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Volunteering in South Africa – A Home Far Better Than Home

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Volunteering in China – Majestic Pandas

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Volunteer in China – Giant Panda Center Bifengxia, China I was slightly apprehensive as I arrived in Chengdu airport, ahead of my three weeks of volunteering with pandas at the Giant Panda Center. My nerves were quickly settled as I was greeted at the airport by my volunteer leader. After a few days sight seeing, myself and five others, were ...

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Volunteering in South Africa – My True Home

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Volunteer in South Africa – Wildlife Sanctuary Hartebeespoort, South Africa How do I start to explain how much I love this place? My name is Cathrine. I´m 19 years old, from Norway. This journey was my very first adventure that I organized by myself. I traveled with two friends of mine, and we were all a bit nervous and excited. ...

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Volunteering in South Africa – More Than Just a Tourist

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Volunteer in South Africa – Diverse Wildlife Sanctuaries Hartebeespoort, South Africa This experience has been truly life changing. Diverse Wildlife Sanctuaries started with an orientation program in Johannesburg and it was very fun. It is not just like sitting in a tourist bus and taking photos while driving without understanding. You get to see the artists of Johannesburg, live in ...

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Volunteer in Thailand – Majestic Animals and Incredible People

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Volunteer in Thailand – Elephant Village Experience Surin province, Thailand My time on the Elephant Village Experience Thailand working with the elephants was incredible! I got to experience not only the care of these majestic animals, but also the daily life in a small rural village away from wifi, hot water, and busy traffic. It was refreshing to be in ...

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Volunteering in Thailand – Dream

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Volunteer in Thailand – Learn, Volunteer and Travel Sing Buri Province, Thailand Just think about it: 7 billion people, each doing something to contribute to the broader definition of life. Whether you are a young girl from Syria trying to get an education, an incredibly wealthy British Nobel, an elderly woman in South Sudan walking three hours to get water, ...

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Volunteering in Thailand – An Unforgettable Adventure

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Volunteer in Thailand – Learn, Volunteer and Travel Sing Buri Province, Thailand I found the transfer coordinator rather quickly once I passed customs. Myself, along with 3 other participating members (and the transfer coordinator) began the almost 3 hour adventure to Singburi, where I would be teaching English in Learn, Volunteer and Travel. The first night was tough because I woke ...

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Volunteering in Portugal – Living Like a Local

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Volunteer in Portugal – Porto Hospitality Internship Porto, Portugal I found this program through one frantic google-searching evening fueled in part by the long months of a Minnesotan winter looming on the horizon, and in part by an outspoken desire many years in the making to do more, see more, and meet more weirdos like myself. Having spent some time ...

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