Field Guide Level 1 South Africa – Marilen

In our feedback questionnaire Marilen reveals more about her time as a Field Guide Level student in South Africa's amazing wilderness. Learn more



Name: Marilen

Age: 21

Project: Field Guide Level 1 in South Africa

Locations: Karongwe, Pridelands and Selati

Duration: Beginning of January until end of February 2020 – 55 days


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Field Guide Level 1 – Feedback: Seven questions for Marilen

1) Could you give us a short overview of your activities in the course?

  • around 7 hours per day being out in the bush
  • around 2 hours per day taking part in theoretical lessons in the camp classroom
  • from the second week on: taking turns in guiding ourselves
  • in our leisure time: working on our workbooks and studying, but also playing volleyball

2) What were the biggest challenges for you during the course?
Not to be able to sleep outside in Camp 2 and 3 😊

3) Was there anything you liked in particular? Or something you remember particularly negatively?

  • the camps were really comfortable and located perfectly
  • the guides in Karongwe and Pridelands were just great – in Selati, however, communication and getting along with the instructor were a bit tricky
  • vegetarian food options were sometimes a bit scarce
  • there were some problems when it came to marking our theoretical exams

4) Did you have certain expectations before you travelled to the course?
My expectations were exceeded!

5) Have you done anything in your free time that you can recommend to future participants?
I played a lot of volleyball and took part in a river parkour – I can recommend that.


6) What recommendations would you give other participants?

  • practicing bird call before the course starts! > Thank you, Daniel, that was really helpful
  • if you enjoy a lot of snacks at home don’t miss to buy some for camp when being in town
  • enjoy the time! It flies way too fast

7) Can you estimate how many additional costs you had on site?
I didn’t buy any extra drinks and took care of my laundry myself so I basically didn’t spend any money in camp.

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