Field Guide Level 1 South Africa – Sara
Game ranger adventure in South Africa: Learn more about Sara's enriching time as a Field Guide Level 1 student amidst Southern Africa's wonderful wilderness and fascinating wildlife.
Project: Field Guide Level 1 in South Africa
Locations: Selati/South Africa and Pridelands/South Africa
Duration: Mid-July until beginning of September 2019 – 55 days
Support from the Natucate team:
Field Guide Level 1 course in Africa – Feedback: Eight questions for Sara
1) Could you give us a brief overview of your activities in the course?
Learning about nature regarding various topics (geography, ecology, astronomy, animal behaviour...), learning and practicing how to be a good guide (safety, knowledge transfer, guest interaction…), driving off-road vehicles
Preparing food from time to time, boiling hot water, waking up the other students
2) What were the biggest challenges for you during the course?
Internalizing the amount of learning content. Driving the SUV. Talking to other people in English.
3) Was there something you liked most? Or something you remember particularly negatively?
What I especially liked: always being out in nature, observing nature and learning about it, meeting nice and inspiring people.
Negative: the food was not diversified enough in the second half of the course.
4) Did you have certain expectations before travelling to the course?
I wanted to learn a lot, to be in nature and to improve my English. These expectations were met.
5) Have you done anything in your free time that you can recommend to future participants?
Playing games with other students and chatting with others.
6) What recommendations would you give to other participants?
Since it was winter in South Africa, it is important to bring warm clothes and a good sleeping bag. Reading about the contents of the course beforehand helps a lot and creates anticipation. Take care of vaccinations at an early stage, as some vaccinations are highly recommended for South Africa.
7) Can you estimate how many additional costs you had on site?
Max. 300 Rand per week. Depends on how much you spend on drinks, cigarettes, sweets etc.
8) Here is still room for other suggestions or stories from you:
I would do the course again and again! During my stay I felt very so close to nature. It is wonderful to have met such nice people during this adventure.
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