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Professional Field Guide Course in South Africa

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Strengths

  • Students can get up to 8 certificates, 5 of which are Nationally recognized
  • Practical training on a 30HA game reserve that has Big game including, lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and hyena
  • Guaranteed 6-month work placement after the course

Program description

Travel to South Africa and complete this internship in the African Bush that trains you up in Field Guiding to secure a job in eco-tourism. 

Have the opportunity to complete a 6 month placement after successful completion of the 6 month course

Receive a FGASA accredited certificate in order to walk  into a career as Field Guide

Live in the South African bush surrounded by the Big Five

Work with experienced and educated Mentors and Course Instructors, our trainers combined have over 50 years’ experience working in the industry 

FGASA Field Guiding Course 

Are you passionate about wildlife conservation and Field Guiding? Is your hope to pursue a career in eco-tourism? 

Travel to the South African Bush and work alongside qualified, experienced trainers in order to receive your accreditation in FGASA Field Guiding. 

 

This course is rated one of the most inclusive courses and has seen many of its graduates go on to secure jobs within top class game reserves and lodges. It includes a 6 month in-country training program after which, upon successful completion and graduation, students will move on to be an intern in a working environment with one of our partners. 

 

Other than the FGASA qualification, students will also be trained up in: 

- Wildlife photography

- Reptile orientation

- Basic vehicle mechanics

- Ethical guiding principles

- Hospitality training

- South African wine tasting & food pairing,

- Reserve management principles

- Online course covering 

- Theoretical field guiding apprentice 

- Principles and basic mechanics

 

This experience cannot be matched and you are guaranteed to walk away as a highly rated, qualified and experienced Field Guide ready to step into a career. 

 

DAY IN THE LIFE:

The course varies between classroom-based learning and practical sessions. The balance between these two will differ module to module. But an average day could look like this:

 

05:30–07:00

Meet in the Kitchen for coffee and a light breakfast, then depart for the morning activity, either a walk or a drive, or a lecture in the classroom

 

11:00

Brunch

 

12:00

Free time

 

15:00

Afternoon activity or lecture in the classroom

 

Saturday afternoons and Sundays are free time for students, although it’s recommended that students use this time for personal study and preparation for the upcoming lectures.

 

After every 4th week, students also get a full week off and are encouraged to leave campus, travel and explore the local area. Some highlights to be enjoyed:

Head out to the Blyde River Canyon for boat trips, kloofing, whitewater rafting, hiking, hot air ballooning and camping.

The Kruger National Park gates are only 90min drive from campus. Day trips or overnight camping trips are available within the Park.

Moholoholo Rehab Centre is 60 min drive from campus. Spend some time exploring the rehabilitation of endangered species.

Do a 1-day panorama route and see Bourke’s Luck potholes, God’s Window, and many waterfalls with swimming spots.

Giant Baobab a.k.a Upside Down Restaurant is only a 50 min drive from campus/ They sell the best pancakes in Limpopo, be sure to try them.

Debengeni Falls in Tzaneen is a stunning waterfall accessible by anyone. It offers picnic areas and hiking trails.

 

The possibilities are endless! 

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Included in the price

  • Accommodation in our camps
  • Three meals a day
  • Training with higly qualified local instructors
  • Up to 8 training certificates

Not included in the price

  • Flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Visa
  • Personal expenses

Your accommodation

You will stay at one of the camp, depending on your training.

Activities

Additional information

Conditions

Requirements

- Up to date CV/ resume in English 

All students MUST hold a full manual drivers' licence

- Fluent English 

- Acceptance subject to availability of position

Payment
A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 

Cancellation

A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.

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Why Choose Us?

- Practical training on a 30HA game reserve that has Big game including, lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and hyena

- Guaranteed 6-month work placement after the course if you fit the criteria

- Our students achieved the highest marks of all the FGASA long term providers,and have done so for 6 years in a row. Our pass rate average since 2013 is 88%. This shows the quality of training provided

· On our course you come on a Study Visa which allows you to get your SA driver'slicense and then your PrPD, this allows you to be able to register as a guide, do a placement and maximise your chance of employment

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Professional Field Guide Course in South Africa
From 16950 EUR

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