After visiting many safari parks in South Africa, Deidre Clark developed a love for wildlife which inspired her to start volunteering with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
“I wanted to be a part of not only looking after animals but also to help others have the experience of interacting with them. I admire what the sanctuary stands for and the focus they have for the wildlife. Conservation is a large part of the organisation,” said Deidre.
Deidre has now spent 8 years volunteering at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary as a Duty Park Volunteer. Her role involves coordinating a team of volunteers and assigning them different duties to complete during their shift.
“I ensure that each volunteer has a variety of duties to do and are also well equipped to help guests with any questions they have and ensure they have a great experience at the Sanctuary,” said Deidre.
During her time volunteering Deidre gets to meet an overwhelming amount of new people of different nationalities and being able to help them have an informative and enjoyable experience at the Sanctuary is a rewarding experience.
“The feeling that you are making a difference with sharing your knowledge of the animals at the sanctuary and knowing that the visitors are going home with a smile on their face makes it all worthwhile. I have also made some lovely friends at the Sanctuary as well,” said Deidre.
“There’s just something about giving your time freely and not expecting any monetary reward. For me personally, I feel that by sharing my love for the animals with visitors they can walk away with a deeper understanding of the importance of wildlife conservation.”
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary are looking for park volunteers to join their weekend team. Their final volunteering training session for the year will be held on the 12-13 October. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer visit www.vsaustralia.org.au/becomeavolunteer to apply.