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Volunteering in South Africa – A Home Far Better Than Home

Baby Kodi was a bundle of joy.

Volunteer in South Africa – Wildlife Sanctuary Hartebeespoort, South Africa Volunteering at the Wildlife Sanctuary was an experience far beyond anything I could have ever imagined. To me, what made the trip amazing was knowing that I was making a difference. Upon my arrival, I was taken on a tour of the farm as the project leaders explained exactly why each animal ...

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Volunteering in Italy – “Ba Bene”

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Volunteer in Italy – Dolphin and Marine Research Ischia Island, Italy My 2 weeks on the Dolphin and Marine Research project was incredible beyond words! This is a truly unique experience, from the places you see, the people you meet and the food you eat, it’s all just one big amazing adventure. Prepare to embark on the experience of a ...

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Volunteering in South Africa – A Month in Paradise

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Volunteer in South Africa – Wild Cat Sanctuary Free State, South Africa I spent 4 weeks volunteering at the Wild Cat Sanctuary and had the time of my life. I did things I never thought I would do, and met some incredible people and animals. There were lions, cheetahs, bat-eared foxes, caracals, servals, monkeys, jackals and an African wild cat ...

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Volunteering in South Africa – New Animals and New People

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Volunteer in South Africa – African Wildlife Ranch Western Cape, South Africa This past June I went to Oudtshoorn, South Africa to volunteer in the African Wildlife Ranch program. It was an amazing experience filled with new adventures and activities. What I really enjoyed about my trip was the bonding time and encounters I got to have with the animals. ...

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Volunteering in Zimbabwe – Lions Eat a Lot of Meat!

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Volunteer in Zimbabwe – Lion Conservation in Victoria Falls Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe I always considered doing a volunteer program, so this summer I thought it was time. I looked through lots of websites looking for a wildlife conservation project; because I really love animals and nature. I considered doing one with kids but then I doubt if I would be ...

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Volunteering in New Zealand – A Magical Experience

View from the path we were weeding in Westport.

Volunteer in New Zealand – New Zealand Conservation Experience Throughout New Zealand Volunteering in New Zealand was a uniquely delightful experience that opened my eyes to new perspectives, taught me about the importance of conservation while being in a gorgeous area, and allowed me to collaborate with people from all over the world. Going on the New Zealand Conservation Experience ...

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Volunteering in Australia – Gaining a Greater Understanding

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Volunteer in Australia – Wild Animal Sanctuary Gosford, Australia I left America with an open mind and hopeful of the project I was about to attend. The project would be at a Wild Animal Sanctuary in Gosford, NSW; a couple hours north of Sydney. My only expectation was to gain a greater understanding of wildlife conservation. Upon arrival to the ...

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Volunteering in South Africa – Children of the Township

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Volunteer in South Africa – Teach Children and Surf in Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa Teach Children and Surf in Cape Town, South Africa was a wonderful experience. I spent three weeks, which flew by, in Cape Town. I arrived in Cape Town on a Friday afternoon where I was greeted by some staff members and in a room ...

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Volunteering in Nepal – Expecting the Unexpected

A GoEco volunteer forming connections with a Nepali woman

Volunteer in Nepal – Empowering Women in Kathmandu Chuchepati, Kathmandu, Nepal The most common advice given to anyone traveling far from their usual neck of the woods, is to “expect the unexpected.” As an American college student who has not explored much beyond the Western world, I knew I was in for a huge culture shock. As I packed my ...

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Volunteering in Thailand: The Paradise

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Volunteer in Thailand – Elephant Village Experience Surin Province, Thailand My name is Sofi, I’m Mexican and I am 21 years old. My first impressions of Thailand were the culture and the overall the respect that they have for their religion, things and people. After knowing that Thailand has one of the best sunsets and the most genuine and beautiful people, I ...

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Volunteering in South Africa – Home Away From Home

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Volunteer in South Africa – Wildlife Sanctuary Hartebeespoort, South Africa I have been home for just over 24 hours and still can’t believe I’m no longer at the Wildlife Sanctuary. Who knew a goodbye could be so hard from just over 2 weeks somewhere. Even thinking about the fact that it was only 2 weeks feels so strange. It felt as though ...

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Volunteering in Thailand – Opening My Mind to New Experiences

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Volunteer in Thailand – Elephant Village Experience Surin province, Thailand Hello! My name is Abbie Gilsdorf and I went to Surin, Thailand and participated in the Elephant Village Experience. It was my first time outside of the United States and I was lucky enough to go with my best friend. We went for a week and it was the best ...

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Volunteering in South Africa – The “Ins and Outs” of a Wildlife Sanctuary

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Volunteer in South Africa – Wildlife Sanctuary Hartebeespoort, South Africa I spent an amazing two weeks working at the Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa this summer. My journey started off with a two-day orientation in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. I stayed at a hostel, hosted by the friendliest staff. I was able to get acquainted to the new culture and ...

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Volunteering in Zimbabwe – Living in an Animal Kingdom

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Volunteer in Zimbabwe – African Wildlife Orphanage Bulawayo, Zimbabwe What an incredibly eye opening but quick 4 weeks it has been. The day I arrived for the African Wildlife Orphanage project seems as if it was just yesterday. Being picked up at the airport not knowing what to expect. The place was foreign, everything was new. The sights, the smell, ...

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Volunteering in Thailand – Thai Treasures

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Volunteer in Thailand – Learn, Volunteer and Travel Sing Buri Province, Thailand Thailand is a treasure for sure. My first program in Learn, Volunteer and Travel was the Introduction to Thai Culture program with Cholly Kubu and Wangchart Petchana as my guides, and they were awesome. During the week I visited several temples including Ayutthaya, Buddha’s Footprint, and Wang Saen ...

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