GoEco - Top Volunteer Organization of 2015
This project takes place in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, the oldest city in the country. From the iconic Table Mountain to the magnificent Cape beaches, this city
Wonderful experience for young and not so young adults
Submitted by Todd Soyck - Seoul South Korea | September 06, 2016
My experience at Glen Afric cannot be summed up in one word. There is so much that this experience provided for me. As a first-time volunteer who was a bit older than the others, I was never made to feel like an outsider. The balance between work to make the sanctuary a better place and the contact allowed with some of the animals (which most volunteers came for) in their care was more than appropriate. I made many friendships with the volunteers, the group leaders, the owners and the staff. There were plenty of opportunities to learn about the animals and animal conservation. The accommodations and food were good, as well. Outside excursions were offered to learn more about the people and culture of South Africa or just to have plain fun. It would be hard to pick a favorite activity of my 3-week stay. I enjoyed walking with the elephants, working with the lions and tigers, and getting to know briefly some of the great people associated with Glen Afric. I would highly recommend this program.
Program: South Africa - Wildlife Sanctuary
Submitted by Naomi - Springfield United States | September 02, 2016
Stepping out of my comfort zone and volunteering in Thailand with this amazing organization is something I will remember forever. I was fortunate to meet such kind-hearted children and make such wonderful friends, while volunteering. For the first week I was able to volunteer at an orphanage in a small village. This was wonderful because we were able to build a safe and friendly environment for the children as well as interact with them. I was also happy to discover that GoEco offered volunteers to switch programs and try new things. For my second week I volunteered at a school also in a small village and was greeted by wonderful Thai children. Overall, this experience has been unforgettable and I am very grateful.
Amazing experience in Czech Republic
Submitted by Renata - Poland | September 01, 2016
It was my first time volunteering abroad and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I haven't heard about GoEco before but after my stay in Prague I can highly recommend this organization. I had a blast during my internship and I enjoyed every minute of it. I met so many wonderful people from all over the world, I learned about hospitality industry and I had a chance to discover Prague which is a beautiful city. I'm already planning to volunteer with GoEco again next summer and I can't wait for it!
Community teaching and weekend lion conservation - AMAZING!
Submitted by CJ - Elsah United States | September 01, 2016
The staff, volunteers and accommodations at Antelope Park were wonderful. I have a heart and a passion for serving communities as well as a huge love for wildlife, with this program I got the best of both! Being able to go out into the local community to teach children and lend support to the drop inn center and orphanage was incredibly rewarding. The community program coordinators at African Impact (this program is through African Impact, GoEco did the booking) encouraged us to jump right in and provided the necessary materials to succeed, I was able to teach a classroom on conservation efforts right away. The lion and elephant encounters on the weekend were an experience I will never forget, especially the night encounter! I walked away with a high level of compassion and knowledge for Zimbabwe, I can honestly say, 2 weeks was not enough!
Make an impact while learning
Submitted by Guillaume Pailhoux - Ecole Jeannine Manuel | August 26, 2016
While the trip had a few minor setbacks, I thought the trip overall was a great success! Many parts of this trip I will remember for the rest of my life. The best part of this trip is the time spent at the Casa de las Idiomas with the kids. Not only is it fun, it is also extremely rewarding to see these kids have even more fun while learning. Is it a great way to see how most of the families in these communities actually live compared to what tourists usually see by only going to Lima and Cusco. Another great part of this trip is the freedom to roam around Pimentel and the liberty the organizational staff gives you, which lets you truly interact with the local people and learn even more than just by doing touristic visits. Overall, I strongly recommend this trip as it is a great way to give back while learning first-hand a new and fascinating culture!
Program: Peru - English Teaching Experience