Hilltop-Centre Tree
  • Hilltop Farm Landscape

    Hilltop Farm Landscape

    Hilltop is located outside the village of Hanover, near Bhisho, the capital of the former homeland, Ciskei, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

  • Volunteer Program

    Volunteer Program
    Volunteer Program

    Hilltop has for many years in the post-apartheid era encouraged a program of volunteerism to play a part in reconstructing a new path for South Africa.

  • Woody Cape Holiday Resort

    Mandela

    Situated right next to the Indian Ocean, this resort is the perfect escape for those looking for a place to spend some relaxing days.

    Whether it is superb fishing or exellent hiking opportunities, there is a lot to discover in the area!

  • Xhosa Culture

    Xhosa

    The Transkei, home to the Xhosa people, is the only part of the country still governed by tribal authorities, and most of the region's inhabitants maintain a traditional lifestyle. The Xhosa people live in the traditional way, with ancient tribal systems still intact.

    The people live in thatched mud-brick huts peppered across the hills, without running water or electricity, and subsist through growing mainly maize.

  • Addo Elephant National Park

    Addo

    More than 450 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, over 48 endangered black rhino as well as a variety of antelope species are situated in the Addo Elephant National Park.

    Lion and spotted hyena have also recently been re-introduced to the area. The largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle is located within the park.

August 2010

Vuvu in Germany

2010-08-19 16:57 by Paul

I was invited by a German organisation, to take a part in the international work camp that took part in Germany. I started my journey on the 21 June 2010 and arrived on the 22 June 2010. We were actually 3 of us who were invited and this organisation (IJGD) paid for our flights, food, accommodation and they also gave us a little bit of pocket money. I was from South Africa; one was from Kenya and one from Indonesia. We all arrived on the same day at Berlin. We stayed in Berlin for the orientation that was only for three days. On the 25 of June we went to the seminars in Altenkirchen. we were there till the 2 July. We had to split; The girl from Indonesia and I had to go to Wedemak for our first work camp and the girl from Kenya went to another direction.

In our first work camp Tika (Indonesian) was a leader and I was one of her participants. In this work camp our task was to rebuild up the play ground and also paint it, to make it happy again. That was the 3 July till 17 July. On the 17 July we went to Bonn for the middle evaluations till 22 July. On the 22 we went to Wangerooge for the second work camp and at this time I was going to be a leader along with a German girl (Svenja). Our task was to root out the foreign flowers which grew bigger than the native ones! Also we had to root out the small trees from a place called ice pond, the reason for this name was that this place used to be a refrigerator but that was centuries ago. Now that in nowadays there is electricity and pond to so they can put plants in it. We did that and finished in 2 weeks. That was from the 23 July till 7 August 2010. On the 7 August we went back to Berlin where our final evaluations took place. On the 10 August we all went back to our home countries.

I had a splendid time in Germany because these work camps were not only about to work but also to bring people together. We were from different countries and different cultures but it was possible for us to live in one roof, which was cool! I enjoyed it very much because it was more intercultural!