Alison is currently volunteering at CCF Namibia from the United Kingdom as a working guest. While there, she will be sharing her daily experiences with us so that we can have a first-hand look at what life is like as a CCF volunteer!
“I arrived last night – a long trek from England – but quite an easy trip with no hitches. It’s great to be back in Namibia – Max (another UK volunteer that travelled out with me) and I arrived just in time for dinner. CCF is about four hours drive from Windhoek International Airport, and we travelled down amazing wide empty roads to get to to the centre.”
“As there has been quite a bit of rain recently in Namibia (much-needed as there has been a drought) it was lovely to see so much green everywhere and very different to last time I was here, when it was hot and dusty. After dinner I walked up to see the cheetahs – there was a group of cheetahs lying by the fence. They looked up and inspected me before deciding to resume their sleep in the sunset, stretching and purring gently.”
The next day after breakfast Elizabeth gave us an orientation trip showing us around and introducing us . Later we went to help with the daily cheetah feeding – they are fed in feeding cages by the main buildings which gives the cheetah keepers (dream job!) a chance to visually inspect their health and make sure they all eat well. It also gives visitors a chance to see the cheetahs up close. Becky, one of the cheetah keepers, explained to the visitors how they are fed, then we put the food in the bowls in the cages and open the doors for the cheetahs to race in.”
Tune in tomorrow for Alison’s second day!
To find out how you could volunteer at CCF Namibia, please read our pages on Internships and Working Guests.