Worldwide Experience

Worldwide Experience

About

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.

Founded
2002
Headquarters

260 Walmer Boulevard
South End
Port Elizabeth
6070
South Africa

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Reviews

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Katy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The 12 days I spent in Amakhala with the Vets Go Wild team were some of the best 12 days of my life. Before booking the course I was worried about not getting enough hands on experience and, because of the structured nature of the course, not getting to experience the life of a wildlife vet - I shouldn't have worried. From the vet first day we were involved in procedures giving injections and treatments to a wide range of species always supported by a vet there to help should we need it. My group worked with Emily and she was amazing at giving us an insight into her life as a wildlife vet, both the good and the bad. Yes the course is expensive but 100% worth it and I haven't met anyone who's regretted spending the money so beg, borrow and steal your way to South Africa!!

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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Vets Go Wild trip was without a doubt one of the best experiences of my life so far. I knew very little about wildlife medicine and I definitely left the program with so much knowledge and abilities. There's a lot of hands on experience and the veterinary staff is so knowledgeable that by the second or third day you would start thinking how to gather more funds to come back the following year. We work with a great variety of wildlife, learned how to perform multiple procedure, had lectures related to conservation, and were prepared by Dr. Fowlds the day before any procedure as well as discussing every procedure afterwards. It's an excellent experience and I would recommended to everyone. Furthermore, the food was great, we had 3 course meals every night, the lodge was exceptional, and the staff at the reserve was lovely.

Response from Worldwide Experience

Hi Laura,

Thanks so much for the wonderful Vets Go Wild review. We hope to welcome you back to South Africa in the future.

Warm Regards,

The Vets Go Wild and Worldwide Experience team!

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Cristina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This experience was a dream come true, and just the first day was worth every penny I spent. Throughout the two weeks, we worked on animals like elephants, rhinos, giraffes, buffalo, hartebeest, roan, and lions. Before each hands-on experience, we were given a lecture on the specific type of animal, what types of medications to use, and how to keep ourselves safe. We were also given the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at an aquarium in Port Elizabeth. There we learned about various marine creatures, and we did a necropsy on a whale that washed up to shore. Not only did I learn how to sedate and treat these animals, but I learned about the huge conservation role each of them plays. I also learned how important our role is. This experience changed my life, and it made me realize that we can truly make a difference.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you decide to do this program in the June-August months, make sure to pack warm clothes. I completely underestimated the Africa cold, and I had to wrap myself in blankets everywhere we went.
Response from Worldwide Experience

Hi Cristina,

Great to hear from you again. We're so glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time and we hope to welcome you back in the future.

Many Thanks for the review,

The Vets Go Wild Team

Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Vets Go Wild was the best experience of my life! Working with lions, rhinos, giraffes, and multiple species of antelope was a dream come true. I value this experience more than anything so far as a veterinary student. It was the most hands on learning I have had and I learnt so much from the Ikhala veterinary team in only 2 weeks. I made friends from all over the world because we shared this emotional life changing thrill of our lives in South Africa. This experience made me realize how much is involved with conservation and the responsibility veterinarian’s have to contribute to endangered animals. Veterinarians are the key, a crucial role, for wildlife to be in our future. I think that is the most amazing role in life to lead. It was truely a once in a lifetime experience to meet and learn from Dr. William Fowlds and the Ikhala team who are on the front lines of conservation every single day. It has inspired me to hopefully take on that same role as a future veterinarian!
-Sarah

Charlotte
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the most amazing time with vets go wild! The trip exceeded all expectations and the amount of hands on experience I got was next to none. All of the Ikhala veterinary team and lodge staff were so helpful and friendly it made me feel so much more at ease throughout the entire experience.
From lions to giraffe to rhino; it is without doubt the trip of a lifetime... totally unforgettable!
I would say to anyone considering this course to not let the opportunity pass you by... it is well worth the price and will give you so many transferable skills for working in veterinary even outside of wildlife.

What would you improve about this program?
It can’t! It’s amazing!

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Hannah Clarke

Hannah is a Veterinary student at the University of Bristol in the UK. She loves to see the world, and working with animals is a bonus!

Why did you choose this program?

As part of our studies, we must undertake a certain number of weeks of placement. I am at an age where I am itching to travel, but my financial situation sadly doesn't agree. I thought a program abroad, working with animals (so it counted towards my total weeks of placement) sounded great!

