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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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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!