PLEASE NOTE this course is part of a volunteer programme and not a separate course. Assistance and training is provided but excludes exam and membership fees.
Initially, field guides were referred to as “Game Rangers”, however, now days the guiding industry has become increasingly professional and therefore, there are now different levels of field guiding qualifications to achieve.
Blue Lizard Adventures and the volunteer wildlife and conservation project offer a Level 1 field guide course according to the syllabus determined by FGASA. The courses will include all of the necessary theory and practical experience that a volunteer will need to take the end exam and become a fully-fledged game ranger or field guide. On successful completion of the course a theory and practical exam must be taken to become fully qualified. Following this, the student will then be eligible for employment with the eco-tourism sector.
The Level 1 syllabus includes the following modules:
• Introduction to Guiding in the Natural Environment
• Creating a Guided Nature Experience
• Weather and Climate
• Basic Ecology
• Basic Taxonomy
• Introduction to the Biomes of Southern Africa
• Botany and Grasses
• Animal Behaviour
• Conservation Management and Historical Human Habitation
The field guiding qualification is required by the guiding industry for employment. The FGASA Level 1 Course also contains the CATHSSETA Nature Site Guide qualification, which is the minimum requirement for guides to register as legal tourist guides in South Africa. In addition, the FAGASA qualifications are also highly recognised and regarded outside of Africa.
Students should be eighteen years or over.
Have an acceptable level of English Literacy.
A good level of mental / physical fitness
A valid driver’s license.
- Transfers from the nearest town,
- Project donation.
- FGASA membership
- Exam fees
- Travel or medical insurance
- Studying/writing equipment
- Additional spending money for personal item purchases,
- Social excursions away from the project
- Pre and post project travel.