Testimonial from Lars Nelson
I’ll start in saying I got MUCH more out of this program than was offered by the brochure. This was entirely in thanks to the passion and initiative of the GVI staff there. They are a singular group of people. The extra efforts made by staff provided so much more than the opportunity to observe and learn about spectacular wildlife. Their efforts greatly advanced our experience in the field of wildlife conservation and research. Easily one of my favorite parts of my time on Karongwe, apart from incredible wildlife sightings, was learning how to track animals. Furthermore, the experience I gained working with camera traps and taking data for cheetah kill sites was contributory to my landing a research assistantship with a PhD student at the University of Washington this fall. My time with GVI Limpopo was so much more than voluntourism. I would not hesitate to urge anyone with the remotest interest in this program to take part in it and assure them they will gain from it much more than is offered. My time there provided me with an education that no classroom could match, experiences I could not possibly forget, and skills that have already begun to open new doors for me in the realm of wildlife research and conservation.
- Lars Nelson