Dr Sandra Vonderlind

Head of Education and Outreach

International Fund For Houbara Conservation

Dr. Vonderlind is a results-driven leader in educational training, consultancy and project management. Prior to her current position as Head of Education and Outreach at the International Fund for Houbara Conservation she was engaged with Alef Education where she led the implementation of the company’s technology-enabled educational delivery ecosystem. Dr. Vonderlind is passionate about developing education strategies in various work environments. When being employed as Project Director for a prestigious social welfare initiative under the UAE’s Ministry of Interior, she established a sustainable large-scale training plan for their centers' workforce. Dr. Vonderlind has significant experience in Abu Dhabi's pubic school district where she led professional development training schemes associated with school reform initiatives for Nord Anglia Education and the University of Florida. She spent the early part of her career teaching English to non-native speakers in various academic and enterprise setting in both Germany and the UAE. Dr. Vonderlind holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Florida – Gainesville in the field of Curriculum, Teaching & Teacher Education. Additionally, she holds an MA in Teachers of English to Speaker of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Newcastle and an MA in Intercultural Communication and British and American Language Studies from the Technische Universität Chemnitz.


Future Learning

27 February 2020 | 13:00 - 13:30 | English | How IFHC and Al Ain Zoo Collaborate to engage young learners on conservation education in the UAE

The IFHC team continuously conducts workshops for UAE students. Our developed activities support teachers with curriculum integration in UAE classrooms and are aligned with the MoE curriculum. One of our success stories is our collaboration with Al Ain Zoo. We deliver workshops in their future -
focused interactive SZDLC. This initiative is one of the many ways in which we use innovative learning environments to create alternative classroom settings for students to learn about the importance of houbara and its position in the ecosystem. Workshops held are designed to ensure an unforgettable experience for learners. Experiential learning schemes follow a station rotation model. Themes are centered around illegal vs legal trading of houbara, the work of ecologists and tracking the houbara, the history of hunting houbara for food vs today’s national sport, the importance of conservation and sustainability, the FHC's efforts in captive breeding and preserving the habitat of the houbara.