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Botswana

Spot hippos and solve hypotheses amid unspoiled African scenery

Diamond-rich and conservation-friendly, Botswana has devoted over forty percent of its land to national parks, wildlife reserves, and nature preserves. During their time in-country, students have ample opportunities to engage in some truly unique project-based learning across all three.

Our Botswana term takes place in one of Africa’s last significant wildlife habitats, the Okavango Delta, where students track the density and movement of hippos, giraffes, elephants, lions, and rhinos, amongst other majestic beasts.

Local conservation experts demonstrate how to recognize animal tracks, sight predominant species, and identify vegetation in Northern Botswana, with the collected data submitted to a long-term conservation study sponsored by the government of Botswana.

During the term, students also discover the importance of storytelling customs in Botswana and apply the techniques to construct their own stories. It’s a one-of-a-kind term in Africa’s best-kept secret.

Julia Gwiozdzik’20

ON HER BOTSWANA TERM

“Botswana, the first country I visited with the school, introduced me to a new way of living — one I would never have imagined I’d like when I was back in my own cozy room in Poland.

Everything was new during that month, from the language I was speaking to the people I was living with. No matter how cheesy it sounds, we all cherished the little moments: standing in a circle around the fire, admiring the way the sky looks away from the city lights, watching sunsets and not caring about anything other than the mix of colors that was right before our eyes.”

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Planned Projects

  • Determining methodological approaches to monitoring animal diversity and distribution in the Okavango Delta

  • How can we communicate the lessons learned about stewardship in Botswana through the art of storytelling?

  • Examining how different perspectives influence how we view environmental issues

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