Volunteer Testimonials

There's no better way to get the low-down on a project than to read what other people have said about it.

Take a look at some of our volunteer testimonials below to see what previous volunteers have posted about their time on our projects. 

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Yvie A, United Kingdom
Big 5 Wildlife Conservation, National Parks I volunteered in Hwange National Park and right from the start I loved landing at Victoria Falls Airport, and then being whisked literally 40 minutes down the road in a no-roof 4x4 vehicle to what felt like the middle of the bush, and being instantly asked to set up my tent for camping! I felt instantly exploded away from my usual daily life of spreadsheets and computers, into Africa veldt - being up close and present as herds of elephants took advantage of one of the many Chamabonda vlei water pans maintained by the trust. I learned a lot ... April 2017 Read More
Ann and Fiona, United Kingdom
Rhino & Elephant Conservation “If you were nervous about doing a non animal task, the staff were so perfect in helping you achieve what you believed you never could. A real thank you to them! Always calm, both with the volunteers and the animals. If I was an animal, I would be happy to be looked after here!” Fiona, UK “This was my first time volunteering to celebrate my 50th year on the planet – and Imire was definitely the best place I could have chosen. The close contact with particularly the elephant and rhino was totally a unique experience – memorable in itself, but made ... March 2017 Read More
Nadia S, Netherlands
Rescued Animal Conservation, Malawi My first time in Africa, and what a wonderful experience this was! There are a lot of projects in Africa, but you must do your research to find a good one. And trust me this one is! When I landed on the airport a taxi driver was waiting for me, it was a 30 minute drive to the wildlife centre, there I was welcomed with open arms. From the first moment I felt like home. What a nice place and lovely people! In my first week I really learned a lot. A few things we did: food preparation and feeding techniques, ... March 2017 Read More
Cary H, USA
Rhino & Elephant Conservation Feedback from Cary H on Rhino Elephant Conservation Programme | January 2017 | I loved every moment we have to spend time with the animals, especially breakfast with the elephants, horseback riding and feeding the elephants and rhinos. I also enjoyed our weekly party and climbing Castle Kopje. After we greet the rhinos and elephants in the mornings and clean their enclosures, which is fun, we stay with the handlers for an hour and watch them forage. In this time Bright is active about teaching us animal facts and talking to us about their behavior. The volunteer house is absolutely ... January 2017 Read More
Holly G, USA
Rescued Animal Conservation, Malawi My time here can only be described as the very clichéd “once in a lifetime” experience, only I hope that it does not happen only once, as I would love to go back as soon as possible. I got the idea to volunteer in Africa from an animal shelter where I volunteer at home; someone mentioned it in passing and the idea stuck with me. So when I had to opportunity to take some time off from work and school to celebrate my 30th birthday, I decided to do some research, and became immediately overwhelmed with the choices. ... December 2016 Read More
Sarah C, United Kingdom
Veterinary Internship, Malawi So much knowldge and so many great times! Submitted by Sarah C | October 2016 I’ve recently returned from a 5 week stay… what an amazing experience! I was involved with the care and husbandry of a range of species and there are also opportunities to carry out some outreach volunteer work too. I have taken away so much valued knowledge and great times from the centre. Being a Veterinary Nurse back home, I especially enjoyed working with the on-site vet in the clinic, and also assisting with the pre-release monitoring. The wildlife centre was truly welcoming from beginning to end, all the staff ... November 2016 Read More
Fliss S, United Kingdom
Veterinary Internship, Malawi Amazing Work and Life Experience Submitted by Fliss S | November 2016 I saw this project and thought, yes this is exactly what I would love to do; it gave me the opportunity to work with a variety of different wildlife species and a in a country that I have always dreamed of coming to. I applied and the journey began! I was involved with all animal related work. From Orphan Care (animal sittings, feeding, cleaning etc); Animal Care (working with animal care guys to feed and clean all other animals at the center). Clinic work (health checks of vervets, baboons, sparrow ... November 2016 Read More
Margot H, Canada
Horse Riding & Rhino Conservation It’s hard to put my experience into words! It was so amazing to learn about and help with the amazing conservation effort that goes on here. Working so closely with the rhino was incredible - a real once-in-a-lifetime experience - and the work that goes into protecting this wonderful animal is inspiring and never-ending. The passion that there is for all the animals is wonderful. I had such an amazing experience trying to re-introduce an orphaned wildebeest back into the herd on horseback! It was unreal to ride right up to the herd and watch her interact with the wild herd ... October 2016 Read More
Brigitte Dierckx, Dubai
Teaching & Literacy, Victoria Falls You make a real difference in the school I was so impressed by the project staff and teachers values and their commitment to the environment and local communities. It was crucial for me that this experience would be more than a “feel-good” operation set up solely for tourists. I have worked with Children in the Wilderness before so I knew that their endorsement would give me the guarantee of its credibility and value. We had an absolutely amazing experience. I have never felt happier and more comfortable than with the people who I met on this project – they have 100% integrity. I achieved ... August 2016 Read More
Patsy B, Dubai
Family volunteering - Hands-on Rhino & Elephant Conservation An incredible family experience Submitted by Patsy B | July 2016 What an amazing experience we have had on the family volunteering project here at Imire. Our leader, Dolf, shared his passion for the bush with us in such a humble way, imparting his knowledge to us all, keeping the boys interested, motivated and involved in all the activities. Wow, what a priviledge it has been to be at Imire, taking part in the day to day activities involving rhino, elephant and the feeding of lion and hyena, not forgetting the cattle dipping fun! It truly has been an awesome experience. We enjoyed ... August 2016 Read More

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