About Us

 

INTENSIVE FIELD STUDIES THAT FOSTER LONG TERM ENGAGEMENT

RESEED is a social enterprise that offers university-level, field-based study programs focused on promoting social, environmental and entrepreneurship development. We aim to provide field-based learning where the academic investment and progress made by students is equally matched by the flourishing of localities and communities which host our programs.

Our organization is founded upon the strong relationships we have with local communities and institutions, and our engagement is designed to ensure that we can flourish in partnership. The potential of our platform is based on the quality of our programs, our commitment to communities, and the intellectual scope that our advisors and alumni bring to our purpose.

Our programs focus on different aspects of sustainability and consistently take an interdisciplinary approach to understand and address complex issues and challenges within localities and regions. We draw on the extensive knowledge and experience of academics who have done research and taught in these settings and can enable mutual learning between students and communities.

We are running four programs in South Africa in 2017, and aim to develop more programs in other countries around the Indian Ocean in the following years.

 

EDUCATION

Our field study programs are designed for university students who have completed at least the first two years of their undergraduate studies. They are open to students from around the world. Each program runs in the field for three weeks and has a capacity of 20 students. It is staffed by two experienced academics and a teaching assistant.

During the program, students visit different sites with the academics and meet people from government agencies, NGOs, community-based organisations, and businesses. They observe, listen, and reflect on their views of the key issues or problems that need to be tackled, and how they are attempting to do so. At the end of each day, students and academic staff have a lively discussion about the questions arising from these visits and encounters, and see how they link with or influence other issues. By the end of the field excursions, students begin to see the patterns that bring these different perspectives, problems, and challenges together.

 

ACTION

The last two days of each field trip are devoted to a workshop where students attempt to synthesise and map the issues and perspectives raised during the daily excursions and discussions. From this process, students identify key themes that can be the basis for developing feasible projects, and present these ideas to local stakeholders. Their advice and comments are taken into account as students rework the scope and details of their projects.

The project research and proposals are part of the assessments that students are required to complete for study credit, and once assessed by the academics, are published as an edited book and presented to local organisations. The collected ideas and feasible projects outlined by the students offer these organisations the opportunity to establish new collaborations for creating local enterprises and programs.