Beth and the African Wildlife

beth stein Start Date: Jul 28, 2018 - End Date: Jan 27, 2019
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Ghana
  • Madagascar

My Travel Story

by: beth stein Start Date: Jul 28, 2018 - End Date: Jan 27, 2019
Both travel and animals have always played a large role in my life. I have found that seeing the world from another perspective and stepping into someone else's shoes builds empathy and creates a higher level of connection. The empathy with which animals instinctively act can be one the greatest lessons for us as human beings.

Volunteering takes a lot of planning, research and money.  I'm heading over in August for at least 6 months, but am hoping to raise enough to continue my conservation work going beyond what I already have planned. The work I'll do will save the lives of vulnerable animals while improving the future of those species which are endangered.

My day to day acrivities will include the following among other things:
• rehabbing injured animals
• raising orphaned animals
• tracking and collecting data
• replanting flora
• cleaning and maintaining the grounds
• protecting the animals from poachers, who everyday are dwindling the   numbers of our African wildlife.

As a bonus, I'll have the opportunity to work within the community, assisting at on-site schools in teaching English. My plan is to volunteer in Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya. With your help I can add more countries, more growth, and more opportunity to that list. Basically, I'll keep going if you keep funding my volunteer work.

Any amount helps to keep me and this project going. Thank you!!!
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Ghana
  • Madagascar

Updates

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  • Humans

    Humans
    while my primary focus in volunteering is with wildlife, when available, I take the opportunities to help out at local school programs. This program is in Patterson, a small community about an hour outside port elizabeth. These kids are the definition of hope and optimism and we can all grow in gratitude by sharing their view of this world.
    Maybe you can tell from the picture, it was rather windy and cold this day and many of the children lacked proper clothing for such elements. Being someone who is constantly cold, I was so grateful for my jacket. Often lacking in what many of us see as vital, these kids never lose their smile of enthusiasm.
    To be blunt, these kids lack a lot when it come to stuff. My first day with them we looked for scraps of paper so they could color, so the second time us volunteers came prepared with paper, chalkboard, balloons and bubbles (they were a big hit). To anyone that has and will donate to me, thank you, your donations are not only covering my costs of travel and programs fees, but you’re also allowing me to purchase supplies for many school programs such as this one.
    ♥️♥️♥️
  • Patats

    Patats
    This is Patats. Patats is our resident grandma and one of only two sanctuary baboons at CARE. A sanctuary baboon is one that will live the rest of her life at CARE. While our mission at CARE is to rehabilitate and release all the baboons that come through our gates, in some cases we have to make the tough choice that staying within the confines of CARE is a baboons best option.
    It was believed in traditional medicine that baboon poop was healing. So, Patas spent the first ten years of her life living in a barrel.....yes, a barrel. Placed in said barrel as a baby, she grew, but the barrel did not. Because of this Patats spine is permanently curved, this mixed with she has only ever interacted with humans and does not understand the social heirarchy of a baboon troop, the decision was made to keep Patats at CARE.
    Patats is a great example in how our training, our story, our upbringing, both good and bad, greatly effect our interactions as we grow. Despite being abused most of her life, Patats LOVES human interaction and because of her special circumstances get plenty of affection at CARE. I’ve passed many an hour of my life sitting with her watching the other baboons go about their business. And, if you’ve ever wondered about our connection with primates, the moment Patats takes your hand, looks you straight in the eye and lip smacks you, all your questions are answered.

    Patats is amazing and I am ever so grateful for each moment I have been fortunate to spend with her. She deserves all the good for the remainder of her days, so basically, please donate for Patats!!!