15 Feb New faces!
As we said a heartfelt goodbye to the students of 2020, wishing them the best for their future, in the first week of January two bright eyed and bushy tailed students arrived to start their
Work Integrated Learning year on the Reserve. This programme continues to create opportunities for students to gain professional experience through workplace learning experiences, allowing them to shape their professional identities. Our mission as Welgevonden Game Reserve is to ensure that by the time they are done with us they are ready to enter the workforce with confidence, feeling at home and equipped for the demands of the conservation industry.
Tessa Raw and Fredwin Cloete both join us from Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus. For both, it was the wide array of hands-on conservation learning experiences they would gain that enticed them to choose Welgevonden as their home for the next year. For Fredwin it was also the mountainous bushveld and savannah ecosystems and the magnificent fauna and flora it houses that drew him to our patch in the Waterberg.
“It’s just so different to the Eastern Cape, the birds in particular are amazing – I’m not used to seeing such vividly coloured and interesting birds!”, Tessa (who also longed for a different experience to the Eastern Cape) added excitedly.
Getting used to the heat has certainly been an adjustment, but they have hit the ground running.
We look forward to catching up with them later in the year to hear about their experiences.