Conservation & Business Sustainability



May 5, 2019 – May 15, 2019


11 days + flight


Years of scientists sounding the alarm on global warming are finally resonating. We’re starting to understand the planet’s role in business and our everyday lives. In turn, we’re seeing our very real impact on animals, our food sources, and our environment.

We’re bringing together a group of ambitious young professionals who want to become part of the change. While individual efforts are helpful, there any many changes and programs that remain to be made in organizations worldwide. That’s why we’re working to develop leaders through this project that not only understand the issues but can also develop tools and strategies that make an impactful change. The skills you’ll build on this unique project are based on the UN’s Sustainable Development goals numbers 6, 9, 11, 12, 14, and 15.

You’ll come together in South Africa, a nation that is truly in touch with its wildlife, fauna, and environment. Its people remain optimistic in the face of drought, overfishing, and wildlife habitat destruction. You’ll have the opportunity to discover this stunning country’s natural beauty while working together on practical ways to preserve it for years to come.

  • Explore land, water, and urban sustainability around 2 major cities
  • Connect with conservation professionals and local experts in the field
  • Discover innovative sustainability programs used by South African companies
  • Join a community of young professionals like you looking to make an impact

Ready to Participate?

We aim for each project to consist of an ambitious and diverse community of young professionals. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first served basis so be sure to apply asap to guarantee your spot!


  • Creating tools and strategies to make businesses more sustainable
  • Creating a corporate sustainability strategy
  • Effectively debating sustainability topics, initiatives, and impacts
  • Understand the importance of wildlife & marine conservation
  • Understand the real impact of business on the environment


When Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s President in 1994, he ended the country’s racial segregation policies known as apartheid and simultaneously opened South Africa to the world. In the decades that have followed, South Africa’s economy has grown exponentially. For the last 8 years, the country has been transitioning to a green economy. Major investments have been made in green technology and infrastructure. Jobs have been created alongside efforts to reduce waste, pollution and consumption. In turn, and despite being a developing nation, the country has become a green leader for the African continent and the world.


300,000 jobs created in renewable energies from 2010-2020, over 15 billion in private funding for green economy creation with similar amounts coming from government


Southernmost region of Africa, bordering Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and both the Atlantic & Indian oceans.


55.3 million humans, 299 species of mammals, 858 species of birds, 20000 species of plants (meaning 10% of all plant species in the world)


Reduction of emissions by 34% by 2020 and by 42% in 2025


Cape Town

Cape Town is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is also the legislative capital of South Africa (1 of 3 capital cities). The city is nestled between Table Mountain, a UNESCO world heritage site, and the ocean. Table Mountain is one of the most biodiverse pieces of land in Africa hosting unique fauna and flora that cannot be found anywhere else. Cape Town is also a couple of hours from the Southernmost tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. In 2018, Cape Town became infamously known for Day Zero which sees its citizens actively working to prevent it from becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water.


Johannesburg was founded in the 19th century as a gold-mining settlement. It is the largest city in South Africa and 10th largest in all of Africa. While mineral and mining companies can still be found throughout and around the city, it now acts as the financial and commercial hub of South Africa. As part of the city’s 30 years plan to 2040, Johannesburg has been actively implementing sustainability measures such as rooftop gardens, environmental health clinics, waste-generated electricity, recycling programs, and world-class infrastructure.



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    Arrival in Cape Town

    Welcome Dinner, Icebreaker Activities

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    Introducing Sustainability in South Africa

    Masterclass on sustainability principles, hike Table Mountain, water management exercise

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    Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

    Tour of green buildings in Cape Town, company visit to sustainable product/service organization, dinner with locals impacted by Day Zero

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    WATER: Clean Water and Sanitation

    Company visit to a business affected by the water shortage, workshop on water sanitation and waste reduction, dinner with locals facing Day Zero

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    Day Off

    Explore stunning Cape Town on your own terms or take part in our recommended activities.

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    WATER: Life Below Water

    Visit seabird and penguin sanctuary, workshop on marine life conservation, transfer to Johannesburg

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    LAND: Life on land, Part 1

    Workshops on integrating ecosystem and biodiversity into local planning, waste reduction, poaching

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    LAND: Life on land, Part 2

    Wildlife reserve visit, workshop on fauna and biodiversity

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    URBAN: Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Full day tour of a local township to see access to water, industry, and sustainability from their perspective, workshop in Soweto

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    URBAN: Sustainable Businesses

    Masterclass on sustainable consumer goods, workshop on international efforts, closing dinner

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    Final breakfast, check out, flights home


Sabrina Jorrin

Consultant at /N SPRO

“Every day was packed with enriching experiences such as visiting renowned companies, walking around in townships, and driving in a wildlife safari. Fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to travel and really dive into the culture, history, and business aspects of a country.”


Sabrina Jorrin

Consultant at /N SPRO

“Every day was packed with enriching experiences such as visiting renowned companies, walking around in townships, and driving in a wildlife safari. Fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to travel and really dive into the culture, history, and business aspects of a country.”


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