Jacob Schwebach

Environmental Journalism & Travel Writing – July 2014

Jacob Schwebach

About Jacob Schwebach

You may not know how to put it into exact words but you will remember it. It gives me a sense of pride, accomplishment and (dare I say) love as I ease it to the forefront of my memory.

If you are at all like I was, Oceans sounds too good to be true as you peruse the site for the first (or tenth) time. I can’t condense the discoveries I made during my two months in the journalism and photography internships into anything short of a novel. My long-story-made-short is like a lucid dream, deep yet immediate.

Oceans Campus validated my passion for media and conservation. That’s the simple part. Professional fieldwork challenged me, sometimes frustratingly so. I wouldn’t have that part any other way. The appreciation I accrued for the animal kingdom, humans included, was immense. The lot at Oceans was the most original, enthusiastic and daring I have known. We worked hard, played hard, and often the two were indecipherable.

I can’t predict everyone you’ll meet on the Garden Route. But you will remember them and probably stay in touch with the special few. You will remember the exhilaration, awe and attentive calm of seeing a great white shark for the first time. You will remember the “f-yeah!” of truly capturing the subject after one hundred clicks. You will remember the nervous authenticity of your first interview: the tingling in your fingertips when you put it into an article. You will retell the countless adventures in-between.

Volunteer programs and internships in Mossel Bay, South Africa

Based in Mossel Bay, South Africa, Oceans Campus is your gateway to wild Africa. We host a wide variety of courses which are designed to bring aspiring adventure and discovery enthusiasts as close as is safely possible to the amazing wildlife of South Africa. From courses focussed on the study of and interaction with great white sharks, elephants, whales, dolphins, to internships based on education, adventure racing, environmental conservation and sky diving. We also offer facilities to make our guests and students stay as pleasant and worthwhile as possible, including a dedicated research centre, spa, lecture room, business centre, conference room, lecture room, restaurant and bar, adventure centre and more. This variety of courses and facilities makes Oceans Campus one of the most broad and exciting places to be, and your gateway to wild Africa.