I chose this project to take part in as it involved both wildlife and the community. Before arriving in Imire, I had no idea what to expect but when I arrived at the volunteer house everyone was so welcoming.
Whilst on the project I carried out a variety of tasks from feeding the elephants and rhinos to mucking out and building fences. I had the opportunity to walk with the elephants and rhinos which was an experience I will never forget, walking with these amazing creatures was incredible!
I had the chance to meet some of the local school children at the secondary school, who were so interested in learning all about the UK, telling me what they wanted to be when they grew up and how they love to learn. I had the opportunity to watch a giraffe give birth, handfeed the Impala and get involved with training the elephants. In the evening I had the chance to climb Castle Kopje to watch the sunrise, which was a beautiful view! Overall my experience in Imire was more than I could have ever expected. Meeting the volunteers, the children on the Shona culture night and spending time with the wildlife was such a heart-warming experience that I will never forget!
By Karla Groombridge - Volunteer
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