The ALERT Internship Program has been created to provide current students, graduates and skilled individuals with unrivalled opportunities to experience the complexities and challenges involved in working for a non-governmental organisation in Africa.
The Program has been designed to incorporate individuals from all walks of life. Whether you are a graduate looking to gain behind-the-scenes experience in conservation fieldwork; a teacher seeking an opportunity to use your skills to help under-privileged children or a vet nurse who wants a chance to work with some of Africa’s iconic wildlife, then ALERT can give you the chance to fulfil your dreams of working in Africa.
I felt like I was part of the team and consider the ALERT crew to be my extended African family. My ideas were always considered and I always felt like I belonged. The Lions Manager is constantly working and trying new things to help improve the lives of the lions. Everything she does is for their benefit. Being so hands-on with the lions was an amazing experience that I don’t think I would have been able to get anywhere else. By the end, I was very bonded with them and it was really hard to leave them behind.
I feel a lot more confident within myself, to make decisions and work alone. I am confident to go off and do things that need doing, rather than wait to be asked or told. And due to all the trust that was placed in me, I now know that I am a responsible and trustworthy person, with the skills to care for animals. I am confident that should a lion cub ever need to be hand-reared at my work in the UK, I would have all the knowledge and skills to do it.
I gained my first experience and knowledge of lions interning at ALERT. I am happy I was able to work with them in their natural habitat rather than a zoo in the US where it snows. Seeing them in their element was such an unforgettable feeling and I will take all that I learned about lions and use it in my future positions as an animal professional. I felt very much a part of the team. I also gained friends I could never forget nor replace. I miss them every day! I absolutely loved the staff too. Everyone was so friendly. This has been the best out of all my internships. I really felt like family living at ALERT and I left a part of me there which I shall return to.
By caring for the cubs and ensuring their health and safety, as well as the older lions, I was able to take knowledge from my biology background and observational skills learned from a previous big cat internship. As an intern, I felt included in situations with handlers and other staff, as I was accountable for observing their conditions on a daily basis. My ideas were always welcomed and considered. Because of ALERT, I gained a better sense of everything involved in conservation and how big an effect the community has on the project.