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Volunteers' Stories




Care for Animals in a Wildlife Sanctuary Voluntary Project on the Garden Route in South Africa

I had an unforgettable experience that I'm sure I will treasure forever! The placement enabled me to experience a different way of life with a number of people from all over the world.

The best thing was the people; Sandy and Percy were fantastic and made excellent surrogate parents! We had a laugh every day and all became so close! It was a really family orientated environment, set in a beautiful landscape! It was really fantastic to step outside and see rolling hills and the occasional zebra, in the distance. I'd recommend the placement to anyone who likes the countryside and doesn't mind roughing it, just a little bit.

It's not just a project for animal lovers and will suit anyone who likes being outdoors. It's also perfect for first time travellers and people who struggle being away from home, because Sandy and Percy will look after you!

Can you describe a typical day?

We were up at 6.30ish to start the morning feed around 7am. The duties were split between us so that everyone got to do a different job each day; either preparing the food inside for the animals and birds or working outside e.g. raking the bird cages.

We'd have breaky at 9.30-10ish, then would start our task for the day. Whilst I was there we finished painting the raccoon cage, planted trees in the bush buck enclosure, helped do the springbok enclosure - digging holes for poles and trees and putting up the shade cloth around the sides, we also started the emergency cages.

At 3-ish we did the afternoon feed, which didn't take long, so we'd finish the working day at 4ish.

We ate dinner at about 6.30 and hung out at the house, playing rummikub and uno; but of course this time is your own so you can do whatever you want.

I had a fantastic time and fell in love with the place, the animals and especially the people! It's difficult to write a feedback form because everyone will gain something different from the whole thing; what you gain will depend on how much you put into it! Just appreciate it all the time because it was over all too quickly!   

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