Volunteering Abroad

Hi readers,

I recently wrote a story about volunteering abroad, and it’s now the featured story on StartBackpacking.com! To read it click the link below:

http://www.startbackpacking.com/travel/travel-organic-farm-work-wwoof/

Also, I updated my “volunteering” page with lots of photos. You can click here to find it, or find it under the ‘advice’ column up top.

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Bonus photo: some happy farm animals near Riverton, New Zealand.

Alpaca Shearing

We were lucky to see some alpacas being sheared outside of Albany in Western Australia. Thanks to our Taiwanese friends Stephanie and Victor for inviting us!

ImageThe alpacas were nervous to begin with – they were bleating miserably. Even though the shearing doesn’t hurt them, it must be uncomfortable!ImageThe shearers put them down on the ground as gently as possible. Some of the feistier animals struggled and complained loudly.ImageOnce they were down, they had their toenails and teeth cut before getting shorn. It was quite intense and I decided to leave the room after a bit.Image They look very skinny and miserable by the end of it, but in the hot summer months who wouldn’t be happier naked?