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A life changing experience for me

A life changing experience for me

Author -  Hannah Unsworth

A life changing experience

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What made you decide to do the trip?

I had been wanting to do a wildlife volunteer trip to Africa for a number of years and talked about it often. A friend who I was studying with told me about the amazing trip she did and got me to have a look at the one at Save the Lions.

How long did it take to decide to book – what made you finally decide to do it?

I looked over the trip for about a month before I made my final decision, I think the fact that it was referred to me by a friend helped with knowing what I was getting into.

What made you choose the trip you chose?

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 vets make world firsts happen. 

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Just before you boarded the plane how did you feel?

I was slightly anxious about meeting everyone and doing the trip by myself, but that was nothing to worry about at all. All of the people I met were the kindest and most friendly people I’ve ever met. And excitement for the trip to come overwhelmed my nervous quickly!

What happened when you arrived?

I arrived in Johannesburg and was met by a guide from International Working Holidays partners who took me to where I would be for the next 3 days in Johannesburg. 

While staying there we did a number of different things, from exploring Soweto to cultural experiences at a place called Lesedi. I loved the Soweto experience, being able to see and hear all about the history of the area was very surreal. Puts a lot of things into perspective when you are seeing it first hand rather than just hearing about it from a far. 

After my time in Johannesburg I was driven to the projects, arriving at the lodge was definitely what I was most excited for! The lodge was amazing in every aspect, our daily routine consisted of caring for the cubs 3 times a day then going out with the rangers to often feed the other animals on the lodge (Lions, Cheetahs, Hyenas along with the other animals that roamed the game drive areas. 

We often had work to do in all the enclosures as well, I got the opportunity to see the vets in action with one of their surgeries they were doing. 

My favourite part of the whole experience was definitely being a part of the group, you became very close with the other volunteers and people who worked there and it is an experience I will never forget!

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What experience did you gain that you’ll be able to use in the future?

It was a big decision for me to go and do this big trip alone, so pushing myself to do that definitely gives me more confidence with further solo travel.

What was something challenging that you got through? How?

There wasn’t much that I was really scared off by, but the first day of meeting everyone definitely had me a little nervous. The other volunteers that were there had already been there a while so they were already good friends and I was slightly worried about being the newbie, but those worries quickly faded.

I found that it was important to just be apart of everything, you get the opportunity to do as you’d like for a lot of the time, so actually being a part of the social life and team was something you could choose to do or not. 

It would not have been the same amazing experience if I hadn’t got the opportunity to be with all of those people so I would highly recommend, if you were to make the trip, to just put yourself out there and make sure you get involved!

What moment are you most proud of and why?

Being able to do the trip by myself is something that I’m quite proud of. I think travel is a big thing for anyone, but doing it alone gave me the opportunity to met new people and spend time with them that I may not if I was with other people I knew.

Why do you think others should do this? What did you get from it?

This was an experience I will never forget and made good friends along the way too, I think these sort of experiences that expand cultural understanding along with the knowledge you think you have about wildlife in Africa.

If you are interested about finding out more about Our Africa Volunteer Adventures Projects, check this page out or our website!

A life changing experience for me

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 vets make world firsts happen.

A life changing experience

Hannah Unsworth 1.png

What made you decide to do the trip?

I had been wanting to do a wildlife volunteer trip to Africa for a number of years and talked about it often. A friend who I was studying with told me about the amazing trip she did and got me to have a look at the one at Save the Lions.

How long did it take to decide to book – what made you finally decide to do it?

I looked over the trip for about a month before I made my final decision, I think the fact that it was referred to me by a friend helped with knowing what I was getting into.

What made you choose the trip you chose?

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 vets make world firsts happen. 

Hannah Unsworth 3.png

Just before you boarded the plane how did you feel?

I was slightly anxious about meeting everyone and doing the trip by myself, but that was nothing to worry about at all. All of the people I met were the kindest and most friendly people I’ve ever met. And excitement for the trip to come overwhelmed my nervous quickly!

What happened when you arrived?

I arrived in Johannesburg and was met by a guide from International Working Holidays partners who took me to where I would be for the next 3 days in Johannesburg. 

While staying there we did a number of different things, from exploring Soweto to cultural experiences at a place called Lesedi. I loved the Soweto experience, being able to see and hear all about the history of the area was very surreal. Puts a lot of things into perspective when you are seeing it first hand rather than just hearing about it from a far. 

After my time in Johannesburg I was driven to the projects, arriving at the lodge was definitely what I was most excited for! The lodge was amazing in every aspect, our daily routine consisted of caring for the cubs 3 times a day then going out with the rangers to often feed the other animals on the lodge (Lions, Cheetahs, Hyenas along with the other animals that roamed the game drive areas. 

We often had work to do in all the enclosures as well, I got the opportunity to see the vets in action with one of their surgeries they were doing. 

My favourite part of the whole experience was definitely being a part of the group, you became very close with the other volunteers and people who worked there and it is an experience I will never forget!

Hannah Unsworth 2.png

What experience did you gain that you’ll be able to use in the future?

It was a big decision for me to go and do this big trip alone, so pushing myself to do that definitely gives me more confidence with further solo travel.

What was something challenging that you got through? How?

There wasn’t much that I was really scared off by, but the first day of meeting everyone definitely had me a little nervous. The other volunteers that were there had already been there a while so they were already good friends and I was slightly worried about being the newbie, but those worries quickly faded.

I found that it was important to just be apart of everything, you get the opportunity to do as you’d like for a lot of the time, so actually being a part of the social life and team was something you could choose to do or not. 

It would not have been the same amazing experience if I hadn’t got the opportunity to be with all of those people so I would highly recommend, if you were to make the trip, to just put yourself out there and make sure you get involved!

What moment are you most proud of and why?

Being able to do the trip by myself is something that I’m quite proud of. I think travel is a big thing for anyone, but doing it alone gave me the opportunity to met new people and spend time with them that I may not if I was with other people I knew.

Why do you think others should do this? What did you get from it?

This was an experience I will never forget and made good friends along the way too, I think these sort of experiences that expand cultural understanding along with the knowledge you think you have about wildlife in Africa.

If you are interested about finding out more about Our Africa Volunteer Adventures Projects, check this page out or our website!

A life changing experience for me

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