Our Wild Swans touched down in Johannesburg today to a rousing welcome from their South African counterparts. Four girls from Northern Ireland, four from Hackney in London and four South African girls will spend the next two weeks living and working together as part of a young women’s leadership development programme.
The Wild Swans Programme places 36 young women over the next three years, from the UK, Ireland and South Africa, on a remarkable journey of self discovery and empowers them to step forward and lead their communities to a better future.
The Wild Swans Programme is committed to promoting the values of women’s leadership and addressing the gender gap in business, environmental and social leadership.
Over a period of 12 months, all Wild Swans will take part in a series of workshops focused on leadership skills development, and also experience in-depth mentoring and training from a powerful steering committee of female leaders and other facilitators.
After spending a night at our sister charity the Wilderness Leadership School to rest after their long journey, the group will set off in to the Umfolozi wilderness for a five day wilderness journey. The girls will spend their days walking with packs through the African bush, following in the footsteps of lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo (amongst others!) and sleep beneath the stars – accompanied by our two highly trained wilderness guides who will ensure the safety and wellbeing of the group throughout.
As well as learning about the natural world and the place that man has in it, the Swans will also be learning about each other – bringing together a meeting of minds and experience grown in very different cultures across Europe and Africa.
We will bring you more news of our intrepid Wild Swans as their journey continues.