Early morning game drive

By Taylor Schlichting (Colby College)   5:45am wakeup, 6:00am breakfast is the daily routine. We sit around the table, quietly munching on our oatmeal with peanut butter, our bodies still numb from sleep. Since it is too early for the sun, our headlamps illuminate each others’ faces, occasionally catching the silvery glint of a tea…

Here in Patagonia

By Isabelle Lazarus (University of Vermont)   I have arrived. It didn’t quite hit me when I stepped off of the plane in Santiago, nor when we landed in Balmaceda. It didn’t quite click when we wandered through the streets of Coyhaique for a few days, although the unfamiliar signs and faces were a clue.…

Inaugural Bush Camp

By Rebecca McGehee (Carleton College) Written on October 3rd, 2014.   After spending all of last week around Wereldsend (our charming base camp in Palmwag Concession), we were all excited to go bush-camping. On Monday, September 29th, we packed up the trucks with all the gear we would need for our one-night bush camping trial,…

First week in Namibia

By Sam Wasserman (Colby College)   After driving along the dirt roads of northwest Namibia for 8 hours from Windhoek, we arrived at Wereldsend, our base camp oasis in the middle of the desert. We all eagerly moved into our tents, contemplating the fact that these canvas walls will be our new home for the…

World Rhino Day

Today is World Rhino Day, and at Round River we are reflecting on the work we have done over the years with our Namibia Student Program assisting groups such as Save the Rhino Trust.  We hope that our efforts in monitoring rhinos, developing habitat use models and ground-truthing those models, alongside the work of several…

Patagonia preparations

It’s hard to believe, but our sixth Patagonia program is almost underway! Our field instructors, Jessica and Elizabeth, have been busy in southern Chile, preparing for the arrival of 8 students on our Patagonia Conservation Program. Our program coordinator, Matt, is there to assist with preparations, and will be in Chile for the first month of…

Round River Alumni Photo Contest

Alumni, send us your best shots! As a student on our program, you have the opportunity to experience vast, wild places, encounter wildlife, and interact with the local people. In our first official Photo Contest, we would like to see your best photos – those that capture the spirit of a Round River program, as well as the…

Last Days of an Atlin Summer

By Hannah Eiseman (University of Vermont ’14)   Flipping back through the yellow books we all use to take notes in the field, it’s impressive to see the amount of ground we have covered, and the experiences that we have all had this summer. From the hikes we have done, to the fieldwork we’ve conducted…