Youth Development Trips
South Africa is a meeting point of the first and third world, it has a stable first world economy with educational institutions, communication networks, medical facilities and a road infrastructure to rival the best in the west! Yet with access to extensive wilderness and wildlife resources on its doorstep that can rival any other “big game” destination in Africa.
The difference between first and third world difference is most apparent on the social level, where at one end of the spectrum many live the jet-set lifestyle of the top 10% in the world; yet on the opposite end of the spectrum there are many tribal communities who live as they have for the last 100 years - without electricity or running water.
The aim of our programs is to take groups of youngsters on a journey of discovery, which will enrich not only their own lives but will potentially make a difference to the lives of hundreds of rural South African school children long after they have left.
A selection of potentially life-changing experiences can be pieced together in a “seamless” South African adventure. The modules that follow offer group leaders flexibility of tailor making a uniquely South African life experience that matches the group's aims and objectives.
Minimum requirements for field trips.
- All participants are 15 years or older.
- Itineraries are for a minimum of 10 days groups consist of a minimum of 10 participants
- Groups are accompanied by at least 1 adult per 10 students
- All participants agree to sign a responsible tourism code of conduct
- Proof of travel insurance before arrival
There is no better way of actually getting to know a community than living with and working alongside them. This is what this life changing experience achieves. It is not a sanitised commercial tourist experience – it is the real deal. By day you work alongside the community on a project that you and the community have jointly had input into selecting. By night, participants are ‘billeted’ out in small groups of 2-4 to host families. This structured programme ensures a meaningful involved authentic cultural experience and a real opportunity to make a difference.
Our team of wildlife and safari professionals have pulled out all the stops to ensure that this adventure is more than anything the most well “game reserved” teenager will ever have experienced.
Located in prime Zululand wildlife country the 12000ha Somkhanda Game Reserve, managed by Wildlands Conservation Trust and African Insight, is where this adventure takes place.
African Insight - Holidays That Make a Difference, has been involved in facilitating programmes such as The Duke of Edinburgh Award, International Youth Awards and other similar youth development programmes for 15 years.
The aim of these programmes is to empower and develop young people between the ages of 14 and 25 in various life skills and global environmentally significant issues. This is done within the framework of providing a balanced, non-competitive, stimulating environment where participants are able to meet the team and individual challenges and are given opportunities to increase their self-esteem and enable them to become responsible active global citizens.