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It’s National Volunteer Week, and while we are all practising social distancing due to Covid-19 instead of coming together physically, we have some awesome ideas for volunteering in the future. Because, we can feel it more now than ever how far kindness and generosity can go. 

If anything, this time apart has allowed us to re-evaluate our priorities and realise what’s important.

Non-profit organisations rely on the support from communities and without the generosity of donors and the support from volunteers, these amazing projects are being hit hard.

Photos: Carina Maiwald

The animal charities we partner with do the most incredible work to conserve wildlife and wild lands, to up-skill communities and provide work for local people, rescue abused animals and give them a better life, and to train anti-poaching dogs and rangers to protect endangered species. We couldn’t be prouder of the teams our Wild in Africa® bracelets support. 

In light of National Volunteers Week, we want to draw attention to two of these charities, which offer fantastic volunteering opportunities: The Backwater Sanctuary and Wild Tomorrow Fund. One based in India and the other in South Africa, these charities benefit hugely from the input of animal-loving kind souls like you who volunteer their time.

The Backwater Sanctuary

The Backwater Sanctuary, located in the backwaters of Kabini in Southern India, is a non-profit committed to rehabilitating horses, ponies and donkeys suffering from abandonment, abuse or neglect, and to provide them with a safe home for retirement. 

Photos: Carina Maiwald

As a volunteer, you will stay at the beautiful Bison Resort and learn about the resident animals and participate in caring for them. That means assisting with washing, cleaning, grooming, feeding, and exercise. Additionally, volunteers are encouraged to help drive fund-raising and marketing campaigns to grow the organisation’s reach. If you love horses, you’ll know how powerful it is to be in their presence. This is not only a chance to help them, but an opportunity to feed your soul. 

You can support The Backwater Sanctuary from afar by purchasing our specially designed obsidian bracelet with gorgeous horseshoe charm. 50% of your purchase is donated directly to the charity

Wild Tomorrow Fund

Wild Tomorrow Fund, located on a private concession in Zululand, South Africa, is dedicated to the protection of threatened and endangered wild animals and the habitats they depend on for survival. Wilderness conservation and anti-poaching are at the heart of this cause.

Photos: Wild Tomorrow Fund

Volunteers at Wild Tomorrow Fund will spend between one and two weeks on site with the organisation’s wildlife ecologists, vets, rangers and the local community, contributing in various hands-on ways to the running of the charity. This is an opportunity that joins safari with up-close work with wildlife. The feedback from past volunteers at WTF speaks of life-changing experiences!

You can support the Wild Tomorrow Fund from afar by purchasing our custom designed tiger’s eye beaded bracelet with Africa charm knowing that 50% of your purchase is donated directly to them


This year, National Volunteer Week is a little different, as we navigate the reality of a global pandemic. We cannot show up physically to support causes we love right now, but perhaps now more than ever, people are supporting their communities virtually. 

Get in touch with these wonderful organisations if you’d like to plan ahead and really start making an impact by the way you participate in the world.

Written by Chloe Cooper



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