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Students ‘life changing’ trip to South Africa

Students at Bishop Burton College have spoken of their “life changing” experiences working on a game reserve in South Africa. Animal management students at the college spent two weeks working as volunteers at the Shamwari Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth. 

During their time there, they helped the reserve’s Rangers with a range of jobs to monitor the animals and maintain their environment. 

For many, it was their first time visiting a different continent and Clare Chaffe, curriculum leader for animal management at the college, said: “It was an amazing experience for the students and they got so much from it.

“They looked at how the Rangers monitor the species they have. They did rhino and elephant monitoring and looked at the methods they use. The students also worked on things like road maintenance and erosion site control. It was tough but they all worked really, really well.” 

Level 3 student Summer Porter, 19, from Hornsea, told us:  “It was an amazing opportunity given to us by the college. It was life changing to see how they live out there. I know now that I want to work in wildlife conservation.” And fellow student, 18-year-old Casey Edwards described it as “a great experience.”