by Tegan Allison
Nestled along the picturesque coastline of South Africa’s Southern Cape, Nature’s Valley shows an aura of untouched natural beauty. It’s a place where the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean merge with the forest of Tsitsikamma, creating a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists alike. From the moment I set foot in Nature’s Valley, I was captivated by the symphony of sounds emanating from the forest, birdsong, the rustling of leaves, and the distant roar of waves. It was a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of city life, and I welcomed the tranquility.
Nature’s Valley Trust is a perfect home for conservation enthusiasts and a vibrant hub for community-driven initiatives. My journey as an intern at this remarkable organisation was an incredible experience, one that allowed me to witness the beauty of nature, the power of community engagement, and the significance of integrated conservation efforts.
The daily activities and working hours varied depending on the project at hand, which added an element of excitement to each day. Participating in regular events such as bird ringing, flower walks, surveys, and community days was not only educational but also immensely enjoyable. These activities allowed me to connect with the local ecosystem and appreciate its delicate balance.
Nature’s Valley Trust understands the importance of community involvement in conservation efforts. The Trust’s initiatives aim to inspire people to view the world through a different lens and understand their role in preserving the natural world. It was encouraging to see how local communities actively participated in and benefited from these programs.
My time at Nature’s Valley Trust was nothing short of extraordinary, one that I was lucky enough to experience with my boyfriend who’s talent and passion for conservation inspired me to work harder and be better. It was a journey that deepened my appreciation for the environment, broadened my understanding of community engagement, and confirmed my passion for conservation. The Trust’s dedication to making a practical difference in the world is inspiring, and I am grateful to have been a part of this remarkable community of conservationists.