The participants of our environmental education programs make a conscious decision to promote a sustainable and symbiotic relationship between themselves and the environment.
The key goal of Conservation Global’s (CG’s) programs is to explore the interactive and interdependent relationship between the systems of the natural world, the economy, and social structures and to promote awareness and respect for the needs of the natural world to the next generation of environmentalists.
Conservation Global provides a platform in which people with a vested interest in the environment can participate in taught programs that are grounded in ongoing research programs. CG aims to improve the overall condition of natural areas by producing knowledgeable and passionate environmental stewards.
We believe that awareness is fundamental to successfully passing on the torch to future generations. Likewise, we believe that a combination of interactive taught programs and grassroots research programs provide the groundwork for a highly unique professional and personal growth experience.
My week spent on Gondwana Game Reserve with Conservation Global was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I was fortunate enough to travel to South Africa with Franklin University Switzerland on academic travel in the spring of 2015. Bonding with the staff and learning about the animals in their natural environment made for one incredible week. Each day was filled with activities and lectures that were as entertaining as they were educational. As a group we had a lecture in the morning either from a member of the knowledge staff or from a local expert. We learned about native bee populations and were treated to honey samples from the region and were given a demonstration on the practice of tagging and tracking animals on the reserve. Perhaps the most memorable was when we were taught how to properly handle a tranquilizer gun and had a competition to see who could get a bullseye! After the morning lecture, the group would split up for the safari in which the staff took great care to make sure we saw as many animals as possible. Later in the afternoon we would regroup for a drink and to admire the scenery. I have the utmost respect for Conservation Global and the work they are doing—hoping to return to South Africa soon!
Conservation Global organized a dually educational and adventurous experience across South Africa. As a student I was able to learn more about apartheid and its effects on the nation from prominent political leaders. Also, I was able to better understand the needs and efforts of conservationists across the area to protect some of the worlds most endangered animals. From finding dolphins in the Indian Ocean, cage diving with great whites, and spotting lions on the game reserve, this experience reestablished the necessity in myself to protect our wild lands across the globe. If we do not protect them, who will?