The Volunteer World International Ranger Field Guide Training

The Volunteer World International Ranger Field Guide Training at Shamwari Private Game Reserve offers one of the best locations available for students to train towards becoming a qualified Field Guide or Game Ranger surrounded by some of South Africa’s most stunning scenery.

This 63-day fully comprehensive course endorsed by FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa) and set to the backdrop of the stunning and world renowned Shamwari Private Game Reserve at the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route, offers students the exceptional opportunity to train and become officially qualified Field Guides or Game Rangers under the expert tuition and mentorship of VWIs highly respected training staff.  Due to the location of the course and the quality of the training supplied, students, upon successful completion gain an influential qualification recognised not only in South Africa but well beyond our borders also!


  • Learn from some of the most respected guides and teachers in the field anywhere in South Africa.
  • Live, work and learn at one of the world’s premier private game reserves.
  • Successfully passing the course offer you a potential career in Field Guiding.
  • Through your course, gain an amazing insight and understanding of the natural world around you.
  • Get hands on involved in both practical and theoretical exercises putting into practice everything you have learned from rifle proficiency to snake handling.

Students taking part in this learning opportunity will expand their knowledge of the natural world through both practical and theoretical exercises in an array of subjects, all overseen and presented by our highly experienced personnel.  The FGASA Course comprehensively covers content that is designed to equip all applicants with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand their surroundings and to be in a position to impart this information on to others – from approaching wild animals and their behaviour to Ecology, weather and climate. Candidates successfully passing the course undoubtedly find themselves seeing the world from a very different perspective.

So, whether you are looking to become a Game Ranger and pursue a career in Field Guiding, simply looking to develop a greater understanding of the natural world around us or even just a great addition to your CV, the Volunteer World International FGASA-accredited Ranger Field Guide Course at Shamwari Private Game Reserve is undoubtedly one of the premier opportunities within South Africa to achieve your dream. Courses are run throughout the year but ensure to book early as places are limited!

 Course Outline

The VWI FGASA (Field Guides Association South Africa) course at Shamwari Private Game Reserve offers all the necessary training and support to ensure that candidates are in a position to excel after successful completion of the 63-day course and eligible to receive a FGASA level 1(NQF 2) qualification. Several aspects including further accreditation to the PFTC (Professional Firearm Training Council) for firearm handling, First Aid, 4X4 driving (TETA), snake handling amongst others will give participants a head start on all the incumbent qualifications that are required to start a successful career in field guiding.

The participation age limit is 18 years of age and previous experience in the field is not required but all applicants do need to have a good understanding of written and spoken English and be in possession of a valid international driver’s license (manual or ‘stick shift’) or local code 08/B driver’s license. The only other requirements are a passion for conservation, fauna and flora and an ability and willingness to interact and pass on knowledge to others!

This experience is operated over a 63-day period on scheduled start dates throughout the year and is divided into two main components, namely:


Practical:

Students will conduct practical excursions onto the reserve and surrounding areas regularly to support their learning. Several outcome based modules as set out by FGASA manual and are conducted on open homologated game-viewing vehicles or as operationally allows, on foot.


Theory:

Lectures are undertaken with regularity to support and preempt practical work and may be conducted in a classroom or outdoors environment. The theory exam pass rate for FGASA Level 1 is 75 %. This is required of participants who wish to qualify for the practical assessment, which is a requirement to attain the full FGASA level 1 (NQF 2) qualification.

Subjects covered in (but not limited to) the course are as follows:

  1. Creating a guided nature experience
  2. Geology
  3. Weather and Climate
  4. Astronomy
  5. Ecology
  6. The Biomes
  7. Taxonomy
  8. Plants and Grasses
  9. Arthropods
  10. Fish and Amphibians
  11. Reptiles
  12. Birds
  13. Mammals
  14. Animal behaviour
  15. Conservation management
  16. Historical human habitation

Please note:

Under current regulations, only persons over the age of 21 years of age will be eligible to qualify for a South African PrDP (professional driving permit), as is required to legally transport passengers who are members of the public or guest for an income, as a qualified FGASA level 1 Field Guide.

