Snapshots: The Environmental Studies Foreign Study Program in Southern Africa


When choosing where to study abroad, Dartmouth students have plenty of options. For students interested in sustainability, the Environmental Studies Foreign Study Program in Southern Africa stands out as an awesome opportunity! Each fall term, 16 Dartmouth students leave the college on the hill for a term of adventure, visiting the countries Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa. Students Akhila Kovvuri '18, Lydia Freehafer '18 and Susan Sidamon-Eristoff '18 share some photos and thoughts from their adventures on the program this fall.

Lydia Freehafer '18

"This FSP was absolutely my favorite term at Dartmouth. I woke up every day excited for what we would do next, what we would learn, what we would see, and every night I went to bed feeling like I was learning about real environmental issues and solutions and growing as a person. It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience that I still think about all the time, and I am so grateful I had such an amazing opportunity to meet so many amazing people who I am still close with today. If you can, go on this trip. It was truly life changing."


Akhila Kovvuri '18


One of my biggest lessons learned: Cows are VERY adaptable! Here is a young cow-herder in the mountains of Lesotho. 


A cow relaxing on the beach (photographed while hiking along the Wild Coast, South Africa).


Cows grazing in the Namib desert (photographed near Goabeb Research Center, Namibia)

Host family! Skye Herrick with our host family in Lesotho.

Johnny and Luke on the shores of the Indian Ocean, photobombed by a very excited Amber

Kyle, Lydia and Amber holding the python during a snake demonstration and awareness session in Timbavati, South Africa. 

Vultures at a lion kill in Timbavati, South Africa. 

KC and Dalia at our campsite in the Etosha National Park, Namibia

Matt, Kelsey and Johnny enjoying the jeep ride around the Windpoort farm. 

Lydia and Ruby observing donkeys in the Namib desseert as part of our group project in the Gobabeb Research Center. We were studying livestock movement and behaviour in response to heat stress. 

Lydia, Alex, Ruby, Susan, Amber and I enjoying the sunset from the sand dunes of the Namib desert. 


Susan Sidamon-Eristoff '18