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Application for Africa internship open to students

Staff report

Students may apply until Jan. 15 for the McBride Africa Internship, which enables Roaring Fork Valley students to travel to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northeastern Kenya.

Entering its fourth year, the McBride Africa Internship is doubling the number of students it will sponsor in 2016. The internship will make two 14-day trips in 2016, covering two-thirds of each student's costs.

Carl Wright, a junior at Glenwood Springs High School who went on the second internship, wrote, "I learned more in the two weeks we were together than I could have in six months of school. I get asked about our travels on a daily basis, and I always find myself at a lack for words trying to describe the trip."

The internship is:

• Open to all high school age students in the Roaring Fork Valley

• The two trips are July 5 through 19 and Aug. 1 through 15.

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• The cost is $2,000, which includes airfare.

• Students camp out in the heart of the conservancy and walk, drive and explore Lewa daily, working closely with Lewa staff and their Massai guides.

• Curriculum is based on recording close personal observations, daily group discussions and interviews with wildlife experts.

• Students apply online at http://www.mcbrideinternship.org.

The McBride Africa Internship is the inspiration of John and Laurie McBride of Old Snowmass. For more than 40 years, the McBrides have been visiting a vast stretch of wilderness in northeast Kenya that was part of the Craig cattle ranch. Today it is the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, an organization that is now considered a world leader in sustainable conservation and anti-poaching strategies. Lewa has revolutionized the way conservation organizations collaborate with local communities to build a broad coalition that benefits from thriving wildlife populations.