 Course Dates

2019
Course 1: May 13th to July 14th
Course 2: July 22nd to September 22nd
Course 3: September 30th to December 1st

2020
Course 1: January 5th to March 7th
Course 2: March 15th to May 16th
Course 3: May 24th to July 25th
Course 4: August 2nd to October 3rd
Course 5: October 11th to December 12th

 Pricing

2019 – R74 950
2020 – R79 950

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation for the full course period
  • Laundry service once weekly
  • 3 meals per day, any additional snacks are to be provided by the learner
  • Access to tea, coffee and juice
  • All appropriate training relevant to the course with qualified personnel
  • FGASA registration and joining subscription membership fee
  • FGASA Level 1 Study Manual & Workbook and exam fee
  • FGASA theoretical and practical training
  • FGASA practical assessment (NQF2), assessment and moderation fee
  • FGASA (BRH) Basic Rifle Handling assessment
  • PFTC (Professional Firearm Training Council) competency assessment
  • Snake handling training
  • First Aid Level 1(Dept.of Labour )
  • 4X4 Course (TETA)
  • Limited Internet time for presentation research only.

Not Included

  • International Flights and Visas
  • Extra mural activities in free time not listed in inclusions
  • *Airport Transfers (transfers can be arranged as an optional extra if required at R500 each way)
  • Gifts, entertainment and beverages (unless otherwise detailed)
  • Comprehensive medical insurance (required)
  • Monthly stipend

Why do we not include airport transfers in our pricing?

Through experience, we know many of our volunteers wish to travel South Africa before/after their programs so including costs for transfers in the pricing would represent wasted funds should this be the case.  By not including a cost for airport transfers and offering this separately, we strongly believe we offer our volunteers the maximum choice and transparency over pricing.

The VWI Field Guide/Game Ranger Course AT Shamwari Private Game Reserve accepts new students at set dates during the year as detailed.  Students requiring airport transfers should ensure they arrive to Port Elizabeth Airport on their booked start date and advise their flight details to Volunteer World International as soon as possible in advance in order for us to arrange transport appropriately.

 Location

Situated a little over an hours drive from the tourist, nightlife and shopping mecca of Port Elizabeth, volunteers choosing the Shamwari Private Game Reserve volunteer program are able to enjoy the very best South Africa has to offer both in terms of scenery and entertainment!

Shamwari Private Game Reserve itself spans 25,000ha, is malaria free and home to an array of different habitats – indeed Shamwari boasts five separate eco-systems within its confines supporting many species of bird, plant and animal life – including South Africa’s famous ‘Big 5’. As a result, new photo opportunities and real chances to feel at one with nature are never far away at this stunning example of exactly how volunteering should be undertaken!

 Out And About

The Volunteer World International FGASA course in conjunction with Shamwari Private Game Reserve runs for 63 days consecutively, generally with two course breaks scheduled over weekends. As this is a structured and intensive course which requires participants to make productive use of their free time to study and prepare for assignments, any scheduled course breaks (offered at the course trainers discretion) may though be used as leisure time on or off-site or as extra study time.

Students wishing to spend their free time away from the reserve have a host of activities to choose from all of which can be booked through ourselves at VWI as required!

  • Trip to Port Elizabeth to soak up the nightlife, shopping or simply a nice meal out to sample some of the locally caught seafish.  Maybe even catch a rugby or football match if timings are right!
  • Adrenaline activities such as quad biking, abseiling, mountain biking, hiking, day trips and safaris all offered by Southern Shores Adventures
  • Canoeing
  • Bungee jump at the highest site in the world at Tsitsikamma
  • Trips to Addo National Park for elephant back safaris and lodge accommodation
  • Skydiving
  • Various opportunities for ‘Marine Safaris’ on the Indian Ocean to see Great White Sharks and various species of whale and dolphins.
  • Deep sea ‘big game’ fishing

The above list represents a small selection of the possibilities open to students to take part in in their freetime at the VWI Field Guide Course at Shamwari Private Game Reserve – if there is anything you find that isn’t listed above, let us know and we will happily arrange it for you if required!

