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Ella’s photo memories

Volunteering with ORCA has got to be one of the best things I have done in my life so far. And I’m not exaggerating. Plettenberg Bay and the surrounding area is truly spectacular, definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I volunteered for 8 weeks and ended up staying in Plett even longer as I didn’t want to leave! The experiences I had and the friends I made were amazing. It’s very hard to think of the ‘best bits’ as it was all so amazing. Some stand out moments though were definitely seeing my very first dolphins (bottlenose on my first trip out on the water), my first whale sighting and the first time I saw common dolphins. At this point I actually cried I was so happy. Other highlights were learning how to dive, bungee jumping, skydiving, and meeting Oscar the amputee baby loggerhead turtle. And I mustn’t forget to mention going to pre-school every Thursday and helping to teach the kids there – a very rewarding experience!

Basically the whole experience was truly amazing but what made it extra special were the people I met and the friends I made. So thank you, and I can’t wait to come back!

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