Conservation and Research High School Program, South Africa

Travel to the world-renowned Greater Kruger Area in South Africa and assist with conservation activities working to protect the Big Five (leopard, rhino, lion, buffalo and elephant). Provide support to wildlife foundations by ensuring that the message of conservation and its long-term benefits are translated through education workshops and collaborative support with communities. Live in the heart of a wildlife reserve with the support and mentorship of a professional team who are dedicated to providing a safe, educational and inspiring experience with the utmost care.

Highlights

  • Live in a lodge in one of South Africa's most famous wildlife areas
  • Be supported by our team of experts in the fields of conservation, education, safety and youth development
  • Discover the world of consrevation and Africa's famous Big Five
  • Enjoy activities such as a trip to the Blyde River Canyon and a traditional African drumming lesson

Quick Facts

  • Destination Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
  • Focus Wildlife Conservation
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Suggested age group High School

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Destination Description

Kruger National Park is largest game reserve in South Africa, situated in the north eastern part of the country,  world renowned for its abundance of wildlife and an ecosystem which supports over 130 mammal species including the Big 5 and over 300 bird species. The National Park stretches 220 miles from north to south and 40 miles from east to west. The program focuses on predator conservation, through a study of lion, leopard, cheetah, as well as hyena and wild dog. This study is not unique to Kruger but its rich wildlife lends to the furthering of predator studies.

Learning Outcomes

This program comprises four elements: service, reflection, communication and cultural awareness. Throughout the course of the program, you will:

  • Develop key life skills
  • Learn about the conservation issues at the root of the decline of Africa’s wildlife
  • Gain an insight into the relationship between communities and conservation areas in a South African context
  • Be exposed to inter-cultural learning

Service Impact

Education is the key to the sustainable conservation of wildlife and wilderness areas. Your students will share their newfound knowledge with their local peers through workshops guided by experts. Whilst in the local communities, the students will also support the development of vegetable gardens for both subsistence and income-generation. Pairing this with lessons on health and nutrition empowers communities to lead healthier lifestyles.

By educating youth on issues of the environment, conservation and the relationship between people and wildlife, they can become not only mindful global citizens, but conscious future leaders.

  • DAY 1:

    Collection from airport, Introduction to lodge and team

  • DAY 2:

    AM: Introduction to African Impact and Tracking Skills/Identification overview
    PM: Safety Briefing followed by Introductory Game Drive

  • DAY 3:

    Early AM: Research Drive to monitor rhino within the park
    Mid AM: Mini Photography workshop
    PM: Conservation activity e.g. invasive plant removal

  • DAY 4:

    AM: Visit local creche to assist with lessons

    PM: Refurbish school gardens

  • DAY 5:

    Early AM: Research drive, game count
    Mid AM: Lion family and identification lessons
    PM: Sunset game drive
    Evening: Quiz on animal behavior

  • DAY 6:

    AM: Boat trip on lake and walking tour of Blyde River Canyon, with packed lunch
    PM: Night drive

  • DAY 7:

    AM: Work at reptile center
    Early PM: Rhino and elephant identification lessons
    PM: Conservation activity

  • DAY 8:

    Overnight camp in the game reserve with “braai” (barbecue) dinner and night drive

  • DAY 9:

    AM: Return from camping, prepare for high school visit
    PM: Meet high school students for “Share and Learn” presentation of home country

  • DAY 10:

    Early AM: Research drive
    AM: Prepare for youth group
    PM: Youth group conservation lesson

  • DAY 11:

    Early AM: Research drive and game count
    Early PM: Tracking lessons on foot
    PM: Conservation activity
    Evening: Presentation of achievements and evaluation of trip with feedback
    Special Braai dinner and drumming lesson

  • DAY 12:

    Depart for airport
    PM: Conservation activity

  • DAY 13:

    Day visit to Sodwana Beach

  • DAY 14:

    Early AM: Conservation activity
    Early PM: Achievements presentation and awards
    PM: Research drive
    Farewell braai dinner and Zulu dancing

  • DAY 15:

    Depart for Durban Airport

Dates:
Available February to November

  • Participants will be collected from the airport upon arrival and transferred to base
  • Accommodation on base will be simple, but comfortable shared rooms with communal ablutions
  • All meals for the duration of the project, with the exception of free days will be provided
  • Any transport required for program activities will be provided
  • Participants will be transferred back to the airport for their departure