Looking for answers about being a Volunteer ?

Becoming a volunteer in a foreign country is not for everybody. It requires a certain kind of person that is willing to freely give of themselves and share their experience and training to help improve the lives of less fortunate. However, more and more students are making the choice to do this which is fantastic to hear that there are so many generous souls out there. There has been a steady increase of applications by people willing to volunteer in South Africa. South Africa is very popular with students wanting to complete internships and well meaning individuals offering to volunteer and participate in the programmes and projects being managed by NGO’s and non profit organizations in the country.

Cape Town is a popular choice for many, possibly because of its beauty, the nature, the mountains, the merging of the majestic Atlantic and Indian oceans, the weather….the wine ?? African Sunrsie volunteers is a volunteer and intern placement agency that specializes in assisting applicants from abroad in finding the ideal placement for them. African Sunrise assists their volunteers and interns by providing them with safe, comfortable and secure accommodation whilst staying in Cape Town. Where African Sunrise is really good, is placing volunteers and interns in the best suited programmes for their individual skill sets. If you have studied psychology or are interested in psychology, you will be placed in a programme that best utilizes your training or your passion. If you have studied Social Work, you will be placed in a project or outreach programme that puts your skills or enthusiasm to best use. This is a win/win situation for both the volunteer/intern and the programme. The volunteer or intern gets valuable first hand experience in the field they have studied or are interested in and the programmes are boosted by the additional manpower and enthusiasm. Looking over the information on the African Sunrise Volunteers website, it appears that they can even offer volunteers and internships in programmes where people with photography or computer coding skills can be utilized.

African Sunrise Volunteers have a minimum admission duration of 3 months for a set fee. This covers :

  • Accommodation for the duration of your stay
  • Project placement at project that utilizes your interest or training
  • A mentor assigned to be with you at your project
  • An Introduction Day where everybody gets to socialize and have some fun
  • AN excursion to Cape Point Nature Reserve and the penguin sanctuary at Boulders Beach
  • A donation to project you are working an as a direct result of your efforts
  • A registered sim card to use in South Africa, making it easier to stay in contact
  • The details of the contact person at African Sunrise who is available 24 hours a day to assist you
  • Help with organizing your Visa papers if would like to stay more than 3 months

African Sunrise Volunteers is the real deal, providing quality assistance for their clients and channeling their enthusiasm through into the projects that can benefit from their input.

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Answers about Alcoholism Recovery in Cape Town

Alcoholism or alcohol addiction is a chronic disease that destroys hundreds of thousands of lives each year, destroying relationships and tearing families apart. Ixande Drug Rehabilitation Center in Cape Town has quite possibly the best alcohol rehab South Africa. Ixande is a world renowned addictions treatment centre that is home to some the most qualified addictions specialists in the country. Ixande is a drug rehab in Cape Town provides treatment for gambling addiction, alcohol addiction, sex addiction, drug addiction and co-dependency. Ixande has built up a reputation as being one of the best drug rehabs in Cape Town and is an extremely popular choice for overseas clients, especially for clients from the United Kingdom and Holland that are seeking top quality treatment for drug and alcohol addiction at affordable prices.

One of the biggest problems with alcohol addiction is that alcohol is a legal substance, obtainable anywhere and is socially acceptable. A large majority of people that suffer from alcoholism are never ever diagnosed and treated for it. In 2012 it was estimated that more than 17 million adults in the United States were undiagnosed alcoholics. There are many obvious physical side effects of being a regular drinker, slurred speech, impaired judgement, vomiting, blackouts. Longer term effects include, liver damage, unintentional injuries like burns, falls, car accidents, crime and domestic violence. Alcohol abuse wreaks havoc on interpersonal relationships and families, often children suffer the most at the hands of alcoholic parents. Ixande rehab in Cape Town have many years of history in treating people suffering from alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling and sex addiction.

Not so long ago, people who suffered from chronic alcoholism were placed into mental asylums by their families as a last resort or in some cases frontal lobotomies were performed. There just seemed to be no way to manage the chronic alcoholic. Then in 1935 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded by Bill W. and Dr Bob. Bill Williamson was a man who had struggled most of his life with alcoholism, ruining a great career on Wall Street and failing to graduate from Law school because of his drinking problem. In later years Wilson met up with Dr Bob Smith in Akron Ohio and between the two of them the seeds of Alcoholics Anonymous were planted. The two of them began a writing the AA Big Book which contains the famous 12 Steps. The 12 Steps are :

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

These 12 steps form the backbone of Alcoholics Anonymous and have helped millions of alcoholics around the world achieve and maintain sobriety. The steps were subsequently adapted and incorporated by many other 12 step fellowships, starting with Narcotics Anonymous.

