Since 2006, DAKTARI has welcomed eight children every week to come to DAKTARI for a five-day stay to learn about the environment. We pick up the Grade 8 students on Monday morning and they stay in dorms at the camp. During their stay, they participate in our teaching program. The goal? To provide a close and engaging learning experience that motivates students to care for their environment, while teaching them important life skills.
The DAKTARI teaching program is dynamic and changes as we find new lessons and activities that the kids enjoy. Although the main frame of the program has stayed the same, we are always looking to improve. The program is completely taught by volunteers and they get a detailed teaching program before they arrive so that they can learn the material.
OUR FULL TEACHING PROGRAM*
* We are currently in the middle of changing our teaching program in order to make it more fun for the kids while keeping in mind what we want to teach them. So this chart might not be the same as the one we’ll be using when you come to volunteer here, although we’ll be changing the chart above as soon as our new teaching program is finished.
A CLOSER LOOK AT SOME OF OUR LESSONS
Tracks (Monday 2:00PM):
This lesson is part theoretical and part practical. At the start of the lesson, the children learn different types of tracks and then match them to the right animals. After that, they go out into the bush and get to track wild animals through prints, drops and vegetation!
Anti-Poaching (Tuesday 2:30PM):
Many of the children know about poaching, but don’t really know the damage it does. Through powerful photos, the children learn about how devastating poaching is to the environment but also how much pain it involves for the animals.
Job Opportunities (Tuesday 9:00AM) & Wait A Little Trip (Wednesday 10:00):
This is a two-part lesson. The two activities are structured and designed to inform the children about possible jobs in eco-tourism. In the first part, they learn about the different roles they can take on in a game reserve and what skills or qualifications they would need to practice those jobs. Then, on Wednesday, the children visit the nearby Game Reserve of Wait A Little! The children are given a tour around the lodge and speak to the staff to learn more about their jobs.
What makes DAKTARI different?
The children get to spend a full week at our camp with our volunteers and get to have fun, as well as learn a lot!
Because we only take eight children each week, the children are given one-on-one attention and participate in every lesson.
Though our focus is on environmental education, we also spend time teaching the children life skills and addressing social problems like alcohol and drug addiction.
The teaching program is very hands-on. The children get to see the animals first-hand at our wildlife orphanage and interact with the animals every day during stabling. The lessons are interactive and practical and the children leave here with a passion for learning.