Namibia: Course Details

Course Themes

  • Introduction to the ecosystems of Namibia
  • Cheetah biology, ecology, and conservation
  • Ecology of top predators, particularly large cats
  • Community-based environmental education and action including understanding wildlife-friendly farming practices
  • Curricular development and educational leadership
  • Land use and conservancy management
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Participatory education

A typical day in Namibia is likely to include:

  • Learning directly from CCF staff on program initiatives, operations, and field research methods
  • Visits to field conservation sites
  • Lectures from CCF staff, guest experts, and course facilitators
  • Student-led discussions of key course topics
  • Engagement with local communities
  • Open inquiries
  • Journal writing


Namibia is located on the West Coast of southern Africa. It is a large country with a fascinating blend of African cultures and a modern infrastructure. The country gained its independence in 1990 and has a progressive constitution that provides for a democratic, secular state. Known for its dramatic environments, Namibia’s shifting sand dunes, fog-shrouded coasts, and grasslands remain a sanctuary for African wildlife.

“In all my life of conservation education, work with animals, field courses, and just being outside in nature, I have never been so moved by an experience. It was a spiritual moment — one I will never forget for the rest of my life.”– James O., Sidney, Ohio