Staff Spotlight: Jessica Bezuidenhout

Jessica Bezuidenhout is from Gravelotte (Limpopo) in the breathtaking country of South-Africa. A born and bred local, she went to school in one of the nearby towns, about 74km away. She spends most of her time working with wildlife and marketing and managing her Horseback Safaris as well as schooling and training the horses on the spectacular reserve. She is currently 22 years old.

What position do you hold at Selati Horseback Safaris and why do you like working there?

I am the co-founder of this volunteer program. I love to teach people about the importance of conservation and open up their minds to how things are done in South-Africa. Love to give volunteers the Ultimate African Experience. I love working here because horses and wildlife are my passion.

How do you think volunteer abroad will change over the next 10 years?

Volunteer abroad is amazing. Giving all the opportunity to open up their market to the whole world. Volunteer abroad in 10 years time will only keep on expanding and delivering exceptional service to all clients.

What is your favorite story of a participant's experience in the program?

They never know what to expect. From the moment they start it’s a jaw-dropping experience.

What do you find most fulfilling about your interactions with volunteers?

Getting to know them and their culture. Forming a bond with each and every one of them. Just seeing their reactions when they get to do something they could never imagine doing.

Do your volunteers require certain qualifications or go through a training process?

No qualifications and training process. All that is needed is a passion for wildlife and animals, love for nature and the admiration to learn new things and experience new places.