Field and Guide Courses: Notes and require­ments for our educa­tional courses

In this blog article you can find an overview of the personal and formal requirements that you should fulfil when taking part in our field and guide courses abroad.

Ann-Kathrin
Ann-Kathrin
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For all those who love adventures and would like to broaden their knowledge in a unique way – our field and guide courses are suitable for anybody thinking about taking a temporary career break. Use your wilderness course to recharge your batteries at the heart of an untouched natural environment. What you learn on our field and guide courses will be an excellent addition to your CV.

Confirmation that you have taken part in the course will be provided after you finish. You can also do a test at the end of certain courses to acquire a recognized certificate (FGASA – Field Guide Association of Southern Africa), which will help you to become a professional nature guide.

Requirements

When joining our field and guide courses you must be at least 18 years old and have a good knowledge of English. Daily activities can be quite demanding, particularly because of oftentimes extraordinary climate and weather conditions. That’s why it is essential that you are physically fit, meaning that you must be able to hike for several hours in all terrain while carrying research or other necessary equipment.

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We ask you to hand in a doctor’s certificate which confirms that you are healthy and fit enough to join the programme. Furthermore, it is important that you are interested in nature and are motivated to be part of a dedicated volunteer project/educational programme. You should be open-minded and flexible, have a determined work ethic, be able to work in a team and on individual tasks and be open to work with people of different cultures, ethnicities, nationalities and religious beliefs.

Last but not least, you need to have a valid passport and obtain travel insurance before your departure. Depending on the duration of your stay and your destination you may also need a visa and/or specific vaccinations. Moreover, you must have completed a first aid course to take part in the Trails Guide, Field Guide Level 1 and Professional Field Guide courses.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions on the requirements.

Information on accommodation standards

Everybody interested in joining a field or guide course abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the programme.

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Those are very basic and – depending on the course – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.

No animal sightings – no wildlife interaction

We realise that some of the people in our field and guide courses want to see as many animals as possible in their natural environment. However, this is dependent on a number of factors. Please note that Natucate makes no guarantee that you will see a variety of animals, in particular the Big Five, as nature doesn’t always give us what we want. To make such a guarantee would be unprofessional and against our corporate philosophy.

Furthermore, if you’re interested in joining one of our field and guide courses, please note that none of them involve any direct interaction with wild animals. We are strongly against breeding young lions for canned hunting and have therefore signed the strict code of conduct of the organisation CACH (Campaign Against Canned Hunting). We can provide additional information, if required. To learn more about this subject, take a look at the following blog post:

Our trips: Animal sightings and wildlife interaction

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Necessary equipment

In general, 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, beige or grey). 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, sunscreen and a water bottle.

Moreover, you should not forget to pack your camera, smartphone and/or laptop. Depending on the course you might also bring a sleeping bag, a sleeping mat or a tent. You will also need writing material if you want to take part in a course which involves training.
Depending on the course you chose, the equipment you should bring along with you can vary. In your personal Natucate travel documents you can find precise information on what to pack for your journey.

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