Conservation is a team effort, so the projects are perfect for groups - whether you want to organise a field trip for school or university, an incentive experience for great employees or just go with a group of friends. African Conservation Experience work with a number of international schools and universities every year to create highly educational, rewarding and hands-on field trips.
What types of groups do ACE work with?
We work with all manner of groups - the more variety the better! No matter if your group consists of 5 people or 50, and if you are all aspiring vets, Explorer Scouts, animal management students or just conservation enthusiasts - we'd love to put together an unforgettable field trip for you.
Why should I work with ACE for a field trip?
ACE field trips typically involve real, hands-on conservation work or research - they are not a mock-safari or overland adventure. Please do let us know if you have specific learning outcomes or experiences that are important; we love the challenge of putting together a programme that will tick all the boxes and have everyone return home feeling they've had a life-changing experience.
We also pride ourselves on exceptional service. You’ll find ACE to be quite heavily involved in your field trip - from helping you recruit participants to arranging insurance, meeting you on arrival and being available throughout your time in Africa.
What can I do on an ACE field trip?
Within reason, anything you want! Every group field trip is a collaborative effort: We will work very closely with you to create a programme that meets your objectives and budget. We have a wealth of contacts within the wildlife conservation field in southern Africa, so we are able to include a huge range of activities. The one thing that we’d like to see is an interest in wildlife and conservation. We are more than happy to incorporate other elements, such as community service or a cultural experience as well, but if you are working with ACE for your field trip, wildlife should be the main theme - it’s what we do best!
The programmes below are examples of field trips that we have run successfully in the past. You can base your own group trip on any of these, or create your own - feel free to send us your wish list!
How do I go about organising a group field trip?
If you are a small group of friends or family looking to join one of our regular conservation projects, please submit a group application form. Any of the programmes in the Wildlife Courses & Expeditions section make for great private group experiences and are suitable for groups of 6 or more. If you are looking for a more bespoke field trip experience for a larger group (5 or more), please contact us to discuss your ideas, so that we can plan the best experience for you.
Wildlife Veterinary Course
Working under the supervision of a South African wildlife vet, this programme gives groups of veterinary medicine or pre-vet students the chance to gain hands-on experience in the field, as well as the opportunity to learn about chemical immobilisation of wildlife.
CAS Field Trip for IB Schools
Conservation is a crucial global issue, which makes it a great area for International Baccalaureate students to explore as part of their CAS programme. This sample field trip takes students to Africa and engages them in practical conservation work, new learning challenges and critical debate.
Service Learning Trip
With its rich natural resources and cultural diversity South Africa is perfect for an experience-based service learning trip. Students will make a real contribution to conservation and community projects and learn to think about their own values and the role they will want to play in our global society.
African Ecosystems Field Course
This course is put together with a view to giving students maximum exposure to the wildlife and habitats of southern Africa. Learning takes place predominantly in the field during practical wildlife research work, game drives, bush walks and sleep-outs.
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