Magical New Delhi – The journey so far with Mary…

4 July 2016

First meal post airport pickupA few weeks ago one of our latest New Delhi recruits, Mary Parker Wolfe, arrived in New Delhi for the very first time to complete her upcoming 3 month internship with one of our long standing Public Health  & Human Rights hosts.

Mary is from Memphis,Tennessee in the USA and had never been to India before, so I am sure you can imagine her excitement and that this must have been quite a culture shock to her.

 

Luckily, we have all hands on deck with our amazing team on the ground both in Cape Town and New Delhi(Jess & Anubhav) offering her round the clock support, and helping her become familiar with her new home and surroundings over the next few months.

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We caught up with Mary and here is what she had to say about her trip so far:

Mary’s trip so far

As you can see she has already entrenched herself into the local culture making new friends and enjoying the well-known tourist destinations in her free time. She highly recommends a trip to Agra to see the Taj and will be sharing more of her adventures with us during her stay.

We have Winnie, also from the USA, joining Mary  this month too at the same organisation so are looking forward to hearing more about how they are making a difference to the Indian development sector.

 

Taj Mahal with new friends

When in in India… The Taj Mahal in all its glory

Agra  

 

4th of July Offer

4 July 2016

 

In the spirit of giving this Mandela Month, we would like to extend a special offer in celebration of the 4th of July to all of you looking to book your international internship to either Cape Town or New Delhi.

If you get in touch with us today – 4th of JULY- ONLY, we would like to offer you a $200 discount on your internship fee once all finalised.

Terms & Conditions.

All applications have to be received on 4th of July 2016 only. (we will take into account the USA time difference for cut off.)

offer ends at 11:59 of the 4th of July 2016

Any later applications will be eligible for the July promotion of $100 off.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

It’s July and we are giving back in the spirit of Mandela Day!

1 July 2016

JULY is MADIBA Month

With our world in so much turmoil at the moment, and with so many political and developmental issues weighing down on our countries and communities – both locally and internationally – we thought we would take the month of July to celebrate what it means to take ones circumstances and turn them around to evoke positive change.

And what better reason to do so, than to celebrate a man who stood for just that. President Nelson Mandela (Madiba as he is fondly known to most) was not only an international Icon, he was the father of our nation. With his middle name being “Rolihlahla,” which is Xhosa for “troublemaker,” it is no surprise that our Madiba was the troublemaker who changed the world because of he refused to stay down in the face of terrible injustice. He dared to believe that he had the power to make a change as he fought apartheid in South Africa. And he did so with peace and love.

With Mandela Day coming up on the 18th of July, we decided that we would like to help YOU give back too by helping you make your international internship journey easier and giving you $100 off the placement fees this month.

The work you will be doing during your internship within the Cape Town and New Delhi communities will change lives forever! Which is exactly why the whole month of JULY dedicated to Madiba and the spirit of giving back! Hopefully  we too can add to a positive wave of change.

Terms:

  • The offer is valid for the month of July 2016 only and will end at 11:59pm on 31st of July 2016.
  • This offer cannot be redeemed in conjunction with any other offers running at the same time.

Please  contact our amazing team for further details on how we can help you make your international internship dream a reality.

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for regular updates of what’s happening in and around Cape Town & New Delhi.

 

 

Exploring Woodstock’s Graffiti with a group of Lalela kids

24 June 2016

We recently had the privilege and pleasure of hosting fifteen Grade 5 & 6 kids from the Lalela project. LALELA (la·le·la) v.: A Zulu word that means ‘to Listen’. For those of you who have not yet heard about them, they are an amazing arts education non profit in Cape Town. ‘Lalela provides educational arts for at-risk youth to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit. Everyday after-school, in the hours when children are most vulnerable to abuse of every kind, the Lalela team work to break the barriers of challenge. They start early (age 6) in developing the art of imagination and continue through grade 12 to connect the arts to everything important in a child’s life, from core academics to critical life skills.’

As most of the children have never really left their community or been to the city, we were asked to assist in putting together a fun and inspirational Graffiti tour of Woodstock.

At if i could… we usually have a biweekly outing with our interns, and because we have a really mixed group at the moment, we invited them to join us to allow both the children and our interns to bond and learn a little more about the each other’s different cultures.

They all arrived at our offices for a quick lunch and introduction and then we set off on the tour.

