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Volunteering in South Africa – Gaining Experience and Confidence

Volunteer in South Africa – Pre-Vet Wildlife Internship
Chintsa, South Africa

I volunteered with GoEco in the Pre-Veterinary Wildlife Internship in Chintsa, South Africa. I was a bit nervous before heading to South Africa, for it was my first time out of the country alone. However, GoEco prepared me for my trip well in advance, which made for a smooth transition. We were provided with pickup at the airport upon arrival, and transportation to the volunteer house on site. Immediately upon arrival I felt comfortable and had a great connection with both staff and other volunteers.

A GoEco volunteer plays with a baby lion cub
Play time with baby lion cub Ozzy

Workdays varied in length, and were always filled with a vast amount of veterinary experience. Whether it was working in a township dipping dogs, or participating in a helicopter capture on a game reserve; each day was unexpected.

GoEco volunteers dip dogs
Dipping dogs in nearby township

During my time in South Africa I gained such a wide array of experience that would have never been possible at home. I participated in several game counts, tested cows and sheep for fertility, treated horses and mules in the area of Coffee Bay, and experienced both a net and helicopter capture.

GoEco volunteers test the fertility of sheep
Fertility testing on sheep

The pre-veterinary wildlife program provided a great deal of hands on experience. The program also allowed for time to travel and see other regions in South Africa.

GoEco volunteers test the fertility of cows
Post-cow fertility testing!

From traveling to Coffee Bay to treat horses, and traveling to Cape Town for a weekend off; I saw a great deal of the country in just four weeks.

GoEco volunteers treat horses
Treating horses in Coffee Bay

With the help of GoEco and the team of the pre-veterinary wildlife program I gained a once in a lifetime experience, as well as the confidence needed before applying to veterinary school! – Ashley

Get involved and begin the journey of your lifetime! Click here for more details about the Pre-Vet Wildlife Internship!

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