Here at REACT, we believe that educating the next generation about conservation is essential. Young people are the consumers and decision-makers of tomorrow. This is why we are committed to promoting the finest conservation education programmes to students, parents and teachers. There are good and bad projects, sometimes it is hard to know which to choose. We will only promote education programmes or providers that meet the following criteria:
- Study one or more endangered animals;
- Study social and economic issues, and the interrelationship between these impacts and the environment;
- The learning process should be fun, safe and include direct participation by the student by means of observation and/or an activity and/or research;
- Educationally rigorous. The learning process should teach scientific skills that are structured, through quantitative and qualitative methodology, in order to develop individual conclusions and values based on personal experience and learning.
- Provide a balanced view between animal conservation and human development.
How can you benefit as a student?
Essentially, you get to live and breath a conservation project, with back stage passes to endangered animal projects. Imagine seeing an orangutan or a sun bear up close and personal, or visualise yourself trekking through the hot and humid rainforests of Borneo or talking to tribal villagers. But these programmes are much more than just being a passive bystander. You also get to participate and learn how the rainforest works, why animals behave the way they do, scratch beneath the surface and discover a new culture and way of thinking.
Perhaps you’ve considered being a scientist and want to see what it is really like or understand better how you can contribute. Or maybe you’ve thought about working abroad or travelling but don’t know if it is right for you. Whatever your reasons, these programmes are a great way to learn through experience, make your own mind up about how the world works and decide how you can contribute. No matter how many books you read, or how many videos you watch, there is no substitute for real life learning.