Célia from France
„The stay was brilliant, whether it was the "scientific" program or the "outdoor" life. I had the opportunity to put camera traps where we monitor populations of sharks and rays, opportunistic boat-based surveys where we study marine animal populations and their behavior, analysis of the seal population on Robberg, Shark and ray egg case hunting and data management. Being passionate about birds, they gave me the opportunity to do a little work of identifying birds in the estuary. I also had the opportunity to have several lessons on snorkeling and take care of the garden in the township nursery. The people I was able to work with were great and I thank them for these wonderful moments! It was a wonderful experience, I can't wait to be able to return to volunteer!“
Aied from Kuwait
“I participated in two programs gaining a wide range of experience relevant to numerous species including horses, farm animals, and wildlife was fantastic! Also, the hands-on opportunities allowed me to effectively acquire knowledge while contributing to animal health and conservation which was extremely rewarding. Furthermore, the accommodation and food arrangements were excellent as well even though I volunteered during the pandemic. I would definitely recommend Good Hope Volunteers to anyone who would like to make an impact pertaining to animal welfare or conservation.”
Ines from Portugal
„This project exceeded my expectations in a way it is impossible to explain. Being able to contribute to a better provision of care for these people made me feel very grateful and fulfilled. Without a doubt, what I liked the most was seeing how small gestures like smiling and hugging makes a difference in these peopl's lives. On a professional level, what I liked the most was to do my first baby delivery and feel all the emotions surrounding it.“
Aina from Spain
"This experience has been exciting. I've been quad biking and shark cage diving and at the project I have gotten to see plenty of different animals: cheetah, lynx, crocodile, several cats, squirrel monkeys, etc. Also it's been great helping around with the feeding, giving water, cleaning enclosures, preparing food, etc. I've also had more hands on contact that I expected. It's great to have some real responsibility. The work involves getting pretty dirty but that's okay and the activities you can do in your spare time are mind blowing! The location is so amazing. All in all, great experience, would recommend it, THANK YOU!"
Jessica from Brazil
"Africa was such an awesome experience for me. Thanks for all the support. All days I remember the children and I really miss to spend my time with them, to wake up and know that I gonna see them and receive their love and attention. This experience was really grateful to me. I want to donate my time and myself to people more and more now. I also gonna get in at a project here in Brazil with a NGO that takes care of children too. So this experience also gave me the necessity to continue helping people. And I hope that I never stop."
Maline from Switzerland
"I loved to be there, I felt like I'm home, in my second home. The kids taught me so much: That you don't need much to be happy, just love. The smile in their face when they played, or you did something that they like...this smile gave me the feeling to be important. I really loved to work there...thank you very much!"
Giulia from Italy
"My experience couldn’t have been more rewarding, I spent my time following learners either during remedial classes or during extra activities such as the astronomy group and gardening. The environment of the school is extremely friendly, everybody is always happy to help, answer any question or just spend some minutes with you chatting in front of a cup of tea. It really gives you the possibility to work in a multicultural environment where you can learn so much about the South African culture. Children are always enthusiastic to take part to any new activity, they are full of joy, curiosity, kindness no matter their personal and family situation which is often difficult and disadvantaged. I could not imagine a better way to get involved into the South African community, you can really see and try to understand the situation of some people in this beautiful country that has still a long road to do at which you can give your personal contribution. It has been a touching and beautiful experience that I will never forget. Thanks Good Hope Volunteers!"
Vanessa from Switzerland
"It was a wonderful experience to assist the teachers in this project. I also learned interesting facts about the culture and life of the people thru the children's eyes. Despite the poor living conditions the children were always full of joy, fun and laughter. The children and the people I spent time with will always be in my heart. I am so glad and thankful that I was able to experience this and I recommend the volunteer project to anyone from all walks of life."
Jefrey from Brazil
"This kind of programme provides a unique growth. The feedback we have of these lovely animals is indescribable. It is a pleasure to help dogs in everything, we feed them, make them happy in many cases like walking around the Tears and also teach them how to respect people."