Introductory Field Guide and Wildlife Career Course



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Have you dreamed of working everyday out in the bush with the African wild? This course is the ultimate African wildlife adventure that will provide you with the qualification and skills needed to navigate your way thorugh the African bush and improve your ability to land your dream career in the wildlife industry.

Applicants are able to choose betwen a 65 or 83 day course which will cover all the FGASA Level 1 field guide modules. Through either of these courses you will gain practice skills including 4×4 driving techniques, shooting experience, wildlife tracking, wildlife photography, animal behaviour and wildlife monitoritng techniques.

 

 

 

 

icon_type-of-project Type of project: Field Guide Association of South Africa
icon_minimum Minimum duration of the project: Option 1: 65 Days
Option 2: 83 Days
icon_location Location: Limpopo Province, South Africa
icon_airport Airport: Hoedspruit Airport (code: HDS)
icon_minimum_age Minimum Age: 18
icon_maximum_age Maximum Age: None, however you must be physically fit.
icon_included Included: – 3 Meals
– Accommodation
– 2 Airport Transfers
– Laundry
– WIFI (when available)
– FGASA Level 1 Theory (65 & 83 day course)
– FGASA Level 2 Practical (83 day course)
– First Aid Certificate
– Additional activities including sleep outs, trips to kruger etc.
icon_excluded Excluded: – Flights
– Visa (if required)
– Travel & Medical Insurance
icon_accommodation Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in wooden cabins or tents out in the bush depending on the training being done.
icon_work_schedule Work Schedule: Monday – Saturday:
– 5:30 – 6AM: Wake Up
– 6AM – 11AM: Training Activity in the classroom or on the reserve (focus will vary each day)
– 11AM – 2PM: Break & Lunch
– 2PM – 6PM: Training Activity in the classroom or on the reserve (focus will vary each day)
– 6PM Onwards: Field guides will spend time around a campfire discussing the days events
Sunday: OFF
icon_required Required Travel Insurance and Medical Insurance
GENERAL
Option 1: 65 day FGASA training course and exams to achieve the Introduction to Guiding and Wildlife Career course certificate, practical transferable skills and FGASA Level 1 theory.

Option 2: 83 day training course – 65 day course (as above) followed by a 18 day additional practical training to gain a full FGASA level 1 guiding qualification.

Field Guides will live and train in one of South Africa’s best known wildlife areas while being on the Introductory Field Guiding & Wildlife career course. Field Guides will get a idea for what it is like to be a field guide and will have opportunities to learn about local wildlife operations and Southern Africa’s fauna and flora.

As part of the program Field Guides will have the opportunity to sleep under the stars, learn to shoot, drive a 4 x 4’s, learn about tracking wildlife and the signs of animals and having wildlife viewing beyond your expectations! In addition, field guides will increase their chances for employment within the wildlife conservation industry by adding relevant qualifications, skills and experiences to your CV.

This once in a lifetime experience will be an awesome adventure and the stepping stone you need to increase your knowledge, broaden your horizons and assist you in choosing the career of your dreams!

