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at one of the charity's schools.
I was on the team responsible
for the latter - and planting
banana trees. The crops could
then be used for school meals.
It demanded determination, and
the heat made it difficult, but
we knew it would be worth it.'
LIFE'S LUXURIES

54

Game reserve
in South Africa
'SEEING ZULU
THE LION WAS
A B S O L U T E LY
MAGNIFICENT'

Olivia Weeks,
30, from west
London,
worked at
an animal
conservation
for a month, booked through
Real Gap student travel
adventure specialists.
'Since I love to travel and I
work in advocacy, volunteering
abroad was the perfect decision
for me to gain a new experience.
I spent weeks looking for an
organisation I liked the sound
of. When I found Real Gap,
I asked so many questions - I
wanted to make a difference.
'There was an elephant
sanctuary as well as a huge

game reserve, and I helped to
maintain them. We worked for a
few hours before breakfast in
40ÂșC and then afterwards, doing
everything from fixing fences
and game capture to digging a
new crocodile reserve, helping
in the elephant reserve and at
the local school. I'm passionate
about conservation and although
it was tough, it was rewarding.'
INTO THE WILD

'During my time in South Africa,
I learned a lot about the danger
elephants, rhinos and other
animals are in from poaching.
Elephants may go extinct in our
lifetime and there are only 100
Sumatran rhinos left in the wild
and three northern white rhinos.
'Giving up my time to protect
them and the sights I saw were
priceless. My favourite memory
was seeing a lion called Zulu in
the wild for the first time - he
was sleeping under a bush, lying

COMPILED BY: Lynne Maxwell

'We were each assigned two
pupils, whom we'd be working
with and learning about. My
two were Fred and Arban, who
were 12 and football fans, and
my favourite moments were at
midday when they'd come to the
fields and help us - we'd chat
about their lives. On our last day
in Kabale, I bought them a
football each. Seeing the smiles
on their faces, and playing
football with them, was special.
'My experience made me value
the free education we get in the
UK. Families in Kabale have no
steady income, and stress about
thieves taking their chickens
and crops at night, leaving them
with no food, plus their lack of
clean water.
'One day, I'd love to go back
and see the children. I now
look at things like a shower,
food, clothes and free education
and class them as luxuries.'



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