Hear from our volunteers

Victoria Goodwin

My experience was such an enriching one. I loved every moment, and the staff are who made it extra amazing with the support and team work. It’s always nerve-racking to put yourself out of your comfort zone, but I was welcomed with open arms which helped so much.

~Victoria Goodwin, Canada, Pre-School Teaching & School Enrichment.

Colin Mao

It’s my first time to go abroad, it was really a nice trip and unforgettable experience. I did a lot of meaningful things and I was exposed to many new things. It’s a beautiful trip but more interesting than just travelling.

~Colin Mao, China, Dolphin & Whale Experience and Coastal Conservation.

Natasha Renwick

Africa was the most amazing experience of my life.  I got opportunities most people would never get, like Shark cage diving, camping in the wild, safaris and many more! I met some amazing friends and don’t think I could have had a better African family! Volunteering and helping children was so rewarding and the children are amazing!

~Natasha Renwick, UK, Pre-School Teaching & School Enrichment.

We accept volunteers of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds and countries. We believe that everyone has the ability to make a difference to our programmes and our mission is to provide you with a life-changing and fulfilling experience in return.

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Liam Stobart UK

The highlight of my stay has been seeing the progress that has been made in the various projects I have been involved with since I have been here

~Liam Stobart, UK, Community Outreach & HIV Awareness

Katie Chorley

I think at the Pre-Schools they appreciate the help so much and I really felt that we made a difference!

~Katie Chorley, UK, Pre-School Teaching & School Enrichment

Ilona Jamieson UK

I know I made a difference to people and that was so important to me – but I also learned so much from those I had come to help.  Unforgettable!!

~ Ilona Jamieson, UK, Community Outreach & HIV Awareness

Fransika Jablonowski

I had a very good feeling about coming to Knysna as every little question was answered very well and very fast! The house is nice, the co-ordinators are perfect and I could see so many things! You made so many things possible for us! Thank you!

~Franziska Jablonowski, Germany, Pre-School Teaching & School Enrichment

Mike Heini

The highlights of my stay have been all the new experiences of how people live and get educated in the townships; getting close to and getting to know more about elephants; and seeing how a great idea like the Recycling Swop Shop can make an impact on a community.

~Mike Heini, Switzerland, Practical Conservation & Elephant Experience

Azar Saniee USA

My experience was unforgettable!  I adored the children and each one of them has a place in my heart.  Their sincerity and trust have made a better person out of me.

~Azar Saniee, USA, Pre-School Teaching & School Enrichment

Johanna Guth

Before I arrived I knew I wanted to see the landscape, get to know the people and learn about the culture; but somehow I wasn’t really sure what it would be like. I really think that my expectations were fulfilled in every aspect!  The people were all really friendly, the landscape was breathtaking and the projects were so interesting!

~Johanna Guth, Germany, Community Outreach & HIV Awareness 

Hannah Kingsley

Some of the highlights for me have been meeting everyone because people are so friendly and keen to talk to us, especially the kids; and also meeting the elephants and working at the Recycling Swop Shop – it’s such fun talking to everyone and helping them spend their points!

~Hannah Kingsley, UK, Practical Conservation & Elephant Experience

Lynne Menke

Some of my highlights were TB Screening – helping people realise they may have TB and then directing them on how they can get help; doing a talk on personal safety with the girls group; hanging out at the craft market and having cocktails; and the great excursions!

~Lynne Menke, US, Community Outreach & HIV Awareness

The highlight for me has been hearing the English that the kids have learned over the last 4 weeks. The children are all very keen to learn and impeccably well behaved!

~Rachel Dunn, UK, English Teaching & School Support

Stacey Davidson

I found it fascinating to learn about the health challenges in Madagascar and I feel I gained invaluable experience to bring back to my 3rd year of nursing.

~Stacey Davidson, Canada, Rural Medical Outreach

Fionne Marshall

I would definitely give this marine programme 10/10! It was amazing to see these beautiful animals and contribute to important research

~Fionne M, UK, Dolphin & Whale Experience and Coastal Conservation.

Kathryn Quinn

One of the best moments for me was doing the river clean-up because when we arrived, two little ones came right over and immediately started helping us.  They didn’t have to be asked and one by one more kids started showing up.

~Kat Quinn, US, Practical Conservation & Elephant Experience

Olli Emptage

My experience exceeded my expectations! There was a great family atmosphere and real group cohesion! I have grown as a person and I feel I’ve seen a positive difference in the projects I’ve worked on.

~ Oliver Emptage, UK, Sports Coaching & Community Outreach

Charlotte Costello

I enjoyed being part of the HIV Awareness Workshops as I think it is one of the most important projects with HIV affecting so many people in SA! It was amazing to be a part of educating people about this disease.

~ Charlotte Costello, UK, Community Outreach & HIV Awareness