• Botswana

Program Details



Starting Price
$2,000 USD
Price Details
Student participation fees cover accommodation, 3 meals a day, transportation while on the program and participation on the projects research and monitoring activities and equipment.
Jan 02, 2018
Feb 28, 2016

About Program

The Internship & Course provides students with hands-on research experience in the conservation of natural and cultural resources of Botswana in the Okavango Delta & Chobe Enclave. Interns will work on two key research focuses: Biodiversity Monitoring & Human-Wildlife Conflict mitigation strategies.
The course includes both scientific and social aspects to data collection in an attempt to prepare students for their interactions with new ecosystems, communities & different cultures.
Interns will have the opportunity to:
▪Develop advanced field research techniques and associated skills
▪Learn valuable wildlife management and conservation principles
▪Understand the challenges facing wildlife conservation & community based natural resource management
▪Observe the ecological functioning and biodiversity of Okavango Delta and surrounding ecosystems
▪Understand the social aspects of conservation science
▪Gain appreciation of long-term sustainable conservation management projects

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Yes, I recommend this program

Botswana conservation internship

Living and working in Botswana were truly a privilege. There are few places left in the world where one can see on a daily basis what most will never see in a lifetime. you'll see what most people only read about in books or see on the internet. And all while learning and practicing valuable conservation skills that will help save at risk animals and allow you to grow as a student.

"I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy."

-Ernest Hemingway

What would you improve about this program?
Involve students in the analysis of transect data, not just collection and entry.
6 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The Perfect Conservation Internship

If waking up to Go-Away bird calls and distant lion roars, then to be able to go on safari every day while conducting research projects, followed by nightly fires and with excursions to interact and work with the local population, then this is the program for you. Every day is a new adventure that you can only read about in books. If you dreamed of going to Africa, Botswana is the perfect country for it; the animal population there is not matched and the two locations are so different which makes the experience that much more exciting. This program is something I could have only dreamed of doing. In a short 8 weeks, I was able to learn so much about wildlife, research and management strategies, as well as make connections that will last a life time. It is a lot of work that is done each day, but you know it is going to something important and you do get lots of free time to hang with the other program members. The lodging is beautiful- don't worry you don't have to sleep on the dirt floor. Wildlife ACT coordinators are very invested in their work and you get to work right along side them with whatever they need to do that day. You will learn to conduct transects, learn about tracking, predator IDing, animal behavior, and so much more.

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