school of environmental studies

South Africa Field Study

Quick Summary:

Students will explore the amazing wildlife, complex history and diverse cultures of South Africa, the “Rainbow Nation.” We will travel with a South African teacher who is a trained naturalist guide. This field study takes place during the Trimester 3 Intensive Study at the end of May.


Field Study Description:

This field study is an exploration of a small part of the vast land of South Africa. We will go on some safaris to hunt with our cameras for the “Big Five” (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants & Cape Buffalo). We will interact with elephants, cheetahs, and other animals in several wildlife sanctuaries as we learn about the complexities of conservation. We will also talk with many South Africans to learn about the complex history and cultures of the country. We will go beyond the typical tourist destinations to explore the real South Africa, staying in some simple lodging in “the bush.” We will spend some time in a traditional village, a cultural museum such as the Apartheid Museum, and a wildlife rehabilitation facility such as Jane Goodall’s Chimpanzee Eden. We will study the rise and fall of apartheid and visit an inspirational youth center in the heart of a “township,” one of the poorest places in the world. The study takes place during Trimester 3 Intensive Theme, around the end of May.


Learning Objectives:



Students who wish to participate in this field study should:


Link to Map of Field Study Location


For more information please contact:

Jane Tunseth