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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 of 2015 Reviews
Submitted by Matilda - Perth | April 21, 2017
What an amazing volunteering experience. The program at Cango Wildlife Ranch is a once in a lifetime opportunity with such amazing memories to be made. The staff are incredible so friendly and happy to help and answer any questions you may have about the animals or conservation and anything really. Animals are beautiful creatures there and so well looked after. Overall it was amazing volunteering experience and I would 100% recommend to anyone to give this one ago. I'll be back one day to make more incredible memories that I'll never forget.
Volunteering in the Hai Bar nature reserve in the Negev Desert- An amazing experience
Submitted by Laura - NY United States | April 20, 2017
Volunteering on a Wildlife Reserve and Safari in Israel’s Negev was an amazing way to travel, engage in meaningful volunteer work in Israel, and be outside in nature helping to take care of animals.
This Go Eco experience allowed me to learn more about Israel’s society and culture and challenge myself to learn new things in a beautiful outdoor environment.
From the first time that I viewed GoEco’s colorful and inviting website to the time I that I boarded the plane to start my adventure was a short time span of about two months. My quick decision to go with Go Eco was due to their professional and friendly staff who guided me through the first initial inquiries on the phone. Go Eco also helped me coordinate this trip so that my cousin who lives in another country could also share in this adventure.
We both easily booked our exciting volunteer experience, and our flights and hostel stays. In the weeks leading up to our departure, my cousin and I had fun planning and booking our weekend trips via email, as we learned we would be off during the weekends. I recommend that anyone volunteering book amazing and really fun tours while you are in the beautiful country of Israel. It is super easy to get around by public transportation from one end of the country to the other, and you can stay in hostels to cut down on costs. You will feel safe exploring different cities and regions of the country. Go Eco offers you a discount if you book with an additional person, and now my cousin and I have this shared memory together to look back on.
Our volunteer experience started in Jerusalem with an Orientation Tour for all of the volunteers led by Yan. We were both happily surprised by his wonderful tour. We had previously toured Jerusalem separately, but on Yan’s comprehensive and all day tour, we saw many things we had not seen before and had a great time meeting all of the other volunteers. It also made for an easier transition to the rest of the trip. For our Hai Bar Project during those two weeks, our group of volunteers consisted of all female professionals (lawyer, professor, TV coordinator, engineer) and we were living and working together in the middle of nowhere on a safari with park rangers. We bonded and enjoyed meals together at night. We quickly adapted to the routine of the safari and reserve. The rangers were very kind and funny. It was challenging and interesting to be part of their work team. It was up to each volunteer as well to get to know them and ask questions. By working hard you gained their utmost respect right away. Our commute to work was a breath-taking jeep ride through the safari at day break. We would see the sun coming up behind the Red Mountains with Jordan in the background, and see the Orex herd and ostriches starting their day. Most of the mornings were spent on preparing the food, feeding the animals, and cleaning the cages, and helping the rangers on the safari. The afternoons were reserved for other projects that included things like building enclosures or cages, cleaning out certain areas or painting or varnishing picnic tables. There were also night feedings that you could participate in which I really recommend. As is true in any setting, what you put in you get back. I encourage anyone coming here to try new things and ask to go on the night feedings, you get so much out of it. You should also be prepared for hard work and living in a cabin, that although really nicely furnished, is in the middle of a safari.
The rangers would teach us about the specifics of each animal species and how to approach them when feeding or handling certain animals. It was a treat to work on an actual safari and live right on the safari itself overlooking such a beautiful desert landscape. Highlights included cooking our dinner at night under the stars in our outside fire pit and getting to know things about the animals, geographical area, and Israel as a country from the rangers. We were also able to get in close proximity with some of the animals like the parrots, owls, porcupines, eagles, and lizards. The ostriches lived literally right next to the volunteer house and we could hear their calls at night. There were so many great take away experiences from my volunteer time at the Hai Bar, that it is difficult to name just a few. It far exceeded any expectations. Some highlights for me were the opportunity to live and work in a breathtaking setting, the new friendships I made with people I am still keeping in touch with, the chance to combine exciting travel with volunteer work, the fun camaraderie between volunteers and the Hai Bar park rangers, challenging myself in new settings and with the physical demands of the day-to-day jobs, knowing that I was directly helping the environment and animals of Israel, and recharging by being a team player in a completely new work environment. I highly recommend this volunteer experience.
Program: Israel - Desert Wildlife Program
Finding true happiness in Cape Town
Submitted by Michelle Falgout - Texas A&M University | April 13, 2017
Having the opportunity to volunteer abroad was the most amazing and rewarding experience of my life. It was my first time traveling overseas and GoEco made absolutely sure that I had all of the correct information I needed to arrive to Cape Town and the Save Foundation safe and sound. I made best friends for life from all around the globe and got to teach children so many new things. I am very thankful for this project as it has changed my outlook on life and ideas of what I want to do in the future. GoEco was a perfect fit for me because the low price, super friendly staff, and fast responses to the many questions I had about the project. Thank you, GoEco, for changing my life!
Helped with lions in the safest, family like setting
Submitted by Deb - Philadelphia United States | March 23, 2017
Kevin's priority is the quality of life for all the animals in the sanctuary. Everyone involved at the sanctuary puts their heart and soul into the daily care of these animals. Besides lions, there are also black, spotted leopards and hyenas. The staff treated us, the volunteers, with such patience teaching what needs to be done daily as well as sharing their knowledge of the country's culture and importance of the wildlife. Never have I felt so safe. Rooms with bath are very comfy. TV we watched in the common area where we also shared meals, always yummy!, and met in the morning to get a run down of the day. My only worry was my fear of spiders and only saw a couple who weren't the least bit interested in me! On the Sunday we were treated to lunch and a safari at a nearby game lodge. This is an experience of a lifetime!
Elephant village in Thailand
Submitted by Katie - University of the Cumberlands | March 01, 2017
This trip was the best thing I have ever done! I flew into Bangkok where we stayed the first couple of nights. We got to explore the city and tour temples. We were immersed into the culture. Then we went to the elephant village. We stayed in the village and were instantly welcomed into the community. We got the opportunity to connect with the kids and the village people. We would do work in the morning and afternoon. We made elephant poo paper, cut bamboo, plant banana trees, mix cement, clean elephant areas, feed elephants and walk elephants. It was hard work but it was so much fun! The staff were great! I always felt welcome and they were there to answer any questions. The other volunteers are now people I call friends! It was a great experience and I will cherish it forever. I am already planning my next trip to Thailand.