Spend your time on a beautiful game reserve in South Africa and split your time between volunteering and studying for your Game Ranger qualification.
Your volunteer work will be varied but focused mostly on wildlife and conservation. At the same time you will learn all that you need to about the environment that you will be staying in along with all the fascinating animals and birds that call the area home; to enable you to take your FGASA level one field guide qualification. The reserve is located near to the coast so the beautiful Indian Ocean is literally on your doorstep for your free time too!
|Dates of Departures||Duration||Price (Land Only)||Trip Status|
|26 January 2015||8 weeks||£2,629||Available||Book now|
|30 March 2015||8 weeks||£2,629||Available||Book now|
|8 June 2015||8 weeks||£2,629||Available||Book now|
|10 August 2015||8 weeks||£2,629||Available||Book now|
|12 October 2015||8 weeks||£2,629||Available||Book now|
During your programme you’ll get the chance to see some of South Africa’s most spectacular sights whilst having the opportunity to really understand what you are seeing by learning how to be a Game Ranger. During the week you will be either working towards your Game Ranger qualification or volunteering in the game reserve. You will receive both practical and theoretical lessons from qualified trainers with many years of experience, subjects covered will include:
These will ensure that, by the end of your eight weeks, you will have sufficient expertise to complete the FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) level 1 exam. This qualification is widely recognised throughout Africa and provides a great basis for getting experience as a game ranger or completing further training.
A large part of the volunteering that you can get involved in is centred upon conservation but you may also be able to get involved with worthwhile community projects. Volunteer activities may include helping with the introduction of African mammal species to the park, assisting the rangers in capturing animals for identification and relocation, teaching tourists and locals about nature conservation, general maintenance and repairs, monitoring animals in the wild and many other things. During your programme you will be under the mentorship of either the co-ordinators or trainers.
Please note: It is important to maintain an outgoing attitude and remain flexible as to which of the volunteering options you will be able to get involved in as the needs of the reserve vary throughout the year depending on weather and, of course, the temperament of the animals.
Your first week on the programme will be spent getting to know the volunteer programme and settling in to your new surroundings on this beautiful private reserve.
Your lectures and more formal training will start in earnest during the second week of your course; as you get further into your course your lectures will become more frequent.
Should you have questions or would like more information about your course and study topics outside of your lecture time, you are more than welcome to approach your trainer/mentor at any time for assistance.
In order to get the most out of this programme it is important to remain flexible and open-minded; you are in Africa after all and things run at Africa time!
Info Packs include a full itinerary, country guides and travel advice on visas, money, insurance and the local weather. By filling in your details you'll also be kept updated on all the latest news, offers and stories on this particular trip. Happy reading!
Minimum age 18 years.
This trip requires minimum numbers to operate.
During your stay at the reserve you will be housed in a volunteer lodge with shared, single sex, bedrooms and shared bathroom facilities. The lodge is fully furnished and has a tea/coffee station, lounge area with satellite television, and has an entertainment room which offers table tennis, table football, pool table and sporting facilities such as tennis courts, splash pool and a cricket field.
The volunteer accommodation has plenty of storage space for you to keep your personal belongings. There are also lockers available for you to store your valuables in securely; there is a small charge of between R20 and R30 per stay for the use of a locker. Please speak to your local coordinator on arrival at the project, should you wish to have a locker.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared for you while you are on the reserve. The food served varies from day to day but usually consists of meals such as pap, beans, curry, rice, vegetables and pasta dishes. Vegetarians can be catered for on request.
During excursions, meals and activities will not be provided for you.
Please note that the game reserve is an alcohol free environment.
As part of the course you will be attending lectures and there will be an exam at the end. The overall pass rate is about 98% with the only failures coming from those who didn't actually come to study and were not committed to the course. Please remember that this isn't just a volunteering program and that studying is required in order to pass the course. If you are willing to put in a reasonable amount of effort whilst having the experience of lifetime then this trip is for you!
Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.
You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.
In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.
You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.
No, all bedding is provided however if you wish to take one for extra warmth then you can.
No, you will be in a malaria free area.
You will have lockable chests as well as boxes in your room where you can lock your valuable items in.