Welcome home volunteers!

Posted on June 9, 2017 by leocareers

Hello again all,

It’s been a while since I last posted, but I’m still alive and kicking! As always, there’s heaps of things going on here at the office. To be honest though, I am sure that what’s on everyone’s mind right now is the annual summer party coming up in two weeks. I will of course give you all the details after the party, but rest assured – it’s the highlight of the LeoVegas year!

Interview with the volunteers

Remember when I told you about our latest CSR project “The Leo Initiative” to celebrate our 5th birthday? Well, a part of that initiative was to send down volunteers to Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary to  work with rescued lions and big cats. Last week, our first ever volunteers returned safely home to Malta and Stockholm.  I decided to catch Martina, our VIP Manager for the Swedish Market, and Jakob, our Business Intelligence Engineer, for a quick chat about their experience!

Martina and Jakob with two lions

Hey the both of you! So tell us, how was it?

M: Overall – what an amazing experience. It is really something that you don’t get to do every day. This feeling of working with animals, and actually feeling as if you make a difference, was so rewarding!

J: Yes, it really was amazing. This was like nothing I’ve ever done before, privately or professionally. I got to see, experience, and do more than I thought when I applied, even mundane things such as transport and accommodation turned out to be memorable experiences!

M: I agree, even though we didn’t know what to expect, our expectations were well exceeded! Although, I’m not quite sure I could’ve expectd what it would be like sleeping in a tent in the South African bush surrounded by wildlife.

LeoVegas saving lions

LeoVegas volunteer watching sunset at Emoya


Tell me a bit more about what you got to do there?

M: It is hard work working as a volunteer – don’t let the pretty pictures fool you! We were really well taken care of, and they always made sure that we had plenty of stuff to do. But coming from an office, doing manual labor is unexpectedly tough. Just the fact that we got up at 5AM every work day was a big change for me. It’s all part of the experience though, and I’m so happy for it. We got to really experience how much hard work and dedication it takes to take care of these amazing creatures.

Jakob and Martina volunteering
J: Absolutely, the days were long but very rewarding! Our days usually started with the feeding of the big cats at sunrise by throwing big pieces of meat into the enclosures, later we’d clean those same enclosures, help around at the farm with all the other animals and then prepare the next days batch of meat. 40 lions and two tigers eat a lot of meat every week!

M: Yes! I remember this one time, we had to move 3 tons of meat. I’ve never seen so much meat in my life! But the lions need to be fed, and someone has to feed them! My favorite part though was definitely helping out with the sheep, especially the little lambs. Can you imagine – four little lambs were born while we were there.

Lamb with LeoVegas volunteer

Volunteer from LeoVegas

The landscape of Emoya

The views from where we were staying were spectacular!

What was the best thing during the two weeks?

M: As I said, the feeling of actually making a hands-on contribution with the lions. Unfortunately, the lions we sponsor aren’t at Emoya yet, but it really didn’t affect the experience. We got to see first hand the difference the Heusers make taking care of these wonderful creatures.

J: The best part was getting to experience the lions up close. I will always remember my first lion feeding and watching it eat just a meter away from me. Nor will I forget the first time a lion gave me a good scare or how their roars could be felt as vibrations through the ground if you were standing close enough. I would definitely go there again if given the chance!

M: Yes, definitely. If given the opportunity, I would go again. Who knows, I might go on my own one day!

Thank you the both of you! I’m sure we’ll hear more from you in the future! 

Emoya sunset

The Leo Initiative Volunteer Sponsorship

Here at LeoVegas, we’re extremely proud of our social commitment, and it is so rewarding to be able to give this opportunity to our employees. Essentially, the sponsorship will be granted to four employees each year to employees within the LeoVegas Group. It covers two weeks paid volunteering at Emoya, flights, and travel expenses for the volunteers selected. Everyone eligible can apply in either session (open twice a year). It is an amazing opportunity and we’re once again so happy to be able to offer it to all of our employees. If you have questions or just want to know more, don’t hesitate to e-mail us!

Before I round things off, I have to share this image of my visit to WCN’s office in San Fransisco. They are also a part of our Leo Initiative, and while being there on holiday two weeks ago I decided to visit. There will be more information about our collaboration in the weeks to come – very exciting news!

The crew might not be big, but it is doing great work! Here you have the CEO of Save the Elephants joining us as well, a longstanding partner of WCN. So inspirational and so exciting!

Until next time,

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