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Saved by Shelagh’s reflex(ology)

Oasis traveller Shelagh went to South Africa to volunteer on a Life Skills Project.  If you’re thinking of doing some volunteering next year, this excerpt from our volunteering agent’s newsletter might give you some inspiration (and remind you why you need travel insurance!)

“Saved by Shelagh’s reflex(ology)

Ever wondered if your complementary heath care skills could benefit a rural community? Shelagh from the UK showed us that Reflexology is not only beneficial to community members but also that complementary therapies are welcomed with enthusiasm.  Shelagh treated a few key people with reflexology and also held workshops to teach interested people how to use basic reflexology techniques on one another. The enthusiasm with which reflexology was accepted was evident by full workshops held for everyone from the youth to the Gogos (Grandmothers).

Shelagh’s energy and enthusiasm wasn’t dampened by her fractured toe nor was her ability to hold workshops and walk around hindered by her “moon-boot”.  It really is heart warming to see how dedicated volunteers are and how much they give of themselves.

I’m glad I had travel insurance

The importance of having adequate travel insurance was highlighted by Shelagh’s injury. I’m sure many travellers think “it won’t happen to me”.  Shelagh had injured her foot while crossing a road before she started her volunteer trip with us!  We didn’t like the look of it so we took her to the hospital emergency to have it checked out. Having travel insurance enabled her to consult an orthopaedic surgeon at a private hospital and have an operation to stabilize her foot. Without insurance Shelagh probably would have had to cut her trip short and return to the UK for medical treatment. Instead Shelagh was able to get on the overland truck from Cape Town to Cairo at the end of her volunteering trip!”

Check out our Volunteer Projects page for volunteering opportunities in Africa and South America.  You can take part in these before or after your overland trip.

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