Conservation Photojournalism with Education - Shark Warrior
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Wildlife Conservation Photojournalism with Environmental Education Internship

This hands-on internship, lead by locally born and globally respected conservationist, Lesley Rochat, immerses students in a jammed-packed itinerary. Students will explore wildlife, both land and sea, predators and prey while making a meaningful contribution toward the conservation of South Africa’s wildlife, and to the welfare of underprivileged children.

The theme of the course is the combination of Wildlife Conservation Photojournalism and Environmental Education, which recognises that the conservation of our wildlife and natural resources cannot happen in isolation, it involves people. AfriOceans Conservation Alliance believes that our youth are our future, and that education is the key to saving precious Nature.

You will work closely with a leading conservationist, Lesley Rochat, founder and CEO of the organisation, AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, learning from her and assisting her to capture images and stories to  help the AfriOceans to achieve its goals in raising global awareness about critical environmental issues. Interns will be involved in field excursions, supporting lectures and in becoming a valuable assistant to the non-profit organisation, AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, helping it to achieve its conservation goals by being involved in one or more of its projects such as the SWIM LIKE A SHARK community youth project. It will also include an introductory course in wildlife photography and creative and environmental writing, tools used by the organisation for its compelling awareness campaigning and fundraising projects.

With the knowledge gained and the skills developed, students will assist AfriOceans in its goal of encouraging a MOVE FROM AWARENESS INTO ACTION and help them to be THE VOICE FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK.

23 days 18+ age Cape Town, South Africa


Course director, Lesley Rochat, aka the Shark Warrior, is a locally born and globally respected, award-winning conservationist, photographer and filmmaker. See her websites for more: Her personal website. Her photography website.


This course is like no other internship – you will have one-on-one tuition from a leading conservationist who will deliver her promise of making this course an adventure of a lifetime. You will be staying in The Shark House campus situated across the road from the Glencairn Beach, with stunning ocean views, your home away from home.


This course is like no other internship – you will have one-on-one tuition from a leading conservationist who will deliver her promise of making this course an adventure of a lifetime. You will be staying in The Shark House campus situated across the road from the Glencairn Beach, with stunning ocean views, your home away from home.


It’s perfect for beginner photographers and writers, and or for those wanting to gain extra experience whether as a photographer, keen conservationist, aspiring environmental educator, or environmental journalist. It is a perfect start for those wanting to get a feel for what a career in both wildlife photography and environmental journalism and environmental education is all about.

Module 1

Introduction to AfriOceans projects and to the conservation biology of Southern Africa, plus fundamentals of wildlife and outdoor photography, environmental and creative writing and field trips.

Module 2

AfriOceans environmental education theory, theory in photography and writing continued, and field trips.

Module 3

AfriOceans outreach project work, environmental clean-ups, theory plus field trips, photography and writing continued.

Module 4

Final field trips and finished works, editing of articles, post processing of images etc. ready for publishers and class presentations.

False Bay is 30km (18 miles) from Cape Town, South Africa, place of the majestic Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Cape Town is also rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

False Bay, which falls within the Cape Peninsula, is home to the mighty White Shark and many endemic species of animals and plants. It includes the Fynbos, the smallest of six Floral Kingdoms in the world, found nowhere else in the world.

The Dr. Compagno Shark House Campus, situated across the road from the beach in Glencairn, a small coastal area in False Bay, is your home. This 2-storey house  has spectacular sea views overlooking False Bay and is a stones throw away from local restaurants and other social venues.

AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, the non profit organisation Lesley founded, is also based in False Bay. Some activities and lectures will be run from the Shark House Campus while others will be run from the AfriOceans office, which operates from the Shark Warrior Adventure Centre, situated on the waters edge at Seaforth, Simonstown in False Bay.

  • All tuition
  • Accommodation with sea views, sharing
  • All meals
  • Transfers
  • White shark cage diving
  • African penguin tour
  • Kelp forest/gully shark snorkelling safari
  • Cape fur seal snorkelling
  • Southern Right Whale watching (seasonal)
  • BIG 5 African wildlife safari
  • Guided hike up Lions Head
  • Guided tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Culture and community field trips
  • Outreach projects
  • Sea kayaking or Stand Up Paddling
  • Bank costs
  • Flights
  • Weekend activities
  • Transport for weekend activities
  • Extra days accommodation & food
  • Transfers not part of course arrival and departure date
2019 Only Dec/Jan Course running for 2019, please go to Wildlife Conservation Photojournalism Course to apply – 8 SPACES
2020 TBA in May 2020 – 8 SPACES
2019 USA $ 3 750 (discount for early booking, inquire)
2020 TBA
2019 8 Students
2020 8 Students
Heather Fischer
Student, USA

Such an incredible experience filled with friendships and memories I’ll hold on to forever. Thank you Lesley for all you have done for us. You are an inspiration.

Shelby Barker
Student, USA

Thanks to our wonderful teacher, Lesley Rochat, we have grown in ways that most of us never imagined! Thanks for such an awesome Course, it truly was an adventure of a lifetime and I’ve learned so much!

Taylor Duck
Student, USA

I have learned an incredible amount here on my internship, made long-lasting friendships, and promised myself lifetime of commitment to wildlife conservation. Thank you Lesley Rochat for your effort to give us the confidence to face and report about the great white shark! Shark Warrior till the end!

Alexia Woerner
Student, USA

I can’t believe the month is over, I wish I didn’t have to leave, it’s not goodbye forever, it’s goodbye for now. I’ll be back. Thank you Lesley Rochat for teaching us everything this month, it’s been a blast.

Cassandra Julia
Student, USA

Thanking God for this amazing opportunity that has truly changed my life and prepared me to become the voice for those who cannot speak.

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