I had attended a couple of talks by Will Fowlds previously and had seen the same course a couple of years ago on TV (Safari Vet School), so I began some research into it. This program was so highly recommended by other Vet students who all claimed that it was the best experience of their lives. I thought it would be silly to pass up this truly once in a lifetime opportunity.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The program provider, Vets Go Wild and Worldwide Experience, provided a structured two-week experience. I just had to get my own kit together (they provided a couple of clothing items), sort my flights (they organized transport to and from the airport on their side), get suitable insurance, and organize the appropriate vaccinations.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

It was much colder than I expected! The team did warn us before we went out, but I thought, “how cold can Africa really be?” Turns out, quite cold! There were lots of early mornings when you'll need to layer up, but it does heat up during the day, especially if you're running around after animals. Just make sure you have layers you can put on/take off.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The first thing to note is that we were kept very busy pretty much every day! Most days we had a procedure, either in the morning or afternoon, with lectures (don't worry, they were some of the most engaging lectures I've sat in!), or a game drive for the other half of the day.

As indicated in the itinerary, a couple of excursions are planned. In my case, this included trips to Born Free, a big cat rescue center, Bayworld for lectures and marine mammal dissections, and into the local town, Paterson, to meet the children.

There is time most evenings to chill out and catch some necessary sleep for the early starts!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I didn't really have a “fear” before I arrived in South Africa. My problem became clear the first day we had a procedure. I quickly realized that the vet work out there is very different to that in the UK.

The nature of the work with wild animals means that you have to work incredibly efficiently, which I found quite difficult at first. You're put with a team of people you've known for, probably, less than 24 hours, given drugs and doses you aren't familiar with, and these need to go into an animal you've probably never learnt about!

Between that first procedure and my last, where I was in charge of the whole thing, I had lectures on the drugs, plenty of practice, lots of opportunities to ask questions, and I got to know the girls in my team really well. You learn quickly, and the Vets Go Wild team are very supportive and patient.

How did the experience change your life?

Be prepared for your life to change, not only when you are out in the bush, but when you return home. You'll suddenly have your eyes opened! I've always admired the African wildlife, but seeing the beautiful animals with your own eyes, touching them (albeit when they're unconscious), being in that amazing position where you can help them thrive... It really is magical!

It isn't all so rosy out there, though. One of the hardest lectures I had to sit through was about rhino poaching. I thought I had a quite good grasp of the situation out there, but I really had no idea. It's so much more barbaric and unfair than I could ever know. You will leave South Africa with a responsibility to protect those special animals as best as you can.

Be prepared to leave a little bit of your heart in the bush.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Bianca Jade Eke

Job Title
Conservation Experience Consultant
Bianca grew up in Africa and is crazy about all things travel, Africa and animals. She studied travel and tourism along with marketing and a conservation-related qualification. She travelled a lot during this time and now heads up our individual travel division, helping to place people in the experience of their dreams as well as helping with marketing on the side.
Bianca Jade Eke

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory would have to be a family trip to Southern Africa. We spent a week in the Okavango Delta with a night on an island, separated from wildlife by a piece of canvas. This was surreal! Thereafter we headed to the Chobe National Park for a few days and ended off the trip at my favorite destination in the world.... Victoria Falls.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have grown significantly since working for Worldwide Experience. I have grown in skill but most importantly in awareness. Aware of what I buy and what industry I support. My team is passionate conservationists who are vegetarian and vegan and well aware of how their actions affect those around them and the environment.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I love hearing about students returning from experiences that have literally been life-changing. My favorite story would have to be a volunteer who went to Conserving Desert Elephants and sent me an e-mail on return to say that she had such an unbelievable experience that she decided to sign up for Environmental Studies.

We also have a Vets Go Wild participant who has become an amazing ambassador for us after traveling with us to two different projects and runs a marathon each year in support of a charity in our home province, the Eastern Cape.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

If I could only choose one, It would have to be Conserving Desert Elephants. Our Conserving Desert Elephants project reduces conflict between elephants and humans by working on the ground, providing practical and realistic solutions. I love the idea of sleeping under the stars while tracking elephants in the Namibian desert, what more could you ask for. Making a difference and having fun while doing it!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our company is unique as we are a small team who have worked in the field and all have different conservation-related qualifications and experience. Our Director has started and continues to start projects from scratch and my colleague was a volunteer coordinator herself. I believe that this makes us unique as a team!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe that passion lies at the core of successful companies. Thereafter, I believe that you need to have your mission, vision, and goals in place and your whole team needs to be aware of them. You need to work as a team to achieve these whilst ensuring your work is aligned with your core values.

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