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Volunteering in South Africa – An Avid Traveler


Volunteer in South Africa – The Big 5 Wildlife Reserve in the Greater Kruger Area
The Greater Kruger Area , South Africa

Traveling to South Africa truly is an amazing experience. I am an avid traveler — I have traveled to many locations in my home country and in other parts of the world. Even with that experience, I must admit I had butterflies in my stomach before volunteering in South Africa.

A GoEco volunteer at a Community work at one of the local schools
Community work at one of the local schools
A GoEco volunteer at a conservation work
Bush-clearing conservation work

I thought about the length of the flights, finding my staff member at the airport, what kind of people I would meet, the level of difficulty of the research, and how interesting the excursions would be to name some items.

A GoEco volunteer hiking during his weekend excursion in Swaziland
Hiking during our weekend excursion in Swaziland

However, from the moment I met my project staff member at Johannesburg airport, I knew what kind of tone this experience would entail. He was very welcoming and right away I meshed with the other volunteers on the way to the bush.

A GoEco volunteer at a overnight camping trip at Klaserie Game Reserve
Overnight camping trip at Klaserie Game Reserve

The accommodations did not disappoint, as the food was delicious and plentiful and the rooms were very clean. The staff gave us a sufficient amount of training before we went into the field. Everyone was responsible for a different task related to research. These tasks were educational but not overwhelming. The sights and sounds in the South African bush were extraordinary. Our schedule kept us busy but still allowed some time for resting and sharing photos.

A GoEco volunteer at a pub night out at the end of the trip
Pub night out at the end of the trip

There was a wide variety of tasks to be completed, including research, conservation work, community involvement, camping, and social events. On the weekend, everyone got to sign up for a fun excursion. My trip to Swaziland proved to be memorable.

A GoEco volunteer at a community involvement at one of the local schools
Community involvement at one of the local schools
A GoEco volunteer at research
Research time

My time in South Africa went extremely quickly. Meeting people from all over the world was truly a great experience. By keeping an open mind and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone a little, it is amazing what you can accomplish. I highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in a life-changing experience! – Ryan

Get involved and begin the journey of your lifetime! Click here for more details about the The Big 5 Wildlife Reserve in the Greater Kruger Area!

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