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A boreal summer in an austral Eden

A boreal summer in an austral Eden

by James McCulloch Descending down the winding road, coursing past the precolonial trees of the Kalander Kloof, ears popping from the sudden change in air pressure, I knew I was about to arrive somewhere very special. Then eight weeks and 4,000 insects later, my time...

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A memory I will hold with me forever.

A memory I will hold with me forever.

by Will Mann I first landed in Plettenburg Bay on Friday 30th June 2023 with little knowledge or expectation about what the next 3 months would have in store for me. From the interview that got me a place on the internship programme, I was told the place had many...

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An aura of untouched natural beauty

An aura of untouched natural beauty

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...

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My experience at NVT

My experience at NVT

by Giulia Baldini This is the first time taking part in conservation and I realised how much I like it and most probably would see a future. These three months were amazing, I learned a lot and I had so many new experiences that I would have never done home. NVT gave...

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Broadening the Horizon with Conservation

Broadening the Horizon with Conservation

by Elizabeth Esser Nature's Valley not only lives up to its beauty but also the experiences that come with it. I came here not knowing what to expect. The memories I would make, the people I would meet and the knowledge I would gain. But I can honestly say that this...

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My time at Nature’s Valley 

My time at Nature’s Valley 

by Lexi Brennan-Craig In January of 2023, I decided to apply for the conservation internship at Nature’s Valley Trust for the upcoming summer, “winter.” In June, after graduating from a long and amazing 5 years of college and university within the environmental field,...

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What I learnt from Nature’s Valley

What I learnt from Nature’s Valley

by Jez Harrington-Hayes I learnt that South Africa is beautiful. I learnt that Nature’s Valley lives up to its name. I learnt that dolphins enjoy surfing. I learnt that octopuses are as amazing as I always expected they would be. I learnt that clawless otters look...

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Week One of an NVT internship

Week One of an NVT internship

by Jax Bath On the 5th of July, I arrived in the sleepy town of Nature’s Valley, excited to begin a 6-month conservation internship with the trust. My first interaction with NVT was back in March of 2019 when I was lucky enough to attend a marine evening dedicated to...

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The Chapter of a Lifetime

The Chapter of a Lifetime

Where to even begin… In early 2019 I was afforded the greatest opportunity of being selected as one of 50 individuals to take part in the WWF-SA Environmental Leaders Internship Program. I still remember waking up to an email from Mark offering me a position at...

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Conservation and wildlife encounters

Conservation and wildlife encounters

by Ide Uitentuis Lauren, a WWF intern at NVT, picked me up at the airport and brought me back to the intern house, where I found a lovely welcoming letter with NVT polo shirts, an NVT hat, and a buff. Since I’ve been the only international intern at that time, I was...

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A time full of glee with the NVT

A time full of glee with the NVT

by Samuel Karlsson Straight away when I arrived in South Africa I was very well received by Kellyn, an NVT staff member who picked me up from the airport in George and drove me to the intern house in Nature’s Valley. Right off the bat, it was all about getting to know...

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My Time at NVT

My Time at NVT

by Jappe Rempe   After flying for 20 hours, I and my good friend and travel companion Daniël finally arrived at the beautiful scenery of South Africa. Coming from The Netherlands, stepping out of the plane in the warm (winter!) sun surrounded by mountains was a very...

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