About Us

What we Do.

Global Handprints gives people like you guys, the opportunity to leave your mark on the world through volunteering and travel. In turn, with your support, Global Handprints is able to invest towards our social purpose, enabling projects and communities around the world to evolve and develop.

Our Story.

In 2010, Global Handprints took over from Experience Culture, continuing to provide independent volunteer placements at small, locally established projects in Uganda and India. These days Global Handprints is run as a Social Enterprise with a social mission to inspire people to recognise their potential both at home, within their local community and in a wider, international context; empower them to achieve this and to evolve locally established projects and services to meet the needs of their communities.

Get To know us

Get Involved

With many years experience in the volunteer sector as well as with community and agricultural development, our team understands volunteer placement. We are readily available to answer any questions you may have, give advice on our different options and talk to you about the regions and cultures you will be experiencing. 
Both our Teachers teaching Teachers placements (TtT) and Volunteer Road Trips are organised in small groups enabling volunteers to get more involved and to form lasting friendships with their fellow volunteers as well as community partners.
Volunteering with us, whether on a Volunteer Road Trip or as a teacher on the TtT program, means gives you the chance to spend your time in South Africa not just as a tourist but as a local.

What makes us different?

As a team we are passionate about Africa; the culture, communities, wildlife, landscapes and opportunities it offers. We want to share these with you and hope that you will choose to come back and explore the continent again and again. We believe that volunteer trips should be able to have it all and our Volunteer Road Trips do just that. They enable volunteers to experience and learn about different cultures, get involved in community work at local projects take part in adventure activities and get immersed in cultural traditions. 

Global Handprints is a small organisation, run by people who have spent time as volunteers, visited all of our projects, driven the Road Trip routes and slept in the accommodation we use. We only take volunteers to places we have been to and feel comfortable in ourselves. It is our responsibility to ensure volunteers will be safe and feel welcome whether working in a school, socialising at a backpackers or visiting a Sangoma (Zulu traditional healer). We take this very seriously but also make sure we put together placements and Road Trips that are fun and exciting, enabling you to get the most from your time with us.

Whichever way you get involved, Global Handprints believes it is important for volunteers to be able to see the impact their time and passion has on a community and to know exactly where their money is spent. As a Social Enterprise, Global Handprints reinvests at least half of any surpluses towards our social purpose and is transparent about both how we operate and the impact that we have on communities. We feel that the people we work with on the ground should have ownership over how Global Handprints and our volunteers are involved in their projects and their communities. We choose to work with people who want us there, amongst them, and who are as excited as us about the difference we can make as a team.

As an organisation we provide
– Airport collection and drop off
– On the ground transportation to / from projects
– Pre-departure information and welcome pack
– Orientation on arrival
– Clean and safe accommodation
– On site Coordinators and / or Guides for the duration of your placement or Volunteer Road Trip
As an organisation we provide
– Airport collection and drop off
– On the ground transportation to / from projects
– Pre-departure information and welcome pack
– Orientation on arrival
– Clean and safe accommodation
– On site Coordinators and / or Guides for the duration of your placement or Volunteer Road Trip
Global Handprints uses local guides and coordinators as well as supporting local businesses to make sure we are giving back to the communities we work in. Additionally, food, building materials and project resources are purchased locally and where possible we use locally established activities in our Road Trips. All venues, accommodation and equipment are continually checked and assessed to ensure that health and safety regulations are met.

About Volunteering

These days with the impact of global news and social media, it is easy to see and be aware of different cultures. Volunteering is often seen as a way of making a change, both to your own life and to the lives of others. Global Handprints believes people of all ages from 5 to 85 can benefit from seeing the world and getting involved. Whether it’s to further your professional development, take on a new personal challenge, develop social skills, make new friends or just to have a break from the routine of every day life, there’s a benefit from volunteering that’s right for you.

Global Handprints believes that volunteering should be a two way street with both the volunteer and the project benefiting from the partnership. Volunteering and voluntouring are about more than just manual labour, they are about sharing ideas, beliefs, skills, strategies, feelings, laughter and building bridges between cultural differences and standards. Community members are often left with new ways to further develop their projects, a renewed inspiration for the work being carried out as well as the belief and knowledge that people all around the world support them. We try to ensure that volunteers leave placements with a new confidence in their professional and personal potential, a belief in the difference they can make and a passion for the community and culture they have become part of.

Meet The Team

Lottie Reeves

Lottie Reeves

Founder

Lottie founded Global Handprints in 2010 in order to take over from Experience Culture, which she co-founded in 2007. After her first visit to Africa in 2006, the continent got under her skin and following several return visits to different countries, she eventually moved to South Africa in 2014. As a UK qualified primary teacher, Lottie’s passion lies in the classroom and in seeing the difference that good, creative and hands on teaching can make to a child’s life. Having been lucky enough to travel / live in 6 continents, she knows how important it is for people to explore and become an adventurer. She’s hoping that anyone who takes part in either the TtT placements or Volunteer Road Trips will have their passion for Africa ignited, or rekindled, and will return over and over again.
Kevin Wensley

Kevin Wensley

Operations Manager

Kevin was born and raised in South Africa, coming from a background of agricultural education and experience he has worked as a consultant for many organisations including the uMkhanyakude district in Zululand. Kevin is passionate about outdoor activities, extreme sports, adventuring, assisting communities, meeting people and being an out going kind of guy. He has travelled Southern Africa extensively and plans to carry on north while having a positive influence/impact on rural communities and wildlife conservation.
Ambassadors

Ambassadors

Always on the lookout!

Our Ambassadors are people like you who help us spread the word and share our mission with as many people as we can!
Ambassadors donate their time to visit Universities and workplaces telling people about the opportunities to make an impact that Global Handprints provides.
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