FGASA Field Guiding Course

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High­lights

Have the opportunity to complete a 6 month placement after successful completion of the 6 month course
Receive a FGASA accredited certificate in order to walk into a career as Field Guide
Live in the South African bush surrounded by the Big Five
Work with experienced and educated Mentors and Course Instructors, our trainers combined have over 50 years’ experience working in the industry
This course offers a Career Success Guarantee
Travel to South Africa and complete this internship in the African Bush that trains you up in Field Guiding to secure a job in eco-tourism. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

Are you passionate about wildlife conservation and Field Guiding? Is your hope to pursue a career in eco-tourism? 

Travel to the South African Bush and work alongside qualified, experienced trainers in order to receive your accreditation in FGASA Field Guiding. 

This course is rated one of the most inclusive courses and has seen many of its graduates go on to secure jobs within top class game reserves and lodges. It includes a 6 month in country training program after which, upon successful completion and graduation, students will move on to be an intern in a working environment with one of our partners. 

Other than the FGASA qualification, students will also be trained up in: 
  • Wildlife photography
  • Reptile orientation
  • Basic vehicle mechanics
  • Ethical guiding principles
  • Hospitality training
  • South African wine tasting & food pairing,
  • Reserve management principles
  • Online course covering 
  • Theoretical field guiding apprentice 
  • Principles and basic mechanics
This experience cannot be matched and you are guaranteed to walk away as a highly rated, qualified and experienced Field Guide ready to step into a career. 

Typical day

The course varies between classroom-based learning and practical sessions. The balance between these two will differ module to module. But an average day could look like this:

05:30–07:00
Meet in the Kitchen for coffee and a light breakfast, then depart for the morning activity, either a walk or a drive, or a lecture in the classroom

11:00
Brunch

12:00
Free time

15:00
Afternoon activity or lecture in the classroom

Free-time activities

Saturday afternoons and Sundays are free time for students, although it’s recommended that students use this time for personal study and preparation for the upcoming lectures.

After every 4th week, students also get a full week off and are encouraged to leave campus, travel and explore the local area. Some highlights to be enjoyed:
  • Head out to the Blyde River Canyon for boat trips, kloofing, whitewater rafting, hiking, hot air ballooning and camping.
  • The Kruger National Park gates are only 90min drive from campus. Day trips or overnight camping trips are available within the Park.
  • Moholoholo Rehab Centre is 60 min drive from campus. Spend some time exploring the rehabilitation of endangered species.
  • Do a 1-day panorama route and see Bourke’s Luck potholes, God’s Window, and many waterfalls with swimming spots.
  • Giant Baobab a.k.a Upside Down Restaurant is only a 50 min drive from campus/ They sell the best pancakes in Limpopo, be sure to try them.
  • Debengeni Falls in Tzaneen is a stunning waterfall accessible by anyone. It offers picnic areas and hiking trails.
Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Participants are required to have a valid drivers license.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by GVI
WHAT'S INCLUDED:
  • 6 months work experience from placement venue (50-week course)
  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Experienced, long term staff conducting all the necessary course training
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary FGASA course manuals and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Ethical guiding principles
  • Other activities, such as sleep outs and Kruger trips
  • Basic astronomy, survival skills during sleep outs
  • Bushwalks
  • 2 x sets of uniforms
  • All compulsory books (if included)
  • Limited internet
  • T-shirt, fleece jacket, cap and beanie
  • Camp management & leadership skills
  • Basic vehicle mechanics
  • Hospitality training
  • Location orientation, survival skills
  • Meals while on the course (except during off weeks)
  • Kruger Park trips & visits to other reserves or places of interest

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Laundry, food and transport during weeks off
  • Recommended reference books
  • Transport costs to placement
  • Professional drivers permit and licensing costs
  • Including transportation.
Accommodation
Accommodation is shared, with two students to a room/rondavel and shared ablutions. The campus also has a fully functional and equipped lecture room, dining room and braai area, facilities such as swimming pool and volley ball court for recreational use and access to internet.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Meals are provided daily, except for over the weekends when you are off. 
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

There are two set starts date in a calendar year and availability is dependent on your selected duration:


7 Jan 2022 - 23 week Course 
8 Jul 2022 - 50 week Course

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
23 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
23 weeks (min. stay)
$19,710
24 weeks
$19,785
25 weeks
$19,861
26 weeks
$19,937
30 weeks
$20,241
38 weeks
$20,847
50 weeks (max. stay)
$21,756
Average fees
$646 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. GVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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FGASA Field Guiding Course

Travel to South Africa and complete this internship in the African Bush that trains you up in Field Guiding to secure a job in eco-tourism.

$521/week

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