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Sustainability in Practice

Yesterday we arrived at Homtini Eco-lodge in Knysna! The owner Jeremy gave us a talk about food security/sovereignty as…

Ethical, Economic and Social Perspectives on Conservation

Shark diving today!!! As excited as I was about it, I still had some hesitations and mixed feelings…

Community gardens, swimming with seals, and a botany lecture

Yesterday, we woke up a bit early to go on our seal-swimming escapade. After jumping into our wetsuits…

Birds and Braais in Plettenberg Bay

Yesterday was mostly a driving day, so I’m thankful we spent some time on Table Mountain in the morning….

The Busiest Day Yet!

Today was definitely our busiest day thus far. We went on a hike of Lion’s Head, which supposedly looks…

Welcome to South Africa!

This series of blog posts follow one of our students, Madison Knutson, as she experiences South Africa through…

Testimonials

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

The South Africa travel was the most incredible experience of life!! With Conservation Global’s help, I experienced memories that will last a lifetime. From learning about sustainability in townships and wildlife conservatory at game reserves, to the social and economic issues that South Africa struggles with today, Conservation Global allowed me to be enthusiastic and engaged throughout our trip, as well as encouraged me to think about how my relationship with nature and the environment will affect future generations for years to come.

Julia Tomich May 24th, 2016

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