"I had spent 5 months in South Africa volunteering and was supposed to be going on to another project until it fell through. I had no other option but to find another voluntary placement as I wasn’t ready to go home! I luckily managed to find MAWS online and saw they were looking for a nurse. I emailed immediately and was accepted onto the project. This was very out of my comfort zone and was fairly apprehensive at first, but as soon as I arrived I could tell it was going to be great and turned out to be the best decision I have ever made!
I have had the most fantastic three months with MAWS and I couldn’t recommend it enough. As soon as I arrived everybody was lovely, the accommodation was way above what I was expecting, with lovely food provided and two lovely cottage dogs! The clinic is perfect, it is fairly basic, but is well stocked and has pretty much everything you need. If something was missing, just ask and it appears!
Tana and the rest of the committee were great and so helpful and if there was ever a problem, we just called and it would be sorted immediately. The local guys at the clinic were also fab, their skills and handling of the dogs was amazing and I actually learnt a few tips from them!
We worked pretty hard getting all the dogs neutered by early afternoon, but was such a rewarding feeling knowing what a difference we are making. The African dogs were such lovely dogs and considering I am normally a 'cat' person, I am now a fully fledged ‘African dog' girl! The outreach projects to local villages was great fun also, seeing a completely different side to 'local life'.
The way the volunteers were treated was fantastic, we were really looked after and being a volunteer, that is really appreciated. I was lucky enough to also get out and see some of the beautiful wildlife whilst there, which was amazing.
I can’t thank MAWS enough for letting me volunteer with them and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to do some volunteer work. I am so glad my second project fell through as otherwise I don’t think I would have taken that step and gone to Botswana, but after such a fantastic experience, I can’t wait to return!" Olivia C February 2013