I really wanted to participate in a volunteer experience with animals, the environment and conservation, but I didn’t know where to start. There are so many programs advertised on the internet that it is overwhelming and there is no way of knowing which programs are legitimate. When I found Animal Experience International, something about it resonated with me.
My first email contact with Nora, the CEO, confirmed my intuition. She really took the time to talk to me about AEI and answer all of my questions concerning volunteer placement, without making me feel rushed to make a decision and choose a placement. AEI offers so many interesting programs that I just couldn’t make up my mind. When Nora announced that she was leading a group expedition to Guatemala, I made my decision to go right away.
Having Nora as a group leader was an added bonus as I had many reservations about volunteering in a strange country and concerns about safety.