Conservation Global was founded in 2011 by Nico Fricke to provide students within the faculty of conservation science and sustainable resource management with experiential education courses to bridge the gap between theory and practice, bringing students into contact with real life examples of conservation.
Soon after launching the Into the Wild program, it became clear that students exposed to these tangible conservation science courses became long-term environmentalists, entering post-graduate studies in related fields or returning to volunteer in Southern Africa. The response from Conservation Global alumni was overwhelming.
We therefore decided to expand CG’s programs to offer diverse courses, all rooted in environmentalism and all focused on the grassroots level of development. Today, CG is a global initiative with alumni spanning over 15 countries, all interested in protecting the natural environment and promoting environmentalism.
Our core belief is that there is one system in our world today with three distinct parts: ecological, social, and economic. For a healthy and functioning system, these parts must co-exist in an interdependent and symbiotic manner.
Conservation Global’s (CG’s) participants make a conscious decision to participate in a program that promotes the interdependent and symbiotic relationship between science, economics, and social structures and to foster enthusiasm and respect for the needs of the natural world. CG’s courses provide a platform for engaged citizens to participate in taught and ongoing research programs.
We aim to create a community of like-minded conservationists that share our vision. There are therefore many ways to get involved and CG welcomes your involvement in any of our activities:
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?
I spent two weeks in South Africa with Conservation Global in a partnered trip with Franklin University Switzerland. It is safe to say that these two weeks are by far the most memorable of my life thanks to the effort Conservation Global put into both the educational and adventurous aspects of our trip. From hiking up Lion’s Head in Cape Town, diving with Great White sharks in the Indian ocean, and near encounters with the endangered White Rhinoceros, this NGO helped plan an incredible experience for my research conservation class. If it were not for Conservation Global I do not think we could have done many of the activities we did- such as engage with students at Tsiba College on issues of sustainability on our campuses, and meet and listen to Mark Rutherford lecture on how to run Gondwana Game Reserve. I will forever be grateful for these two weeks and for all of the hard work Conservation Global put into this experience!