About the AEL

At the AEL we offer a structured academic programme presented in a safe and nurturing environment through which we mentor and assist young adults to discover themselves and ascertain what they want for their future.

What we offer

What is the AEL?

At the AEL we offer parents great comfort and peace of mind knowing that their child is receiving the necessary guidance that will result in optimal growth and personal development.

The year-long NQF-level 5 National Higher Certificate in Conservation Ecology programme is structured in the form of a transformative academic year in nature. It consists of ten modules spanning a variety of key disciplines in relation to Conservation Ecology, including Personal Development and Conflict Management.

The academic modules are complemented by practical training, some of which are done outdoors in the veld, and others are done in our Campus Laboratory. Some of the other outdoor activities and practical modules offered as part of our programme include Orange River rowing, a Fieldcraft & Tracking course, as well as a First Aid training course.

AEL students will also embark on an action-packed educational tour to the Richtersveld during the year.

At the end of the year, successful students obtain an NQF-level 5 National Higher Certificate in Conservation Ecology.

A home away from home

Campus and facilities

Our campus is uniquely situated on a 21ha farm right on the banks of the Orange River at Uizip, ± 25km upstream from Upington in South Africa’s Northern Cape Region. This region, also known as the Kalahari, is classified as semi desert and has its own pristine natural beauty. The vast array of biological diversity this unique location offers, as well as other outside factors like how farming, mining and other technological developments in the area affect the environment, make this one of the world’s finest living laboratories in which to study conservation and the effects of climate change.

Once known as the Uizip Outdoor Education Centre, hosting outdoor education seminars for Church and Youth Groups, it now plays host to our beautiful Campus and Office Buildings. When you enter through our gates, a true oasis with lush green gardens and lots of open space greet the eye, truly making it one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.

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Accommodation is offered in comfortable, fully furnished student dormitories.

All meals, seven days a week, are supplied throughout the year. Balanced and nutritious, all meals are freshly prepared daily by our dedicated and well trained kitchen staff. Special dietary requirements can be arranged, and filtered drinking water is provided.

We have a fully equipped Laboratory, and recreational facilities on site include a Gym, Library and Games Room. WiFi and DSTV are available

Our beautiful swimming pool is the perfect accompaniment for those hot summer days, and evenings can be spent socialising and gazing at the stars in the expansive night sky from the outdoor Braai area. We boast all the luxuries and comforts of a true home away from home.

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Our exceptional team

Fef-new

FEF LE ROUX

DIRECTOR
Marco

MARCO PAUW

OPERATIONAL OFFICER
Gys-new

GYS BOTHA

STUDENT LIAISON OFFICER
Sumandi

SUMANDI CAMPHER

MARKETING ASSISTANT
Marilize

MARILIZE VAN KRADENBURG

HOSPITALITY
Cornelia 1

CORNELIA TITUS

HOSPITALITY
Pollen-new

POLLEN CLOETE

GROUNDSKEEPER
Leopold-new

LEOPOLDT VAN HUYSSTEEN

ACADEMIC HEAD & DIRECTOR
Matthys-new

DR MATTHYS STRYDOM

HEAD ACADEMIC PROGRAMME
Amelia-new

AMELIA BEZUIDENHOUT

ACCOUNTING OFFICER - CREDITORS
Jeanice Julies

JEANICE JULIES

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Mariana 2

MARIANA TITIES

HOSPITALITY
Lya

LYA HORN

HOSPITALITY
Sipho

SIPHO SPRINGBOK

GROUNDSKEEPER
Heidi

HEIDI BARTIS

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Charles-new

CHARLES LUBBE

MANAGER (ECODRIVEN)
Daniel

DANIEL VENTER

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT
Julinda-new

JULINDA LE ROUX

HOSPITALITY
Mara 2

MARA JULY

HOSPITALITY
Jacomina 2

JACOMINA STANDER

HOSPITALITY
Ricardo

RICARDO VAN KRATENBURG

GROUNDSKEEPER

Associate academic staff

Dr Jeanette de Klerk-Luttig

DR JEANETTE DE KLERK-LUTTIG

GUEST LECTURER
Paul

PROF PAUL VAN HELDEN

TRACKING & FIELD CRAFT INSTRUCTOR
Prof Karen Esler

PROF KAREN J ESLER

PROGRAMME ADVISOR & GUEST LECTURER
James

JAMES MINYE

TRACKING & FIELD CRAFT INSTRUCTOR
Dr Liezl van As

PROF LIEZL VAN AS

GUEST LECTURER

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