Worth the Travel

Sabrina Engelmaier
23 July 2018

Sabrina3About a week ago, I left Nature’s Valley with a new feeling of positivity I had never experienced before. I spent 3 weeks there, surrounded by stunning nature and wonderful people. Although I was nervous going there at the age of 18 as a volunteer, I was beyond grateful that I was welcomed by friendly faces. Speaking to all the interns, I learned about the pros and cons of pursuing an environmental career. I definitely came across most of the pros during the trip, by participating in marine debris data collection, working with kids to promote environmental awareness, and learning about the different fish, plant, and bird species.

Although I was only there for 3 weeks, I definitely took nothing for granted. I made sure to enjoy every single moment as the days were cut short in winter. On the weekend, I would wake up, make myself a cup of tea, and head straight to the beach to let the nature sink in. I have never felt so relaxed. During the week, I would grab a book and sit on the beach near the estuary. I enjoy alone time and in the 3 weeks, I was able to think and reflect as a person. I was also able to make the decision of pursuing the career of Sustainable Development, and it is all because of the Nature’s Valley Trust team.

Before volunteering in Nature’s Valley, I had just finished my high school diploma and I was full of nerves, stress, and anxiety. Flying to South Africa was a big step, but I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to grow as a person.

For anyone who is going to volunteer, I suggest you smile and live in the moment. This will be one of the best experiences in your life.

I will look back at this trip and remember that I took up every opportunity I could in the short 3 weeks I had. I am still beyond amazed by the sceneries when I look back at my photos, and I am definitely going back some other time in my life. I would definitely recommend this voluntary programme because personally, I believe I can now make a difference.

Thank you, Nature’s Valley Trust!