I came from Germany to South Africa without knowing what it will be like to be so far away from home in a different country for the first time. It was like a jump into cold water.
Now I am here for 1,5 week and I am happy. I feel so alive and every single day is like dreaming. I thought a lot about how it will be, but I wasn’t even close.
Since my arrival, I got accepted by alpha wolf Shakira at the first day, played with Baby leopards and baby cheetahs and saw them growing so fast, I couldn’t believe it. I danced through the warm African rain and walked through a field of grass watching caracal jack moving so easily and elegant forward. I slept next to the lions and wolfs and woke up by them cowling and howling in the morning.
We live together in a House near the farm. We go out for dinner or made a traditional Taco-Night at Friday in the evening. If though you don’t really know each other, you feel like you are part of a big family.
Every single day is different and a wonderful experience. This place is full of love and hope for a better world. All the volunteers and the staff members are helping each other. I never felt so fast so good at a unknown place. From the arrival until now I feel welcome and needed.
The animals give you so much and the people also.
I am just here for three weeks. Time is going by so fast. I wish I could stay here for a half year or longer. I never was happy like this for such a long time.
Before I came here, I struggled with trust in people and often thought there is too much sadness and need in the world. I was often thinking about the sense of life and asked myself: Is this everything? Or is there more?
Now I know there is more. Feeling this love and faith and see how strong the people are in this place, especially Riana, makes me believe in humanity again.
I never thought that I could change my sight of life so much in such a short time.
Thank you to all the animals at CE, all the volunteers and especially Riana & Rene, for making me so happy and filling my heart with trust and hope. I will never forget you for the rest of my life!
Karen – Germany