Chichester College students visit Botswana

Animal management students in Botswana
Animal management students in Botswana

AN EPIC journey saw Chichester College students head to Africa recently to experience life in the wild.

Described by one student as ‘the best trip ever’, the 36-hour journey saw the group head to the Northern Tuli game reserve, where they learnt about the challenges of conserving wildlife in an unfenced reserve.

“This trip was a fantastic way of thanking them for their hard work and commitment,” said Mark Nason, head of learning in animal studies, based at the college’s Brinsbury Campus.

Some of the teenagers who went on the trip have been with the college since they were 14.

He added: “During their studies they have demonstrated responsibility and compassion by caring for our large collection of animals and by contributing to school, charity and community events such as our college STEM fair and the Brinsbury Show.”

The students headed to Africa for ten days during the Easter break.

After two flights and a seven-hour coach journey, they crossed into Botswana via a cable car over the Limpopo River.

They were accompanied by staff members Holly Hackney, Amy Gould and Mark Nason.

During their stay at the camp, they visited a nearby village where they ate a traditional meal – including dried and seasoned caterpillars – and met the village chief and elders.

While at Tuli, the students took part in activities such as game counts, tracking and trailing, night drives and bush walks.

On one of the bush walks, they found a hidden snare laid by a poacher, which they helped to remove.

Mid-way through the week, the students slept out in the wild after setting up camp.

They also visited a village school that had few resources, no electricity and no science equipment.

The college’s maths and science department donated seven microscopes and the students taught children and staff how to prepare slides.