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Alex's UmPhafa Nature Reserve Volunteering

A project by: Alex Chappell


WE RAISED £1,617

from 26 donors

This project received donations on Sat 11 Feb 2017
I am fundraising for my trip to go volunteering in South Africa researching & caring for animals

my project

I am raising £1,600 to go to South Africa to do two weeks of volunteering at the UmPhafa Nature Reserve which will provide vital research and care for the animals which live there.

about me:

My name is Alexandra Chappell and I am a 20 year old English Literature student at the University of Essex.

what i will be doing:

This trip to South Africa will be a once in a lifetime experience. I will be travelling to a 6000 hectare reserve owned by Colchester Zoo Action for the Wild in South Africa to study and care for animals in their natural environment (something that we are unable to do with such species that live in captivity in the UK).

I will be playing a crucial role in the operation of the reserve by collecting the vital data necessary to make key management decisions.

Animals are something that I am very passionate about so this experience will allow me to do something I enjoy as well as learning vital research skills that will help me build a career.

The research that I carry out will be kept and used by the Nature Reserve in order to improve animal lives both in UmPhafa Nature Reserve and worldwide.

Where do your donations go?

Every single penny that is donated to my page will go towards my trip in some way. This includes:

  • Travel to and from the airport (both in the UK and in South Africa)
  • Return flights from the UK to South Africa
  • Travel insurance for my trip
  • Accommodation for my stay
  • All food and water for my trip
  • Any fees for the programme
  • Any required training
  • Personal kit needed (boots, sleeping bag, etc).


Everybody who donates will receive a small reward from me as a way for me to say thank-you for giving me the means to be able to do the volunteering which I want to do. These rewards range from having your name featured in my blog post and video diary which will be posted of my South Africa trip within the week of my return to having postcards and polaroids of my trip sent direct to your door.

so this is me

and these are the animals your donations can take me to research and to help

keep updated here:

I will be posting regular updates about my fundraising endeavours over on Twitter (@Schmirfle / www.twitter.com/schmirfle ) or via my blog www.schmirfle.blogspot.com So, please do subscribe to those if you wish to keep updated on my fundraising journey and my trip to the UmPhafa Nature Reserve. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel for some exclusive videos of my fundraising journey (see video).

Help me get to south africa:

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Every penny I raise is one step closer on my journey to helping the world.