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Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?

When we’re little people always ask, “So what do you want to be when you get older?” For some it’s an astronaut, a doctor, a veterinarian, but for me, it was always a paleontologist. I was fascinated by the lives…

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The joys of childlike wonder

By Jodie Tsih of Colby College Remember when you were a child and an adult would pull a coin out of your ear? You might have been just in absolute awe with curiosity as to how they did that. You…

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To Be A Beginner

By Aden Ho of Bowdoin College Following a ~5 hour full body percussive massage complete with dust, back-sweat, and Choppies fried chicken, we arrived at Tau Camp, Khwai Private Reserve, NG18, Ngamiland, Botswana. Given our only shade at the last…

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Five Trees in Mababe

By Tate Mullin of the University of Vermont After spending two weeks in the bush near Mababe, a small village 3 hours northeast of Maun, the vegetation has started to feel natural, and I sometimes forget about how different it…

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The Power of Proximity 

By Lu Lobón of Colby College A set of names, universities, phone numbers, and emails were all we were to each other just a month ago. One hour-long zoom and some Instagram stalking only gives you so much information on…

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Camera Trapping in the Bush

By Colin Moody from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga So far during our trip in Botswana, we’ve had many great memories throughout the first month, with hopefully many more to come.  This picture is of one of the many…

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The Great Makgadikgadi Olympics

By Brendan Hamill-O’Neil from The University of Vermont After days of blazing heat combined with midterms in mopane camp, we were all excited to drive out to the Makgadikgadi national park for a fall break of sorts. When we arrived…

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Reflections Among the Mopane

By Lilian Frank from Bowdoin College Our recent Khwai adventure was blessed with the presence of Professor Lance Newman of Westminster University. Our cohort was so thankful to have Lance around for 3 days of our trip, during which he…

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Twelve Jars of Peanut Butter

In addition to the wildlife, this trip is a journey of growing close to a group of people in a way that feels so different from other relationships. We were all strangers when we met, only knowing each other’s names and universities. We still don’t know much about each other’s lives before this trip, but we know about each other’s reactions to camping, heat, bugs, and wildlife. That is to say we know each other emotionally even if we don’t know the conditions of others’ upbringing or grades in school. I like it this way.

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Conservation Dictionary

, I reflected on this aspect of my time abroad because my overall experience in Botswana was far beyond what words can describe. The people of the Okavango Delta radiate warmth and care for their environment and all people they encounter, so if you’re considering this Round River program or visiting Botswana, I would encourage you to try and understand the people, wildlife, culture, and words that shape this beautiful country as it will give your experience even greater value.

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A story of two rivers: From the Missouri Ozarks to the Okavango Delta

The parents who taught me to fish loved sending me to study abroad in Botswana. They sent me down to the creek to grow up with crawdads and copperheads, so crocodiles were a natural progression. “Our daughter’s going to Africa!” they’d say to anyone who’d listen at the St. Louis, MO airport. I was their little fish swimming out to a big pond — a very big, very scary pond full of lions.

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A Leopard, a Bracelet, and a Volleyball

by Ziggy Berkoff of the University of Vermont March 4, 2023 Our second full day at Camp Kaziikini near Sankuko, Botswana. Today started like any other transect day, the harsh beeping from my watch startled me from my deeply detailed…

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First Days in Africa Through My Eyes

By Marcus Demian of North Carolina State University Wednesday, February 1st: It feels like a lot happened today: up by 9:00 am in Johannesburg, ate quickly, managed to check into the Maun flight without getting there late despite confusing directions,…

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End of the Year Wrap-up

We learned from the personal experiences of our guides, the community members, and from each other within our own group as well. The effort and care of everyone has been what made this experience so much more than just a study abroad program; so much more than just getting an education.  Everyone offered us kinship, just as much as we offered it.

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More Than Conservation

This group has flourished into something so incredibly unique, and I feel so grateful for each and every person involved. These folks have created an incredible experience that I’ll never forget.  I felt more at home here in Botswana than I ever expected to, and that’s thanks to all the wonderful people that have contributed to this program and that I have been lucky enough to share this experience with.