Academy for Environmental Leadership SA

The AEL Experience

AEL is situated in South Africa’s Northern Cape where the Kalahari meets the Orange River. Spend an action-packed year getting up close and personal with the natural world under the guidance and mentorship of some of South Africa’s leading environmentalists.

The AEL program equips school leavers with in-demand environmental and leadership skills through a combination of practical and theoretical learning. AEL is a once in a lifetime experience that promises lifelong memories and a formal qualification which opens up a world of opportunity. Discover more below.



Why AEL?

  • Join a new generation of environmental leaders
  • Experience an unforgettable year in nature
  • Learn from esteemed environmental leaders
  • Build lasting friendships
  • Travel to exciting new places
  • Do things you’ve never done before
  • Change the way you see the world
  • Change the world for the better
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