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Emma's Volunteer Experience in South Africa - Making A Real Difference

To say Africa is a dream come true would be an understatement. I’ve always been passionate about wildlife conservation, but after seeing these animals up close, I have a whole new perspective and appreciation for these creatures and the people who work to save them. The Wildlife Sanctuary project really makes a difference in the everyday lives of these animals and raises awareness to further protect future generations.

I was so excited for so long about this opportunity to bring a dream of mine to fruition, that when the moment finally arrived it didn’t even feel real. I remember being nervous to leave my family and friends but so thrilled to be going to South Africa and really feel like I was helping a cause I felt so passionately about. The beginning transition in Johannesburg went smoothly and I was very appreciative of having the opportunity to explore the city and learn about South African culture before heading to the Wildlife Sanctuary project.

Volunteer in South Africa - Lion Cubs

Being on the sanctuary was definitely one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced. There were so many incredible animals, all with unique stories as to why they ended up here, but hopeful futures as they are under such amazing care. I felt honored to be able to partake in many activities with them, including lion cub interactions/walks, elephant walks, lion training camps, feeding, horseback riding, and so much more. These are all memories I will treasure forever.

I could go on and on about all of my experiences, however I think the best way to sum up would be to mention the amazing staff and other vollies (volunteers) that make the sanctuary what it is. I was so thrilled to have made so many new lifelong friendships in such a short amount of time and I will forever be grateful to the GoEco team for this unforgettable trip.

Volunteer in South Africa - Tiger