Project Opportunities

1. POD PROJECTS: KENYA

Kenya field trip

Photo credit: Jessica Sweeney (cohort 7.0)

This program begins with nine months (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters) of on-campus coursework at CSU followed by four months (June through September) of living and studying abroad in the Laikipia and Samburu regions of Kenya. CLTL-Kenya includes approximately 25 days of field trips in which students are immersed in topics related to human-wildlife co-existence and conflict, sustainable tourism, conservation and development, and protected area management. The remaining time is spent working collaboratively on a capstone projects. Projects are in partnership with local/regional organizations to address a local/regional conservation issue. Previous partner organizations include Ewaso Lions, Grevy’s Zebra Trust, Unity Womens Village, Kalama Conservancy, and others.  Review our project map to learn more about past projects.

Note: Financial aid for U.S. students during the project portion of this option is available for tuition, travel and program costs.

Is this option for you?

This option is good for students who seek an intensive cross-cultural experience in East Africa and prefer working abroad with the support and camaraderie of a 5-7 CLTL peers and with more frequent faculty contact and in-country support. This is also a good option for students who want to build a professional network of conservation professionals in this region and have interest in conservation issues related to protected area management, human-wildlife conflict, and development. Living and working in Kenya is suited particularly well for individuals with a high degree of flexibility, humility and adaptability. The Kenya option includes a 2 week orientation field trip, a trip to the Masai Mara, and multiple day trips for intensive learning about a variety of regional conservation issues.

2. PARTNER PROJECTS

Mobile Monitoring ProjectThis program begins with nine months (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters) of on-campus coursework at CSU followed by approximately four months of living and studying at the selected project site, which may be domestic or international. The number of students working on a partner project will vary, depending on the needs of the partner organization. This option allows students to select a capstone project from projects proposed by CLTL partner organizations.

Note: financial aid for U.S. students during the project portion of this option is available for tuition costs, and students will work with a financial aid advisor to create a financial aid package for travel abroad and other project expenses.

Is this option for you?

This option is good for students who need or prefer the structure for getting set-up with a capstone project in a desired region and have an interest in the specific geographic locations, conservation topics, and/or organizations presented in the projects. This option is also suited for students who prefer to work independently or in smaller groups (some projects may be in small teams of 2-4 students), and can take initiative to plan and pursue co-curricular field experiences on their own. Students participating in the partner projects abroad should also feel comfortable making their own housing arrangements and being self-reliant in a foreign country.

Click on the Partner Project theme to learn more about the proposed project:

 OrganizationProject ThemeLocation
TWPTrees, Water & PeopleCommunity-based Conservation and/or Stakeholder EngagementNicaragua
Gorilla Guardians VillageConservation and Community DevelopmentRwanda
EDFEnvironmental Defense FundMarket-based Frameworks for ConservationColorado, USA
FoCo CafeFoCo CafeSustainability Initiatives and/or Environmental EducationColorado, USA

3. INDEPENDENT PROJECTS

Phantom Canyon PreserveThis program begins with nine months (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters) of on-campus coursework at CSU, after which time students undertake an independent conservation project in a region with which they are familiar and in partnership with an organization which they have a relationship. Locations can be domestic or international.

Note: Financial aid for U.S. students during the project portion of this option is available for tuition costs, and students will work with a financial aid advisor to create a financial aid package for travel abroad and other project expenses.

Is this option for you?

This option is good for students with an existing idea and who have relationships in place with relevant organizations to collaborate with for their Capstone project. This could include employees or volunteers of a conservation organization who can take a nine month leave for coursework and then return to the organization and complete a project that meets the CLTL requirements. This option is also better suited for students who prefer to work independently on the capstone project or who’s life circumstances are better suited to an independent project in a location and with a topic of their choice.