Come take a walk in the shoes of a child in an African Village and learn about culture, daily life and the role of different people living in the village.
African Village gives students the chance to learn about life for people in a village in Africa, and what it is like to live side by side with wildlife. They will also explore the climate and vegetation in surrounding areas.
Students will gain an insight into how people living in an African village obtain their needs for survival and reflect on similarities and difference between life in Australia and in a village in Africa. Students will explore cultural stories and learn about how people have spiritual connection to land.
They will find out about daily life in an African village, the roles of different people in the village, how people are connected to special places and how it is possible to live in wildlife friendly communities.
Students will learn:
- How people in Africa are connected to their village and wildlife
- About the types of vegetation and climate surrounding African villages
- How life in Australia and in Africa are similar and different
- Connect with stories from others and how different places are special
- About cultural stories and practices
Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students’ curiosity before their zoo visit
Connect and Understand
Students will participate in a range of village life activities and hear stories from people who have lived in countries in Africa. These activities will enable them to learn about how people are connected to their village and wildlife.
Your zoo visit will include: An introduction to the day (for arrivals between 9.45-10.00am), Zoo Teacher workshop (30 minutes) and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo.
Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen students’ learning back at school.
Use the Teaching Guide to enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.
Program maps and itineraries
Your booking confirmation email will list your group's education workshop/s and safari bus tour time. Each workshop time has its own map and daily itinerary. Paper maps will be provided to you on the day.
African Village Teaching guide *coming soon*
Victorian Curriculum 3-4
Identify and explain the interconnections within places and between places (VCGGC073)
- Students will learn about the climate and habitat surrounding an African Village and how this impacts people and wildlife
Location of major countries of Africa and South America in relation to Australia and their major characteristics including the types of vegetation and native animals in at least two countries for both continents (VCGGK077)
- Students will learn about the types of vegetation and wildlife that live in and around the African Village and have opportunities to reflect on similarites and differences between Australian animals and vegetation
Types of natural vegetation and the significance of vegetation to the environment, the importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected; the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably (VCGGK082)
- Students will hear cultural stories about how people in African Villages are connected to their village, their land and wildlife
Similarities and differences in individuals’ and groups’ feelings and perceptions about places, and how they influence views about the protection of these places (VCGGK083)
Students will learn how people living in African villages live side by side with wildlife and how we can create wildlife friendly communities back home.
Compare their own and others cultural practices, showing how these may influence the ways people relate to each other (VCICCB005)
- Students will participate in a range of activities that teach them about culture in an African village setting
Describe what they have learnt about themselves and others from intercultural experiences including a critical perspective on and respect for their own and others cultures (VCICCB006)
- Students will participate in a range of activities that help them explore similarities and differences between their lives and those of young people in Africa and what it would be like to live in an African village
Plan your excursion
African Village is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection.
School groups will enter Werribee Open Range Zoo via the Main Entrance. Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival. More information.
All onsite excursion bookings are subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and as such are subject to change in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice. We will be in contact with all teachers prior to their booked date if we need to clarify any new requirements.