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Best experience ever!

We asked our volunteers for their volunteer review . Here are some of there answers. Some are so inspiring we decided to share.

A volunteer review by Fiona Zycinski submitted 03 of December 2019

This is the best experience of being with wild animals you can possibly get. Physically seeing the animals up close is truly amazing but also gaining knowledge from the highly skilled coordinators who are truly passionate about the animals and their jobs is something that, if you love wild animals then you should come to N/a’an ku se

First Time in Africa!

A volunteer review by Shirena Counter submitted 03 of December 2019

This was my first time in Africa and first time volunteering and I was quite apprehensive. However, I needn’t have been. I had the most fantastic time and loved every minute. It was a real privilege to experience both the hands-on interaction with the animals staying in the sanctuary and seeing/feeding the animals on the reserve. I can’t sing Na’an ku se’s praises highly enough – the volunteer coordinators were all friendly and helpful and the entire staff was clearly dedicated to a truly worthwhile cause. This is an absolutely brilliant project and if you get stuck in, you will have an amazing, unforgettable time. Gutted to be leaving, but I’ll be back


A volunteer review by Nicola Bardon from Ireland submitted 01 of October 2019

N/a’an ku se and volunteering there changed my life. I have reevaluated things and look at things in a different light. It is hard to sit by when the world is in flames, but when you get involved hands on, it makes it easier, makes it feel like you really can make a difference. I shop less and try and buy what I can secondhand. I use less water after seeing the drought there and I constantly tell people about the incredible people you can meet there. I have made so many friends for life, we have about 30 of us in regular contact!

A volunteer review by Julie Ryan from Canada submitted 09 of January 2019

“I just returned from my 9th visit to Naankuse and once again had the most amazing experience. From my favourite which are the baboon walks to witnessing rhino re-locations for the first time, every day was an adventure. It is such a good feeling volunteering for an organization that truly cares about the animals and environment and who are doing so much to make a difference for not only the wildlife but the local people. The staff go out of their way to make sure we all have a good experience no matter what the daily activity is.; from feeding everything from meerkats to cheetahs to game counts or walking the cheeky baboons. There is a lot of hard work too as enclosures always need cleaning or fences mending but it’s all part of the experience. With so many return volunteers, there were always friends from previous visits to reconnect with and share old stories and new experiences. Can’t wait till next year to do it all again.”

Don’t leave without seeing Neuras

A Volunteer review by Kathy Burke from the United Kingdom submitted 12 December 2018

“True conservation work happens here at Naankuse. This is my third time at the project and no matter how many times I come back there is always something new to explore and help with. It is a privilege to be a part of Naankuse’s work even on a small scale, and I would thoroughly recommend the experience to everyone. Make the most of the research sites- don’t leave Namibia without seeing Neuras!”

Mangetti Project makes a real impact

A Volunteer review by Devon Freas, United States submitted on 20 February 2019

“The Mangetti Project is so unique that i had to give a volunteer review. I think this is one of the few sites where you really see in real-time that the work you’re doing has a direct impact on people’s lives. I think this project truly embodies what conservation is about, people. Yes, the focus of the work is geared towards wildlife, but at the end of the day, conservation is about the communities impacted by wildlife, and out of all the projects, this is the one where you see human-wildlife conflict firsthand. It’s the one project where you feel like you’re actually doing real work to mitigate that conflict and can actually see the results of your work. Sitting in farmer’s homes and working with them one on one to find solutions to their problems really puts the work that you’re doing into perspective and makes it even more meaningful. I loved the work we did up there, and even more so the people that I got to work with.”

I left as a new person

A Volunteer review by Otto Fjelkner, Sweden submitted 03 March 2019

This stay has been amazing in every sense of the word! I came here with shaky legs and nervous looks, and left two months later as a new person, revitalized by the amazing scenery, the very giving knowledge and of course, with friends for life! The program combines the essence of being a volunteer in an amazing way, with the manual labour of building camps, the experience of seeing and interacting with all the amazing animals, and the friendly family environment between volunteers and coordinators. The way that you are able to learn about conservation as well as the animals, both species and individuals, has been very giving and I leave as a changed man. I will definitely come back but until then, I will make sure that I give a volunteer review.