James P

UK | January 2016

Such a special place

Submitted by James P | January 11, 2016

You discover its beauty from the moment you wake up in the volunteer house, overlooking a beautiful dam, to then having a delicious breakfast with people I can now call friends, knowing the day ahead will be a new and exciting experience. Nothing is false here, the people are friendly and helpful because that's just them, and you feel it everywhere. 

Driving through the vast grounds every day, across rivers, through woodland, seeing the wildlife, was a highlight every day. Meeting the people who live  and work at Imire will always stay with me too, hearing their stories about their experience of Zimbabwe and Imire, all of them so full of life and humour despite any troubles they may face.

And then there is the work, a range of activities from cutting trees to researching wildlife, all made special by the people we are working with. Then to close a day of work we would walk back with the elephants or rhino - another special experience. Our day would be finished off by watching an amazing African sunset, either by a marvellous viewpoint, canoeing on the lke, sitting by the pool or at a remote campsite ready to sleep out under the stars.

Zimbabwe is a country I could visit again and again, for the people, the culture, the wildlife and the beauty. There are not many places that I have loved as much, for the passion and the work it is doing. 

A special thank you to Bright, our task manager, for having patience with us, teaching us so much and providing an excellent day everyday. On top of that, thank you to everyone - you made it an unforgettable and amazing two weeks.

 

      

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