By Dian Hasan | September 20, 2009
Departing from the adage “teach them young and they shall remember”, one Singapore-based organization – Eco Field Trips (EFT) – brings school kids closer top nature for a most rewarding “out-of-classroom” learning experience. Their programs span the Asia Pacific region, and all the way to South Africa. Ranging from studying Marine Bio-Diversity, Turtle Conservation to understanding Agricultural Societies and their Organic way of life, and Indigenous People. Here’s a look at their program in Cape Town, South Africa.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
At the very southern tip of Africa, Cape Town offers a wonderful mix of culture, history and biology. Iconic landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point (where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet) make this a breathtaking location for a fieldtrip. Students are based in a small coastal town adjacent to Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African penguins. Simonstown not only provides a safe location, but is also walking distance from fantastic rocky shores and kelp forests which are ideal for snorkelling. Simonstown is also an excellent location for whale watching between the months of May and November. A trip to Aquilla Game Reserve provides opportunity to learn about some of Africa’s most famous macrofauna, and their unique adaptations to the challenging habitat in which they survive. Finally, students will be led through a township by local guides, widening their understanding of South Africa’s history and the social issues it faces today.
Eco Field Trips promotes EDUCATIONAL OUTDOOR ADVENTURE, for students ages 11 and 18 with a choice of different programs:
- In-depth GCSE Biology and Geography fieldwork
- Focus on Environmental Education, Conservation, Biology & Marine Ecology
- A Level coursework
- International Baccalaureate standard trips
- Undergraduate research programmes
- SCUBA Diving courses
- Marine Biology for divers
- GAP Year placements
Source: Eco Field Trips