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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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Top Free Things to do in London

Top Free Things to do in London

Date:Friday, 21 September 2018

London is an amazing city with so many things to do and see! It can be quite expensive to live in London, but there are so many things you can do for free! From museums to parks to sightseeing, here’s our top free things you can do in London town! ...

Help Save Pangolins at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

Help Save Pangolins at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

Date:Monday, 10 September 2018

Pangolins – the world’s most poached animals whose scales, bizarrely, are highly revered. Critically endangered, pangolin population numbers have declined by 90% over the past 21 years. ...

Top Tips for Taking Great Travel Photos on Instagram!

Top Tips for Taking Great Travel Photos on Instagram!

Date:Monday, 23 July 2018

Want to take some awesome instagram photos on your travels? Here's our top tips to help you out! ...

Finding Your Perfect Overseas Experience!

Finding Your Perfect Overseas Experience!

Date:Sunday, 22 July 2018


With so many experiences on offer, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out exactly what you want to do. We want you to get the most out of your trip away, so here are some top tips and things to think about, before you start booking an Overseas ...

A Fitting Future | Namibia Wildlife Conservation

A Fitting Future | Namibia Wildlife Conservation

Date:Monday, 16 April 2018

Human-carnivore conflict is an inevitable occurrence in a country where man and wild strive to maintain a peaceful coexistence. One of the projects we work with in Namibia works on avid research producing the evidence required to facilitate amicable ...

No Laughing Matter | Hyenas in South Africa

No Laughing Matter | Hyenas in South Africa

Date:Monday, 16 April 2018

Monday, 12th March, had the research team at one of our South African projects, rapidly responding to a call concerning one of Namibia’s “laughing” residents. This time it wasn’t a leopard taking centre stage, but a hyena. ...

My Canadian Experience - Oliver Batchelor

My Canadian Experience - Oliver Batchelor

Date:Sunday, 1 April 2018

After spending three months throughout many great American states with the help of the Camp America program, I was off to my next grand adventure in Canada. Flying into Vancouver I was kind of expecting it to be like New Zealand, just bigger, and I ...

IWH Bucket List | The Adventure Edition

IWH Bucket List | The Adventure Edition

Date:Friday, 16 March 2018

There are so many amazing places to see and so many extraordinary things to experience in our crazy big world. We’ve created our ultimate top 10 bucket list adventures for activity must dos when you're abroad. ...

Nicola's Elephant Encounter in Sri Lanka

Nicola's Elephant Encounter in Sri Lanka

Date:Monday, 12 February 2018

After an 11 hour flight to Singapore, 5 hour flight to Colombo, 1 night in a hostel, several tuk tuk rides, a 3 hour train ride and a 5 hour bus ride, i am finally here at the Wild Elephant Conservation project in Sri Lanka. This was a mission to ...

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