Worldwide Experience
96% Rating
(5 Reviews)

Worldwide Experience

Worldwide Experience strives to conserve what man is fast destroying – our very own environment and ultimately our own planet. We are the specialists when it comes to wildlife conservation and offer scholars, students and the older generation the opportunity to work on some of the most incredible projects we are closely aligned with.

Our programs allow our volunteers the opportunity to work alongside wild animals and the interesting people that help ensure their survival. Working with very willing disadvantaged communities also forms part of the make-up of these incredible life enhancing programs. If properly educated and informed these communities can play an integral part in the overall well being of the environment.
 
Make your GAP YEAR, CAREER BREAK, and SUMMER CAMP or HOLIDAY a life-changing one for yourself and for those that you will ultimately be helping on the ground.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Brittney
Female
32 years old
United States (Gilbert, Iowa)
Iowa State University

Life changing

10/10

I have always been one of those people who dreamed of working with African wildlife from the time I was a small child. To actually be giving an intravenous injection to a black rhinoceros or restraining a giraffe was something I could have never imagined I would get the chance to do. My experience with Worldwide Experience was unforgettable. I learned so much about the behavior, physiology, and complications of capture of wildlife. Working with Dr. Fowlds was incredible. He is so patient and calming even when he's pushing you to move faster. I really liked that we started in larger groups with lots of coaching from Dr. Fowlds for the first few immobilization before we were split into small groups and given the opportunity to think through the procedure ourselves. We had to learn what to look for in a TPR that indicated a problem was arising and what to do about it in that moment. I learned just as much from that hands on experience as I did from the lectures. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to listened to Dr. Fowlds's stories and lectures about his experiences with rhino poaching survivors and anti-poaching efforts. The rangers and volunteers were kind and extremely helpful. I learned just as much about the animals from the rangers as I did from Dr. Fowlds. Even the lodge staff made the experience memorable.

How can this program be improved?

My only complaint was that I would have loved to have spent more time with Dr. Fowlds. I was hoping that he would be around a little more outside of formal lectures and the immobilizations. It didn't necessarily hurt my experience, but more time with him certainly would have made it even more incredible. That is the only thing I can think of that I would have changed about the whole thing.

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William
Male
24 years old
Surrey

The Amazing Nakavango

10/10

The Nakavango project in Victoria falls was amazing. I had a fantastic time and it is run by incredibly kind, thoughtful and fun people. Incomparably hands on and a plethora of wildlife unique to Zimbabwe.
I had such a good time and I will definitely be going back again, I cannot wait!

How can this program be improved?

If I had to change one thing I would have gone for longer, there was not one moment that I felt bored or had little to do.

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Alexander
Male
24 years old
United Kingdom
Open University

Nakavango Review

8/10

My stay at Nakavango was a amazing experience for me, the service that the staff provided was outstanding, the quality of food that was served was immaculate.
I also learnt a lot of information from the guides and staff about Zimbabwe and Africa which I took home with me to the UK, and have told all my friends and family about the camp Nakavango and plan on returning. Everything at camp Nakavango was of the highest quality, the manager Brenda Lightbody was wonderful and always on the ball, making sure her students felt comfortable was her main priority. I felt very safe around the head student co-ordinator husband Peter Lightbody, I always felt my health and safety was of main priority.
Although my stay at camp Nakavango was none the less an amazing experience, the programme which I was involved with was very mixed up. I didn't actually do much conservation, on my first day i was told the programme was 70% conservation and 30% children in the wilderness, when actually I felt it was 30% conservation and 70% children in the wilderness. I would suggest that the programme be more specified to the volunteers requirement, as the most enjoyable times I had in the programme was camping, bird habituation, alien plant removal and aiding Derri ( the local botanist) with his tree planting. Generally spending time in the bush I really loved alot!.
The children in the wilderness is a really great programme which teaches the children at a young age so they grow up with more knowledge of the environment and the affects on the environment. I felt The conservation programme I got involved with was greatly over-shadowed by this. Working with the children should be a separate programme, so it can gain more focus.
From the programme description on the Worldwide Experience website, I was under the impression I would be doing a lot more hands on work and aiding the team with possible research. On my I trip I would of liked to of gained more experience and knowledge on conservation, as that is what I am driving my career towards.
though that being said, my time was incredible, the things I've listed are things which would of made my experience just that little bit more amazing, i hope this review is taken as constructive criticism.

How can this program be improved?

I would of changed the conservation programme organisation as noted above

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Georgina
Female
32 years old
Oxford, UK
University of Reading

Absolutely fantastic!

10/10

Very good programme and very varied with lots of wildlife and community work. Highlights included visiting Victoria Falls and learning tracking skills. Difficulties were getting an entry visa but this was easier than I first thought.

How can this program be improved?

More hands on wildlife experiences

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Max
Male
32 years old
Raleigh, North Carolina

Once in a lifetime experience !

10/10

If you would like to experience and have hands on encounters with African wildlife in their natural habitat, Be apart of social development programs that change lives and have adrenalin rushes like no place else - Nakavango offers it all!

Working alongside the highly skilled staff and living on the reserve, Nakavango soon felt like home. The highlights of my trip were:
My close encounter with Shungu, the black rhino
Rafting the mighty Zambezi river
Witnessing one of the 7 natural wonders of the world - the Victoria Falls.

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