Camilla travelled to Namibia to help animals
In Namibia, Camilla got to help look after the animals in the wildlife reserve. She helped to feed the animals and to clean and build enclosures. At night, the people on the reserve often slept together with baby baboons, because these small animals need body warmth. The N/a’an ku sê organisation works with a range of research projects and the volunteers also get to help with these to the extent that they are able to do so.
- The research often has the goal of helping animals and people to be able to live close to one another but without disturbing each other, which is often a problem just in Namibia, where the wildlife is bountiful and people often know very little about how to deal with the animals, says Camilla.
Camilla has loved animals since she was little. She has long dreamt of travelling to the African savannah to learn more, but also to give the animals a bit of love and care.
- Animals often end up suffering as a result of human beings’ egotism and desire for progress, and I therefore wanted to find some way to give something to the animals, who actually share this earth with us.
What have you learned from your voluntary work?
- Firstly I have learned an incredible amount about the animals I have worked with. I’ve learned things that you can’t get from books but that you can only understand by experiencing them and being with animals. I have also learned to have the courage to get to grips with things and that I can cope well on my own. Before, I could feel afraid of getting out of my depth and of doing things alone. Now I am most happy doing this type of thing on my own because I know that I can rely on myself. I think that everyone should travel by themselves at some point in their lives in order to “find themselves”.
What tips would you give to people who would like to do voluntary work but who might not know how to get started?
- Think out what you want to work with and start by comparing different places. Read blogs written by people who have been there in order to get an idea of what the place is like. I contacted the organisation direct to ask questions and to book the trip. But if choosing a place feels difficult, then there are a lot of Swedish companies that will act as an intermediary between you and the voluntary work organisation. It is often cheaper to go direct to the organisation, but it can be nice to get the support and guidance that an intermediary can provide.
Curious to know more about Camilla's adventures in Namibia and about the organisation N/an'an ku sê? Follow Camilla on Instagram and visit the organisation's website by clicking the links below!
Text: Lucella Bergström