Wilderness Experience Preparation -

The stages involved before going on your wilderness experience

How can I find a course that is suitable for me?

Which wilderness experience course is right for you will depend on what interests you and how much time you have available.

You can choose whether you want to spend a few weeks learning how to read tracks, finding out more about the African animal and plant world or how flora and fauna interact with one another. You also have the opportunity to train as a field guide in the African wilderness in just 55 days. One highlight is the professional field guide course which gives you everything you need to be a ranger within one year in the untouched natural landscape of Africa.

You should also think about the budget that you have available. The courses vary significantly in price. These differences are largely dependent on how long your trip will be for. When you are calculating your budget, don’t forget that you will need money for your flight, transfer, visa, insurance and any equipment that you need. Please refer to the product description on our homepage for information about the services that are provided.

Detailed information about the courses we provide is available here. If you have any questions or need any advice, just get in touch with the NATUCATE team and will be happy to help.


Advice

    Advice

    If you have an idea about our courses and want some more information, contact us so that we can clarify anything which you’re not sure about. We can also provide a lot of advice if you simply can’t decide on a destination or project.

    It is important that you contact us as early as possible so that we have enough time to arrange your placement. We are happy to help you plan the details of your wilderness experience.

    We are committed to providing you with all of the information you need for your time overseas. We want you to have an accurate impression of what is waiting for you, and therefore do everything we can to prepare you for your trip. Get in touch at any time if you have any questions.


    Application

    Applying

    • If you think you have found a suitable wilderness experience course on our website, simply fill out the relevant non-binding contact form.
    • We will then contact you and go through all of the necessary details and any questions that you have, after which we will send you the NATUCATE application form.
    • Please complete this in English and return it to us. Some courses will expect you to write a cover letter describing your motivation for taking part.
    • We will send you your booking confirmation and invoice as soon as our overseas partner confirms your request.
    • In some cases, there will be a brief introductory meeting before the booking.
    • We can also help you with your additional planning, such as booking flights, choosing a suitable insurance policy, etc.
    • You will also be provided with a document containing all the important information about the project before you set off on your travels.
    Preparation

    Preparing for your journey

    Flight/transfer

    The price you pay does not include your travel to the course. However, if you need any help booking a suitable flight, we would be happy to put you in contact with a travel agent which we have close links with. We can also help you to organise transfers to and from the airport.

    Visa

    You may need to apply for a visa, depending on your destination and how long you intend to stay there. However, you won’t need a working visa because no monetary compensation is provided for taking part in a wilderness experience. Please be aware that getting a visa not only involves additional costs, but can also take a significant amount of time. You may not need a visa for certain countries if you are staying there for less than 90 days. We are happy to provide information about visa rules for specific countries.

     

    Insurance

    You must have appropriate health and accident insurance for your stay abroad. We recommend contacting your health insurance provider or ourselves. We are happy to help you find an appropriate policy.

    Vaccinations

    Vaccinations will be required before travelling to certain countries. The Foreign Office website has information about which vaccines are required for which country. You should also ask a specialist medical professional which vaccinations they would suggest. Some health insurance providers will cover the cost of your vaccinations.

    On-site safety

    Because the courses are held in the middle of the natural environment and you will be researching wild animals, a certain degree of caution is required. The course deals with how to assess the behaviour of wild animals and approach them safely. Poisonous animals do not normally pose much of a risk because they do not attack people who deal with them appropriately. There’s also little reason for them to come in contact with each other.

    We also recommend looking at the latest safety guidance and information about diseases on the website of the Foreign Office.

    Equipment

    You should bring strong shoes (hiking boots), light (long) trousers for the day and something to cover your head. Make sure that your clothing and shoes are inconspicuous and match the colouring of your environment (e.g. khaki). We also recommend packing some warmer clothing because it can be very cold in the morning and evening. You should also think about insect spray, suncream and a water bottle. You will also need writing material if you want to take part in a course which involves training.

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