TOPICS COVERED ON THIS COURSE
The 65 and 83 day courses cover the following topics in line with the FGASA level 1 curriculum. In addition to the curriculum there are additional topics to broaden your knowledge and skills in line with guiding and other wildlife careers. Qualifications and skills we offer on this course:
– Introduction to guiding in the natural environment
– Creating a guided nature experience
– Geology
– Astronomy
– Weather & Climate
– Ecology
– Taxonomy
– Biomes of Southern Africa
– Botany
– Trees & Grasses
– Arthropods
– Amphibians
– Reptiles
– Fish
– Birds
– Mammals
– Animal Behaviour
– Conservation management & historical habitation
– Vehicle skills and basic mechanics
– 2 day 4×4 training
– Specialist guest speakers
– Hospitality & hosting basics in a lodge environment
– Surival & navigation
– Rifles & Rifle Handling
– Bush first aid skills
– Introduction to Wildlife surveying techniques
– 2 day – introduction to tracks & signs
– Reptile orientation course
– Level 1 first aid certification
– Wildlife photography skills
– Animal behaviour and ethics
– Guest speakers and excursions to local wildlife operations
– Leadership skills
– Remote camp logisitcs and management training & experience
– Basic mechanics / trouble shooting
– Shooting Experience
ACCOMMODATION
Volunteers will stay in wooden cabins or tents out in the bush depending on the training being done.
SCHEDULE
Monday – Saturday:
– 5:30 – 6AM: Wake Up
– 6AM – 11AM: Training Activity in the classroom or on the reserve (focus will vary each day)
– 11AM – 2PM: Break & Lunch
– 2PM – 6PM: Training Activity in the classroom or on the reserve (focus will vary each day)
– 6PM Onwards: Field guides will spend time around a campfire discussing the days events
Sunday: OFF
MENU
Meals will be provided to field guides daily.
LAUNDRY
Laundry Facilities are available for guides to use
CANCELLATION POLICY
When possible, the client will be moved to another suitable date. Cancellations made 61 or more days prior to the state of the bookeing will be subjected to an administrative feed to cover the bank charges involved with refunding the client, as well as program reservation.

Cancellations made 60 days or less prior to the start date of the booking will be subjected to a 50% fee of the booking rate, which exception of an administrative fee, will be trasferred back into the bank account it came out of. Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to the start date of the booking will be subjected to a 100% fee of the total booking rate (the package rate). In other words, you will not be refunded.

65 Days US$7,990
83 Days US$9,990
Q When does the project start?
A September 29th 2016 – 65 or 83 Days
January 8th 2017 – 65 or 83 Days
April 2nd 2017 – 65 or 83 Days
As dates become available they website will be updated.
Q What is the age limitation?
A We have a minimum age of 18 and there is no maximum age.
Q How do the arrivals work? What airport do I arrive into?
A If arriving by air, we will be waiting for you at the Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) arrivals hall.
Q Are flights included?
A No, flights are not included.
Q Do you monitor the flights?
A Yes, we monitor flights before your arrival to get the approximate time of your landing and will be at the airport waiting for you.
Q What if there is a flight delay?
A

Please contact us as soon as you receive notice of a flight delay.

Q Do I need a Visa?
A Please enquire through the South African embassy in your country or go to the South African Home Affairs link for more information regarding Visa requirments. Volunteers are able to obtain a 90 day Visa upon arrival. Please note, we are not responsible for your travelling documentation.
Q  Are airport transfers included?
A Yes, 2 airport transfers are included (to and from the airport).
Q Can anyone apply?
A Yes, anyone can apply to join our program, subject to being 18 and above.
Q Do you cater to vegetarians or other dietary requirements?
A Yes, we can accommodate most dietary requirements, please ensure you let us know of your dietary requirements prior to arrival.
Q How do I pay for the project?
A We require a $300 (USD) deposit to secure your place at the project, and ask for the remaining balance to be paid 60 days before your arrival. We have two payment option. You can either pay via international bank – transfer/wire (please note that the administration costs are at your expense) or you can pay via a safe and secure online credit card facility.
Q Do you offer payment options?.
A Yes, you are welcome to discuss other payment options with us.
Q Is there a best time of the year to go?
A Summer runs from September – May with temperatures anywhere from 18 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius.
Winter runs from June – August with temperatures randinge between 8 degrees Celsius and 26 degrees Celsius..
Q Which insurance company is often used for the type of trip?
A We offer our volunteers comprehensive coverage – please enquire with us. It is important to travel with insurance to ensure your security and safety.
Q Would I need to any vaccinations / anti-malaria medication?
A You would require malaria prophylactics medication.
Q Are there any medical facilities on site to deal with serious issues quickly?
A We have a hospital within 30 minutes of the project
Q Do I need bug spray?
A We highly suggest bug spray for ticks and mosquitos.
Q What do you recomment for communication between South Africa and home?
A Your package includes a SIM card to be used for your smart phone and/or computer.