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Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

Trip Details:

Operator:   GVI - Global Vision International
Price From:  $ 12500 USD
Program duration:  50 week
Trip Dates:  01-01-2017,31-07-2017

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About this program

Gain accreditation as a qualified field guide in this exciting internship with GVI. Participants will learn valuable conservation, wildlife tracking, outdoor first aid, wildlife photography, wildlife surveying skills and more.

The course differs from other courses as it places a large focus on practical skills and gives participants the opportunity to assist with guiding and working around animals like elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and hippo.

GVI Internship programs focus on the development of professional skills while providing a well-rounded conservation experience. Participants have the option to join a 6-month work placement at the end of the 23-week program for additional education and experience.

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Life on the Internship

The academic curriculum is accredited by the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA); the ‘South Africa Qualifications Board’; and the ‘Culture Art Tourism Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority ’ and all students are taught by experienced guides and instructors. All additional qualifications are also attained through accredited training providers. A Typical Day Typically the day will start early at around 5.30 – 6am. You will usually grab a cup of tea before heading out into the bush for a morning of practical training laden with reference books on the African bush and a pair of good binoculars. Each week you will be focusing on a different module such as birds, mammals, 4 X 4 skills etc. On your practical sessions in the bush, either a walk or a drive, you will concentrate on these modules and put all the theory you have learnt in the classroom into practice in the field. For example, you might have collected some specimens that morning which you will bring back to the classroom for identification before the afternoon practical or lecture. After the morning activity, you will be welcomed with a hearty brunch. By midday, you will be pretty tired and the African heat will certainly make you drowsy so all the students have a break to relax, rest or study – remember you have a test at the end of the week! After a break, you will be ready to get some more fresh air and head out for an afternoon practical or lecture session building on your skills and knowledge gained in the morning session. All the teams return for an evening meal sat around the campfire discussing their experiences that day. At the end of each week, all the students are tested on that week's module before moving onto the next one. However, learning each topic is continuous as while you are out in the bush nature is all around you so you cannot help but increase your knowledge and skills as the weeks progress. The course runs for 4 weeks and then you will have 1 week off to relax, either at camp or you are welcome to go off exploring. This might change at certain times but will basically follow this timeline. There is plenty to do here with Kruger National Park on our doorstep, visits to the Blyde River canyon, whitewater rafting, microlighting, horseback safaris – the list is endless! Please note that during time off, students are welcome to stay at the campus but please note that food, laundry, transport etc is NOT included during this time as the staff will also be having time off. The course is fun but be warned this is no holiday – days are long and to reach the standard required to pass you need to be dedicated and focused.

Country Fast Facts

South Africa

Flag Flag_of_South_Africa.svg
Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) 11 - Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital: No official capital. Three branches of government split between Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein
Population 54,956,900 (2015)
Climate(s) Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean (Warm/Temperate), Humid Subtropical, Oceanic (Subtropical/Warm/Temperate)
Major Airport(s): Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Durban (DUR)
Economic Driver(s): Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism
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