African Impact Participant Reviews
Back for another go!
Submitted by Cary - Nottingham United Kingdom | March 18, 2018
This was my second time on this project. I was first here in October 2107 for 3 week and couldn’t wait to get back for another go. I signed up to the lions hands on projects but it was the people and community projects that got me back here. I couldn’t get back quick enough.
Submitted by Photographer - Copenhagen Denmark | March 18, 2018
If you're absolute main goal is the world of photography this is not the right place. I had a good time but didn't get what I expected from the trip prior to arrival. I was promised a professional photographer to be with us each day in the field, instruction, workshops and assignments. This did not happen.
Communication prior to arrival was great. Communication on site was poor.
I met sweet people and saw some cool stuff - I made the best of it, but I left not being a much better photographer than I was when I came.
Excellent conservation efforts
Submitted by Dr - Manchester United Kingdom | March 17, 2018
A lot of effort put into conservation methods & engagement of local community, education, human wildlife conflict management and empowerment. Using the solar ?blinkers appears to be effective in reducing wildlife attacks on cattle at night times. It’s great to hear that lions will be released in near future into one of the National parks. In my opinion should there be enough funds, Phase 1 of Lion walks could be scrapped and the project can start with release site (phase2). Although I haven’t read the reference articles thoroughly there’s no concrete evidence to suggest that Phase1 of lion walks is absolute necessity. In my opinion it is not productive for the cognitive development of lion cubs that are taken away from their at a very young age. And maternal bonding of lion cubs should be taken as priority, even if that means some of the research programs may not continue. It is also the responsibility of Universities that approves Research activities to critically and ethically evaluate the impact of separating lion cubs from their mothers and unnecessary interactions with humans. We are currently at a stage where wild animals are not allowed in circuses, however it seems it has taken a full circle when it comes to conservation. In my opinion a risk/benefit analysis (including financial costs of managing lions after retirement from walks into enclosures) of Lions walks to be carried out and it would be great for the lions not to have any direct contact/interactions with humans, however that would depend on the volunteers to consciously choose this wonderful program to continue without any interactions with lions. I would return probably in a couple of years to contribute to most of these programs.
21 Days of African Experience
Submitted by Oliviasjoberg - Solvesborg Sweden | March 17, 2018
As soon as I got here, I felt like my time here would be too short. Everthing seemed perfect. As time went on, I noticed some cracks in the foundation (projectwise) but I still enjoyed every single day here as I learned a lot, experienced many things, got to know new people, learned about Zimbabwean culture and made an amazing trip to Vic Falls.
Social Work and Development Internship-Fikelela Children's Home
Submitted by lucy - Sheffield United Kingdom | March 16, 2018
I have had the most incredible 9 weeks here in Cape Town. I have met some of the bestfriends, made the most amazing memories and worked in a beautiful community. Cape Town will forever be such a special place in my heart and its probably will my favourite experience this year. Fikelela is a fun but difficult place to work and it defnitely pushed me out my comfort zone, which is really what I was looking for. The children can be a handful but the bad is 100% outweighted by the good and I had so much support when I did feel down. Cape Town's history makes it much a topical and fascinating place to volunteer and I'm so glad I chose here to spend 9 weeks of my Cape Year.
Never ending learnings
Submitted by Karen - Santa Teresita Argentina | March 15, 2018
It was a fantastic experience. From the beginning I had been advised and supported, which makes everything much easier , especially when you are visiting a different culture. Culture exchange and interaction is so rewarding, I just will never forget what I lived here because I have learnt as much or even more than my students.
Submitted by Maria - Skjern Denmark | March 15, 2018
Antelope Park as a place for volunteers is amazing. The atmosphere is quite chill and relaxed; yet we get the jobs done (though 'Africa time' does apply almost at every event :) )
Staff is always smiling and happy.
A brief and honest review
Submitted by Hulio - university of adelaide | March 15, 2018
Having stayed here for 3 weeks I can honestly say that I have enjoyed my time here as a volunteer. The staff here are committed to their jobs on project and guide you on the course as an equal. I can also say that the projects are all striving towards a better future for the participants and you will never feel as though you are not making an impact. However, I must admit that this has been my only experience volunteering and so I do not have any point of comparison to make and therefore I can not say if there are better options available. I would implore you to research all options thoroughly. I personally found 3 weeks a sufficient amount of time here, and if your looking for a longer term more sustainable option perhaps look elsewhere than African Impact.
Thank you African Impact!
Submitted by MorganeSzy - Adelaide University | March 15, 2018
Working with African Impact to help support the local community through education programs was a fulfilling and eye opening experience. It is something that I would highly recommend to those who want to challenge themselves or simply immerse themselves in a new culture. By the end of your time here, the locals will refer to you as 'kaka' and 'dada', which means 'brother' and 'sister' in Swahili, and that is exactly how you will feel; like family.
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Submitted by Gideon10 - Boston United States | March 13, 2018
My review of the African Impact project was amazing. I met some incredible people, as well as Maasai. The nature was far beyond any expectation I had. I saw so many different animals every single day. The staff was absolutely incredible and could not have asked for better. Would love to come back soon!