Everyone interested in the courses Professional Field Guide, Field Guide Level 1, Basic Field Guide Training, Safari Guide and Trails Guide should be aware that these courses aim at educating the participants. The courses have a set content and deal with a variety of topics that are introduced in English. A number of theoretical and practical examinations as well as presentations in English are part of the learning experience and can be challenging for non-native speakers. Please note that the courses are not simply safari excursions but require effort. But if you are interested and also willing to learn something completely new, the challenges and tasks will be manageable for you. You should not get discouraged – feel free to contact us so we can discuss the detailed learning plan and explain the general procedure of the courses to you.
We realise that some of the people in our projects in Southern Africa 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 cannot 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.
Together with other course participants you will be living in the Kwapa training camp, which is located in Southern Okavango Delta near Qwapa River. Your camp is located in a fantastic wildlife area, which is characterized by a stunning animal and habitat diversity. You will be sleeping in a 3x3 meters high wall wilderness style stent which provides a bed, a bed table and a LED-light. Usually, each participant has their own tent – upon request you can get accommodated with a partner, though. The tents are connected to an ensuite-bathroom which provides a typical “bush toilet” and a bucket shower. There also is a large verandah with a stand-basin and a relaxing chair. You will be provided with three daily meals, and also receive coffee and tea throughout the day. The tab water has drinking water quality and you can buy additional drinks in the camp.
Everybody interested in volunteering 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 project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – 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.