Friday, 30 March 2012


"What does VSO stand for?"
"I don't know"
"Voluntary Suffering Overseas"
"Good one... Voluntary Servitude Overseas"
"Very Small Outcomes"

You get the idea: we'd had this conversation over many beers with VSO'er John in Zambia, who'd told us this age-old VSO joke about what it means to do a placement for a year - go abroad away from friends and family, be paid an allowance instead of a salary, be out of your comfort zone for a long time. It's something I've been thinking about as we've had a spate of goodbyes this last month as many VSO'ers are leaving, reflecting on what they've gained from their time here.

Although we're doing a lot of hard work and learning a huge amount, we're also having a lot of fun. So I wanted to dedicate one post to the VSO'ers who've just left who've been getting us through the voluntary servitude, to say how much we'll miss you all!! And to remind us during the more difficult times that any suffering is definitely voluntary, and part of the reason we came...

Alex and Tricia in Walvis Bay

In Swakopmund
Me and Tricia on the moonscape drive

Going South to Keetmanshoop

Tricia on the left, me on the right!

I promise this is Eveline

Claire and Kristen


Nienke and Eveline

Carolina's farewell cake - Carolina, Claire, Brigitte and Eveline

Eveline's leaving do at Friendly Haven

The Friendly Haven staff - Left to Right: Jacky, Lisianna, Eveline, Cecilia, Claudia, Celani

Claudia's leaving gift

The hiking trail at Dan Viljoen - me, Eveline and Tricia

We won't miss these guys

Stopping for lunch

The view over Windhoek (in the distance)

5 hours and 15km later - the end of the trail

Weekend game drive at Amani Lodge - one of the cheetahs.

Tricia on the game drive

Drinking champagne and watching the sun set

African sunsets...

Izzy's leaving do' in Que Tapas

Tea at Gocheganas lodge outside Windhoek


Nienke watching the sunset

You have to look carefully at this one to see everyone...

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