Easton and Otley College students target return for more volunteering at South Africa conservation project

A rhino at the nature reserve in South Africa where Easton and Otley College students were carrying

A rhino at the nature reserve in South Africa where Easton and Otley College students were carrying out conservation work. Picture: EASTON AND OTLEY COLLEGE - Credit: Archant

Students from Easton and Otley College who carried out conservation work with rhinos in South Africa this year are hoping to return for more volunteering.

Students from Easton and Otley College carrying out conservation work in South Africa: Picture: EAST

Students from Easton and Otley College carrying out conservation work in South Africa: Picture: EASTON AND OTLEY COLLEGE - Credit: Archant

Animal, science and welfare students visited the Mankwe wildlife reserve earlier this year as part of the college’s annual trip, and featured the students learning about the problem of rhino poaching, grass management, carry out insect surveys and set up observational cameras.

Denise Gibson, course leader, said: “Some of our learners have already confirmed that they would like to return to South Africa in the future as volunteers.

Students from Easton and Otley College at the wildlife reserve in South Africa: Picture: EASTON AND

Students from Easton and Otley College at the wildlife reserve in South Africa: Picture: EASTON AND OTLEY COLLEGE - Credit: Archant

“This has successfully happened in previous years. In fact current member of staff, Layla Sharpe, has been back to the reserve on several occasions.

“We arrange this trip because we believe that this can help our students gain a real edge to their CVs when they start looking at their career options.”

Work is already underway to organise next year’s visit by second year students.

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