What Julia had to say about her experience: This program is very focused on fieldwork techniques and application. Everyday of our trip was spent outside working in the environment that we were learning about. My time in Africa has helped to solidify my desire to continue research and conservation efforts of the natural world and the wildlife that live in it. It was an experience that I will never forget and that has helped shape my path moving forward beyond college.
It is hard for me to say a favorite piece of this trip because the experience as a whole was so amazing. If I had to choose one, though, it would be when we spent a day tracking a herd of wild elephants. Once we found the herd we stopped the trucks and sat silently to watch as the herd moved all around us as they continued in their search to find water. One of the adult elephants saw my red shoe laces and walked up to the truck and reached its trunk out and played with the laces before moving along. That is a moment I will never forget! I would do this program again without a shadow of a doubt and I hope to be able to go back to Africa again someday soon.
Julia’s Degree Program: Natural Resources – Policy and Administration (major), Applied Ecology and Wildlife Science (minors)
Julia’s Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
If you would like to learn more about the African Ecology and Conservation in Namibia experience from a student’s perspective, please email Julia at Jgjacobs@ncsu.edu.
To learn more or to apply to participate in this study tour during Summer 2017 please go to the Study Abroad website.