The organised tours usually start at the Woodstock Exchange, which used to be a major factory but was converted into a mall/eatery/office space. They then meander through the streets in roughly a 2km radius highlighting specific artists and their work, and the symbolism behind these. We aimed to do similar route to the tours, but added in a booklet of featured art pieces to make it fun and interactive for the children.

Lower Woodstock happens to be seen as Cape Town’s creative hub. This area is home to film, design, music and animation studios, craft and artisan workshops, couture fashion, antique furniture, and of course, street art. Woodstock’s wall art is world-class. Artists have come from all over the world to do murals. We are lucky enough to have our if i could… offices in amongst all of these.

Five years ago, Woodstock used to be a no-go zone because most people that live in this community come out of a situation of oppression and hardship. Sadly many people have been through severe problems in the area. So the community use the art to inspire people and to encourage all to come into the area and to feel free. There are artists from all over the world that have been visiting and doing a piece, leaving their mark behind to the community and to the world. Some of the international artists’ work you will see are:

  •  German artist Urbanski and Canadian Elicser. Their piece shows an actual timeline of Woodstock’s history, from left to right where Woodstock was a beach, years back.
  • The rhino is done by Binho, an artist from Brazil.
  • An artist by the name of Cern from Bronx, in New York.
  • An artist from London, called Dodiboy and then Boa Mistura, a group of five Madrid artists

And then of course the wealth of talented local known and unknown artists, giving back to the community through art. The most inspirational would be that of the local children carving designs into a wooden door in hope of someday becoming famous themselves. Then of course there is Jack Fox, the 17yr old son of well known street artist Faith47.

Many of you may ask: Why has the art been put on the walls? Well it is to symbolize and let you as an individual know that each art piece is specifically giving a positive message, and by doing so they are also trying to bring different communities together.

The Lalela kids were incredibly special:  such a zest for life! Singing and dancing and literally bouncing around the streets pointing out their favourites, taking selfies with the booklet we had created for them when they found the particular artist’s work, and just soaking up being out and about on an adventure in the middle of Cape Town

We ended off the day with the kids playing in one of the local parks.  I think it is safe to say that we all (staff, children and interns included) left the day feeling inspired and with a warmer heart than before, as there really is nothing more special than the smile of a child having fun.

If you would like to learn more about Lalela and the wonderful work they do and perhaps get involved… please check them out here

And… if you are up for a little adventure exploring the streets of Woodstock yourself, there is a wonderful app you can download with GPS tags to all the artwork and voice notes that tell you all the stories about each artist and piece.

If you do find yourself in Woodstock, pop in to our offices and say “hi!” and make sure you follow us on Facebook & Instagram for more photos and updates.

CAPE TOWN RESTAURANTS WINTER SPECIALS 2016

23 June 2016

As a local in Cape Town during the Winter months particularly, why not take the opportunity to sample some of the delicious and huge variety of quisine the Cape has to offer. And what better reason to do so, than all the incredible winter specials on offer during this time guaranteed to leave your hunger satisfied, and your bank balance still in tact.

We have taken a few budget-friendly and traveller-must-do suggestions from Capetownmagazine, Eat out and foodblog.co.za and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Here are just a couple to get you started on your winter food journey.

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Lola’s
Lola’s on Long Street is offering patrons a wide range of winter lunch specials happening from 1 June to the end of August 2016 serving from 12pm to 4:30pm. Customers can get TWO main meals for only ONE incredible price from Monday to Friday where each day the CBD café will showcase a different lunch option. Weekly options include; Monday: Two 100% beef burger patties with thick cut chips, homemade ketchup and aioli; Tuesday: The deli plate for two – a selection of two salads (think roasted beetroot, poached pear and walnut and chickpea, chilli, spinach and butternut) with a lightly cajun free-range grilled chicken breast; Wednesday: Two signature pastas; Thursday: Bangers and mash with gravy (for two) and Friday: Two homemade pies. What’s more, loyalty card members get a loyalty stamp per meal and receive 50% off on their fifth visit (therefore, two main meals for R60).  
Price: Two Main Meals: R120   228 Long Street | Cape Town |+27 (0) 21 423 0885

