In collaboration with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, HONEYGUIDE is introducing the Young Conservationists — a two-week conservation leadership program bringing creative, passionate, young adventurers to the front lines of community-based wildlife conservation in Africa. The goal is to connect students to the land, its inhabitants, and the wildlife, while providing them with skills that will help them become conservation leaders.
Each day will be spent exploring the conservation area and working with the people who are running some of the most effective and progressive conservation programs in the world. The students will observe the wildlife by vehicle and on foot in order to fully understand the importance of wildlife as a natural asset, and they will learn about all the programs that have made Lewa so successful. Every day the group will discuss the many challenges facing sustainability and brainstorm about ways to promote modern conservation practices.
Everyday the students will engage in various projects -- They will collect and analyze wildlife data with the research team. They will see what rangers do on their daily rhino monitoring treks and watch with the team of tracker dogs at work. They will collaborate on a project in a local school. They will visit clinics and water projects, and learn about micro-lending programs that help women start their own businesses. They will provide valuable advice to improve the programs at the Conservation Education Center. They will be exposed to the challenges of protecting the rare and raw wilderness that remains.
Each student can learn about key elements of nature photography, and they will keep a creative journal. At the end of the program they will present their ideas to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy’s marketing team, with the possibility of having their stories and images broadcast across Lewa’s media outlets.
Dates for summer 2019 are July 29th to August 11th, and the cost is $4,600 USD per student.
Application deadline is March 1st, 2019.
To apply, or for more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the Form on the Contact page of this website.
See below for info on what's included and what is required.
Conservation in Action
Conservation in Action
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a 62,000 acre reserve set in the shadow of Mt Kenya. The property was a family-run cattle ranch for nearly 75 years, evolving to become a rhino sanctuary that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and headquarters for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy—a not-for-profit organization that has gained international esteem as a progressive model of modern conservation.
Today, Lewa is rangeland for abundant wildlife, providing a safe haven for a wide variety of fauna including black and white rhino, cheetah, lion, leopard, elephant, and the rare and endangered Grevy’s zebra. Lewa continues to run one of the most successful rhino protection programs in Africa despite the growing problem of poaching, and it is home to the first elephant underpass on the continent. Over the years, the Conservancy has consistently gained worldwide respect for effectively extending the benefits of conservation beyond its borders.
For more information about Lewa Wildlife Conservancy visit www.lewa.org
The group will spend the two weeks camping and exploring the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The campsite is a fenced-in area near the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy headquarters and located in a part of the conservancy with some of the most abundant wildlife. The students can watch giraffes walk by as they brush their teeth in the morning, but the area is patrolled by highly trained rangers 24/7. The group will have two 4x4 vehicles with trained driver guides at its disposal and a team to manage the camp and cooking.
Everyday the students will go on game drives, guided walks, or just sit in a protected hide observing the wildlife as it goes by -- it's very important to understand the area's natural assets and why they need to be protected. The daily itinerary will also include a variety of activities that demonstrate wildlife conservation and community development in action. They will meet and work directly with the Department Heads -- talking to the people who inspired the projects and those who are now running the programs on the ground.
Daily they will participate in tasks and projects that show what makes Lewa’s work so successful.
Each student will keep a journal of writings, drawings, or whatever they want each day. The students will be responsible for creating a media-based project that they develop during or after the trip. They will design something that they would want Lewa to use as an outreach tool, utilizing video, photography, drawing, writing, etc. to develop an account of their adventures, interactions, and lessons learned.
Each day the group will discuss contemporary issues affecting sustainability as well as various techniques for developing methods for advocacy. They will then present their ideas to Lewa’s marketing team at the end of the trip.
By creatively expressing their experiences, the students will learn to effectively share their message with family, friends, peers, and society.
Tuition will include all accommodation, all meals throughout the trip, all road transfers, all conservation fees, required AMREF Flying Doctors, and all activities listed in the itinerary to be provided during the application process.
Other expenses not covered are international airfare, any accommodation or airfare before reaching Kenya, vaccinations, required comprehensive medical insurance, country entry visa ($50).