The Global Conservation Corps (GCC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit operating in South Africa which works to bridge the gap between communities and wildlife.
In order to have a world with wildlife, we must facilitate a mutually beneficial relationship between that wildlife and the people who live alongside it.
We do this by working with youth in areas of conservation priority to promote conservation education and jobs within the wildlife economy.
A World Without
The majority of children growing up near nature reserves have never seen wildlife. They never get to experience the beauty on the other side of the fence, and they often grow into adults that cannot see the value in preserving wild spaces. If we want a world with wildlife, this must change now.
Global Conservation Corps works in areas of high conservation priority to identify passionate young people, nurture that passion on a weekly basis, and strengthen leadership and mentorship. Most importantly, we work with community partners to identify higher learning opportunities and jobs in conservation upon graduation, so the best-suited graduates are matched with the best job for them within the wildlife economy.
A ranger is synonymous with a steward or caretaker of our Earth. In the Greater Kruger National Park area, unemployment for ages 18-24 is over 50%. Opportunities are the difference between today’s youth becoming tomorrow’s poachers, or tomorrow’s rangers. We believe that education and opportunity creation is the key to reducing poaching and developing the next generation of leaders who will care about the planet and its wildlife.