Into the Wild is a two-week long intensive course in conservation with a focus on experiential education. The program is based in South Africa and is designed for international students or anyone interested in pursuing a passion for nature.
Into the Wild offers participants the opportunity to acquire a profound knowledge global conservation challenges. The course takes participants behind-the-scenes of ecological, economic, and social problems aiming to explore the intricate relationships between the three systems. The course exposes the participants to the roots of environmental problems, ecologically, economically, and socially.
The course focuses on wildlife management, conservation biology, and sustainable development, while touching upon environmental economics, behavioral research, sustainability, and more. Utilizing local experts in the field, students will be exposed to a variety of opinions and experiences.
During this program, students will spend most of their time in the Garden Route region, residing in eclectic cabin-style accommodation with ample time to socialize and reflect on their experiences over a traditional South African braai.
A detailed program will be provided upon reservation.
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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 provided a comprehensive and engaging travel experience for a group of seasoned travelers. My expectations were exceeded due to the organization’s ability to strike a balance between learning and fun, academics were firmly grounded as the motivation for all activities. We had access to sustainability focused thought leaders who were great privileges to learn from; many of whom were only accessible through this fantastic organization and their vast network of environmentalists. From a beautiful sunrise hike of Lion’s Head in Cape Town to spending time with the students at Tsiba college in Knysna, I would happily relive this trip in a heartbeat. I am grateful for Conservation Global and the time and energy they put in to ensure a memorable, inspiring and educational South African adventure for all involved.