Our Team

Nathalie Belet

Swiss by birth, Nathalie cannot claim any formal background in conservation, biology or zoology. However, she approaches these subjects with humility and the awareness that only through changing our behaviours can we shape a better future for our next generations.

Her background in art, real estate and finance makes her a good organiser. She got involved in Conservation Global in January 2013 and is now a director. She’s a multi-tasker, full of ideas that she’s good at implementing. She’s responsible for student interactions and their welfare.

Her passions and a wish for change took her to South Africa where she fell in love with the Garden Route region. She now lives there, in the small town of Knysna, with her husband and their two teenage boys.

Testimonials

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?

Anna Hixson March 25th, 2015

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!

Solange Pittet March 1st, 2015

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