“Wilderness Safaris has had the most far-reaching impact thanks to their initiative, Children in the Wilderness, which was launched in 2001 in Botswana. Over the last 17 years, CITW has supported and educated over 3,000 children in seven countries around Africa. Focusing on everything from tertiary education scholarships to annual camps, its core operation is eco-mentors, who work with local village teachers.
Together they set up eco-clubs, which run on a weekly or monthly basis, teaching children about wildlife and the environment. In addition, a Wilderness camp is closed to paying guests for four days annually to allow a CITW programme to run on-site. This includes lessons, games and wildlife activities that allow children to cultivate both a love for animals and a more profound understanding of the environment they live in.
Children who show an aptitude for environmental leadership are then invited to join the Youth Environmental Stewardship Programme, which prepares them for a future career working in the bush.”
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