Dave’s Volunteer Experience in South Africa – Two Weeks in Africa

Posted by: Dave P.

Taking this volunteer trip to the Wildlife Sanctuary project was something I had wanted to do for several years. Unfortunately, between work and a busy schedule, it was always something that I “might” do “eventually” rather than actually doing. Then, I decided it had to happen. I made the preparations, booked my trip, and slightly hesitantly headed off to the airport. Unbeknownst to me it would be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Literally after one day of volunteering, I was already regretting only having two weeks to stay. Every day was amazing and full of incredible experiences and new people. The days flew by as we were so busy working on the farm, hanging out and making new friends, and learning about the wildlife in a very hands on manner. The staff is very helpful, friendly, and seem just as excited to be there as the volunteers. As mind-blowing as the actual project was, the people I met were similarly incredible. It’s crazy that in just a few weeks you can develop friendships that seem like you’ve had for years. Leaving was very emotional, but still, I can’t recommend this trip enough to anyone who is considering it or may be on the fence, seriously, do it.

Having just returned home, I already miss everything that filled my days for those two weeks in South Africa. I find myself constantly looking back at photos and in the back of my mind planning a return visit as soon as possible.