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Conservation Travel does exactly what it says on the tin: It puts conservation before travel, and that is what makes it different to a safari, an overland tour or a round-the-world gap conservation travel experience. The conservation work in Africa is at the heart of the experience, not just a part of the itinerary. As a Conservation Traveller you are fully immersed in the project you are joining – It’s an intensive and sometimes challenging experience. As with most challenges, the reasons why people undertake them and the rewards they gain from them are numerous.
“I knew when I applied to study veterinary medicine at university that getting in was going to be difficult… I decided to take a gap year but wanted to make the most of my year out and do something I may never get the chance to do again.”
Sophie Gates, Gap Year Student, Wildlife Veterinary Experience
“I have heard from both vet schools that I applied to, and I got in!! Not only was my experience at Care For Wild one of the most enriching experiences that I have ever had, but according to the admissions councils, it was apparently one of the deciding factors on my application!”
Adrian Helmers, Student, Khulula Care for Wild
“All of us who work in some of the finest zoological parks and institutions still yearn to experience the splendor and glory of our charges in the wild… I wanted to get a better idea of conservation efforts in the wild, and my trip definitely accomplished that.“
Christina Cooper, Professional Conservationist, Phinda Wildlife Research
“Being in Africa reminded me of why I am doing my degree and brought back to the surface my passion for conservation which is one of the best things I gained from the experience as I think sometimes it’s difficult to keep positive about conservation when there is so much bad news. But I am well and truly re-inspired (if that’s a word!!)”
Jodie Rosedale, Student, African Field Trip
“A lot of what you have seen on BBC, National Geographic, Discovery and Animal Planet is going to be there “real time” plus the smells, the wind, the African sun, the special, almost alien light just after sunset and real silence with capital S at certain times of the day.”
Koenraad Goossens, Career Breaker, Botswana Wildlife Monitoring
“Are you over 60? Do you have a Bucket List of things to do before you die? I am, and I do, one item on my list having been to fulfil a childhood dream of working with animals. Earlier this year I was able to do that, thanks to ACE – African Conservation Experience.”
Susan Knight, Retiree, Care for Wild Africa