The Impact of tourism/field trips on traditional communities

Tourism can improve local living standards, whilst uncontrolled development or interaction with tourists can be destabilising to communities. It is important to operate with respect for indigenous culture and social development initiatives, while considering, on an ongoing basis, the impacts tourism is having on the communities in which it operates. Whilst the broader issues pertaining …

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Field Trips For South African Schools

COVID-19 has severely disrupted both inbound and outbound international travel so now is the time for South African schools to embrace local school field trips. The disruption in international travel presents South African schools, educators and parents with a perfect opportunity to expose our youth to South Africa’s most significant global asset – its biodiversity and natural heritage.

The Earth Is An Endless Educational Resource

“Tell me and I will forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I will learn.” If this is true, then nature, the outdoors and authentic cultural experiences are the perfect learning environment. Link this to the fact that unless we instil a reverence in our children for nature, environment, biodiversity and cultural …

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Book Launch: A Complete Guide to Planning A South African Field Trip

An educational field trip is an investment in your students’ education, in your institution’s reputation and in your (the trip organiser’s) career. Therefore, it is important that you plan it thoroughly and carefully. However, most educators experience planning a field trip as a total overwhelm. Why? Because they are comfortable in their educational role and …

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“Why do I have to pay to volunteer or intern abroad?”

Volunteer and intern programmes abroad can be expensive so this is a very good and reasonable question. Your time, hard work and passion are valuable, so it is important to know where your money is going! In most cases a volunteer/intern project develops around a cause/need that is important yet normal business models are inadequate …

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10 compelling reasons you should join a Wildlife Internship Or Volunteer Programme after graduating

The commercialization of education has led to greater emphasis on academic theory and obtaining a degree, rather than practical skills. The end result is that the academic system is highly geared to pumping out graduates that are not “fit for purpose” and thus unemployable in the field. This is the number one reason that employers …

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A meaningful GAP year is an investment

Millions of college-age students have to make a difficult and important decision soon regarding their careers and higher education. It is one of those big moments in life! A big commitment with big financial implications, but now, due to COVID-19, it’s more fraught than ever before. Accredited academic institutions suddenly have had on-line teaching thrust …

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The benefits and advantages of educational field trips

The worldwide web and YouTube have brought the concept of the global village to our classrooms and living rooms through our connected smart devices. Books and magazines bring the world to our classrooms and home through the flip of a page. However valuable these may be to enhancing education, the experience of encountering new cultures, …

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Development Projects

African Insight is committed to responsible tourism and through its business model is making a difference through environmental, social and economic development projects. One of the projects that African Insight has undertaken, with the assistance of its clients, is the building of a Pre School in the community outside of Somkhanda Game Reserve, where African …

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