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A student insight: South Africa

What was your favourite part of the trip?
It would have to be the safari in Cape Town! We got the chance to get up close and personal with wild animals I hadn’t seen before: rhinos, buffalos, giraffes, zebra, black, red and blue wildebeest. The experience was much more liberating than simply going to the zoo, we were able to see how keepers helped endangered species.

Do you think the trip has given you a better understanding of the subject?
The trip was the perfect combination of learning and fun! I was able to relate what we saw back to my subjects and topics and still have those ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences.

What has this trip taught you/what is the main thing you have learnt from this trip?
Too much to list! The skills I’ve gained extend outside of learning. Free time forced me to address my time management issues and my communication skills developed through group interaction. I’ve made connections with fellow students and I’ve learnt interesting facts about Africa and its diversity from our guides.

 Did your trip mirror topics you have previously covered?
Our trip focused on animals, their habitat and adaptations. I saw value in learning about the influence climate change had on these animals and how they are constantly adapting to suit their surroundings.

Do you think that the trip has helped strengthen your relationship with your teachers and peers?
I have definitely grown my relationship with my teachers and I have made connections with people I previously wouldn’t have spoken to.
If you were given the opportunity would you go on an educational trip again?
I would definitely go on a trip like this again! I’m already waiting for our department to plan the next tour! 
What would be your top tip to other students and groups visiting Africa?
Keep a travel diary - everywhere I go, I take mine! It isn’t just a great way to remember everything that you’ve seen on your trip, but it can be a great place to make notes that can be useful when you come back to learning.

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