I left Johannesburg this morning and we stopped in Inhambane, then onwards to Vilanculos. African Impact staff member Amy picked me up and drove me to the volunteer house. On the drive I asked about these bugs that supposedly burrow into your skin when you sit on the beach(someone I met in South Africa told me this)! The staff member told me she wasn't sure they were just on the beach and that she thought the mango trees at school attract them. She hadn't gotten any until she recently got four all in one foot. A friend had to pick them out with a needle...lovely.
The volunteer house is a structure with high ceilings and a thatched roof, there's a downstairs area with a large table where we will eat meals together. We will mostly just use this building for socializing. Across the road is a beautiful resort with two pools (whoohoo) and the beach is a short walk from there! This is also where we'll be staying.
Five of us live in a thatched roof bungalow that has electricity and an ensuite bathroom with running water, it is lovely! Space is a bit tight and the rest of the beds are in the open, there are two beds upstairs right across from the big opening in our bungalow (or as I'll call it, mozzie highway)
and there are two more on the bottom floor right near the entrance, but I'm in the only closed off bedroom in the back. Another volunteer arrives on Tuesday and she will be sharing with me, but for now I have a bit of privacy. I took a long nap and then had a delicious dinner at the restaurant next door with my new roommates, from England, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands. I asked about the burrowing bugs and they told me the bugs actually don't like saltwater, so you wouldn't find them on the beach. So jury's out on what area I should avoid? So far so good, orientation tomorrow. Pics coming soon, net access here is a bit iffy.
update: pics added!