anyone take a volunteer trip?

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Re: anyone take a volunteer trip?

Postby jimshu » Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:22 pm

Yours was the sort of experience that appeals to me, Hoopoe.I looked at that same project, but got diverted to Namibia and Ehra's Desert Elephant Project.
Hopefully GAP will extend their voluntour offerings with their impending new tour realeases .Would be great to see more wildlife opportunities.
I have suggested to GAP that they suss out N/aan Kuse, Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary,for a voluntour project, as from our family's experience, that is a marvellous place, and skills like yours would be valuable there.
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And this is my dream for 2011.More expensive but it's a part of this world that I want to explore .
http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/2- ... ays-2.html
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Re: anyone take a volunteer trip?

Postby hoopoe4me » Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:39 pm

Jim thanks for that link. The project in Peru with predator / prey surveys really looks appealing

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Re: anyone take a volunteer trip?

Postby jimshu » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:11 pm

If you are going to do a sabbatical taking in volunteer projects, may I say that that sounds awesome.There was a lady on my EHRA project did 6 months around various projects in East and Southern Africa.She was late 60's.She added me to her travel journal emails so I was able to follow her experiences on a mix of wildlife and community projects.Loved reading about them.
Hang around for a while, Hoopoe, as GAP will be offering an extended range of projects shortly as new brochures/trips are announced this month.

But if you end up going to Africa on your travels,and want diversity, then EHRA and Naan Kuse you could consider.At NaanKuse you would get to use your vet skills as injured animals are brought in.Plus there is cheetah tracking research in the release areas of the Namib Rand.Completely away from civilisation, in a beautiful area of Namibia.
What you are setting out to do, is my dream also.But I have a lovely wife and family to consider.And my Lilly dog.
But I'd be off with you .And I'm going to take off for 3 weeks in 2011 on another project.I think it's wonderful the travel opportunities these days , that are assisting in conservation and community around the world.
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Re: anyone take a volunteer trip?

Postby jimshu » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:54 pm

For members who are on Facebook,I came across this photo EHRA have on their Facebook page.
Gladdened my heart seeing those awesome ellies drinking from a village water point but not destroying the well .Why?Because EHRA Project volunteers built that rock protection wall.And this effort may help elephants and humans learn to co-exist.
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic ... 2430838803
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Re: anyone take a volunteer trip?

Postby kris_nyc » Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:57 pm

Jim,

Thanks for the Nan Kuse link. It looks like an amazing experience and what a great cause. I've put it on my list, maybe 2011? Which of the volunteer options did you do?
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Re: anyone take a volunteer trip?

Postby jimshu » Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:35 pm

Just the main sanctuary Kris.But if I go back, the Namib Rand cheetah release and tracking gets me.
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Re: anyone take a volunteer trip?

Postby bibowj » Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:14 am

Hi anyone that happens to read this...

I just signed up for this site, and am VERY interested in doing one of the Volunteer trips that Ive read about here. However, being that none are ever guaranteed, Im a bit nervous about making the steps to get the ball rolling. I live overseas in Japan, and doing all the prep for a trip like this is a long long road...


.... anyone know if these trips are likely to go? Is there any specfic route or trip that has a better chance?

Thanks anyone that reads this!
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Re: anyone take a volunteer trip?

Postby jimshu » Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:44 am

Hey Bibowj,sorry your post got missed.How about this trip report from a voluntourist on Project Tanzania .
http://www.readbreathe.com/transformati ... xperience/
Planeterra is associated with GAP.
http://www.planeterra.org/
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