providing that necessary transparency and accountability, but until recently, there weren't any volunteer programs that were certified.  Enter Volunteer Africa 32 South

View of Hotel Verde from Wetland"We didn't even know this was possible!" the retired couple from England explained. They were vacationing in South Africa and due to a family issue had to quickly catch a flight from Cape Town back home. So, they checked into Hotel Verde for the night and found themselves as pleasantly surprised and intrigued by the hotel's green features and grounds as I was.

We were lucky enough to be given a personalized tour by Sarah, one of the most passionate and informed hotel marketing executives I've met in the sustainable travel industry.  While the 4-star Hotel Verde (owned by Bon Hotels) is primarily geared for the business traveler (with its complementary shuttles to the airport and the city center as well as ample conference room space), leisure travelers will find this hotel to be a treat as well.

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    There is no doubt that Hotel Verde brought a new concept of sustainable tourism. From the description of this article, I could tel

Jazz Safari in Gugulethu Township Cape Town South AfricaWhat is it that comes to mind when you find out that you are going on a Jazz Safari in Cape Town, South Africa? Sweet lyricism and melodies? Cultural viewing? Sharing a love of different Jazz styles?

Yes, yes, and yes with the added bonus of sharing a homemade meal along with some great conversation and laughs in a musician's home. While I am not a Jazz aficionado, I gained a greater appreciation for the struggles, stories, and triumphs that these musicians pour into their music.

The Ecotourism Certification Standards series continues with South Africa’s Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) program. South African tourism is synonymous with nature and wildlife safaris, cradle of humankind exploration, hiking and water adventure, and most recently World Cup soccer. Developed under the auspices of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) South Africa, the FTT is a non-profit initiative aligned to the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and is now expanding into the southern African region.

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