Thanks to the tireless pioneering work by Bill W. and Dr Bob, a workable solution to alcoholism was finally available to alcoholics. A recent survey shows that there are over 110 000 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in existence in countries all around the world.


Why is Divorce not the best answer ?

Far too many married couples jump into a divorce proceeding before researching all the options available to them and considering the consequences that a divorce entails. Even if you are unable to afford professional help when considering a divorce, it is still possible to do a bit of research and find the answers online. There are many things to consider when planning to get divorced :

  1. The financial costs
  2. The trauma caused to children
  3. Living arrangements
  4. Ownership of possessions
  5. Updating Wills
  6. Retirement plans
  7. Closing joint accounts
  8. Finding employment if you have been unemployed

This list goes on and on. The costs of a divorce can be financially draining, especially if the divorce id an acrimonious one. The effects of a divorce on children are often brutal, with children finding themselves torn between two parents. A little bit of online research into the topic will reveal the answers. There are hundreds of reasons why couples or marriage partners should first consider relationship counselling before committing to the divorce process. Couples therapy is one of the first things that should be considered by any husband and wife that are contemplating ending their marriage. Far too often we find that people give up on their marriages too easily and don’t do absolutely everything possible to save the relationship. If you have children, you owe it to them at least, to try and work through your difficulties and spare them the emotional pain of watching their parents get a divorce. Karen Rootenberg is a marriage counsellor with close on twenty years experience in helping couples work through their difficulties.

Karen Rootenberg therapist

Karen runs workshops from her practice in Cape Town as well including the immensely popular, Art of Being, course which has been running for over thirteen years now and helped many people break free of old negative behaviors and grow spiritually. Karen is tremendously gifted in the way in which she is able to connect with and empathize with her clients in marriage counselling. There are certainly good counsellors and bad ones. It may be possible to study at University and receive a degree in psychology, but that does not necessarily say anything about your capacity to truly connect with other human beings, or your ability to empathize with them. There are several universities in South Africa where counselling can be studied, should you have a desire to help people and make a career of couples therapy.


E-Answers for Students

E-Answers provide a wealth of resources for people seeking information about activities, studies, business, entertainment, universities and recreational pastimes. Searching the internet for the right answers to your questions can be a laborious and time consuming task. You can spend hours and hours online looking for answers only to find yourself going round and round in circles, never quite finding the answer to your question. We’ve decided to try and catalogue the information for you in a way which is readily accessible and easy to find. Let’s face it, not all of us are tech savvy and able to use the search engines as well as we would like to. For example, my parents were born long before the information age and the advent of the internet. My mother will often call me to assist her in finding answers online to her searches because it is just way too confusing for her. She starts off looking for the answer to a question online and ends up getting bombarded with so many answers that she ends up feeling completely overwhelmed. And who could blame her for feeling this way, she is not alone. My father on the other hand can barely switch on a computer let alone search online for answers to the questions he may have. Even though he did study at an international university, that was long before the information age where people use computers to search for information that they seek. Its literally been decades since he studied at university and at that time there were definitely no computers being used and the world wide web certainly did not yet exist. The difficulty in finding the correct answers to the questions we have are not limited to older students or seniors.

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The are plenty of people at universities and tertiary education facilities that were born into the information age that still find it as daunting to source the correct information and retrieve the answers they are looking for online. Just because you have a personal computer or laptop and have blazing fast DSL, does not not necessarily mean that you don’t find the process of sifting through the wealth of online information and resources challenging. Take for example the story I heard the other day of some German exchange students that were living in Cape Town, South Africa, whilst on an international exchange program. The students were based in Rondebosch, close to the University of Cape Town where they were enrolled for some exchange studies. Anton from Berlin, Greta from Stuttgart and Anna who was born in Hamburg, decided that they would like to spend the Saturday trying one of Cape Town’s extremely popular tourist attractions, shark cage diving. Some consider shark cage diving to be a fun adventure sport, frankly, I thought it was bloody terrifying.

So, like any young tech savvy people, they began search for information and answers online. A quick search using the worlds most popular search engine for the search term “shark cage diving cape town”, delivered over more than one and a half million search results. That is a lot of information for even the youngest and brightest of brains to sift through. The students then spent the next two hours working their way through all of the results looking for what is was that they needed. Not all offers are the same and neither are the prices of the various packages that were on offer. Afetr making several phone calls and checking on the pricing and availability, Greta, Anton and Anna eventually decided on booking an excursion with Apex Shark Expeditions in Gansbaai. The company were helpful with all their questions when they called them and offered a discount to students.

So after a good deal of time spent finding the right online service and the correct answer to their question, the students were satisfied. E-Answers online takes the hard part out of finding the right service by reviewing the best options for you. Please feel free to send us any queries you may have and we would be glad to help you.