Round River Conservation Studies - Namibia Desert Program

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Round River offers students a completely field-based study abroad program in northwestern Namibia. Camping for the entire semester, conduct wildlife research and work with local people to monitor wildlife populations in the Kunene region of Namibi... read more

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January 15, 2015 Inspiring
I learned so much about conservation biology and its real-life impacts and implications. - Colby College View Entire Review
Learning numerous different methods doing conservation while actually doing it. Writing a scientific paper. Seeing how the world is all connected and how there are so many problems still needing to be solved. 100% worthwhile and life changing. - Northland College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Round River Conservation Studies - Namibia Desert Program
I was able to learn how another part of the world lives, as well as live within the natural environment of such a beautiful place. It was the most worthwhile thing I have done in all my life. - Northland College View Entire Review
I gained 6 new lifelong friends, self confidence, world travel experience, memories that I will always remember, independence, an understanding of what kind of career that I want. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I learned what "real-world" conservation looks like and was able to get involved in this process. I was able to interact with local Namibians through conservation and also learned about the socio-political structure of conservation projects in rural Namibia. Additionally, I learned heaps from my peers, other American college stu... - Carleton College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile, but not in the ways I expected it to be. I expected to learn a lot about biology, conservation biology, field methods, and the culture of Botswana. In the end, I experienced a lot more personal growth and learning. I learned how to work with difficult people and get along with people who were very different fr... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Friends for life, a new perspective on how I'd like to live my life, a new home away from home, and an overall appreciation for the opportunities I've had in my lifetime. - University of British Columbia View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile! I learned a lot about myself and gained a lot of knowledge on my educational interests - University of Vermont View Entire Review
Yes, it was definitely worthwhile! I learned more about myself, personal growth, working with others, etc. than I probably did about anything super pertinent to my major, but I went abroad with the intent of having a growing, out-of-my-comfort-zone experience. That's exactly what I got! - Colby College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Round River Conservation Studies - Namibia Desert Program
You need to be open minded going into it. I learned several valuable life lessons that shaped my following educational experiences. Besides learning a lot, I felt like the research we did was truly valuable to the community. - University of Washington View Entire Review
Past Review Fun
I learned a lot about Namibia and conservation but I also learned a lot about myself. It was worthwhile but it wasn't always easy. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Definitely. Talking about my study abroad experience with other people who went abroad confirms my belief that I had the best and most rewarding experience. - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Round River offers students a completely field-based study abroad program in northwestern Namibia. Camping for the entire semester, conduct wildlife research and work with local people to monitor wildlife populations in the Kunene region of Namibia. 

Current projects:


  • Wildlife monitoring (focusing on herbivores)


  • Camera trapping (focusing on carnivores and nocturnal species)


  • Mapping and monitoring natural water points



Courses taught:

  • Applied Conservation Biology


  • Introduction to Field Methodology


  • Natural History of Namibia


  • Human Impacts on Ecology


  • Humans and the Environment

Earn up to 15 semester credits through Westminster College of Salt Lake City.


Financial Aid:

  • Round River offers students a need based scholarship, the Edward Abbey Scholarship. Awards range from $500 - $5,000. 

  • Students can use federal financial aid towards our program tuition.


Round River has been bringing students to Namibia since 1999. Our work here has evolved into a strong partnership with communal conservancies; students assist these communities with wildlife monitoring and thereby contribute directly to Namibia's conservation efforts. Working with local game guards, students explore rocky plains and mountains of the Kunene region, sharing the landscape with species such as mountain zebra, giraffe, black rhino, and desert adapted elephants. Our unique programs give students the opportunity to contribute to local conservation, while gaining valuable field skills and earning undergraduate course credits. 

Visit our website for more information, check out our Student Blog for photos and stories from current and past programs, and get in touch with us to learn more and contact Round River alumni. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Zoology, Animal Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • African Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Animal Sciences
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1999
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Round River Conservation Studies Scholarships

Round River offers scholarships to students through our Edward Abbey Scholarship Fund. Edward Abbey was a friend to many and an inspiration to all associated with Round River. Ed’s family has graciously agreed that we may use his name in this manner. We are committed to involving dedicated and qualified students in our conservation projects and we will work with you to facilitate your application and financial needs. Financial assistance to qualified students from Round River is available from the Edward Abbey Scholarship Fund.

$500-$5,000

Deadlines:
Students should submit an application for the Edward Abbey Scholarship within 3 weeks of paying their deposit to be considered.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Scholarship applications will not be considered unless a student has applied for a Round River program and has all application materials in. Special arrangements may be made for extended scholarship application deadlines, only if a student has contacted Round River well in advance of the deadline.

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