- What is the accommodation like?
You accommodation depends on the project. Most of the time you will stay in tents or little cabins that you share with other participants. The accommodations are simple but comfortable. Most of them consist of a common space for bonfires and spare time activities. You can find more information about the housing by visiting the camp informaiton site on our webpage:
Camp Mashatu (Botswana)
Camp Borana (Kenya)
Camp Mara (Kenya)
Camp Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Camp Karongwe (South Africa)
Camp Makuleke (South Africa)
Camp Selati (South Africa)
- Is it possible to get placed with a partner or friend?
Yes, every camp allows a travel partner; make sure to inform us on time.
- How is the food provided?
You will be provided with three balanced meals daily. You will dine together with the other participants in the dining hall. There will also be snacks, water, coffee and tea available. If you want you can purchase soda drinks or candy extra.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
The food is balanced enough to realize a vegetarian diet. A vegan or gluten free diet is not easily possible. You should inform us beforehand.
- How are work time and free time divided?
The spare time depends on the length of the course. The longer the courses are, the longer your spare time will be. Sometime you get a whole week off. The shorter courses only have some spare time on the weekend or in the afternoon. You can always ask us about the current time schedule of your course.
- How can I spend my free time?
You can use your spare time to connect with other participants, rest a little bit or use the time for some study session. Some camps have a library, table tennis or volley ball courts. You can plan your free time individually. On longer terms you can also undertake field trips or visit cities nearby the camp.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
The team on site will always be at the farm and can answer your questions. They will be responsible for you and help you with any kind of problem.
- What kind of cost do I have to expect during the project? Can I withdraw cash on site and do I have to pay in local currency?
In general there won’t be a lot of expenses for you during the project, since food, accommodation and transport is taken care off. You might need extra money for external transfers, additional snacks and beverages or souvenirs. Only in Zimbabwe you will need money to pay the FGASA fees. You can exchange and withdraw cash easily at the airport. You can also find ATMs in most of the cities. You should make sure you can withdraw money with your bank card in foreign countries before coming to India. For emergencies we advise you to take some cash with you, but especially in cities you shouldn’t carry around too much money.
- How can I contact family and friends at home?
In general the camps are located isolated and you will only have limited telephone reception. There will be smaller trips to other camps or smaller towns where you will get the chance to use the internet or make a phone call. Let your family and friends know that you won’t be within reach for some time. For emergencies the camps possess a satellite phone.
- What’s the weather like?
For detailed information about the weather conditions of your chosen location check out our country information page. The weather in Botswana and South Africa is usually quite warm with temperature above 28°C. Still, the nights can get very cold and you can also be surprise by a great amount of precipitation.
- Do I have to regard any specific security measurements?
In the wilderness you always have to pay attention and be aware of possible risks. The group instructors know what to do and when you need to be extra cautious. In general you don’t have to worry too much. Dangerous or poisonous animals don’t often come to close to humans and only react aggressive when they are being attacked. It is still important that you listen to their instructions and follow the rules.
- Will I receive a certificate after completing the course?
Yes, you will always get a confirmation of participation for the course and after successfully completing the exam at the end you will also receive an approved FGASA certificate.
- Can I take part in the course even though I do not want to receive a qualification?
Yes, of course you can. Participating in this course is for personal enrichment and education and does not obligate you to receive a professional qualification.