A crucial element of ALERT’s approach is working alongside local communities directly and indirectly affected by our lion conservation efforts. We are involved in a wide range of activities that aim to benefit both communities and the lions they live alongside. As an organisation, we undertake research on these projects to ensure they are making a positive impact.
Being a Research in the Community intern can be challenging - resources are scarce and there can be language and cultural barriers to hurdle - but at the same time, you’ll receive a real sense of pride and achievement knowing you’ve made a positive contribution to someone’s life and to conservation as a whole.
ALERT works in schools, healthcare clinics, orphanages, drop-in centres, and in local villages. Our projects vary from site to site. You might be developing an assessment of English literacy in schoolchildren, helping to implement and monitor conservation education, teaching English and maths in local schools, helping us to change community attitudes towards deforestation, working on strategies to reduce human-wildlife conflict, or offering healthcare education and assistance.