Shelley Nicoll – Review

Why did you want to volunteer?

I had been to Florida before on holiday with my family but I wanted to go back and experience Florida as a local.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?

Yes we made a big difference by being there. There is only so much a couple of people can do looking after so many animals. I think we played a vital role in supporting the project.

What did you do for fun?

We sat around in the evenings chatting, having fun, playing games. There’s nowhere local to go in the evenings without getting a lift but we made up for it and made friends with each other!

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?

Learning to ride for the first time. I hadn’t been on a horse before the project.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?

Yes I would like to return to the States but I think I would like to visit another area next time.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?

Definitely go for it! – there’s simply too much to do! I had already done the parks when I was younger but for other volunteers who haven’t it’s a real bonus in your free time.

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?

Old clothes are essential, some of my favourite clothes got mucky so I had to buy some new stuff, but America’s cheap to buy clothes and anything else you need.