Are you tired of sifting through breathtaking pictures of Southern Africa during your lunch breaks and lamenting the four walls of your cubicle? Looking for ways to escape the daily grind, see something different, and actually do something with your life? Adventure awaits you in another continent, far from your office, where some of the world’s most majestic animals call home. You can have an experience of a lifetime by becoming a volunteer in South Africa.
Travelling anywhere in the world can be nerve-wracking, especially when you have to plan your trip, catch connecting flights, and facilitate your own way through your chosen location. When you partner with a respectable volunteer tourism company, you can shoulder that responsibility with their expert agents. All you have to worry about is booking your flights to South Africa, while they organize everything else regarding your stay, including accommodations, transportation, and meals. Your volunteer project is an entirely supervised venture, designed with your safety in mind. Those guides who meet you at your destination will provide in-depth training and orientation, so you can put all of your efforts into preservation.
Can you imagine lying beside a tiger or petting the skin of a spotted leopard? Being so close to nature allows you to see and experience things that are just not possible in your hometown. Even the zoo won’t let you get as close as you can on this journey. While you admire these beautiful animals, you can feel the gratification that comes from supporting them. As a volunteer, you’ll learn basic animal husbandry so you can help to up keep the sanctuaries and care for the various animals that call it home.
Sound like a lot of work? It isn’t when you are just one of many volunteers working on the sanctuary. Here, the old adage that ‘many hands make light work’ is true, so you’ll be part of a dedicated team of fellow volunteers, guides, veterinarians, and others whose work is integral to the upkeep of the sanctuary. Through a volunteer tourism company like Volunteer Southern Africa, people from all walks of life contribute their time and efforts to the cause. Families, retirees, and students looking to fill a gap year are just a few examples of the typical volunteer, but you can check out Volunteersa.com/who-volunteers/ to see a better cross-section of people. Despite your various backgrounds, you’ll form life-long bonds with these like-minded people, as you work alongside each other over the weeks (or months) of your stay. You’ll also have the opportunity to play together, as these volunteer tourism companies organize excursions off of the reserve to the many tourist attractions in the country.
While you’ll come back with impressive pictures of the places you visited, you’ll come back with even more memories of the meaningful work you did with your volunteer mates. Recharged and motivated for making a difference in the world, you’ll return to your cubicle ready to plan your next visit to South Africa.