African Insight's Covid-19 Staff Relief Fund

African Insight is a small owner-run business with 24 years of dedication to serving our planet’s youth.

We provide academic institutions with responsible, life-changing educational and personal development field trips in South Africa focused on wildlife, conservation and authentic cultural experiences.

The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in the necessary cancellation of all our 2020 field trips.
Our team of dedicated facilitators possess unique skills that are not easily replaced if they are forced to seek alternative permanent employment.

We believe that Post-COVID-19, the planet will need more than ever the skills that these dedicated staff are passionate about.

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If you are one of the 12 000 people who have experienced the magic of an African Insight Academy experience or if you can appreciate the value of such qualified and dedicated people you can help by making a small donation to this benefit fund.

How to help and what you'll receive in return

1. You can make a donation by clicking the orange DONATE button above. The button will take you to our GoGetFunding campaign, where you will be able to donate securely online using credit/debit card or PayPal.

2. All donors will be published on our “Honour Wall” and will receive the following rewards: Donations of £20 will get a £10 discount voucher; £50 will get £30 discount and £100 will get an £80 discount voucher. All vouchers can be redeemed against any African Insight trip. This applies to field trips, internships, courses or a private holiday up until the end of 2021.

Who you'll be helping

All funds donated will go directly towards financially supporting our valued staff members:

Shadreck Chinamira

Field Programme Facilitator
Shaddie is Zimbabwean born and has 15 years’ experience as an outdoor adventure and education instructor and joined the team in 2015. He is married and is supporting two children and his elderly parents back home in Zimbabwe.

Michael Belton

Field Programme Facilitator

Mike signed up for a 1-year internship with the aim of getting his field guiding qualification and stayed working his way up over a period of 4 years to Field Programme Facilitator. His skill set has been uniquely developed in-house to serve the African Insight Academy specialised niche market.

Thabani Nzuza

Field Programme Facilitator
Thabani was born in Zululand and lives very close to Pongola Game Reserve. He was sponsored by Roehampton University to do a 1-year African Insight Academy Internship and then was awarded a scholarship also through Roehampton University to further his training with the Wilderness Leadership School. He has been on the team 3 years and has a life partner and 2 children.

Nokuthula Mthembu

Camp Cook

Nokuthula (Nox) is a member of the Gumbi community adjacent to Pongola Game Reserve. Nox signed up as a hospitality intern with African Insight in 2013 and then joined the team. Nox is a single parent of 2 children and also supports her mother and 3 younger siblings.

Vicky Kearney

Volunteer Intern Co-ordinator
Vicky hails from Winchester in the United Kingdom. She came to South Africa on an academic field trip with her college (Sparsholt) and after graduating she did a total of three African Insight Internships. She joined the team 3 years ago. During lockdown she gave birth to her first child.
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