USE TROPICAL HABITATS AS YOUR LABORATORY

INTERACT WITH EXPERTS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF LOCAL PEOPLE

KICK START YOUR CAREER IN CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

Many rural communities and indigenous people in Kenya and other countries use and depend wildlife for their livelihoods and culture. For these rural communities and indigenous peoples, wildlife is a critical source of water, food, medicine, clothing, source of income and identity. Wildlife resources lie at the heart of their social-cultural and economic life as the primary source of livelihood, nutrition, and employment. These fundamental assets are a basis for security and, for many local communities, are culturally and spiritually significant. Uncontrolled consumption of wildlife and destruction of wildlife habitats threatens the livelihood and existence of these people. The need for conservation of wildlife and the sustainable management of wildlife resources has therefore continued to grow and so has the importance of sustainable tourism.

The Natural Resource Management, Community Development and Sustainable tourism field course is a specially designed interdisciplinary field course developed to give full understanding on the importance of wildlife, how human survival depends on it and the growing role of sustainable tourism in conservation. It does this by letting students explore wildlife habitats, interact with local communities and learn from experts on how to manage wildlife using various field research techniques and methodologies.

The field course training also includes a one-week volunteer placement program at selected destinations and in community based projects. The volunteer program is aimed at introducing students to meaningful volunteer work that not only contributes positively to the destination and its local communities but also allows the students to experience the local culture. Students will get the chance to participate in nature based or people based projects in the local community that are aimed at environment conservation, research into aspects of society or environment, or poverty alleviation through the sustainable use of natural resources.

The volunteer program is designed in a way that;

  1. Students are matched with community projects and programs based on their skills and knowledge
  2. Students help other long-term project members to develop the necessary skills to manage certain aspects of the projects in the long term
  3. The volunteer program is fulfilling the needs of the local community.
  4. It promotes cultural immersion, cultural exchange and heritage preservation
  5. It is aligned to international volunteer standards and guidelines and will as such not encourage exploitation of any kind of local communities or the destination.

All this is delivered in four field course modules;

  1. Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology
  2. Wildlife Species Management
  3. Community and Cultural Development
  4. Conservation Areas Management

Take a Tour of the course

The prices for field course modules range from as low as Ksh. 18000 per person for a minimum of 5 days or a maximum of 21 days. Go ahead. Sign up for one or two or maybe all of the field course modules!!!!!

In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet

The course is open for both local and international university/college students