The Cape Town Comedy Club
This one-stop-funny-shop is offering more than just belly-aching giggles and roars of laughter this winter. Introduce The Cape Town Comedy Club winter menu comprising an array of warm and hearty winter wonderland dinner options as well as a small selection of delightful hot cocktails. Mains include Moroccan butternut soup (served with a toasted garlic and herb crostini), vegetable breyani and butter chicken curry (accompanied with basmati rice and sambles) whereas for dessert comedy-fanatics can order traditional malva pudding (served with hot custard). Although their mains sound delightful, it is their hot cocktail menu that truly has us drooling. Offering warm alcoholic mixes such as Gluhwein, hot toddys and Amarula coffees – audiences will have no problem staying nice and toasty (and extra happy) while watching top-notch comedy acts and live performances. The special menu is available from 11 May to 28 August 2016. Don’t forget to also check out The Cape Town Comedy Club’s mid-week madness and half-price Sunday specials. 
Price: Meals: R60 to R80 | Hot Cocktails: R40 to R45

 

HQ-web-ready-16 Headquarters (HQ) Restaurant 
This city centre steakhouse, fondly referred to as ‘HQ‘ is most well-known for their dedication to a single concept: the sirloin, salad and chips combo. Offering three awesome specials this winter (and throughout the year, in fact), diners can enjoy the standard offering while saving. On Monday nights diners can get two famous HQ standard combos (steak, salad and chips served with Cafe de Paris Butter) for one incredible price. What’s more, there is live entertainment every Monday evening. There are generally two serving times; 6pm and 8:30pm with some spare tables available at 7:30pm and an open courtyard and bar area to accommodate diners. Then there is Tuesday Date Night, which includes two standard offerings and two glasses of the Wolftrap red wine including live entertainment from swing singer, Ricky Botsis. Lastly, every Thursday night, the steakhouses bar snack and tapas menu is available at half-price along with various DJs playing live music. 
NOTE: HQ’s incredible weekly specials run all-year round.
Price: Monday two-for-one: Usually R198 (please note that the restaurant actually charges half price so the offer benefits patrons that book with uneven numbers) | Tuesday Date Night: R250 | Thursday Tapas: Half-price

Balducci (V&A Waterfront)
Enjoy pizza or pasta for R65 (terms and conditions apply) or try their 250g sirloin steak for R95. This special runs from Monday to Sunday from 12 noon until 6pm.

Bungalow (Clifton)
Overlooking scenic Clifton Beach, Bungalow brings you great deals like two courses for R180 and three courses for R200. Else try their rump steak (R100), fillet pasta (R130), lamb curry (R140), Thai chicken curry (R90) and their seafood platter (R180).

Engruna Eatery (Sea Point)
Bite into their two-for-one burger special this winter. Buy one burger and get the other free. From Tuesday to Thursday, guests can receive 30% off their bill from 5pm to 7pm

Gallagher’s Restaurant (Gardens)
Guests can enjoy one of six winter entrees from R120. Meals change weekly and can include items such as braised lamb shank with a thyme jus, fettucine alfredo, duck confit shepherd’s pie and braised short rib in red wine sauce. Also get free corkage on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Goloso Restaurant (Sea Point)  Tuck in to their daily lunch specials. For just R69 per person, you can choose from a variety of options such as, salads, trammezinis, burgers, pastas and brunch items. This special includes a 250ml carafe of Simonsvlei red, white or rosé wine and is valid from Monday to Sunday from 11.30am to 3.30pm. You can also choose between their two-course dinner (starter and main/main and dessert) at R129 per person; a two-course meal with a 250ml carafe of wine at R159 per person; the three-course dinner at R169 per person or the three-course dinner with a 250ml carafe of wine at R199 per person. This special is valid throughout the winter season.

The Deckhouse Crab Shack & BBQ (City Bowl)
Receive 25% off all food on the menu from 11am to 6pm. This special valid from Monday to Friday throughout winter.

Kyoto Garden Sushi (Tamboerskloof)
Enjoy three courses and a glass of wine at Kyoto Garden Sushi this winter. The special will run throughout winter at R170 per person. Menu items to choose from includes tuna tartare, ceviche, shiitake mushrooms with salmon, and black sesame seed ice cream.

Le Bar and Lounge (City Bowl)
Enjoy a steaming bowl of the chef’s speciality soup of the day for R65 per person, served with freshly baked bread as an accompaniment. Lunch is served between 12.30pm and 3pm. This special runs from Monday to Friday and is valid until 31 August.

La Boheme and La Bruxia (Sea Point)
Tuck into their two-course menu for R150 or their three-course menu for R180. This special is valid throughout winter.

