In Maun there will be an introduction meeting where all participants will get an overview of the course structure and possible research topics. After that all participants will travel to the research-camp which is located in the midst of Okavango Delta. You will acquire new skills regarding nature conservation and wildlife management and dedicate yourself to own research projects for 1 1/2 months. Later on you will present your results to other participants of the course.
This placement has been especially conceived, in conjunction with the Okavango Research Institute of the University of Botswana (ORI), to equip students from a variety of disciplines for working on nature conservation projects. Participants will be instructed in the theoretical and practical aspects of nature conservation and animal protection in Africa, which will be illustrated in extensive case studies, numerous practical applications, excursions and discussions with all parties involved. The aim is to introduce future nature conservationists to standard research techniques from data collection and analysis to field research and environmental management. During the course, the emphasis will be on two important work areas:
- Biodiversity monitoring purposes the monitoring and surveillance of species and population dynamics in ecosystems. It provides an essential tool to adaptive management that enables perturbations to be measured in space and time and reviews the effectiveness of different conservation measures. Thus biodiversity monitoring contributes to urban and conservation planning processes.
- The Human-Wildlife Conflict Project is an important research area forming part of your work experience. In conjunction with the Okavango Research Institute of the University of Botswana, it attempts to identify conflicts between man and wildlife and to develop concepts for measures to prevent such conflicts in the future.The vast expanse covered by the Okavango Delta is home to innumerable wild animals who either live their permanently or roam through large parts of the area in the course of the year. However, in recent times man has seized more and more of their refuges or even water sources, making them inaccessible to animals. Consequently, it frequently happens that animals such as elephants destroy the farmers’ farms or fields in their daily quest for water. The aim of the Human-Wildlife Conflict Project is therefore to achieve a balance which is fair to both man and animal. Using development aid, training courses and educational schemes the project helps the farmers and local people to build protective walls, makes other water-holes for the animals away from the settlements and shows the people how they can live in harmony with wildlife. To date very few studies have been made analysing the interaction between man and animal in Africa. It is therefore all the more important that information about spatial patterns, environmental effects or socio-economic aspects of the Human-Wildlife Conflict be collected, in order to identify potential conflict situations and introduce countermeasures such as land use planning.
On arrival into Maun, Botswana, students will stay at a gated campsite in twin dome tents on cots. There are male and female communal bathrooms with basins, showers and toilets. Hot water is provided via solar geysers. Communal laundry facilities are available to students with detergent for washing clothes provided. A communal kitchen and dining area are situated within the campsite. Meals will be prepared together with other students in the camp. Food for three meals each day will be provided along with drinking water.
After their first week in Maun all participants will move to the research-camp which is located in and around the Okavango Delta. Students stay in twin dome tents on cots and have male/female pit-toilets and bucket shower facilities. Meals are prepared by an in-house cook in an open communal tent dining area. The fire is burning every night under the magnificent African skies full of bright stars, the Milky Way, and listening to the sounds of the bush!
- Age limit: 18 and over
- Start date: Dates upon request
- Duration: 8 weeks
- Project location: Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta
- Accommodation: Two-man tents
- Language requirements: English (a good level of school English is sufficient)
- Suitable for: Internship, sabbatical, time off, training
- Certification: Attendance certificate
- Placement in the internship
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Assistance with selecting travel insurance
- Assistance with booking flights
- Pre-departure information pack
- Accommodation during the internship
- All meals during the internship incl. off days
- Teaching material
- English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
- 24/7-support throughout the internship
Fees: 6.550 € (depends on the exchange rate of the US dollar)