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My incredible journey with IWH

My incredible journey with IWH

Date:Tuesday, 26 March 2019

They must have been impressed with my volunteering history because I was accepted to study the degree starting in 2019.
I would never be where I am today without the incredible opportunities I was given by the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary and ...

Wild Dog babies are just too adorable

Wild Dog babies are just too adorable

Date:Monday, 18 March 2019

These adorable baby wild dogs came to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary as pups, siblings Nadia and Jaco rescued from a situation of conflict in the Mangetti area of Namibia’s north-east. They were rehablitated and released - but ...

How to apply for a UK Visa

How to apply for a UK Visa

Date:Saturday, 16 February 2019

Trying to apply for a UK Visa can be a nightmare at the best of times. There's never anyone to answer your questions and you never actually know if you are doing it correctly or not. It's a bit like gambling away your hard earned application fee! We ...

How long does it take to get a NZ Police Check

How long does it take to get a NZ Police Check

Date:Friday, 15 February 2019

NZ Police Checks are provided by the Ministry of Justice and can take 4 weeks if you apply through the free route via MOJ. There are faster ways to get your NZ Police Check - which is essentially a NZ Criminal Record Check ...

A life changing experience for me

A life changing experience for me

Date:Wednesday, 13 February 2019

I have always been drawn to all sorts of wildlife but the fact the the Save the Lions conservation centre research was mainly based on lions really interested me. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to help raise lion cubs and see amazing ...

The Pangolin is the most trafficked animal you’ve never heard of.

The Pangolin is the most trafficked animal you’ve never heard of.

Date:Saturday, 9 February 2019

The pangolin, formerly labelled as the “most trafficked animal you’ve never heard of”, is finally getting some attention. Sadly though - pangolin poaching is as prevalent as ever.
Earlier this February, our Welgevonden Big 5 anti-poaching unit ...

Are you confused about where to go for your next Overseas Adventure?

Are you confused about where to go for your next Overseas Adventure?

Date:Saturday, 9 February 2019

There are so many countries - so many options and so little time! Right! I can relate! But don't worry - I have some ideas for you to help your confusion on where to go next in the world - no matter what your passion or budget! ...

How to work legally in South Africa on a NZ Passport

How to work legally in South Africa on a NZ Passport

Date:Friday, 8 February 2019

Up until recently the longest you could stay in South Africa as a tourist was 3 months (90 days). Many of our volunteers who spent time in South Africa left their heart there and wanted to return and have the option to work - but there wasn't a way ...

I’d always wanted to travel to Africa - Namibia Medical Clinic

I’d always wanted to travel to Africa - Namibia Medical Clinic

Date:Friday, 25 January 2019

So I searched through lots of volunteering sites, and found International Working Holidays had a programme called “volunteering over 40”, which sounds ideal. And they had a programme that involved volunteering at a Medical clinic for San people.
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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all

Date:Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Before 2018 I had minimal travel experience; most of all solo travel experience. I’d been on family holidays to Australia and some Pacific Islands, but my parents did all the organising, and one trip with my best friend to Australia. So, leaving the ...

I left my heart in Africa!

I left my heart in Africa!

Date:Friday, 7 December 2018

Two years ago I was scrolling through Facebook in the beginning of my last year of high school. I came across an ad advertising an O.E. to Africa working with exotic animals. ...

One of my proudest moments!

One of my proudest moments!

Date:Thursday, 22 November 2018

Graduating from University I wasn’t ready to step straight into a job, I wanted to experience what was out there in the world before settling down. I had heard of Camp America and went along to an information evening. It was there I learnt that IWH ...

Kiwi Vet Nurses and Students get to work on a Lion

Kiwi Vet Nurses and Students get to work on a Lion

Date:Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Our October group of kiwi vet nurses and students saw lions and leopards receive their annual examinations - up close and personal wildlife veterinary experience. Two weeks of learning and hands on procedures with a caracal, baboon, leopard, lion ...

5 Reasons You Need to Visit Bali

5 Reasons You Need to Visit Bali

Date:Friday, 26 October 2018

Bali is beautiful, here's 5 reasons you need to get over there! ...

5 Reasons You Should Do a Volunteer Project.

5 Reasons You Should Do a Volunteer Project.

Date:Friday, 26 October 2018

There are so many good reasons to do a volunteer project overseas, here's our top 5! ...

5 Foods You Need to Try in Canada!

5 Foods You Need to Try in Canada!

Date:Friday, 5 October 2018

Canada has some delicious native food! If you're heading there, make sure you try these 5 foods! ...

5 Reasons To do a Ski Season in Canada!

5 Reasons To do a Ski Season in Canada!

Date:Friday, 5 October 2018

Thinking about doing a ski season in Canada? This is why you probably should! ...

Tess travels solo to Bali

Tess travels solo to Bali

Date:Tuesday, 2 October 2018

I learned that travelling solo was actually a lot of fun - you put yourself out there more and I met so many wonderful people from all over the world! I can’t wait to try travelling solo again!
I went over with very little expectations and had an ...

Sarah does Soweto Orphanage in South Africa

Sarah does Soweto Orphanage in South Africa

Date:Saturday, 29 September 2018

Boarding the plane was the most nerve racking thing I have ever done. I was by myself at only 19 and about to leave New Zealand for the first time! But I was also the most excited I had ever been in my life for the very same reasons.
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My China Road Trip with Pandas

My China Road Trip with Pandas

Date:Monday, 24 September 2018

I am most proud of myself of being able to do something completely out of my comfort zone. Being able to overcome this is just the best experience ever.
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