GoEco - Top Volunteer Organization
GoEco - Top Volunteer Organization Programs
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
GoEco - Top Volunteer Organization Reviews
The Trip of a Lifetime
Submitted by Amelia - University of Wisconsin | July 20, 2017
The South Africa - Pre-Vet Wildlife Internship was one of the best experiences of my life. I went into the program not really knowing what to expect. They give you as much detail as possible, but since the program is constantly evolving and incorporating new veterinary opportunities, it's hard to say exactly what you'll be doing. This was nerve-wracking for my family and friends, but to me it was thrilling! I arrived in East London and was transported to the volunteer house in Chintsa, South Africa where I would be staying for the next three weeks. Each week and day was different and you honestly never had any idea if the day was going to stay as planned or not. Some days we would go to the East London Zoo and do various enrichment projects for the animals there, other days we would go to the local clinic to watch surgeries or view cases happening there that day, and other days we would spend all day capturing two giraffes. We also had overnight trips to Kei Mouth, Cathcart, and Hogsback where would stay at lodges or homes and work a couple of days in the local townships. While in the townships we would clean out infected wounds, inject animals for internal and external parasites, and dip dogs. One day, we had a man ask us if we could inject his 200 sheep. That was the day I learned how to flip a sheep and it was also the day that I fell in love with sheep. Getting down and dirty with the animals was a thrill, but they also make sure that you go out and experience South Africa and all the beautiful places it has to offer. On my days off, I went zip lining, quad biking, pet a tame giraffe, went to a resort, had nights out on the town, did a wild boat ride, visited the beach that is a 3 minute walk from the house, and so much more. Each and every day was entirely different from before and I wish I could explain them all in immense detail because each of my 21 days there was the best day of my life. I can't say it enough, but this trip changed my life. A part of me will forever remain in Chintsa and wouldn't have it any other way!
Submitted by Gia - Delaware | July 14, 2017
I volunteered with International Marine Volunteers in Gansbaai, South Africa and assisted with daily boat outings for great white shark cage diving. It was such an amazing experience and the people running the program could not be nicer. I got the opportunity to see numerous great white sharks every day of my volunteer program (but that's not guaranteed), and was able to cage dive on multiple occasions. I also took part in shark tracking, beach cleanup, helping out at a nearby animal shelter, and helping out at the program's penguin sanctuary. Not many people can say they have done something like this! And it feels good to be a part of something that seeks to educate the public on these amazing creatures while leaving a minimal impact on the environment.
Submitted by Janelle - Dalhousie University | June 08, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed the program I participated in! I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys working outdoors and with children. For myself, it was a great chance for me to get more comfortable with children as I did not have much previous experience. The people you will meet are amazing beyond words and could really use your help. I sincerely feel I had an impact on the program and the children. Definitely consider the Teach Children to Surf Program!
My vegan bakery internship
Submitted by Margaret Trudeau - Escoffier culinary arts | June 07, 2017
I have only positive reviews for this program. As a solo traveler heading to the Middle East for the first time could be quite daunting. Throughout my whole experience from the weeks leading up to my trip, to my entire stay…not once did I feel alone, clueless or stressed.
Every matter was addressed and made clear to me.
Life changing adventure filled with culture, appreciation for world issues and new friends.
Program: Israel - Vegan Bakery Internship
So many experiences in one placement
Submitted by Kathryn - North Willoughby Australia | June 04, 2017
The diverse wildlife sanctuaries was a really cool way to get immersed in the local conservation efforts and to be involved first hand in a variety of conservation efforts. Spending each day on a different project really helped me appreciate the scope of what was going on and see the different needs of each project.
We also got to help educate local school children which was a nice touch to see some of the conservation in action.
To make it even better the town of Hartbeespoort where all the projects are is stunning and such a fun place to explore.