Usually our volunteers spend their time visiting local projects to interact with the community. Earlier this week though, the ‘community’ came to them instead. 25 street children from the Drop-in Centre, ran by the Midlands Children’s Hope Centre, got the chance to spend an unforgettable day with volunteers at Antelope Park.
First the children were accompanied on a game drive around the Park, where they were thrilled to spot impala, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra. After that, the moment they had all been waiting for; a tour of the Breeding Program and the chance to see lions at close quarters. Some of the children were so excited that they couldn’t stop themselves from shouting out ‘Shumba’ when they saw the animals.
Back in camp, the children and volunteers soaked up the sun while playing volleyball, football, skipping and even a game of miniature ten pin bowling. Appetites sufficiently worked up, they then had a lunch specially prepared for them by Antelope Park kitchen staff. Activities continued into the afternoon, with Staben, the teacher from the ALERT Education Centre, presenting a mini conservation lesson to round off the fun.
A fantastic day was enjoyed by all!
You could volunteer on one of our community projects in Zimbabwe. Find out how here.