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Out of my comfort zone in the most extraordinary way

Out of my comfort zone in the most extraordinary way

Author -  Mandy Dunn

I was tagged in a two week vet experience on Facebook by a friend, it was an opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down.

It didn’t take long for me to decide to book. I went ahead and booked the Vet Clinic Program just a few days after seeing the post. It took me months to decide what other projects I wanted to add to my trip though. This part was so incredibly hard because there’s so many amazing projects and I didn’t have the time or money to do them all on this trip so this was probably the hardest part of my whole experience. In the end, I choose to go to the Rhino Orphanage.


I wanted to travel and make a difference, raise awareness and contribute what I can to this world whilst doing what I love which is caring for animals. I got to really help and understand about the crisis our Rhinos are in as well as learning new specialized nursing knowledge while doing the vet course in Namibia.

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Scrubbing up and assisting the vet with a neuter for a two year old baboon before, during and after.

I was really worried that I wouldn’t make any friends on my travels, you never come across awful animals but you often come across awful humans so I was quite nervous. But from the minute I landed in Nelspruit airport I met a like minded woman from Texas doing the same project and we still talk every day since I left. I made so many amazing friends and meet such inspiring people on my way.

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I was lucky enough to participate in castration of a two year old male baboon (see photos). The vet removed one testicle and I was able to remove the other. I was able to suture him back up as well and monitored his recovery, it really added a lot of confidence to my nursing skills. I would not have been able to gain this level of experience in New Zealand.

I was very nervous about traveling alone and I had soooo many layovers but after about four flights and with no hiccups yet I realized it isn’t that bad and all you need to do is ask if in doubt. Through traveling alone I have learnt to trust and rely on myself. I can do it!

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Painted Africa dog health check and vaccination

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Taking bloods and health check of a Caracal.
 

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The amazing vets and the Volunteer team at the Vet experience in Namibia after doing a cheetah health check.


For the entire two weeks at the Rhino Orphanage I just was so proud of myself. You get the opportunity to do so much for these beautiful animals and you see your hard work pay off. It’s such an amazing feeling and I can’t wait to get back.

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Feeding the babies

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Baby Rhino having a roll around
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Feeding the shade

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Having a drink

Other people should totally do a Volunteer trip because you can’t even imagine the opportunities you come by on a daily basis. Your skills are challenged and you learn a lot about what you are actually capable of. It puts you out of your comfort zone in the most extraordinary ways.

I had the chance to take bloods from a three legged cheetah named Lucky. I got to rebandage a cows ear due to a deep tick-bourne abscess.

To find out more about Mandy’s projects check out

https://www.iwh.co.nz/africa-volunteer-programs-for-kiwis/africa-wildlife-volunteer-projects-/rhino-orphanage-project and
https://www.iwh.co.nz/africa-volunteer-programs-for-kiwis/namibia-volunteer-project-options/namibia-vet-clinic-volunteer

Our Vet Clinic is VERY popular and there are only limited spaces each year. If you are interested, please contact us for available dates.

 


Fill out my online form.

Out of my comfort zone in the most extraordinary way

I was tagged in a two week vet experience on Facebook by a friend, it was an opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down.

I was tagged in a two week vet experience on Facebook by a friend, it was an opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down.

It didn’t take long for me to decide to book. I went ahead and booked the Vet Clinic Program just a few days after seeing the post. It took me months to decide what other projects I wanted to add to my trip though. This part was so incredibly hard because there’s so many amazing projects and I didn’t have the time or money to do them all on this trip so this was probably the hardest part of my whole experience. In the end, I choose to go to the Rhino Orphanage.


I wanted to travel and make a difference, raise awareness and contribute what I can to this world whilst doing what I love which is caring for animals. I got to really help and understand about the crisis our Rhinos are in as well as learning new specialized nursing knowledge while doing the vet course in Namibia.

IWH-Vet-Clinic-Program.png

Scrubbing up and assisting the vet with a neuter for a two year old baboon before, during and after.

I was really worried that I wouldn’t make any friends on my travels, you never come across awful animals but you often come across awful humans so I was quite nervous. But from the minute I landed in Nelspruit airport I met a like minded woman from Texas doing the same project and we still talk every day since I left. I made so many amazing friends and meet such inspiring people on my way.

IWH-Vet-Clinic-Program1.png


IWH-Vet-Clinic-Program2.png


I was lucky enough to participate in castration of a two year old male baboon (see photos). The vet removed one testicle and I was able to remove the other. I was able to suture him back up as well and monitored his recovery, it really added a lot of confidence to my nursing skills. I would not have been able to gain this level of experience in New Zealand.

I was very nervous about traveling alone and I had soooo many layovers but after about four flights and with no hiccups yet I realized it isn’t that bad and all you need to do is ask if in doubt. Through traveling alone I have learnt to trust and rely on myself. I can do it!

IWH-Vet-Clinic-Program3.png

Painted Africa dog health check and vaccination

IWH-Vet-Clinic-Program5.png

IWH-Vet-Clinic-Program4.1.png

Taking bloods and health check of a Caracal.
 

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The amazing vets and the Volunteer team at the Vet experience in Namibia after doing a cheetah health check.


For the entire two weeks at the Rhino Orphanage I just was so proud of myself. You get the opportunity to do so much for these beautiful animals and you see your hard work pay off. It’s such an amazing feeling and I can’t wait to get back.

IWH-Volunteer-Rhinos.png

Feeding the babies

IWH-Volunteer-Rhinos1.png

Baby Rhino having a roll around
IWH-Volunteer-Rhinos2.png

Feeding the shade

IWH-Namibia-Rhinos.png

Having a drink

Other people should totally do a Volunteer trip because you can’t even imagine the opportunities you come by on a daily basis. Your skills are challenged and you learn a lot about what you are actually capable of. It puts you out of your comfort zone in the most extraordinary ways.

I had the chance to take bloods from a three legged cheetah named Lucky. I got to rebandage a cows ear due to a deep tick-bourne abscess.

To find out more about Mandy’s projects check out

https://www.iwh.co.nz/africa-volunteer-programs-for-kiwis/africa-wildlife-volunteer-projects-/rhino-orphanage-project and
https://www.iwh.co.nz/africa-volunteer-programs-for-kiwis/namibia-volunteer-project-options/namibia-vet-clinic-volunteer

Our Vet Clinic is VERY popular and there are only limited spaces each year. If you are interested, please contact us for available dates.

 


Fill out my online form.
Out of my comfort zone in the most extraordinary way

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