Meloncino (V&A Waterfront)
Receive 50% off any pizza, pasta dish or cocktail. This special is available everyday of the week until 7pm


Orinoco (Bree Street)
Pop in at Orinoco and enjoy their half-price tapas on Tuesdays from 6pm to 9pm. You can also enjoy the Wednesday lunchtime special of burritos and quesadillas for R45 with any choice of filling. Saturday is half-price tapas from 5pm to 7pm. These specials are available throughout winter. Try their Winter lunch special and enjoy two-courses for R98 or opt for hteir sharing dish (South American street food platter) at R129.

Pepenero (Mouille Point)
Warm up to two courses for R175 or three courses for R215. Also try the sirloin (R115), rump steak (R115), sushi platter (R145), chicken milanese (R99), oxtail (R110), prawn platter (R145) and their chicken-and-pesto pasta (R99). They also have spaghetti vongole (R90), seafood pasta (R120) and kudu shank (R150).

Rick’s Café Americain (Gardens)
Stop by at Rick’s for happy hour everyday between 3pm and 7pm. This special includes huge discounts on beers on tap, cocktails and cocktail jars. There are also weekday lunch specials available for R69. The dishes change weekly but you can expect anything from pasta to pan-fried Moroccan calamari strips. This special runs from 12 noon to 3pm daily. They also cater to the banting believers.

Belmond-Mount-Nelson-Hotel-Cape-Town-01 Visit the Mount Nelson for an incredible high tea experience. 

Enjoy delicate finger sandwiches filled with rare roast beef and rocket, smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise or cucumber. Follow with a delectable dark chocolate cake, lemon meringue and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves. Adding a special local flavour is a typical South African melktert. During the winter months you can also enjoy a selection of warm treats. Expect mushroom empanadas, tomato tarts and chicken pies.

The signature Mount Nelson Tea has been expertly blended from six teas: Darjeeling, Kenya, Assam, Keemun, Yunnan, Ceylon, and rose petals from our garden. In addition, they also offer an array of leaf and flowering teas. Morning, Afternoon and Evening Tea are served in the lounge, on the terrace or around the garden fountain.

Belmond-Mount-Nelson-high-tea-1Morning Tea
A lighter version of Afternoon Tea is served every morning, and is perfect for an informal business meeting or a get-together with friends.
Served from 9:30am–12pm
Price: R225 per person
Add a glass of sparkling wine for R60

Afternoon Tea
Seating times are available 1:30–3:30pm and 3:30–5:30pm
Price: R295 per person

Please note: On certain holidays and during special events, Afternoon Tea will be charged at R450 per person and include additional themed special treats.

Add a glass of sparkling wine for R60 Or a glass of French champagne for R230

Evening Tea
Served daily from 6–8:30pm
Price: R295 per person
Add a glass of sparkling wine for R65

714639Da Vinci’s on Kloof are excited to announce the launch of their new winter specials. Throughout the winter months and into spring/summer), a selection of their most popular dishes are available for only R50 during lunch hours (11h30 – 16h00).

Sit back on the outdoor patio or cosy up inside the restaurant, either way enjoy a wide variety of options.
•Burger & chips
•Porkchop, mash & Peas
•Steak, egg & chips
•Chicken schnitzel,cheese sauce & chips
•Sticky chicken wrap
•Grilled chicken breast salad
•Veg cannelloni
•Beef lasagne
• Teriyaki beef strip wrap

If you fancy taking a drive out to Stellenbosch or Franschoek to take in the beautiful winelands, we have hand-picked a few budget friendly options to make the trip worth your while. There are of course plenty more wine farms offering phenomenal dining experiences, should you be looking to splash out for something special.

Winelands

Cosecha (Franchhoek/Paarl)
Get two tacos and a glass of wine, soft drink or coffee included with your meal for R60. (Add a third taco for R20 extra). This special runs every Wednesday and Thursday.

Dornier Bodega Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
Tuck into the tapas special this winter. Enjoy a platter for two including a bottle of Cocoa Hill Wine for R295. This special is available from Wednesday to Sunday between 3pm and 5pm.

Revolution Restaurant (Paarl)
Enjoy warm cooked meals at great prices at The Revolution Restaurant this winter. Expect items like pumpkin soup (R55), tomato bredie (R65), pork belly (R65) and sweet-potato gnocchi (R55). These specials are subject to change every week and will be available throughout the year.

Feel free to tell us about any other hidden gems you may have found on your travels in Cape Town, as we would love to share with our interns and followers.

Contact us for more information