Imire family volunteers talk about their volunteering experience
The Larsson family, from Sweden, joined our volunteer programme in February 2019, and were looking for a family holiday to Africa with a difference - where they could all join in activities together, and learn more about the wildlife and culture.
Mum and dad, Magnus and Elin, had this to say:
"We spent two weeks at Imire with our family. It was a really great experience for adults, as well as our two teenage daughters. The staff, local people and other volunteers were friendly and always positive. We learned a lot about wildlife and the challenges of conservation, and had really good time doing it.
Everyone has been really friendly and shown great hospitality, a huge portion of professionalism, and high level of competence and knowledge. It is like everyone is going the extra mile to make everyone have the best experience. We enjoyed the most, elephant handling and walking with the elephants, but the mix of activities, hard work, meeting with the community, team work activities is great.
Our most positive experience was the overall experience of the environment, people, animals, interactions, work and atmosphere.
It is absolutely amazing to experience the conservation work that is being done at Imire, and the overall experience of environment, people, animals and atmosphere make it all unique. Not only do they protect the animals, they interact with the whole community around them. Also to see all the efforts going in to building trust between the animals and handlers - this is a true long-term commitment.
I wish everyone could have the opportunity to visit this place. Thank you so much to Sam and Vera for making this stay to be such a joy!
We highly recommend other families to do this programme! It is most definitely a unique and inspiring place."