Climate Change Academic Program, South Africa

Participate in faculty-led program that explores climate change issues in an African context.

Based in either South Africa or Zambia, you’ll learn about a range of environmental issues in either an urban or rural African setting (or both) and explore innovative solutions to these issues. This climate change academic program can include topics such as deforestation, sustainable forest management, alternative energy sources and food security. You’ll also be able to assess and actively participate in practical solutions developed by this grass-roots environmental program.

To ensure maximum professional development for all students, we’ll design a well- structured program that incorporates both a variety of lectures and on-the-ground projects, and your group will be guided by experts along the way.

Quick Facts

  • Destination Cape Town (South Africa), Livingstone (Zambia)
  • Focus Climate change, sustainability, eco education
  • Length of trip Two weeks (but any duration possible)
  • Accommodation Guesthouse and lodges (dorm/rooms)
  • Fee Quotation upon request

Program Details

These faculty-led environmental programs are customised for your faculty, but can include the following elements:

A study of the complex reforestation issue in Livingstone, Zambia.
This can cover the following topics:

  • Sustainable livelihoods in climate vulnerable populations
  • Sustainable land management techniques, conservation farming methods and alternative energy methods
  • Innovative waste management solutions
  • Participation in environmental education workshops with school children, subsistence farmers, and women’s groups

A study of environmental issues in Cape Town, South Africa
This can cover the following topics:

  • Food security and permaculture in an urban African context
  • The interlinked issues of environmental issues and human rights
  • Community integration through greening
  • Biodiversity in an urban context
  • The role of environmental education in an urban context

These programs are hosted by a South African based environmental organisation that runs urban greening and reforestation projects, and spreads environmental awareness throughout Southern Africa. Our team has hosted university students interested in environmental topics, professionals keen to take a holiday with a difference, study groups doing field work and individuals from all walks of life who want to get active for the environment and have fun at the same time.

Learning Outcomes

These faculty-led programs are fully customised program is fully tailor-made and will be adjusted according to your group’s specific academic focus, but overall, our programs will equip participants with the following:

  • Knowledge of environmental issues in an African context
  • Research and critical assessment skills
  • In-depth understanding of sustainable land management techniques and alternative energy methods that can mitigate climate change in Zambia
  • In-depth understanding of urban greening in the context of a socially complex African city
  • Practical experience in hosting environmental education workshops at schools, with farmer groups, and with women’s groups
  • An understanding of the role conservation education plays in the fight against deforestation
  • An understanding of innovative environmental solutions being used in Africa.

Program Support

We’ll design the full program for you, including all logistics, so that your group can focus fully on getting the most out of the experience. We’ll provide the following:

  • A fully tailor-made program according to your desired learning outcomes
  • Academic guidance on the ground, where needed
  • All accommodation and meals
  • All on the ground projects and necessary equipment
  • Airport transfers and all other transport on the ground
  • An orientation program on arrival
  • Any additional sightseeing trips you may wish to add

Where You’ll Stay

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is arguably one the most stunning cities in the world. Framed between oceans and mountains, it’s surrounded by incredible natural beauty, with Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, an absolute highlight. Cape Town is also a place of huge diversity, lively cultures, and a vibrant nightlife. Living here is dynamic and interesting, and weekends will give you a huge variety of exciting activities. You can, for instance, venture to the top of Table Mountain, visit the historic Robben Island, drive to the iconic Cape Point, or hang out on some of the many beaches. If you’re into food and design, you can also choose to visit some of the trendy markets for some culinary treats and locally designed goods. Moreover, once you venture outside of Cape Town, you’ll find gorgeous winelands and stunning National Parks that are well worth a good road trip.

Livingstone, Zambia

A small city with rural character and friendly people, Livingstone is a welcoming and charming place. It’s also a place of natural beauty; Livingstone is situated on the mighty Zambezi River, only ten kilometers away from the famous Victoria Falls, and surrounded by the bush (and yes, elephants roam around on the outskirts of the town). Weekends will give you the opportunity to encounter wildlife on game drives in a nearby National Park, to venture onto the Zambezi for a boat cruise, or to get soaked by the spray of the falls. For the adventurous type, there’s plenty to explore too. Known as the Adventure Capital of Africa, Livingstone offers dare-devil activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, or gorge swinging. A tourist hub spot for good reason, the Zambian town offers an abundance of character and opportunity.

Accommodation

In both Cape Town and Livingstone, we’ll provide accommodation in basic but comfortable guesthouses and lodges, in a good and safe location. There will always be team members present to ensure everyone’s comfortable.

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