FGASA Nature Guiding Course

Company : Eco Africa Experience
Activity: Field Guide Training
Country: Zimbabwe
Location : Victoria Falls
Duration: 2 months to 2 months
Approx Costs: 3000+ to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

The Nakavango Conservation Programme has teamed up with EcoTraining, pioneer and leader in field guide and nature training, to offer a 55-day nature guide training course at The Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve near Victoria Falls.

Why do this course?

While this course forms the foundation for a career in field guiding (and many other wildlife orientated careers), many participants enrol onto this course for a gap year experience or extended bush holiday. Participants older than 18 years, holding a valid driver’s license and from all walks of life are invited to enrol.

Participants will have the opportunity to attempt their EcoTraining and FGASA Level 1 qualification, by successfully completing a theoretical and practical assessment. These assessments will be conducted by EcoTraining instructors (who are accredited FGASA assessors) at Nakavango, during the course

Although the course is based at Nakavango on the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve, students will enjoy visits to the Chobe National Park in Botswana, the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe as well as the extraordinary Victoria Falls, within the Victoria Falls National Park. This allows students on this course to enjoy the additional benefit of experiencing different areas, wildlife, biomes and biodiversity.

Daily morning and evening activities alternate between game walks and game drives. Midday lectures involve typical instruction and discussion, on the subject or game encounter of the day. This is follwed by personal study time and relaxation.  

 

Some subjects covered on the course:

  • Planning of game drives and walks
  • Navigation and orientation
  • Radio procedures
  • Ecology
  • Reptiles
  • Geology and soil
  • Amphibians
  • Fish
  • Mammals
  • Weather and climate
  • Anticipating animal behaviour
  • Plant communities
  • Career opportunities
  • Plant identification and uses
  • Identification and ecology of invertebrates 

 

Admission requirements into course:

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Driver’s license·
  • Recognized First Aid qualification (First aid course offered on site the week before course commences, if required. Please enquire) *Can be done indepedently before or after the course, but it is preferrable for students to achieve their first aid qualification before the course.
  • Motivational letter explaining reasons for wanting to do the course
  • 4 x Passport photos – colour
  • 4 x certified copies of Identity Document/Passport
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

 

Accommodation

The sleeping arrangements consist of 20 single rooms (9 allocated to nature guiding students) with shared ablutions and supplied bedding (single beds with sheets, two pillows and a spare blanket for the colder months). Each room has a ceiling fan. We do not have mosquito nets. 

 

Meals

  • Early morning wake-up: tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and cereals
  • Cooked lunch or brunch
  • Afternoon tea: light snack/ sandwiches
  • Dinner: balanced, warm plated meal

 

Cost

Rate = USD 4699pp (no VAT payable)

 

Rate includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Full meals
  • Tea/coffee
  • Instructors and training
  • Bush walks
  • Open vehicle drives and specialist trainer/s
  • FGASA exam and assessments
  • Branded T-shirt, collared shirt and cap

 

Rate excludes: 

  • Transfers/transport to and from the camp, before and after the course
  • Any accommodation before and after the course
  • Beverages (beers, ciders, bottled water)
  • FGASA registration, exam fees and study material/workbooks

 

Start Dates

17 August - 10 October

Costs / Benefits

Course price includes
* Accommodation
* Meals
* Tea/coffee
* Instructors and training
* Bush walks
* Open vehicle drives and specialist trainer/s
* FGASA exam and assessments
* Branded T-shirt, collared shirt and cap

Requirements

* Minimum age = 18 Years
* Driver's license (Manual/Stick-shift)

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