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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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 - 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
Dries P, Belgium
Teaching & Literacy, Victoria Falls It is impossible for me to write what I enjoyed the most about my time in Victoria Falls - the people, the animals or the nature that surrounds you. I have never felt happier and more comfortable than with the people who I met on this project - they have 100% integrity. It was nice to combine the leisurely accommodation of Victoria Falls town with the programme out at Jabulani and I felt it gave exactly the right balance.We also loved the extra trip to visit Hwange National Park, the bird watching, drinks at the lodge and “the perfect evening” - watching ... July 2016 Read More
Michael D, United Kingdom
Marine Conservation, Mozambique Within 5 mins of touching down at the tiny Ihambane airport, all the anxieties of bringing my children on a marine conservation project in Mozambique had melted away. It hadn’t been an easy lead up. We made the decision to get our PADI open water in London before we left. After a disastrous pool session and two days at a no-visibility gravel pit near Heathrow, my 14 year old daughter decided she hated diving. No worries, we were assured, it was OK for her to just snorkel. Next, friends and colleagues became more incredulous as I first explained ... July 2016 Read More
Katarzyna J, Poland
Rhino & Elephant Conservation Unforgettable weeks at Imire Submitted by Katarzyna J | 16th May 2016 I chose Imire for the chance to get hands-on experience with animals and also because of the diversity of the programme, the positive opinions of the programme and its conservation value. I came to Imire between jobs, at my 40th birthday. I hoped to experience the wonderful African wildlife up close and have my own impact on conservation. I got these and so much more. The programme is wonderfully diverse, no two days look the same. Whether it’s walking with the elephants, getting close to the endangered black rhinos, sneaking up ... May 2016 Read More
Sophie H, France
Marine Conservation, Mozambique This experience with helped me to better understand the reality of the threat to marine life, and as a consequence to a global ecosystem, which is only a sample of the complexity of this issue. This experience allowed me at the same time to go back to the basics, get more colours in my palette, reconnect with Nature… and to look further than I ever looked. Some people say that scientists are boring, whatever their specialty, and especially in biology. They are supposed to behave as autistic people, living in their own world that nobody can penetrate. As a scientist in clinical ... March 2016 Read More

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