Sabbatical: Notes and requirements for our career break programme
Those who are interested in taking a sabbatical with us should fulfil certain personal and formal requirements. The following blog provides you with further information.
If you’d like to spend a sabbatical with Natucate you must be at least 18 years old and have a solid knowledge of English. Particularly because of sometimes extraordinary climate/weather conditions, daily activities as part of volunteer projects, field and guide courses, nature and adventure travel programmes and internships can be quite strenuous. Your physical fitness should allow you to be able to hike for several hours in all terrain while carrying certain equipment.
Furthermore, long rides sitting on the back of a truck or on the sun-covered deck of a boat should not be a problem for you. We therefore ask you to hand in a doctor’s certificate which confirms that you are healthy and fit enough to join our programmes.
Being interested in nature and being motivated to be part of a dedicated volunteer project/educational programme are further important requirements. You should be open-minded, tolerant and flexible, be able to work in a team but also on individual tasks.
Last but not least, you need to have a valid passport and obtain travel health insurance before your departure. Depending on how long you stay abroad and which country/countries you go you may also need a visa and/or specific vaccinations.
If you have questions concerning the requirements for taking a sabbatical with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Information on accommodation standards
Everybody interested in taking a sabbatical 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. Those are very basic and – depending on the programme – 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 programmes would like 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, including the Big Five, as nature doesn’t always give us what we want. In our opinion, giving such a guarantee would be unprofessional and against our corporate philosophy.
Furthermore, if you’re interested in joining one of our project, course or trips, 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:
A sabbatical with Natucate is an individual composition of our portfolio’s volunteer projects, field and guide courses, nature and adventure travel programmes, internships and safaris. As part of these trips, taking certain equipment with you is oftentimes necessary. The following pages give you further details on what to bring:
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