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The Volunteer World International Ranger Field Guide Training

The Volunteer World International Ranger Field Guide Training at Shamwari Private Game Reserve offers one of the best locations available for students to train towards becoming a qualified Field Guide or Game Ranger surrounded by some of South Africa’s most stunning scenery.

This 63-day intensive course, fully endorsed by FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa) and set to the backdrop of the stunning and world renowned Shamwari Private Game Reserve at the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route, offers students the exceptional opportunity to train and become officially qualified Field Guides or Game Rangers under the expert tuition and mentorship of VWIs highly respected training staff.  Due to the location of the course and the quality of the training supplied, students, upon successful completion gain an influential qualification recognised not only in South Africa but well beyond our borders also!


  • Learn from some of the most respected guides and teachers in the field anywhere in South Africa.
  • Live, work and learn at one of the world’s premier private game reserves.
  • Successfully passing the course offer you a potential career in Field Guiding.
  • Through your course, gain an amazing insight and understanding of the natural world around you.
  • Get hands on involved in both practical and theoretical exercises putting into practice everything you have learned from rifle proficiency to snake handling.

Students taking part in this learning opportunity will expand their knowledge of the natural world through both practical and theoretical exercises in an array of subjects, all overseen and presented by our highly experienced personnel.  The FGASA Course comprehensively covers content that is designed to equip all applicants with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand their surroundings and to be in a position to impart this information on to others – from approaching wild animals and their behaviour to Ecology, weather and climate. Candidates successfully passing the course undoubtedly find themselves seeing the world from a very different perspective.

So, whether you are looking to become a Game Ranger and pursue a career in Field Guiding, simply looking to develop a greater understanding of the natural world around us or even just a great addition to your CV, the Volunteer World International FGASA-accredited Ranger Field Guide Course at Shamwari Private Game Reserve is undoubtedly one of the premier opportunities within South Africa to achieve your dream. Courses are run throughout the year but ensure to book early as places are limited!

The VWI FGASA (Field Guides Association South Africa) course at Shamwari Private Game Reserve offers all the necessary training and support to ensure that candidates are in a position to excel after successful completion of the 63-day course and eligible to receive a FGASA level 1(NQF 2) qualification. Several aspects including further accreditation to the PFTC (Professional Firearm Training Council) for firearm handling, First Aid, 4X4 driving (TETA), snake handling amongst others will give participants a head start on all the incumbent qualifications that are required to start a successful career in field guiding.

The participation age limit is 18 years of age and previous experience in the field is not required but all applicants do need to have a good understanding of written and spoken English and be in possession of a valid international driver’s license (manual or ‘stick shift’) or local code 08/B driver’s license. The only other requirements are a passion for conservation, fauna and flora and an ability and willingness to interact and pass on knowledge to others!

This experience is operated over a 63-day period on scheduled dates and is divided into two main components, namely:


Practical:

Students will conduct practical excursions onto the reserve and surrounding areas regularly to support their learning. Several outcome based modules as set out by FGASA manual and are conducted on open homologated game-viewing vehicles or as operationally allows, on foot.


Theory:

Lectures are undertaken with regularity to support and preempt practical work and may be conducted in a classroom or outdoors environment. The theory exam pass rate for FGASA Level 1 is 75 %. This is required of participants who wish to qualify for the practical assessment, which is a requirement to attain the full FGASA level 1 (NQF 2) qualification.

Subjects covered in (but not limited to) the course are as follows:

  1. Creating a guided nature experience
  2. Geology
  3. Weather and Climate
  4. Astronomy
  5. Ecology
  6. The Biomes
  7. Taxonomy
  8. Plants and Grasses
  9. Arthropods
  10. Fish and Amphibians
  11. Reptiles
  12. Birds
  13. Mammals
  14. Animal behaviour
  15. Conservation management
  16. Historical human habitation

Please note:

Under current regulations, only persons over the age of 21 years of age will be eligible to qualify for a South African PrDP (professional driving permit), as is required to legally transport passengers who are members of the public or guest for an income, as a qualified FGASA level 1 Field Guide.

