Update From The Rhino & Elephant Conservation Project: Volunteer Reviews And Shona Culture!

Update From The Rhino & Elephant Conservation Project: Volunteer Reviews And Shona Culture!

Posted by Ellie Hutchin on Mar 9, 2018

We have had an update from the Rhino And Elephant Conservation Project! They got in touch with some great videos which give a deeper insight into this incredible volunteer project in Zimbabwe, as well as some touching volunteer testimonials!

Here we have a volunteer Stacey, who gives a quick overview of the project in just 40 seconds!

Here is an insight into the Shona culture evening that takes place during volunteers’ time on the project. Shona culture is the way of life in the area which this project is situated, and volunteers learn all about it from the adorable local school children. As a volunteer on this project, you will learn all about the Shona culture in different ways, such as singing and dancing with the children!

Community work is a huge aspect of this project, as the team feel that developing sustainable and low impact agriculture is a great way to help preserve the ever-shrinking habitat that is available for African wildlife. Check out this testimonial from Darren, as he talks about his experience farming with the local children.

Finally, we received some written volunteer reviews from those who have visited this amazing project throughout February, so check those out below!

"Having spent the last six weeks volunteering at Imire I have nothing but good things to say about the place I now call home! Within minutes of being here, I have felt welcomed, loved and at home. The great thing about this place is the fact that the Travers live by the saying "Without the community by your side you won't succeed." Therefore, they are not only concerned with the conservation of their wildlife but rather understand the need to be united with their neighbours and the children of their community.

One has to mention the purity of the Travers's hearts and their passion towards what they do. Meeting Judy Travers is like meeting an idol! She is devoted to the wellbeing of the women, the children, and all those around her. It comes as no surprise meeting her children and seeing their own compassion and dedication to their field of expertise!

It is without doubt a place I will keep returning to, for everyone here including the handlers, children, teachers, and staff are a part of my family now."

- Haya, UK

“It was such a pleasure working with the community and learning from them. The genuine friendliness of every single person I came into contact with was so refreshing and inspiring. The hands-on experience with the animals was unbeatable. Thank-you to everyone at Imire. You are all a true inspiration.”

- Shari, USA

“The Imire Volunteer Programme is one of those rare programmes that allows the volunteers to really be a part of the inner workings of the conservancy. It is such a privilege to be integrated into such a special place and really be a part of the work they do. We had the opportunity to take part in a game capture – hands-on, right in the middle of it! How incredibly special this was. It truly has become such a special place for me – it truly is home. This was my second visit in the last two months and I can’t wait to plan my third!”

- Yesenia, USA

We love hearing about volunteer experiences here at TGP, and we are so glad that volunteers continually have life changing experiences on our Great Projects!

If you would like more information on this project, then please visit the project page.


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