Conservation Education Internship

What can I expect?

The ALERT Education Centre (Gweru, Zimbabwe) focus on providing a conservation based curriculum (environment conservation, ecology and biodiversity, sustainability, wildlife ecology and management) to both adult students and community children.  You will be working alongside our experienced teacher as well as other passionate interns and volunteers both in the classroom and in the field gaining hands on experience and contributing to the protection and preservation of Africa’s wildlife through conservation education.

Expect to work long days from around 6am to 4pm with breaks for breakfast and lunch.  Interns are expected to work five days a week and can enjoy other activities during time off. 

What will I be doing?

During your stay you will assist the teacher creating lesson plans, leading classes and assisting students, both in the classroom and on field trips.  

Interns will have opportunities to join daily lion walks as a part of the 4 stage Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program; a world first conservation program for the African lion. While staying at Antelope Park you will also have opportunities to go on game drives around this private game reserve, enjoy horse safaris and join ALERT researchers in our Stage 2 release area to witness first hand the work ALERT are undertaking to protect and save the African lion. 

What are we looking for?

When choosing a Conservation Education intern we are looking for a candidate with a relevant background in conservation and preferably with teaching experience.

On a personal level, initiative and a ‘go to’ attitude are a must! Our lecturers and researchers have busy schedules and are looking for interns who are reliable and can do a good job under minimum supervision. You will need to be able to think on your feet, have the confidence to lead students and classes, and learn to expect the unexpected during field trips. 

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For intern fees and how to apply click here
Intern Testimonials
Menou Spauwen interned at the ALERT Education Centre in Gweru for two months:
"I was responsible for teaching a class of 15 boys.  The most important skills I developed were to keep them interested and to explain the conservation issues.  It was also challenging to come up with exciting activities for the kids to teach them in a playful way about the environment and its threats.  The boys were all orphans, so also the social part was a challenge.  When I said goodbye to the orphanage boys, they gave me cards and letters saying that they really loved the lessons and me spending time with them, and that they were going to miss me.  To make a difference in a child’s life is the most beautiful and rewarding thing in the world.  I am very thankful that I was able to experience this."  

ALERT Education Centre