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Deep in the Okavango Delta exists a camp so remote that humans can only reach it via 6 seater bush planes. There are no cars, no internet, and no cell service and elephants far outnumber people. Every night we turned the "tv" on by lighting a fire where the water... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Today we spent our last day in Gaborone researching conservation organizations and policies. After lunch we met with the folks at Conservation International for a great presentation on how Botswana works to conserve its land and wildlife. Tomorrow we head out to go camping at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Khama Rhino... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Today we got covered in dirt! We learned about types of soil, soil tests, and soil erosion both in the classroom and in the field. During our break we practiced our Setswana with Maipelo...re itumetse means we are happy! Using the ribbon test by rolling the soil into an earthworm-like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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After a packed week in Botswana, we have a day off from class to spend with our families today. Some of us are visiting villages and cattle posts while others of us are looking forward to just resting relaxing! Kayla with her sisters Obi and Shushu Natalie and her sister... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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One of our students, Jenna, brought a really nice camera to Botswana with her for next week's game drives. When Kayla's host sister Obitseng found out, she asked Jenna if she could use the camera to practice her photography skills and they immediately became friends. Obitseng and Jenna! Here are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Today we toured a sewage treatment plant in Gaborone. We learned the true importance of dissolved oxygen while we were there. The microbes that consume methane gas can’t work as well without enough of it, so parts of the sewage plant smelled terrible! Cattle hanging out on the road on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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This morning we had a really informative and interesting lecture on water conservation and water quality with our professor KB. Students were split into groups and given 5 water samples to test for water quality. They tested for turbidity, pH, dissolved oxygen, and temperature and discussed further testing and which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Dumelang! This morning we had a survival Setswana class with our teacher Phono. She taught us several greetings that we have been practicing all day. After Setswana class we looked over our syllabus for our conservation coursework and met our teachers BK and Maipelo. We broke into two groups to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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After over 24 hours of traveling we were warmly welcomed to Gaborone, Botswana by our homestay families. They took us to exchange money, fed us dinner, and let us rest off some of our jet-lag! In the morning we all reunited at the University of Botswana to have an orientation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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This morning we met at the University of Botswana after the first night of homestays. Students reflected on their first night with their new families. Many had the opportunity to travel with their families to museums, the grocery store, houses of extended family, and a party that one of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Dumelang! That's hello in Setswana. We made it here safely and are having a wonderful experience so far. Students all met their homestay families today and are excited to move in. Each student was placed with a different family from Botswana and every family had at least one high school... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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