There was plenty of fun at the CITW Rocktail Camp as the weather was perfect for a seaside camp. Click here http://www.wilderness-safaris.com/blog/posts/children-in-the-wilderness-rocktail-beach-camp-4-9-october-2014-part-i to read CITW colleague Chris Crewdson’s account of first-time volunteering on this camp.
Children from the Makuleke programme got to join Michelle Henley from Save The Elephants on a once-in-a-lifetime experience tracking collared elephants in Kruger National Park. They got to use the tracking equipment and there were squeals of delight when they heard the beeps as the elephants were ‘tracked’.
Seven local Makuleke community members underwent training on the Eco-Mentor programme and four of them completed the first phase. There is a newfound respect all round when they hosted CITW Eco-Clubs at their old schools. The highlight of the Makuleke Eco-clubs is the visit to neighbouring Kruger National Park, where the children get to be tourists during the Tourism module of the CITW programme. For many of the children, this is the first time they get to visit the national park bordering on their villages.
Children and teachers from the two primary schools near Rocktail Beach Camp in KwaZulu Natal were treated to a night in camp to participate on the Turtle Experience. Even though they did not get to see turtles on the night drive, they learned much about the importance of turtle conservation on their coast. They loved the first-hand experience of being guests in the camp (jointly owned by their community and Wilderness Safaris)
We ended the year transforming a forlorn classroom into a learning sanctuary. The CITW team revamped the Vuluwazi Primary School library. With the help of the local Community Liaison Officer, Eugene Tembe, Ryan Sobey from Different.Org, plus two learners from the village high school and a local herd boy, the team spent three days on the job. None of us are in anyway experienced "handymen/women", however the passion and knowledge that we were going to make this a better space motivated us and we did achieve our goal. The children were delighted to see their new library when they arrived at school on Monday. The library is not limited to the children, we have also stocked it with books and all community members are invited to make use of this facility.