Country: South Africa,
Type: Agriculture / Forestry, Environment & Wildlife Conservation, Humanitarian & Community Development , IT & Journalism, Manual work / Construction, Medical & Health Care, Teaching & Education, Working with children,
The Professional Field Guide course gives you an opportunity to spend a year in southern Africa. Field guides are more than just rangers. They are responsible for introducing visitors to Africa's unique natural landscape. Your work will involve giving visitors a better understanding of the nature and species conservation work going on in the area.
Perhaps you're looking for some time off away from the usual 9-to-5. Maybe you want to be a safari guide. Or maybe you're just looking to learn. Our Professional Field Guide course in South Africa is for anyone who wants to combine active conservation and personal challenges with a recognised training course. You will learn all of the skills that you need to be a professional Field Guide in a breathtaking environment. You will become acquainted with some theoretical principles before starting your practical training. The first thing you'll learn is how to use your equipment properly, starting with off-road vehicles, radios and rifles.
After that, you will dive into the fascinating flora and fauna of Southern Africa. You'll be spending almost all of your time in the wilderness, and will learn one thing above any other: how to be attentive. Being so far away from civilisation will give you an opportunity to focus your attention on the nuances of this untouched natural landscape. You will track a variety of animals and approach them like a professional. You will also be taught everything there is to know about how to identify plants and how they used. You will become more and more familiar with your surroundings as time passes.
Your theoretical and practical training will take six months, after which you will put what you have learnt to the test in a six-month lodge placement. You will have experienced mentors available to you throughout the process. Please contact us if you would like a more detailed schedule and more information about what is covered on the course.
You will stay with one other person in a wooden stilt house with its own toilet (Makuleke), or in a tent with shared washing facilities (Selati, Karongwe, Mashatu). It is possible to stay in a double room by yourself if you cover the cost. All of the camps have common rooms for lessons, shared meals friendly get-togethers. If you end up going to Karongwe, you can even sleep outside on a roof terrace. The camp is surrounded by nature, as it is not fenced in and is off-limits to tourists.
The camps get their electricity from generators, so you won't have that much opportunity to charge any of your devices. Mobile phone reception in the camps is poor to non-existent. Phone calls can be made as part of a weekly excursion. The water that you get out of the tap is safe to drink, and you can also buy drinks in the camp. Fruit juice is served at mealtimes. Tea and coffee are available at any time. You will be provided with an early morning snack, a hearty brunch, a light afternoon meal and a hot meal in the evening. A laundry service is available in the camp for a small fee.
Fees: 17.550 EUR
(depends on the exchange rate of the South African Rand)
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