Volunteer World International are proud to welcome Trainee Guide Kevin to our brand new Field Guide Academy at Shamwari Private Game Reserve – all the way from the UK!

An aspiring and (increasingly!) talented photographer (for some of Kevins recent snaps, see his gallery below) Kevin joins the program from his homeland of Wales after a hugely enjoyable volunteer stay at the reserve with Shamwari Conservation Experience.

Keeping tabs on Kevins photographical skills growth and the outstanding images and footage he creates has been a joy to watch, indeed the only thing surpassing his new found passion for photography is his commitment to learning and obtaining the FGASA NQF2 qualification!

We took the opportunity to catch up with Kevin on a rare break from his studies to find out more about his experiences so far…

Q & A with Game Ranger in training: Kevin

What was your favourite activity of the week?  

Definitely being out in the bush identifying plants, expanding my horizons and knowledge!

Your biggest challenges of the week?

Learning the names of the different grasses, particularly Latin names.

The most interesting fact learnt this week?

Black wildebeest  were almost extinct in the late 1800s with only around 550 animas left in the wild. The intervention of Private Game Farms, National Parks and later conservation initiatives helped save them from extinction.

What was your top wildlife sighting of the week?

A huge Martial Eagle in the tree top with a kill.

What has your experience been like so far with VWI and our new Training Academy?

Very interesting and absorbing. I must say hard work, but absolutely loving it.

How would you describe daily life on the course to other potential students?

Challenging, but worth every minute.

As a budding photographer, what has been your favourite picture of the week?

Black Wildebeest (see below in the gallery!)

Kevins Photo Gallery - A pro in the making!

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As we make our way into the official Lock-Down period here in South Africa, our thoughts and best wishes go out to one and all for safe transition through these uncertain times.

Our core team at VWI head office continue to operate remotely to answer any questions or queries you may have – please visit our website for specific contact information: https://www.volunteerworldintl.com/contact-us/

Be assured that all of our volunteer programs, our very own Field Guide Training Program at Shamwari and the support we are able to offer to and create in South Africa as a result will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

Owing to the current spread of Covid-19, we have taken the difficult but correct decision to suspend the May start date of our Field Guide Training Program at Shamwari – our next course will resume on August 3rd and we look forward to welcoming students back into the stunning South African bush at this time!

For now, keep safe, keep positive and believe that as a global community all of whom are affected by the spread of the Covid-19 virus, together we will come through stronger.

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