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Aiding Elephants in Namibia

Friday, February 15, 2013
Ever wondered what it's like to adventure to Namibia for a volunteer project? Today we hear Cameron's story from 2012.

After two and a half days of traveling, cramped into the economy section of three separate airlines it felt great to begin the build process on our first day out. The mornings here are beautiful, with a cool breeze and the sun shining. It's the kind of weather that makes me eager to work hard and accomplish something.

We drove to the worksite with everyone cramming into the open top jeep, enjoying the cool wind and spectacular scenery, and began to work on a half-finished wall around a well. It was quickly apparent just how difficult the work could be, shoveling sand, hauling rocks, mixing cement; but with plenty of water and frequent breaks, the morning went by rather quickly.


After a long lunch break to allow the heat to subside (not nearly as much as we would like), we got back to work with slightly less of a spring in our step. Hot water has never tasted better as we sweated it out into the late afternoon, and at the end of the day, there was never a more deserving time for a cool beer from the shop on the way home to camp.

When you see a completed wall that you have built together with a group of people that only days earlier were total strangers, there is a bond that's created that. It's hard to define! People from such varied locations and backgrounds come together for one common goal, and to see the results of your labor brings a sense of pride and achievement that personally is unmatched by prior endeavors. You are truly helping people and the appreciation is apparent. I have met people that I will never forget, and I will always consider friends, no matter how many miles may separate us after this is all over. Patrol week is next, and I can't wait to continue on with this life changing experience.

By Cameron Pelz

Categories: Adventure