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Volunteering in South Africa – Surmounting Expectations

Volunteer in South Africa – Wildlife Sanctuary
Hartebeespoort, South Africa

When I was being driven to my project, the Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa, I remember being a little bit nervous: would there be people of my age, would I like the place, the animals, the activities and everything else? I really didn’t know what to expect, but right after I arrived, my doubts and my fears vanished when I was welcomed by every single person, each of them introducing themselves and trying to make me fit in the group.

GoEco volunteers making friends
Some of the beautiful people that I met

They soon took me for a tour of the farm and the animals and I soon understand I was not going to forget my three weeks easily.

A GoEco volunteer spends time with a cub tiger
One of the two cub tigers on the farm

Everything surmounted my expectations. There was always something new to do, starting from simply chopping wood for the fire to walking with the lions or building a pool for the elephants (which was really fun!).

A GoEco volunteer on an elephant walk
During the elephant walk

Also the people were always different: it was hard to say goodbye to who was leaving but on the other hand others were coming. You could never get bored in that place!

GoEco volunteers have a mud fight after building an elephant pool
Mud fight after building an elephant pool

We worked really hard during the day, but we also had plenty of time to have fun during the weekend excursions or during the evenings, especially on Wednesday when we had the “braai” ( how South Africans call barbecues).

A GoEco volunteer overlooking the beautiful landscape
The beautiful landscape

Wildlife Sanctuary was a great experience. I still haven’t gotten over it now, one month after I came back home. In fact the only bad thing about that place was leaving. -Alessandro

Get involved and begin the journey of your lifetime! Click here for more details about the Wildlife Sanctuary!

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