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  • Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Partner Institution: Ecotraining, Inc.
Type of Instruction: Fieldwork/Research, Independent Study Classes With: UGA Students
Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professors(s) Housing Type: Camping, Permanent tent camp in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: No College/School: Warnell
Academic Area: Animal Science Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 6 Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above
Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling)
Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:

safari

UGA - Warnell - Discover Abroad: Maymester Botswana and South Africa 2018

Program Fee: $2,995 (excludes airfare, tuition, and fees)
Dates: May 6 – 26, 2018 (Dates are subject to minor changes with notification being sent well in advance)
Credits: 6 credit hours during UGA's Summer semester (details below)
Application deadline: February 15, 2018 — Application review will begin for this program in early Fall semester and then will be rolling thereafter!

This program focuses on international wildlife management, and we will spend around 8 hours a day in the field at both Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana and Karongwe Game Reserve in South Africa. We will have ample opportunities to view iconic African wildlife, by way of hiking on foot and traveling via Land Rover. During this program you can expect to see amazing African species: the rhino, elephant, lion, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and many more! We will also be surrounded by breathtaking views and have the opportunity to participate in cultural exchanges in local villages.

Program Location

jeepThis unique program travels to two game reserves located in Botswana and South Africa. In Botswana we will be staying at Mashatu Camp located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. We will then travel to South Africa and stay at Karongwe Camp in the Karongwe Game Reserve.

Contact Information

Discover Abroad
Room 102, Warnell Building Four
180 East Green Street
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2152
Phone: 706.542.9713
Email: discoverabroad@uga.edu

Academic Program

International Wildlife Management (WILD 5200/7200) 6 credits. 

This course is heavily field-based and focuses on observation and research around native flora and fauna of the southern African region. We will spend approximately 8 hours a day in the field conducting research and participating in observations. Lecture topics will include, but are not limited to, identification and natural history of local flora and fauna, the ecology and soils of the Bushveld region, animal behavior and tracking techniques, basic bush survival skills, and conservation and sustainable management of natural resources. Lecture topics will be contextualized in the South African perspective.

Note: students are expected to meet as a class once weekly leading up to the program. A meeting time will be established that works for all students on the program after the application deadline.

Program Itinerary

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Housing

Both the Mashatu camp and the Karongwe camp feature a group common area, bathroom facilities with running water and tents for sleeping. All meals are provided on this program.

Program Costs

Program Fee: $2,995

Program fee includes all accommodations, field excursions, cultural events, insurance, in-country ground/sea transportation, and all meals.The program fee does not include airfare, UGA (Spring) tuition, or UGA fees. For Georgia residents attending a Georgia school, HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships apply to tuition costs as you would normally expect. Out-of-state UGA students and non-UGA transient students pay in-state tuition rates. Please refer to the UGA Bursar's website for the most up to date tuition and fees.

Participants should also take into consideration personal spending money and other expenses like trip cancellation insurance for airfare tickets, which we strongly encourage.

Accommodations

Please provide information about your accommodation needs by email to discoverabroad@uga.edu at least 6 weeks prior to departure in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations.



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Program Reviews:
Maymester 2017 Participant
This was the best month of my life!

Maymester 2017 Participant
In terms of seeing wildlife, this trip exceeded expectations! I was frustrated, however, by the fact that we barely did anything throughout the day. It was a bit too relaxed for the money, planning, and effort spent. I was disappointed by too much free time, not enough hiking/walking/exercise activities, and the small number and duration of the lectures we had.

Maymester 2017 Participant
The program was very complete, taking us not only to see wildlife, but to see local villages and people.

Testimonial:
My most significant take aways from spending time in Botswana and South Africa had to have been the people I met there, both students and denizens, and also a newfound respect and gratitude for the natural world.

I found myself more connected to the natural world than I have felt prior to my experience. To be able to live out in a tent with wild animals all around you is both exhilarating and humbling due to the fact that it is such an out-of-place and environment to operate in, being an American college student.

I'll never forget the people I met here. My friend Okwa operates his own safari company and he and I became good friends through our wildlife viewings and late night fireside chats. Everyone was very kind to us there, and welcomed us into their country with open arms. An experience I will never forget.
     — Bradley Rowan, Maymester 2017
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This program is currently not accepting applications.