My time at Askari has been amazing. Even though I was only here for 2 weeks I have learnt so much about conserving the bush and the animals that live there. The programme was perfect for me as I always wanted to see Africa but wanted to do more than just sitting on a game viewer. Katie and Joe make you feel very welcome. Their knowledge is amazing and they love passing that knowledge onto you. I would have loved to have come for 4 weeks as I would have learnt so much more but my circumstances meant I couldn’t and without the 2 week option I wouldn’t have been able to come at all so I am grateful it is there. The accomodation was very homely and we were looked after by a lovely lady called Maria who did all our washing and ironing. I would highly recommend Askari to anyone. Thank you Katie and Joe for making my first trip to Africa amazing.
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Katie, Joe and the Askari team are passionate about their work and strive to pass on positive and memorable experiences through volunteer activities. The program encompasses many facets of active management of the reserve. Katie and Joe are outstanding guides, leaders and hosts. They go out of their way to answer questions, educate and provide opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography. The activities I participated in at Askari have added to my personal and professional development and a greater appreciation for African wilderness.
Before coming to Askari, I was a very inexperienced traveller. I had never travelled outside of North America and decided that for my first trip I was going to so to South Africa (go big or go home!). But what a trip! This program truly allows you to be part of “the environmental solution” by involving yourself with a wilderness reserve that has the ecosystem and its inhabitants in its best interest. The experiences that I have had over these past few weeks are indescribable to say the least. Let’s just say I’m already saving for my next visit.
" I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I signed up for the Askari programme. I never worked overseas before. I can honestly say I was a bit nervous but also excited. From the moment we met Katie and Joe, they were immediately bombarded with questions from our group, and they were friendly and knowledgeable to answer them. The types of activities were amazing and varied enough to give a good sense of the day to day activities that go on here. Overall, it was an insightful and exciting time on Pidwa. We were well fed and the facilities we stayed in were great. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. And my main concern coming here was safety – not once did I feel any activity done through Askari was unsafe. This has been an amazing time and will be a key moment in my life! "
The month I spent at Askari was one of the best life adventures I’ve experienced – it went above and beyond my expectations. The volunteer work we participated in was meaningful and I left feeling that I truly contributed to the conservation efforts of the Pidwa reserve. Throughout the month, there was continuous learning through lectures and hands on demonstrations. The Askari leaders (Katie and Joe) were extremely knowledgeable always happy to answer our questions and worked very hard to make our time at Askari comfortable. They are genuinely passionate about their work. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the Askari experience to anyone, you’ll dream about coming back for the rest of your life – it’s the best!
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