See What Catherine Thought Of Her Time At The Wildlife Orphanage!

See What Catherine Thought Of Her Time At The Wildlife Orphanage!

Posted by Michael Starbuck on 24th Mar 2017

The Wildlife Orphanage in South Africa is a fantastic place to go to not only get hands on when helping injured and orphaned animals, but also to help the local children learn more about animal conservation efforts in their local area. That is exactly what one of our volunteers Catherine did earlier this year, and she has written about her time at the project for us today. Let’s take a look at what Catherine has to say about the project.

What was it like the moment you first started at the orphanage?

South Africa Squirrel

The moment I started at the orphanage was overwhelming because there were so many cool animals I had never seen up close and in person before. I was really excited and eager to learn about what it takes to care for so many vastly different animals.

Which interesting animals did you see on your time at the project?

South Africa Cheetah

My favourite animal has always been meerkats and the orphanage had plenty of those. There are also ostriches, a cheetah, an African wild dog, mongooses, crocodiles, rock hyraxes, and large birds like owls and eagles.

How was the experience of working with the local communities?

South Africa Volunteering

Working with the local communities is the best cultural immersion I could ask for. Learning traditional songs and dances from the African people is in many ways a humbling experience, while also a fun and engaging one. It's nice to be in a situation where people from two entirely opposite cultures are deeply interested in the other; we have a lot to teach each other.

What tips do you have for future potential volunteers?

An open mind is the key to all volunteer experiences. Along with this, a sense of ambition and the ability to work with a team are essential, but will also be developed through volunteering in a unique and lasting way.

What was the best moment on the trip?

The best moment on my trip was watching The Lion King with kids from the local community after dinner one night. Watching a movie I'm so familiar with in this utterly foreign country to me was an interesting experience, especially when the movie happens to be set in that foreign country. Watching The Lion King in Africa, having finally seen many of the animals in the movie in real life was a strangely unforgettable moment.

Why should other people volunteer at the Wildlife Orphanage?

South African Meerkat

Volunteer at the Wildlife Orphanage to learn more about specifically African animals in a hands on way. On top of that, you'll be with people from the local communities all the time and I've made friends who are native South Africans that I will always keep in touch with. There's also a balance of free time and the area surrounding the Wildlife Orphanage is perfect for exploring.

If Catherine’s experience of the Wildlife Orphanage has inspired you to get involved, then why not take a closer look at the project to find out more, or simply get in touch with a member of the travel team on [email protected] email.


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