2019
Course 1: May 13th to July 14th Course 2: July 22nd to September 22nd Course 3: September 30th to December 1st
2020
Course 1: January 5th to March 7th Course 2: March 15th to May 16th Course 3: May 24th to July 25th Course 4: August 2nd to October 3rd Course 5: October 11th to December 12th

2019 – R74 950
2020 – R79 950

Whats Included

  • Accommodation for the full course period
  • Laundry service once weekly
  • 3 meals per day, any additional snacks are to be provided by the learner
  • Access to tea, coffee and juice
  • All appropriate training relevant to the course with qualified personnel
  • FGASA registration and joining subscription membership fee
  • FGASA Level 1 Study Manual & Workbook and exam fee
  • FGASA theoretical and practical training
  • FGASA practical assessment (NQF2), assessment and moderation fee
  • FGASA (BRH) Basic Rifle Handling assessment
  • PFTC (Professional Firearm Training Council) competency assessment
  • Snake handling training
  • First Aid Level 1(Dept.of Labour )
  • 4X4 Course (TETA)
  • Limited Internet time for presentation research only.

Not Included

  • International Flights and Visas
  • Extra mural activities in free time not listed in inclusions
  • *Airport Transfers (transfers can be arranged as an optional extra if required at R500 each way)
  • Gifts, entertainment and beverages (unless otherwise detailed)
  • Comprehensive medical insurance (required)
  • Monthly stipend

Why do we not include airport transfers in our pricing?

Through experience, we know many of our volunteers wish to travel South Africa before/after their programs so including costs for transfers in the pricing would represent wasted funds should this be the case.  By not including a cost for airport transfers and offering this separately, we strongly believe we offer our volunteers the maximum choice and transparency over pricing.

The VWI Field Guide/Game Ranger Course AT Shamwari Private Game Reserve accepts new students at set dates during the year as detailed.  Students requiring airport transfers should ensure they arrive to Port Elizabeth Airport on their booked start date and advise their flight details to Volunteer World International as soon as possible in advance in order for us to arrange transport appropriately.

Situated a little over an hours drive from the tourist, nightlife and shopping mecca of Port Elizabeth, volunteers choosing the Shamwari Private Game Reserve volunteer program are able to enjoy the very best South Africa has to offer both in terms of scenery and entertainment!

Shamwari Private Game Reserve itself spans 25,000ha, is malaria free and home to an array of different habitats – indeed Shamwari boasts five separate eco-systems within its confines supporting many species of bird, plant and animal life – including South Africa’s famous ‘Big 5’. As a result, new photo opportunities and real chances to feel at one with nature are never far away at this stunning example of exactly how volunteering should be undertaken!

The Volunteer World International FGASA course in conjunction with Shamwari Private Game Reserve runs for 63 days consecutively, generally with two course breaks scheduled over weekends. As this is a structured and intensive course which requires participants to make productive use of their free time to study and prepare for assignments, any scheduled course breaks (offered at the course trainers discretion) may though be used as leisure time on or off-site or as extra study time.

Students wishing to spend their free time away from the reserve have a host of activities to choose from all of which can be booked through ourselves at VWI as required!

  • Trip to Port Elizabeth to soak up the nightlife, shopping or simply a nice meal out to sample some of the locally caught seafish.  Maybe even catch a rugby or football match if timings are right!
  • Adrenaline activities such as quad biking, abseiling, mountain biking, hiking, day trips and safaris all offered by Southern Shores Adventures
  • Canoeing
  • Bungee jump at the highest site in the world at Tsitsikamma
  • Trips to Addo National Park for elephant back safaris and lodge accommodation
  • Skydiving
  • Various opportunities for ‘Marine Safaris’ on the Indian Ocean to see Great White Sharks and various species of whale and dolphins.
  • Deep sea ‘big game’ fishing

The above list represents a small selection of the possibilities open to students to take part in in their freetime at the VWI Field Guide Course at Shamwari Private Game Reserve – if there is anything you find that isn’t listed above, let us know and we will happily arrange it for you if required!