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Internships for Elephant Scholars

This program has been a win-win venture. For the teaching leg, the students gain vital skills in all the sectors they work in. In turn, the children get new energetic teachers, while the teachers and staff benefit from much needed relief from many of the tasks with which they were laden. In some cases, schools are grossly understaffed, and classrooms of up to 100 children are left unmanned as teachers attend to other classes. The fledgling intern teachers therefore have mammoth task in managing the children, and in the process become nimble in time-management, leadership and hands-on teaching practice. They also have the task of keeping the environmental club of the school engaged and running.

Spending time at STE is crucial for our graduates as they finally get practical experience in conservation. For many, who end up undertaking degrees in wildlife or environment conservation, this training puts them miles ahead of other in their field. No amount of theory can provide this foundation. Students such as Sabina and Sally who trained under Dr. Lucy King’s elephants and Bees Project gained volumes before beginning their university courses.

Sabina, one of the scholarship beneficiaries says, “I learnt so much when I was on the program with Lucy. Now when other university students speak about human wildlife conflict, I can tell them about the project I worked on – a real mitigatory strategy that works.”

For those who chose paths unrelated to conservation, this short stint at the research camp is the only chance they get to understand the importance of conservation, and what impact it has on wildlife and livelihoods. It is also an opportunity for them to see how they can blend their future careers with this type of work, potentially going into marketing for conservation, environmental journalism or even accounting that could be used in conservancies.

Whatever their path, this program leaves them at a strategic advantage, moulding them for the future and with abounding knowledge of the elephants that gave them a boost.

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The fate of elephants is in the balance. The record price of ivory has attracted organised crime, rebel militias and even terrorist groups, fuelling a surge of poaching across the continent. Without the outstanding support and generosity of our donors, STE would not be able to continue securing a future for the elephants. We urgently need your support, while there is still time. You can be of vital assistance by donating to either our core funds or to any of our projects.

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The fate of elephants is in the balance. The record price of ivory has attracted organised crime, rebel militias and even terrorist groups, fuelling a surge of poaching across the continent. Without the outstanding support and generosity of our donors, STE would not be able to continue securing a future for the elephants. We urgently need your support, while there is still time. You can be of vital assistance by donating to either our core funds or to any of our projects.

How You Can Help

Over the last years our world-leading conservation efforts have been possible thanks to the dedication and generosity of loyal supporters. To join them you can donate in a number of ways:

Elephants are fast disappearing from the wild. Without urgent, international action they could be gone within a generation. The Elephant Crisis Fund provides rapid, catalytic support for the most effective projects designed to stop the killing, thwart traffickers and end the demand for ivory. 100% of all donations reach the field.

Save the Elephants is funded almost entirely by private donations. It is only through the generous support of donors that we are able to continue our important elephant conservation work. We rely entirely on funds, grants and donations from around the world, so thank you for helping us to secure a future for these fascinating creatures.

Our unique brand of conservation education encourages students to become ambassadors of their rich environment. We also give opportunities to friends around the world to help educate young minds and improve the infrastructure of their schools. Sponsor a child & help build a future for wildlife.